November 15, 2013 |
DEMECO RYANS believes he's playing as well as he ever played in Houston, when he made the Pro Bowl twice. Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis said this week that Ryans is having an "outstanding, Pro Bowl year. " "This is the level I was playing at. It's fun to be back at that level, being able to make plays," Ryans, the Birds' middle linebacker, said yesterday. There is one guy in the Eagles' locker room who ought to be able to verify those claims. Outside linebacker Connor Barwin was a rookie with the Texans in 2009, the last time Ryans made the Pro Bowl, before he suffered a 2010 Achilles' tendon tear that cast a shadow over his career.
May 4, 2013 |
Chaos was in the air Thursday night in Doylestown. About 5:30, two hours before a locally produced film about a runaway slave, The North Star, was set to premiere at the County Theater, the star and director were missing. The star, former Eagles linebacker Jeremiah Trotter, was stuck in traffic. He was supposed to greet fans and media at Rob's Bar before heading down State Street in a horse and buggy, but was behind schedule. The director, Thomas Phillips, who wrote the script and shot the movie in his home county of Bucks, faced a bigger predicament.
May 2, 2013 |
Welsh-born Hollywood heavyweight Catherine Zeta-Jones , 43, who has been open about her struggles with bipolar mood disorder, has "proactively checked into a health-care facility" for treatment, her rep says. The Side Effects star is not in crisis: She has long planned to take a break so doctors could give her a medication tune-up, People says. TMZ says Michael Douglas ' better half will enjoy a 30-day inpatient sojourn. Zeta-Jones previously was treated for the condition at a facility in 2011.
April 29, 2012 |
Sometimes, coaches can exaggerate about players they've just drafted. But Andy Reid wasn't kidding when he said defensive end Vinny Curry "might be the biggest Eagles fan ever. " When the second-round pick from Neptune, N.J., met reporters Saturday, he displayed all the emotion, passion, sense of history and pride of the thousands he'll soon play in front of at the Linc. His eyes welled as he talked about meeting Brian Dawkins and Mike Vick. He name-checked Randall Cunningham and Troy Vincent, and insisted that it was Freddie Mitchell who originated the championship belt celebration.
March 29, 2012 |
DeMeco Ryans finally loosened the mint-green tie he had grabbed hastily to accent his green-checked shirt and navy suit before an unexpected flight to Philadelphia on March 21. His voice had gone dry and scratchy, despite swigs from a nearly empty water bottle that crinkled in his grip as the questions kept coming. On his first day as an Eagle on March 21, Ryans sat in the team's offices finishing the final round of a gauntlet of interviews with reporters and radio hosts.
March 21, 2012
JAMAR CHANEY didn't need to confer with any Eagles coaches to know what the acquisition of DeMeco Ryans was going to mean for Chaney, the Birds' incumbent starting middle linebacker. "He's going to start off at the MIKE, that goes without saying," Chaney said last night, a few hours after the news broke that the Eagles had sent a fourth-round pick in next month's draft to the Houston Texans for Ryans, a two-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker. The teams also exchanged third-round draft choices.
March 1, 2012
The NFL's franchise tag, which somehow survived in the lockout-forged collective bargaining agreement, can be used in different ways. It can be a minor bit of necessary paperwork on the way to a fair and honorable deal, or it can be a major weapon deployed by a team to impose its will on a player. Let's hope the Eagles' application of the tag on DeSean Jackson is more like the former than the latter. Their history offers mixed signals. In the past, the Eagles used the tag as a blunt instrument in dealing with linebacker Jeremiah Trotter and defensive tackle Corey Simon.
January 22, 2012
I still can't get over the fact that the No. 1-seeded Green Bay Packers got smoked at home by the New York Giants in the NFC semifinals, and I have no stake in the Packers nor do I even care about the city of Green Bay or the state of Wisconsin. I really can't get over the fact that Packers fans seem to have already gotten over the loss. See, I come from a city that takes defeats hard. If the Eagles had been the No. 1 seed in the conference playoffs with a sparkling 15-1 record and then gotten whupped by a team that just barely made the tournament, I don't think many fans here would have been sane enough to pass so much as a driving test.
December 7, 2011 |
For an afternoon, DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin were away from the questions about their 4-8 record, away from the glare that has followed them all season. Tuesday, on the Eagles' off day, Jackson and Maclin presented a $10,000 grant to Our Lady of Calvary school in Northeast Philadelphia for its work encouraging students to be more active. The award was given through the NFL's Play 60 program, which encourages health and fitness for young people. Jackson and Maclin arrived to raucous cheers from pre-kindergartners through eighth graders, many wearing Eagles jerseys.
November 21, 2011
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - He was benched briefly for running a punt backwards. He negated a huge 50-yard pass, which would have dug out the Eagles from their own 2-yard line, by tossing the ball at a Giants coach and taunting their sideline, drawing a penalty. In another time, in an earlier Andy Reid era, DeSean Jackson might not have returned to the field for the big punt return that punctuated the first half and set up the touchdown that gave the Eagles a 10-0 second-quarter lead.