December 13, 2011
A QUICK review of the Eagles' 26-10 win over the Dolphins while wondering what to get Andy and Tammy for Christmas: The defense When Juan Castillo has deserved criticism, which has been often in his first season as the Eagles' defensive coordinator, I have criticized him. And when he's done a good job, I haven't hesitated to point that out either. On Sunday, Juan did a very good job. He had an aggressive and creative game plan against the Dolphins. Mixed up his coverages, attacked the Dolphins with a variety of blitzes, moved his front four around, occasionally lined up with just two players with their hands on the ground.
November 29, 2011
BREAKING DOWN Sunday's 38-20 loss to the Patriots while wondering what the odds would be on a Marty Mornhinweg-Jim Washburn fight: * The Patriots converted six of 11 third-down opportunities. And that doesn't include two more the Eagles converted for them with penalties. In the last four games, Eagles' opponents have converted 24 of 55 third-down opportunities (43.6 percent). The Eagles' third-down pass defense has been terrible. Opposing quarterbacks have averaged 11 yards per attempt and have completed 63.4 percent of their pass attempts on third down in the last four games.
November 26, 2011 |
Vince Young looks set to start at quarterback in place of Michael Vick on Sunday, but he probably will be without the team's leading receiver, Jeremy Maclin, when the Eagles host the New England Patriots. Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha's status was up in the air after he suffered a hyperextended left knee in practice Thursday. Asomugha officially is listed as questionable and didn't practice Friday. But he ran through all of Wednesday's session and most of Thursday's, giving him enough knowledge of the game plan to play Sunday if the knee cooperates.
November 18, 2011 |
Even pass-first Andy Reid would seem compelled to get LeSean McCoy involved this week. Even if Michael Vick plays, he'll be doing it with broken ribs. Even if Jeremy Maclin is OK, he'll be coping with hamstring and shoulder injuries. DeSean Jackson hasn't been himself, Vince Young hasn't started in a year, and Jason Avant was shut down last week. McCoy, meanwhile, leads the NFL in touchdowns and ranks second in rushing yards and fourth in total yardage.
September 2, 2011
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - If you've been listening closely, or even if you haven't and have been residing on a mountaintop in Tibet the last month, you've probably heard that the Eagles are - drum roll, please - "all in. " They attacked the post-lockout free-agent market with Shawn Andrews-at-Five Guys fervor. Signed about 120 Pro Bowlers, or so it seemed. But "all in" in the salary-capped world of the National Football League doesn't quite mean the same thing as it does in, say, baseball, where an owner can pretty much fill out checks until he gets writer's cramp.
August 25, 2011 |
The Eagles linebackers know what you think - and they don't like it very much. They can look at the roster just like anyone else and count the star players, the high draft picks, the respected veterans on all the other units. And, well, that leaves them, doesn't it? "We know that people don't expect us to do what we need to do," said second-year player Keenan Clayton, listed as the backup to Moise Fokou at the weakside spot. "They always look down at us and always try to find an excuse not to like us. But we're not going to allow any excuses.
August 3, 2011 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Here's the question: Now that the Eagles have added four impact players on defense, does the February decision to promote longtime offensive line coach Juan Castillo to defensive coordinator seem less or more crazy? You can make an argument either way. Less: The more good players you have, the less important your scheme becomes. With Andy Reid over his shoulder, Castillo can put together a solid defensive system and simply turn the athletes loose. If Jason Babin, Trent Cole, and Cullen Jenkins can pressure quarterbacks, then Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and (maybe)
July 14, 2011 |
The Eagles have 15 rookies from 2010 who are returning for their second year without having the benefit of the usual offseason. Daily News Eagles beat writer Les Bowen breaks down what to expect from each player: Brandon Graham: The first-round defensive end might not have been ready for the Opening-Day starting job he was given. Graham managed two sacks in his first five games, then one in the next eight before tearing his right ACL Dec. 12 at Dallas. Started only two of the last eight games he played.
April 27, 2011
Even though draft prognostication and second-guessing are great fun for the fans, I think we all, deep down, would concede that we don't have the information and experience that general managers and coaches have. Before drafting a player, Andy Reid has probably watched film of nearly every play he played in his college career. Andy is now the longest-tenured coach in the NFL, and many fans think that he has not had a good record of success with his picks. I believe the record shows he has. Of the Eagles' 12 drafts under Reid, I would rate one as great, four as very good, three as good, one as fair, two as poor and one as horrible.