December 14, 2012
I AM HERE to state unequivocally that Nick Foles' rookie performance so far is nothing like those of Bobby Hoying, A.J. Feeley or Kevin Kolb. That's not just because in their Eagles careers, neither Hoying, Feeley nor Kolb ever threw for 381 yards, two late-fourth-quarter touchdowns, and no interceptions, the way Foles did Sunday at Tampa. It's because not one of those three did much of anything as an Eagles rookie. That's a huge point that often gets overlooked in the rush to compare the third-round kid from Arizona to other young quarterbacks who have excited fans in brief interludes as the Birds' starter.
December 3, 2012 |
Remember the good old days, when the Eagles had three starting-caliber quarterbacks - "a beautiful situation," Andy Reid once called it - on their roster? The fact that none of them - Donovan McNabb, Michael Vick, Kevin Kolb - won a Super Bowl is beside the point. In three short years, the Eagles have gone from quarterback-rich to as poor as the majority of teams in the NFL. They still have options on their roster with Vick and Nick Foles, but neither appears very attractive at the moment.
November 14, 2012 |
FOR ME, ANDY REID became a different guy on Sept. 21, 2010. That was when he made the first of several panic moves, none of which has worked out, panic moves that have transformed a stable, winning franchise into a smoldering ruin in the space of a little more than 2 years. Sept. 21, 2010, was the day Reid announced he was switching quarterbacks, from Kevin Kolb to Michael Vick, because Vick had played six good quarters while Kolb was sidelined by a concussion. You certainly could defend the decision - it looked like a stroke of genius for about 3 months - but there was no getting around the fact that, as I wrote in the Daily News the next day, it might have been "the most unReidlike turnaround of the Reid era. " This was a man who stuck with Todd Pinkston and James Thrash through three NFC Championship Game losses, whose hallmark was careful, deliberate decision-making.
November 12, 2012
On Sunday against the Cowboys, Nick Foles made his NFL debut by replacing injured starting quarterback Michael Vick with 7 minutes, 41 seconds left in the second quarter. On Nov. 23, 2008, against the Ravens, Kevin Kolb got his first significant NFL playing time by replacing struggling starting quarterback Donovan McNabb to open the third quarter. Their results were similarly unsuccessful. Outcomes: Sunday, Cowboys 38, Eagles 23; Nov. 23, 2008, Ravens 36, Eagles 7. Foles' numbers: 22-32-219, 1 TD, 1 INT. Kolb's numbers: 10-23-73, 0 TD, 2 INT. Foles' bright spot: He completed a 44-yard TD pass to Jeremy Maclin early in the third quarter to give the Eagles a 14-10 lead.
November 1, 2012 |
TEMPE, Ariz. - His detractors regard Arizona quarterback Kevin Kolb as more of a liability than an asset. Since the Eagles traded him to the Cardinals on July 28, 2011, Kolb has spent more time in the training room than displaying efficiency on the football field. Kolb missed Arizona's game against the Eagles last November when he was sidelined by a turf toe and missed the final three games of 2011 because of head trauma and the effects of a concussion. Now the 28-year-old Texas native is out indefinitely with rib-cartilage damage.
September 30, 2012
The voters speak Of course the legends come first. Steve Carlton and Mike Schmidt. Some people would say popular figures like Tug McGraw and maybe John Kruk. The present-day face would be Chase Utley, because people think he's a hard-nosed player, which fits the Philly image. Phillies2008WSChamps Philly.com/Sports The big difference between Schmidt and Ryan Howard [who pulled just 2.5% of the vote] was that Schmidt was an excellent defensive player at third, but also made adjustments as a hitter.
September 29, 2012
NFL officials on the verge of approving a new contract say they are excited to get back to work. Officials arrived Friday at a Dallas-area hotel to discuss and vote on an eight-year agreement reached with the league late Wednesday. They were meeting Friday night with a vote on the contract expected Saturday morning. Some planned to fly directly after the vote to their assigned cities for Sunday's games. Dirty Birds? The regular officials may have missed a few things in their first game back.
September 26, 2012
If the question is, "Does Michael Vick hold onto the ball too long in the pocket?" then the simple answer is, "Yes, he most certainly does. " There are many reasons for this, not all of which are the quarterback's doing. Coach Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg are partly responsible, as they were Sunday, when they once again called too many pass plays and had Vick drop back 46 times. A number of those plays took too long to develop and required Vick to hold onto the ball slightly longer than his counterpart, Kevin Kolb, did in a game plan that had the Cardinals' quarterback making quicker throws.
September 25, 2012 |
The streak of fool's gold victories finally ended at six on Sunday when the Arizona Cardinals, of all teams, and Kevin Kolb, of all opposing quarterbacks, decided they weren't going to be anybody's fool. Or, at least, not the Eagles' fool. It was quite a stretch, beginning with the final four games of the 2011 season when the Eagles beat quarterbacks Matt Moore, Mark Sanchez, Stephen McGee and Rex Grossman and declared themselves healed and ready for a new beginning. The streak continued at the start of this season with one-point wins over Cleveland and Baltimore when the Eagles committed five and four turnovers, respectively, and stayed close enough to survive on late fourth-quarter touchdown drives.