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October 22, 2012
Kurt Coleman Safety Northmont High School Clayton, Ohio When Kurt Coleman was a sophomore at Northmont High School, varsity football coach Collin Abels told him: "Sophomores can play varsity football, but not if they act like sophomores. " Abels could see the abilities the young athlete possessed, but also recognized that he was veering off in the wrong direction. "Like a lot of kids, you could see how he was struggling," Abels says. "Not anything unlawful, just hanging out with the wrong people.
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October 23, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Kurt Coleman understands toughness, and it's not just the kind you see after a collision so intense his helmet flies off. Some toughness runs deeper, and he saw it after a conversation he had with his father in November 2006, when the Eagles' starting safety was a freshman at Ohio State. Ron Coleman, an assistant principal and basketball coach at a high school in Ohio, felt a lump in his left chest that autumn. He was 56. He initially thought it was fatty tissue, but his physician wanted it examined.
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October 21, 2011
In the small hamlets and towns that hang along I-70 west of Columbus, Ohio, the Friday night high school stadiums are illuminated like sparkling lights spread across a Christmas tree. They even seem to point in a straight line toward Ohio State. The huge school exerts such a gravitational pull on the young players that the lucky few good enough to play there seldom bother to resist. "For these kids, it's like the Holy Grail to play for Ohio State," said Collin Abels, the defensive coordinator at Clayton Northmont, a high school that dangles along the interstate chain just west of Dayton.
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August 6, 2011 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - There are plenty of uncomfortable situations that come with sharing dorm suites at training camp, but splitting one with the primary player you're competing against can be first-date awkward. Kurt Coleman and Jaiquawn Jarrett share a four-man suite, along with cornerbacks Jorrick Cavlin and Trevard Lindley, but the Eagles vying for the starting free-safety position have rooms directly across from one another. In some circumstances, doors might be closed most of the time.
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October 13, 2011 | BY LES BOWEN, bowenl@phillynews.com
JARRAD PAGE suffered a stinger early in the third quarter Sunday at Buffalo. Came out for a few plays. Went back in. Later sat more snaps in favor of Kurt Coleman, maybe because every time the coaching staff looked up, Page was flailing in the wake of a Buffalo ballcarrier. It was a brutal afternoon, and yesterday the expected consequence unfolded. Coleman, replaced by Page after missing a tackle that led to a 74-yard Giants touchdown on Sept. 25, was reinstated as a starting safety.
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April 21, 2011 | By LES BOWEN, bowenl@phillynews.com
There are lots of ways to handle being locked out of the NFL. Kurt Coleman is using his time in limbo to raise awareness of male breast cancer. Coleman might very well be the Eagles' starting strong safety right now, with Quintin Mikell a free agent, and nobody able to sign free agents. But Coleman can't work out at NovaCare as he attempts to build on the promising rookie season he forged after arriving last year as a seventh-round draftee. Instead he's helping out with spring practice at Ohio State, where Coleman went to school, and preparing for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Columbus, scheduled for May 14. Coleman's father, Ron, a high school assistant principal in Ohio, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2006, one of only 2,000 or so men who receive the rare diagnosis each year.
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August 1, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Mike Thomas met Andy Reid for the first time before Monday's practice, when the Eagles coach told the former Army sergeant that he looked like a movie star and could be on the field. Thomas, wearing a green Eagles muscle shirt that revealed his Eagles tattoos, told Reid to go win a Super Bowl. It was their first face-to-face encounter, but not the first time they had connected. In 2010, Thomas was badly wounded while serving in Iraq, outside Baghdad. He was in a coma for 20 days in a North Carolina hospital when his family shared his story with the Eagles.
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September 10, 2012
Up-Down Drill Brandon Weeden Weeden had a rough first NFL start. The 28-year-old rookie quarterback was the best defense for the Eagles. He overthrew several open receivers, failed to recognize a few more, and also tossed four interceptions. His passer rating was 5.1. You read that right.   Michael Vick He wasn't as bad as Weeden, but the Eagles are in trouble if Vick keeps playing this way. Big trouble.   O-line struggles The Eagles, as a whole, were as sloppy in the first half as a 2-year-old at dinner.
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August 27, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Safety Kenny Phillips and linebacker Jamar Chaney were the most prominent Eagles among 12 released Sunday. The roster is at 76, and the Eagles need to get to 75 by 4 p.m. Tuesday. They could place linebacker Phillip Hunt, who recently suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament, on injured reserve if they want to avoid waiving another player before Thursday night's preseason finale against the New York Jets. Phillips, acquired as a free agent this offseason, was not expected to make the club.
