July 28, 2016 |
Typically, when a sentence starts, "When I was playing high school football . . .," it draws a blank stare or an eye roll. When Jim Schwartz uttered the phrase on Tuesday, however, he wasn't about to recount the glory days of his youth. The Eagles defensive coordinator was anecdotally illustrating a point about his scheme. "When I was playing high school football, the coach would always say, 'Hey, everybody stay in your lane. Everybody stay in your lane,' " Schwartz said. "Nobody covers a kick that way in the NFL anymore or college football because [if]
June 15, 2016 |
YOU COULD almost hear the briefcase clicking shut Monday evening. That's when Howie Roseman finished a four-month negotiation with Fletcher Cox, perhaps already the best defensive tackle in Eagles history and probably the best athlete in the city, depending on how you regard Claude Giroux. According to ESPN, Cox, 25, agreed to a six-year, $103 million contract extension, $63 million of it guaranteed in various manners. It might turn out to be the most guaranteed money a non-quarterback has ever made, but NFL contracts are specious documents full of misdirection and hidden intent.
May 31, 2016 |
Brandon Graham wonders sometimes how his first six seasons with the Eagles might have been different if not for the revolving door that welcomed and discarded defensive coordinators. "Especially that last year when coach [Andy] Reid was here," Graham said last week after a practice session at the NovaCare Complex. "It was my first time starting after my injury and I ended up getting 51/2 sacks and I really felt like I was headed in the right direction. And then, bam, here comes the 3-4. " Few members of the Eagles have fond memories of that 2012 season, which was Reid's last in Philadelphia.
April 21, 2016 |
THE LAST TIME the Wide 9 was seen in these parts, it was helping grease the skids for Andy Reid's firing and being excoriated as a bad-awful defensive alignment that seemingly sacrificed everything else for the sake of sacks. The Wide 9, a deployment in which the defensive ends line up near the mezzanine-level concession stands so they can burn rubber around the offensive tackles and beat them to the quarterback, was brought to the Eagles in 2011 by Jim Washburn, who was hired as the team's defensive line coach shortly after Reid came up with the really, really dumb idea to make his longtime offensive line coach, Juan Castillo, his new defensive coordinator.
January 20, 2016 |
UPDATE: After being introduced Tuesday as the Eagles' new head coach, Doug Pederson said that Jim Schwartz would be the team's new defensive coordinator. Schwartz arrived in Philadelphia on Monday and was to interview on Tuesday, an NFL source said. The Eagles officially announced Pederson, the former Chiefs' offensive coordinator, as their new head coach on Monday. Schwartz is a notable addition to offensive-minded Pederson's staff and one of the most important hires the first-time coach will make.
January 19, 2016 |
If Doug Pederson learned anything from Andy Reid - and the Eagles had better hope it wasn't only time management - it should be how to select a defensive coordinator as a new head coach. Reid got it right with the Eagles and the Chiefs when he tabbed Jim Johnson and Bob Sutton, respectively, to run his defense. In both cases, he went with veteran coaches who had mild success as NFL coordinators but impressed Reid when his teams faced their defenses. Johnson and Sutton were also beyond the point of being considered future head coaches.
January 13, 2016 |
IF YOUR frame of reference is 2015, then hiring Tom Coughlin to coach the Eagles must seem like a crazy idea. Coughlin, 69, gently led toward the New York Giants' door after a 6-10 season, presided over several late-game collapses. The Giants media and fan base spent much of the year talking about how their team was better than its record, which is pretty much always an indictment of coaching. But as the outpouring of affection for Coughlin when he stepped down showed, there was a lot more to the crusty coach than 2015.
January 8, 2016 |
Three years ago, the Eagles fired Andy Reid on New Year's Eve and searched for their next head coach until owner Jeffrey Lurie and general manager Howie Roseman landed Chip Kelly on Jan. 16. This time around, Kelly was dismissed on Dec. 29, prior to the last game of the regular season, and the new search has commenced, with Lurie and Roseman once again leading the way, in conjunction with business-side president Don Smolenski. The question on the table is a simple one: Are the Eagles better off now than they were three years ago?
January 6, 2016 |
Three years ago, the Eagles made a radical change to their defense. They shifted from a 4-3, "wide-nine" defensive front to a 3-4. The next coaching change could bring a similar philosophical shift. The new coach will determine the defensive scheme, but it's something the players must think about entering the offseason. Many of the players on the Eagles defense were brought in by Chip Kelly's staff to play in this scheme. "I think for everybody, it should matter," safety Malcolm Jenkins said.
December 18, 2015 |
WHEN THE DAY comes for Larry Fitzgerald to make his induction speech on the stage in Canton, Ohio, he better save a few paragraphs to thank the Eagles. The Cardinals' all-time leading receiver has scored at least one touchdown in each of the seven games he's faced the Eagles. Of his 105 career TDs including the playoffs, 11 have come against the Birds. That's a little more than 10 percent of his total touchdowns against a team he's played less than four percent of his games. "He's one of the best football players I've played with at any position," said quarterback Carson Palmer, a 12-year NFL veteran.