November 20, 2014 |
If there was a silver lining to Mark Sanchez's four turnovers against the Packers, it was that they didn't affect the outcome of the game. The Eagles were already trailing, 30-6, early in the third quarter Sunday when Sanchez and LeSean McCoy botched a handoff that resulted in a fumble. The remaining time theoretically was enough to pull off a comeback, but only if Aaron Rodgers and Bradley Fletcher exchanged teams and positions. The Packers had the Eagles' number and there was nothing Sanchez or Nick Foles or Joe Montana - OK, maybe Montana - could have done to quarterback a victory.
November 18, 2014 |
SUDDENLY there were questions about Nick Foles at Chip Kelly's day-after presser. You remember Nick Foles. Tall. Slow afoot. Acme spokesman. Enthusiastic user of Uber. Once the future of Eagles quarterbacking. Maybe still is. Something about witnessing the spectacle of Mark Sanchez chasing a fumbled snap down the field, watching Sanchez try to pick it up and not succeed, before Green Bay's Casey Hayward swooped in and took off for a 49-yard touchdown gallop that elicted laughter at Lambeau Field - that plus the two Sanchez interceptions and the fumbled exchange with LeSean McCoy on Sunday, got reporters wondering wistfully about their old friend Nick.
December 24, 2013 |
Julius Peppers - once one of the league's most fearsome defensive ends - could only watch from the Lincoln Financial Field turf as he lay on his side. Peppers had LeSean McCoy in his grasp just a blink earlier, ready to make a goal-line stop. But that trademark McCoy move - a quick spin that leaves defenders wobbling - dropped the Chicago defender to the turf and sent McCoy to his second touchdown in the third quarter of Sunday's 54-11 Eagles win. McCoy finished with 133 yards on 18 carries and added six catches for 29 yards.
April 28, 2010 |
The Carolina Panthers traded starting strong safety Chris Harris to the Chicago Bears yesterday, continuing their offseason roster overhaul. The Panthers get reserve linebacker Jamar Williams in the deal, while Harris returns to Chicago less than 3 years after he was traded to Carolina. Harris was deemed expendable after he struggled some in 2009 and Carolina added depth at safety. He joins starters Jake Delhomme, Brad Hoover, Muhsin Muhammad, Damione Lewis, Maake Kemoeatu and Na'il Diggs who have moved on because of Carolina's youth movement.
March 6, 2010 |
Julius Peppers got away, but the Eagles were able to sign another free agent yesterday. They just happened to sign one of their own restricted free agents. The Eagles inked Leonard Weaver to a three-year contract, making him the highest-paid fullback in league history. The deal is worth $11 million with $6.5 million guaranteed, according to Weaver's agent, Harold Lewis. "That speaks volumes," said Weaver, a Pro Bowl starter last season. "To have the title of being 'the highest-paid fullback in the NFL history' says a lot. It says a lot, not only about your peers and the organization who allowed this contract to come to [fruition]
February 1, 2010 |
Much of the talk during the days leading up to last night's Pro Bowl at Sun Life Stadium focused on the watered-down rosters of the two teams, thanks to the NFL's decision to play the game a week before the Super Bowl, eliminating all players from the NFC champion New Orleans Saints and AFC champion Indianapolis Colts. A bad game, in other words, got worse. In a way, however, the Pro Bowl exhibition between the NFC and AFC set the tone for what lies ahead for the league. On March 5, the league's free-agent market will open, and it promises to be a real bore.
September 12, 2009 |
Julius Peppers: Enigma. The story continues for the Carolina Panthers. Tomorrow, will the Eagles face the Peppers who was one of the NFL's dominating defensive ends last season with a career high of 14.5 sacks? Or will the 2007 version of Peppers show up, the one who muddled through that season with 2.5 sacks? And will this be the Peppers who in January tried to force his way out of Carolina by saying he didn't want to play for the Panthers? Or the one who, after that strategy didn't work, insists he's happy still being with the Panthers and will pour his full efforts into helping them defend their NFC South championship?
June 25, 2009 |
Julius Peppers' stalemate with the Carolina Panthers is over, leaving the defensive end rich and the NFC South champions free from worrying about a holdout. Peppers signed his 1-year, $16.7 million tender yesterday, 5 months after the four-time Pro Bowl selection first announced he wanted to play elsewhere next season. It means Peppers, Carolina's all-time sacks leader, should be present for the start of training camp. "Recently, I've had positive and productive discussions with the organization," Peppers said in a statement released by his agent, Carl Carey.
April 17, 2009 |
Carolina Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said he remains confident defensive end Julius Peppers will return to the team next season, even as he's made public his wishes to play elsewhere. In a predraft interview with reporters yesterday, Hurney said there were no new developments in the stalemate with their four-time Pro Bowl pick. The Panthers placed the franchise tag on Peppers. He has not signed the 1-year tender for $16.7 million, however, and has said he won't sign a long-term deal with Carolina.
March 18, 2009 |
According to a report, the Baltimore Ravens will sign free-agent tight end L.J. Smith today. The Baltimore Sun, citing a league source, reported that Smith, who played six seasons with the Eagles, will sign a 1-year, $1.5 million deal. The Ravens are coached by John Harbaugh, who was an assistant with the Eagles from 1998 to 2007. Smith caught 37 passes for 298 yards and three touchdowns with the Eagles last season. Smith was thought to be close to signing with Atlanta but a source told the Atlanta Journal Constitution on Monday that the deal fell through because the run-oriented Falcons were unhappy with his blocking ability.