March 8, 2013 |
FOR YEARS, Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder was the poster boy for free-agency stupidity, spending millions on big-name veterans in March and regularly finishing 5-11 or 6-10 in December. Then, two summers ago, the Eagles blew Snyder right out of the water by going on the mother of all free-agency shopping sprees. "Somebody wrote the words, 'The Eagles are all in,' and that's how we look at it," the team's former president, Joe Banner, boasted after the Eagles corralled the likes of Nnamdi Asomugha, Jason Babin, Cullen Jenkins, Ronnie Brown and Vince Young.
February 17, 2013
Inquirer staff writers Jeff McLane and Mike Jensen received national honors in the Associated Press Sports Editors contest for 2012. Each received a Top 10 award. McLane won in the breaking news category for his article about former Eagles president Joe Banner's resignation. Jensen won in the explanatory category for his Page One article on sneaking into sporting events and concerts.
February 12, 2013
Temple tailback Montel Harris is scheduled to participate Feb. 23 to 26 in the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. The graduate student, who played several games with injuries, had 196 carries for 1,054 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. Harris, who transferred from Boston College in July, finished his career with 4,789 yards and 39 TDs. The NCAA granted Penn State tight end-turned-offensive lineman Garry Gilliam a sixth year of eligibility on Monday because of a left-knee injury.
January 19, 2013 |
Howie Roseman could have puffed out his chest or pointed fingers or reveled in an afternoon of vindication. Because as Eagles general manager, Roseman will eventually receive blame and criticism again. It's an occupational hazard. Yet on a day when Roseman was billed as influential in helping the Eagles land Chip Kelly as head coach, he refused to admit he felt vindicated when offered the forum. "I don't want to make this about me," Roseman said. "I think it's about our organization, our team, and giving our fans back the team they're used to. That would be vindication to me. " Roseman had been the target of criticism during the Eagles' coaching search, especially when they appeared to be exhausting their list of candidates.
January 17, 2013
Howie Roseman got what he wanted. In Chip Kelly, the Eagles general manager will have a copilot who will stay on his side of the cockpit. There had been reports long before the Eagles hired the Oregon coach that Kelly wanted full authority on football matters. Not so. When he showed up for his interviews with the Eagles, Cleveland Browns, and Buffalo Bills earlier this month, Kelly made it clear from the get-go that he didn't want final say on personnel matters, a source familiar with his thinking said.
January 16, 2013 |
The thing is, we're just out of practice. Philadelphia went 14 years without its football team searching for a new head coach. That's long enough to forget how this whole thing works. It's also long enough for a whole different kind of urgency to build up. The Jacksonville Jaguars are looking for a new coach, too. But their fans haven't been through the Waring blender of emotions that pureed Eagles fans during Andy Reid's tenure. After 14 years of anticipation, triumph, near misses, shocking disappointment, vivid controversy, strange decisions and ultimate unraveling - Eagles fans don't just want to know who's next.
January 9, 2013 |
FINALLY, there was an opportunity Monday to ask Andy Reid about what Eagles chairman Jeffrey Lurie said a week earlier, that Lurie didn't hold general manager Howie Roseman accountable for the Birds' anemic-looking 2010 and 2011 drafts because Roseman didn't have final say on draft decisions those years. "I think everybody's got to be pulling in the same direction," Reid said, during a conference call with Philadelphia reporters, a few hours after he was introduced as the new coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.
January 5, 2013 |
They have accumulated again, like old traffic tickets stuffed in the glove compartment. Despite the best intentions and resolutions of each new year, a large number of corrections and clarifications that should have been published throughout 2012 did not appear because of the diligent efforts of the author. The Ninth Annual Corrections Column is not something we're proud of, but it is time to come clean, ask forgiveness, and make a new start. Once more - promise - this won't have to happen again.
January 4, 2013 |
PENN STATE'S Bill O'Brien is the best professional head-coaching prospect out there. He has successful pro experience with the franchise every other NFL franchise wants to be like and was stunningly successful amid the worst of circumstances in his first season as Penn State's head football coach. That he did this amid national, if not worldwide, media scrutiny answers that question as well. I think the Eagles would have been crazy not to hire him. And I think he would have been crazy to come here.