January 23, 2012 |
MOBILE, Ala. - The Senior Bowl has been something of a proving ground for the Eagles over the last few years. Last year, they saw a 26-year-old left tackle from Baylor impress as he played guard for the first time. Three months later, Danny Watkins was the Eagles' first-round draft pick and started 12 games. Two years ago, Michigan defensive end Brandon Graham was named the Senior Bowl's most valuable player after dominating with five tackles, two sacks and a forced fumble.
January 13, 2012
IT HAS BEEN more than a week now since Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie told us Andy Reid would be back for a 14th season as the team's head coach. Since then, the question that continues to hold the most traction with the public is whether defensive coordinator Juan Castillo will be replaced and whether fired Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo will be the replacement. It makes sense - because Castillo was such an unconventional choice for the job, and because of all the fourth-quarter leads the team saw evaporate early in the season, and because Spagnuolo is so highly regarded following his work here and in New York as an assistant coach.
January 3, 2012 |
Michael Vick stood Monday where Donovan McNabb stood after so many Eagles seasons ended in so many shades of disappointment. Well, technically, Vick stood one locker to the right of McNabb's old corner space. But it was hard, as Vick talked about channeling this year's lessons into hard work toward next season, not to think back to all those seasons McNabb and Andy Reid worked together. One year really sticks out, and its lessons should be paramount for Reid, assuming he remains in charge of tweaking this team for a 14th attempt to win the Super Bowl.
December 29, 2011 |
THE DENVER Broncos might have to face former quarterback Kyle Orton with two backup safeties if Brian Dawkins and Quinton Carter can't play in Sunday's showdown with the visiting Kansas City Chiefs, who are trying to deny Tim Tebow a trip to the playoffs. Although Carter (hip) participated in the entire 2-hour workout yesterday, Dawkins was held out of the team's final full-padded practice of the regular season because of a neck injury that has bothered him for much of the month.
December 24, 2011 |
Cornerback Asante Samuel has been ruled out for Saturday's crucial game at Dallas, the Eagles said Friday. Samuel suffered a hamstring injury against the New York Jets and missed the last three practices. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will start in his place. Joselio Hanson will play in the slot in the nickel package. Samuel's absence could be crucial against a Cowboys team that features three significant threats at wide receiver and a big-time tight end. Rodgers-Cromartie, who was acquired in the trade with Arizona for Kevin Kolb during training camp, filled in for Samuel when he left in the second quarter of Sunday's game against the New York Jets.
December 23, 2011 |
Asante Samuel did not practice with the Eagles for the second straight day, putting his availability for Saturday's game at Dallas very much in question. Eagles coach Andy Reid said that Samuel tried to run on his strained hamstring Tuesday, but that the cornerback felt sore afterward and was held out from Wednesday's and Thursday's sessions. "Asante is still a little sore, and we'll just see how he does here over the next couple days," Reid said. Because of the short workweek, Thursday was the last strenuous practice before the Eagles board a flight Friday afternoon.
December 22, 2011 |
THE CLEVELAND Browns will not be disciplined by the NFL for their handling of quarterback Colt McCoy's concussion, according to reports. McCoy suffered a concussion when he sustained a helmet-on- helmet hit by Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison in a loss to the Steelers on Dec. 8. McCoy wasn't tested for a concussion after the hit and re-entered the game after missing just two plays. On Tuesday, the NFL decreed that a certified trainer will be placed in the press box at every game to help monitor head injuries.
December 17, 2011 |
The Eagles are all in . Amid a rush of stunning free-agent signings, I typed out those words one late July evening in a cramped, overly air-conditioned trailer set up next to the team's Lehigh University practice fields. A short time earlier, the Eagles had swooped in to sign Nnamdi Asomugha, widely considered the prize of free agency and a name at the top of many fans' wish lists. The phrase - which gained traction when it was repeated by team president Joe Banner - was meant to capture the bold aims of late July, when within two days the Eagles traded for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, signed Jason Babin and Vince Young, and then topped themselves by adding Asomugha.
December 12, 2011
Don't invite Bill O'Brien and Tom Brady to the same St. Patrick's Day party. The New England quarterback showed a rare display of sideline emotion on Sunday, engaging in a heated argument with his offensive coordinator - one that lasted long enough for head coach Bill Belichick to intervene. Brady had just thrown an interception in the end zone, late in the Patriots' 34-27 win, giving Washington an opportunity to tie the game on a final drive. When he went to the sideline, he was confronted by O'Brien.
December 7, 2011 |
If his time behind center for the Eagles is done - and it is our right to pray to the higher power of our choice that it is - then Vince Young must be credited with three singular achievements: First, he uttered the phrase "Dream Team," which will stick to this 4-8 train wreck of a team like nothing since "Gold Standard. " Second, he delivered one touchdown drive to beat the New York Giants - a victory that looks more and more incredible with each day it recedes into the past.