January 4, 2016 |
During the news conference Wednesday when he explained, or tried to, why he had fired Chip Kelly, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie uttered fewer than 30 words of his opening statement before referencing the rarity of what he had done the day before. Kelly was just the second head coach whom Lurie had decided to replace since 1998, and he cited that relative lack of turnover - just Kelly and Andy Reid, for close to 18 years - to sell everyone on his always-careful thought process and the franchise's resulting stability.
September 7, 2011
THIRTEEN YEARS ago, I got a call from someone at Comcast-Spectacor inquiring whether I had any interest in being on a panel after every Eagles game to talk about the results and where the Eagles' season was headed. They said they would pay me, but I felt that as mayor, such payment would appear inappropriate, so the money was directed to charity. (I should note that today, as a civilian, I no longer deem the payment to be inappropriate, so it is directed to my bank account.) So 13 years ago this Sunday, I did my first "Eagles Postgame Live.
October 7, 2010
AT THE NOVACARE Center, there is a lobby leading to the practice fields. The walls are adorned with newspaper accounts of previous Eagles exploits. Rookie quarterback Mike Kafka should pay particular attention to one of them before the Birds head to San Francisco for Sunday night's game with the 49ers. It's the front page from the Daily News dated Nov. 26, 2002. The headline says, "A Call to Arms. " It has a drop-head that asks, "Can Birds win without McNabb [with name crossed out]
August 9, 2010
WHAT COULD BE worse than Donovan McNabb coming back to Philadelphia in the maroon and gold of the Washington Redskins? How about being a Cowboys fan and having Troy Aikman wearing Eagles midnight green? Coulda happened. During an interview with former Cowboys teammate Michael Irvin on Irvin's radio show on WQAM-AM out of Miami, Aikman confirmed the rumor that the Eagles had contacted him in 2002 to fill in for an injured McNabb. When the Birds couldn't persuade him out of the Fox broadcasting booth, they used A.J. Feeley and Koy Detmer at quarterback for six games, and McNabb made it back to play in two playoff games - against Atlanta and the gut-wrenching, devastating, we-shoulda-been-in-the-Super-Bowl loss to Tampa in the last game at Veterans Stadium.
February 24, 2007 |
Jeff Garcia's free-agent options are dwindling, but that doesn't mean the quarterback will be back in Philadelphia next season. In the last two days, the Chicago Bears and Minnesota Vikings have removed themselves from the list of potential suitors for the quarterback who helped rescue the Eagles' 2006 season after starter Donovan McNabb was lost to injury for the second consecutive year. "I believe there are going to be some excellent starting situations elsewhere and some excellent backup situations elsewhere," said Steve Baker, Garcia's agent.
September 6, 2006
I CANNOT UNDERSTAND how the Eagles could put 10 seasons into Koy Detmer, grooming him as a solid backup quarterback, to release him just to have a couple of different veterans. I can understand having Jeff Garcia on the club along with Detmer. But why do you go out and sign A.J. Feeley? If you are going to put 10 years into a football player, at least get something for him in a trade! Without making a trade, you are just wasting those 10 seasons. It's obvious that the Eagles could have gotten an A.J. Feeley-type quarterback in a trade with Koy Detmer.
July 28, 2006 |
Koy Detmer's new 'do has drawn some serious razzing from his teammates. Call Detmer the Bald Eagle after he shaved his head this week. "I used to do this in years past, usually at the beginning of summer, not this late," Detmer said yesterday after the Eagles' morning practice. "It's a little change of pace, a little camaraderie, a little unity with the guys on the team. " And a lot of ribbing. "I'm getting called out about it all the time," he said, laughing. "In a few days, everybody will get used to it and it will start growing back.
December 6, 2005 |
If this is the end of Mike McMahon's run as a starting quarterback for the Eagles, it will not be remembered too fondly. McMahon, who made his third start for the Eagles in last night's loss to the Seattle Seahawks, will be lumped together with such less-than-luminary signal-callers in franchise history as Bubby Brister, Ken O'Brien and Doug Pederson. Those players had a brief time in the spotlight, or at least the starting lineup. McMahon appears headed for the same plight.
November 17, 2005 |
Mike McMahon handled his first news conference as the Eagles' starting quarterback in steady, if not flashy, fashion. The Eagles would be happy with the same type of performance when he makes his first NFL start since 2002 on Sunday against the New York Giants. Eagles coach Andy Reid announced yesterday that McMahon would start in place of the ailing Donovan McNabb against the Giants. McNabb aggravated his sports hernia while trying to make a tackle of Roy Williams after the safety's crucial interception in Monday's 21-20 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
September 2, 2005 |
If this was truly a decision-making event, the Eagles would have woken up this morning without any reserves. Coach Andy Reid and his staff, of course, will make their final cuts this weekend and still feel good about the 53-man roster that will travel to Atlanta for the Sept. 12 season opener on Monday Night Football. On the other hand, the Eagles have some obvious question marks at some positions when they get beyond the top of their depth chart. The Eagles' backups in general and second-string quarterback Koy Detmer in particular were absolutely awful last night, and the result was an unsightly 37-14 loss to the New York Jets that quickly emptied Lincoln Financial Field.