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March 19, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Even after the Eagles signed free agents Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Maragos last week, there was the belief that they weren't quite finished adding to the safety position before May's draft. Turns out, the team looked no further than its own list of unrestricted free agents to address the need for more depth and signed Nate Allen to a one-year contract on Monday. Even though he started all 16 games in 2013, including one playoff game, Allen won't be handed a starting spot. Jenkins' three-year, $16.25 million contract ensures that he will, at the least, be given every opportunity to start.
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March 13, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Malcolm Jenkins fit the paradigm the Eagles set last offseason during free agency. The former Saints safety, who agreed to a three-year contract with the Eagles on Tuesday, is young, relatively inexpensive, and considered by some to be an ascending talent. Most of the team's signings last season followed this pattern, and some panned out, but the two additions at safety were strikeouts. So it's understandable if skeptics question Jenkins and the Eagles' evaluation of the 26-year old. Jenkins may not have the resumé of Jairus Byrd, T.J. Ward, or Donte Whitner - three other free-agent safeties - but the Eagles believe his skills are suited to their scheme.
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March 11, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
ON TWITTER over the weekend, " @FakeWIPCaller ," a parody account, twice expressed exasperation that the Eagles hadn't yet signed any free agents. The joke, of course, was about fan impatience; while teams were free to talk to agents for pending unrestricted free agents starting Saturday, the teams can't sign those players until 3 p.m. tomorrow. It's a long time to wait, and to track rumors. A cynic might suggest that the 3-day "official tampering period" was instituted to give agents a chance to create some buzz around their clients.
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January 24, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
MOBILE, Ala. - If Chip Kelly drafts players the way he did last year, it wouldn't be bizarre if he selected Washington State safety Deone Bucannon in the NFL draft in May. Three of the first four prospects the Eagles chose in Kelly's first draft played on college teams that beat Oregon when he was head coach, and all three performed well in those games. Although Bucannon's Cougars were run over by the Ducks, 51-26, in 2012, the safety stood out by intercepting Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota twice.
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January 17, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Howie Roseman saw Brian Dawkins at the Eagles' postseason game on Jan. 4, and the sight of the retired safety only reaffirmed to Roseman how difficult it has been to replace him. The Eagles have been looking for safeties for five years. They're still looking. "You really appreciated it when he was here, but the longer he's away, you really get more and more appreciation for what a great player he was," Roseman said. "A Hall of Fame-caliber player at a position that's hard to find.
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January 7, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles won their first NFC East championship since 2010, although recent history is against them repeating in 2014. No team has won back-to-back division titles since the Eagles in 2003-04. The front office is confident in the direction of the franchise under coach Chip Kelly. The Eagles are positioned to build on their success, general manager Howie Roseman said after Saturday's 26-24 playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints. "First, you have to make sure you're sufficiently positioned in terms of resources," Roseman said.
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January 6, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Earl Wolff was active for the Eagles in Saturday night's wild-card playoff game against the New Orleans Saints, although the rookie safety did not start or play in the first half. Patrick Chung remained the starter. Wolff missed five of the last six games with an injured right knee. The team modified his practice schedule leading up to game, keeping him out of practice on Tuesday and Wednesday before ramping up his work later in the week. In the last week of the regular season, Wolff practiced but did not play.
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January 3, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
One day after Earl Wolff expressed optimism about returning to the field against the New Orleans Saints on Saturday, the Eagles safety remained an observer in Wednesday's practice because of a lingering knee injury. Wolff said he thinks he will practice on Thursday, although that practice is a walk-through. The Eagles will practice again Friday. Either way, it's not a good sign for the rookie safety. "Earl has to practice if he's going to play," coach Chip Kelly said. "He's got to get out there at some point in time.
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December 19, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles hope that the way their secondary played in Sunday's loss to the Minnesota Vikings was an aberration, even if they entered the game with one of the worst pass defenses in the NFL. In this Sunday's visit by the Chicago Bears, the Eagles will learn whether the concern about the defensive backfield is valid. The Bears feature two of the NFC's top receivers - Brandon Marshall and Alshon Jeffery have both eclipsed 1,000 yards this season - and the NFL's fifth-ranked passing offense.
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December 18, 2013 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Patrick Chung had been exploited by the Minnesota Vikings and benched by his defensive coordinator, and as he finished changing into street clothes after the Eagles' 48-30 loss Sunday, he propped his right foot on the floor of his locker to tie his shoe. Behind him, his teammates were dressing, chatting with one another, talking to the media, but Chung couldn't see any of that. He had his back turned to everything that was going on around him, which pretty well describes how he has played safety for much of this season.
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