January 3, 2014 |
Jason Peters had a publicist in the Eagles locker room on Wednesday. It was defensive end Vinny Curry. "Comeback player of the year . . . Pro Bowler . . . all-pro," Curry said. Peters indeed has been named to the Pro Bowl, but Curry threw in a few more suggestions. He wanted to make the point that the Eagles' left tackle is having a standout campaign, and it has come in Peters' first season back from a twice-ruptured Achilles tendon. "Look at his ankle. Think that doesn't bother him?"
December 29, 2013 |
Despite a dramatic turnaround in Chip Kelly's first season and having the NFL's second-ranked offense, the Eagles had only two players selected to the 2014 Pro Bowl when the roster was announced on Friday night. Running back LeSean McCoy and left tackle Jason Peters were the lone Eagles voted into the annual game, although quarterback Nick Foles was a first alternate and wide receiver DeSean Jackson and left guard Evan Mathis were second alternates. "It means a lot to me," McCoy said.
December 26, 2013 |
There's more to Jason Kelce than just the beard, the lockerroom availability, and the leadership skills that Chip Kelly has spoken so glowingly about since nearly the first day he arrived. The Eagles center is actually very good at his chosen profession. Kelce can say all the right things and set the perfect example for his teammates, but if he can't block at a high level, then the message loses some of its patina. "That's always, I think, the biggest thing," Kelly said earlier this week. "A lot of people can talk about it, but you have to be able to do it. He does it every day. I've always felt that you know you have a really good team when your best players are your hardest workers.
December 19, 2013 |
CHIP KELLY'S answer to people who questioned going for it on fourth-and-half-a-yard from his own 24 in the third quarter Sunday has been, basically exasperation - Kelly feels that with this offensive line and LeSean McCoy, if you can't get half a yard, you might as well pack it in, field position be damned. How do the guys entrusted with gaining that half a yard, who didn't get it on Sunday, feel about that? "I think he's absolutely right," center Jason Kelce said. "We should be able to pick up fourth-and-half-a-yard every time we run a play.
December 17, 2013 |
MINNEAPOLIS - One loss after five wins in a row shouldn't lead you to question nearly everything about a football team. But the Eagles fell so grotesquely yesterday, 48-30, to the Minnesota Vikings, did so many things wrong, against such an unassuming opponent - if it isn't time to panic, it surely is time to question a lot of what we thought we'd learned since the previous day like this one, Sept. 29 at Denver. There was a lot of tiptoeing around the "letdown" or "trap game" concept in the postgame locker room, but left tackle Jason Peters kept both feet firmly planted on the tape-strewn carpet.
December 14, 2013 |
Jason Peters says there is no pain in his right Achilles tendon - no soreness, no twinge of discomfort when he digs his foot into the dirt, nothing. He tore it twice in less than two months last year, missed the entire 2012 season, and after two surgeries, after losing 25 pounds to shave his weight to 320 and ease the strain on the tendon, with the help of a daily stretching routine and with his 32d birthday approaching next month, he is again starting for the Eagles at left tackle, is again among the NFL's best at his position, and he feels as if he'd never been injured at all. "The way I feel right now," he said, "I've got at least five in me - five years, five good years.
December 13, 2013 |
IN THE LATE nineties, Jeff Stoutland spent 3 years as an assistant on Paul Pasqualoni's coaching staff at Syracuse. Coached tight ends for 2 years and the offensive line for a year. Also was Pasqualoni's recruiting coordinator for all 3 years. Both of them favored athletic offensive linemen who could move over slow, big-bellied road-graders. "Coach Pasqualoni would say, 'You know what? Let's go find tight ends and defensive linemen and let's make them our offensive linemen.' " Stoutland said.
December 10, 2013 |
RESILIENCE somehow defeated hypothermia and malaise and, ultimately, resulted in a happy delirium. Brent Celek slid in the snow 10 yards shy of a sure touchdown then giddily ran back to the huddle, the game in the bag. Lane Johnson flopped on his back, looking like a snow angel in the end zone. Over 3 1/2 hours of whiteout insanity, the Eagles turned a nightmare before Christmas into their own wintry fairy land. "Most fun game I've ever been involved with," Jason Kelce said.
December 6, 2013 |
MICHAEL VICK twice compiled passer ratings of 100 for three games in a row. He began the 2010 season at 101.9, 108.0 and 119.2. In doing so he stole the starting job from Kevin Kolb. He finished the lost 2011 season at 107.0, 107.9 and 104.1, a meaningless run but one that supplied hope for the next season; a meritless hope, as it turned out. The Eagles were 5-1 in those six games. The common denominator: Vick played behind healthy, cohesive starting offensive lines. Nick Foles now has compiled passer ratings of at least 100 for four games in a row: 158.3, 149.3, 104.3 and 112. In doing so, he stole the starting job from Vick.