January 24, 2013 |
MOBILE, Ala. - The Eagles will have questions at quarterback next season, but the health of their offensive line will be equally worrisome. Three of their starters on the line, including all-pro left tackle Jason Peters, will be trying to bounce back from season-ending injuries. And two of them - Peters and right tackle Todd Herremans - will be 31 this year. The situation screams for the Eagles to select a lineman early in the draft, possibly with the fourth overall pick. For the first time in 14 years, the team entered Senior Bowl week with a high draft pick, but none of the prospects projected to go in the top five, or even the top 10, were scheduled to be in Alabama.
July 26, 2013 |
JEFF STOUTLAND is the Eagles' offensive line coach. He grew up in New York. There is a street smartness about him that becomes obvious in about 30 seconds. He says he looks at players in his business but he also looks at people. "Your demeanor and how you go about every day is just huge, it's huge," Stoutland said. This is a man who says he prefers to coach physically, demonstrating techniques at the front of the meeting room where players put their hands on him and vice versa. He pegs the classroom-lecture attention span of the average player at about 10 minutes.
July 20, 2012 |
These are the moves that defined the Eagles' offseason. We're attempting to rank them by importance: 1 The trade for DeMeco Ryans: If you said the signing of Demetress Bell to replace left tackle Jason Peters was really the most important move of the offseason, you might be right in a strict football sense, but if you're talking about intangibles, about calming the smoldering outrage of the fan base, Ryans has to be No. 1. For so long, the...
July 9, 2014 |
A WEEK REMOVED from the Daily News reporting that Lane Johnson will miss 25 percent of the Eagles' season, the reaction remains thus: Yawn. Johnson is the Eagles' starting right tackle. He also is the Eagles' most replaceable player. He will miss four games for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Try to notice. It's not that the rest of the positions have no depth. In fact, several positions have several options should they lose a starter. It's not that the Eagles have a vast store of backup linemen.
September 17, 2012
Howard Mudd sat in his cart and told the truth. The loss of Jason Peters will adversely affect the Eagles. "There's certain things that you just don't produce as much because of how good a player he was," the offensive line coach said last week. "Let's say, he can run faster than whoever else we have, and he can whatever, whatever. Ultimately, you would have to say if he's that good, why wouldn't he affect the whole?" Stop the presses. Peters was widely considered the best left tackle in the game last season.
May 16, 2012 |
The Eagles intend to enact a provision in the collective bargaining agreement and deduct $3.25 million from Jason Peters' 2012 base salary because the tackle ruptured his Achilles tendon in March at an off-site location, according to an ESPN report. The clause in the CBA states that a player who is placed on a non-football injury or illness list "is not entitled to any compensation under his contract while on such a list. " The Eagles said Peters' injury occurred while he was participating in a football-related workout in Texas, but it is still considered a "non-football injury" - because it happened off team premises.
January 7, 2012 |
Eagles running back LeSean McCoy and tackle Jason Peters were each named to the Associated Press All-Pro team. McCoy had a breakout season, finishing fifth in the NFL in yards from scrimmage, fourth in rushing, and first in touchdowns and first downs. This is his first all-pro nod. Peters had an outstanding year under new offensive line coach Howard Mudd. He led all tackles with 27 votes. Peters has been an all-pro four times, but this is his first time on the first team.
April 18, 2013 |
On the day of the Eagles' first minicamp practice under new coach Chip Kelly, reports surfaced that indicated officials at the University of Oregon admitted there was "at least one major violation" uncovered in an NCAA investigation of the football program Kelly coached from 2009 to 2012. Kelly, through the Eagles, released a statement Tuesday morning that said he was aware of the ongoing investigation, that he had cooperated with the NCAA while at Oregon and would continue to do so, and that he would have no further comment until a ruling was made.
November 8, 2012 |
As if the ailing and leaky Eagles offensive line needed more bad news, right tackle Todd Herremans suffered a right ankle/foot injury in the second quarter of Monday's 28-13 loss to the Saints in New Orleans. Herremans, who remained on crutches, had an MRI exam Tuesday. On his radio show Tuesday evening, Eagles coach Andy Reid said Herremans will see a foot specialist on Wednesday, and will have a CT scan before any further determination is made. Herremans was replaced Monday night by Demetress Bell.
September 10, 2012 |
DID YOU NOTICE? * Demetress Bell, who was signed in late March to replace injured Jason Peters at left tackle, wasn't even activated. Rookie Dennis Kelly backed up starter King Dunlap. * Both Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie got beat by Mohamed Massaquoi on the Browns' first possession, Asomugha on a slant that gained 24 yards, DRC on a double-move on a pass that was overthrown. * The Browns' decision to throw the ball on third-and-2 with 1 minute left in the second quarter saved the Eagles enough time to get the ball back and drive 74 yards on five plays for their first touchdown.