September 13, 2010 |
Each week, Daily News football writer Paul Domowitch provides five keys that fans should keep their eyes on. Here is how things panned out during yesterday's game: 1. Covering the tight end. To say the Eagles were atrocious in covering the tight end last season would be an understatement. They gave up 102 catches for 1,079 yards and 10 TDs to tight ends in 17 games. They're hoping the addition of Ernie Sims, who will play in nickel as well as the WILL spot, and switching Akeem Jordan over to SAM will improve their ability to defend the tight end. Yesterday, they targeted the Packers' Jermichael Finley, who caught 44 passes in the final eight games of 2009.
September 24, 2012 |
Here is Paul Domowitch's report card from the Eagles' win against the Ravens. Click here to enter your grades. We will publish the results in Tuesday's Daily News. RUSH OFFENSE: On paper, the rushing numbers-126 yards on 21 carries-don't look bad. But 84 of those 126 yards came in the second half when stopping the run was an afterthought for the Cardinals. LeSean McCoy had just four carries in the first half. He averaged 5.4 yards per carry, but 55 of his 70 rushing yards came in the second half after the Cardinals built a 24-point lead.
August 10, 2007
Crunch Time is a compilation of hits and a few misses from Eagles training camp. BETHLEHEM, Pa. - It had to happen sooner or later. Kevin Kolb, whose first days laboring in front of Eagles fans have been a lovefest of welcome and encouragement, threw an interception straight into the arms of rookie free agent safety Chris Smith yesterday. Boos wafted down from the grandstand closest the field. They were mocking, joking boos, but boos nonetheless. "Put McNabb back in," one fan advised.
August 5, 2010
Crunch Time is a compilation of hits - especially this edition - and misses from Eagles training camp at Lehigh: The hit of the morning came with Eldra Buckley's forward progress clearly stopped, when Stew Bradley swooped in and blasted the running back so hard he separated Buckley's dreads from his helmet, and left Buckley in need of trainers' assistance to stand up. Buckley noted that Bradley, who missed the 2009 season with a torn ACL,...
April 7, 2010
FIRST TIME Donovan McNabb comes to town in that burgundy and cream Redskins jersey, he can expect to be booed lustily. It's a Philadelphia tradition. But excuse us if we fail to observe that local custom this time. What many fans will remember most about the McNabb years is an empty space in the trophy case where the Lombardi trophy, symbol of a Super Bowl win, should reside. But that failure should not overshadow an era when the Eagles were a perennial winner, thanks largely to McNabb's big arm and bigger heart.
February 24, 2010 |
If there was any doubt that Donovan McNabb was the Eagles' starting quarterback for next season - and there has been plenty - it was placated once again by the only person that can actually speak on such matters. Although Eagles coach Andy Reid was not asked directly about McNabb's future during yesterday's news conference to announce Brian Westbrook's release, he alluded to the quarterback's return when he was asked about filling the running back's leadership void on offense. "Well, Donovan is obviously here," Reid said.
November 27, 2007
WAS IT JUST US, or did you notice the Eagles' offense was smoother, more effective with A.J. Feeley at quarterback? Was it just us, or did it seem wide receivers whose names were rarely heard this season - can you say Greg Lewis? - somehow, magically reappeared out of nowhere? Was it just us or did Sunday night's game against the almighty New England Patriots, favored to kick the feathers off our Birds, turn out to be the most entertaining and most competitive game this season?
November 25, 2008
FOR NEARLY 10 years, the dynamic duo of Coach Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb have tried, unsuccessfully, to lead their football team to a Super Bowl championship. It's clear to fans that either Reid or McNabb - or both - need to go. Reid's decision to pull McNabb during the second half of Sunday's game signaled Reid's lack of confidence in McNabb, and so the end of an era. We can only hope it's the beginning of a rebuilding period for our hapless football team. The loss on Sunday only underscored the need for change.
July 30, 2011 |
TEMPE, Ariz. - Kevin Kolb has arrived in Arizona as the new quarterback of a Cardinals team in desperate need of one, acknowledging the pressure he will be under to succeed but saying the situation simply "feels right. " "You just know when something feels right and this one feels right," he said, "all the way from flying in, driving through town, getting here to the facility, talking with everybody, meeting the players, it feels really good. " Kolb appeared at a news conference yesterday after undergoing his physical, and later, he traveled to the team's training camp in Flagstaff for an evening team meeting.
September 21, 2010 |
The Eagles are a like a mash-up of bad cable-network slogans. They know drama, and they're very funny. You can decide for yourself, but the evidence points toward the joke end of that spectrum. Compared to the Birds, the Jets - with their mouthy proclamations and HBO series and early-morning DWIs - are football's version of Ambien. Their production features sad, cliched story lines that have played out on grass- and turf-covered stages for ages. This thing the Eagles have put together is something altogether different and original.