November 18, 2015 |
Nick Foles' starting tenure in St. Louis lasted nine games. Rams coach Jeff Fisher announced Monday that he is benching the former Eagles quarterback and starting backup Case Keenum after Foles threw just one touchdown pass in the last four games. The Rams acquired Foles from the Eagles in a March trade for Sam Bradford. They signed him to a two-year, $24.54 million contract extension that included $13.792 million guaranteed. Fisher said Foles would "eventually be under center" for the Rams again.
August 11, 2015 |
EARTH CITY, Mo. - Jeff Fisher took the St. Louis Rams' head-coaching job 3 1/2 years ago largely because of Sam Bradford. He could have gone to Miami and coached the Dolphins. Tampa Bay and Jacksonville also were knocking on his door. But he wanted to coach Bradford. "The reason I took this job and came here, there were two reasons," Fisher told the Daily News. "One was to work for [Rams owner] Stan Kroenke. The other was because of Sam. Because of the respect I had for him. "Before I took the job, I talked to several people close to me in the business, one being Mike Shanahan and the other being Mike Martz.
June 10, 2015 |
Sam Bradford's progress is measured in increments this time of year. The Eagles quarterback took part in only individual drills during the first week of organized team activities. He mixed in two seven-on-seven drills in the second week. The third week started Monday and Bradford added a few more snaps to his workload. He still wears a bulky brace on his left knee. He's still not as healthy as the other quarterbacks on the Eagles' roster. But Bradford remains on schedule - even if that schedule does not have a firm date for rejoining the team as a full participant.
October 3, 2014 |
THERE WAS a LeSean McCoy action figure propped up on a shelf, on the right side of Jason Peters' locker stall yesterday. Why was it there? Peters never appeared for us to ask. Maybe he just didn't want to forget how McCoy looks standing upright. As the Eagles prepare for Sunday's visit from the St. Louis Rams, the focus remains on their underperforming offensive line and running game. Peters, the most accomplished member of that group, hopes to lead its revival this week, though he figures to have the toughest task of the group.
March 28, 2014 |
ORLANDO, Fla. - While much has been said and written about changing the locker-room culture in the NFL in the wake of last season's Richie Incognito-Jonathan Martin mess, the league is even more determined to change the culture on the field. The league's owners, coaches and general managers spent a good portion of the last 3 days of their annual meeting discussing the lack of respect and sportsmanship by the players. The number of taunting penalties nearly quadrupled this season, jumping from nine in 2012 to 34 in 2013.
March 21, 2014 |
THE NFL HAS spent the last several years trying to make its game safer. For its next trick, it will attempt to make it more civil. "We have an element of respect that we have to bring back to the game," Rams coach Jeff Fisher, a longtime member of the league's competition committee, said last month at the scouting combine in Indianapolis. "It starts in the locker room and continues over onto the practice field and carries over onto the field on Sundays. "We have to take a hard look at taunting.
October 1, 2013 |
USC FOOTBALL COACH Lane Kiffin was fired early yesterday morning. Hours later, Vegas already had odds on who would replace him. And three of the candidates - Jeff Fisher, Jon Gruden and Herm Edwards - have Eagles connections. Fisher and Gruden were once assistants with the Eagles and Edwards played for the Birds. Fisher is now the head coach of the Rams, who are 1-3 after Thursday night's 35-11 loss to the 49ers. Gruden is an NFL analyst for ESPN who last coached in 2008 with the Buccaneers.
October 12, 2012 |
Lions (+4) over EAGLES: Look up "fumble-itis" in the dictionary and you'll see a picture of Michael Vick falling off the page. Until he leads the league in a category other than lost fumbles, it's gonna be a tough slog for the Birds. Vick's eight fumbles are three more than any other player and his five lost fumbles top the NFL. As we all watched in horror, he put the ball on the ground three times Sunday in the 16-14 loss at Pittsburgh, and that lost fumble at the Steelers' 1-yard line was an epic blow to the gut. Andy Reid says that Vick will get it right eventually, but when is eventually?
July 26, 2012 |
THE FIRST NFL quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards was San Diego's Dan Fouts. The year was 1979. Joe Namath had done it for the 1967 New York Jets in the AFL, but this was the first time after the two leagues merged. It was a round, magical, freakish number, but few saw it as the future. In the entire decade of the 1980s, 14 more quarterbacks threw for 4,000 yards. Then, people started to believe. Well, some people. Buddy Ryan was still referring to the wide-open "run-and-shoot" offense back then as the "chuck-and-duck.
March 22, 2012 |
St. Louis Rams coach Jeff Fisher said he had no idea assistant Gregg Williams had been running a bounty pool in New Orleans. Fisher delivered the news to Williams, now his defensive coordinator, on Wednesday that the franchise would be cutting ties for at least the 2012 season, under the assistant's indefinite suspension from the NFL for the bounty payments that he handed out with the Saints. "The severity of the suspension does not surprise us," Fisher said, who termed the suspension "warranted.