July 24, 2014 |
AMONG THE popular theories accompanying Chip Kelly's release of DeSean Jackson in March, most popular was the premise it was done to establish some type of moral beachhead: That alleged gang involvement, petulance and insubordination induced the NFL coach, a year removed from college, to release a Pro Bowl receiver coming off his best season statistically. Such theories say more about how we view our favorite NFL football team than how Kelly, or most any other successful NFL football coach coaches them.
June 17, 2013 |
Chip Kelly's message to his players before they started the NFL's answer to summer vacation was to "be professional" about their work during the intermission between minicamp and training camp. It's fair to assume the directive extends to the players' conduct, too. It was Kelly who said earlier this offseason, "If I can't trust them when they leave this building then we probably brought the wrong guys in here. " No team is ever excited to hear about a Pro Bowl left tackle racing away from the police in excess of 100 m.p.h.
May 23, 2013 |
At this time last year, Fletcher Cox and Mychal Kendricks were promising rookies brought in to upgrade an underachieving Eagles defense. Second-round pick Kendricks was a starter at outside linebacker from his first practice. First-rounder Cox found a spot in the crowded defensive line rotation. Their coordinator was dismissed during their rookie season and coach Andy Reid was gone at the end. A whole new system is in place for their second season, but what remains are the team's plans for Cox and Kendricks, two cornerstones for the defense going forward.
January 18, 2013
1. Chip Kelly's first name actually is . . . a. Erik b. Christopher c. Charles 2. Which is the only school Kelly lost to twice as Oregon's head coach? a. Stanford b. USC c. California 3. No Oregon player was selected in the first round of the NFL Draft during Kelly's tenure as head coach (since 2009). a. True b. False 4. Who was the highest Ducks player drafted since 2009? a. LaMichael James b. Patrick Chung c. Casey Matthews 5. The greatest Eagles player who played at Oregon is . . . a. Fenuki Tupou b. A.J. Feeley c. Norm Van Brocklin 6. Kelly's nickname "Big Balls" is . . . a. A reference to his use of medicine balls during training b. A reference to an anatomical anomaly c. A reference to his gutsy playcalling 7. How far is Eugene, Ore., from Philadelphia?
January 18, 2013 |
NEVER MIND whether Chip Kelly's offense is too gimmicky. What are veteran players going to think of a coach who has never set foot in an NFL locker room, as a player or coach? "He's a head coach, he's been successful before," said center Jason Kelce. "I think everybody's going to understand that he knows what he's doing . . . And also, he's got a lot of things on offense he does that he'll probably be able to translate a little to our team. With the tools we have on offense, at receiver, running back, offensive line, he's got more than enough tools to assimilate [into a spread]
December 15, 2011 |
ARIZONA STATE has hired Todd Graham as its next football coach. Arizona State athletic director Lisa Love announced yesterday that Graham will replace Dennis Erickson, who was dismissed following a 6-6 season in which the Sun Devils dropped their final four games. Graham spent just one season in Pittsburgh, where he led the Panthers to a 6-6 mark and a tie for second place in the Big East. The move caps a tumultuous season for the Panthers, who announced in September that they're leaving the Big East for the ACC by 2014 and will now be looking for their fourth head coach in the last 13 months.
December 10, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - The Heisman Trophy that seemed to be Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck's to lose may be lost Saturday night to a Baylor quarterback. Momentum in recent days has shifted swiftly and favorably toward Robert Griffin III. Heismanpundit.com, a site run by former Southern California assistant sports information director Chris Huston that tracks college football's most coveted award, has predicted a victory for Griffin. In a final survey of 13 Heisman voters, Griffin received eight first-place votes to four for Luck.
December 3, 2011 |
LaMichael James ran for 219 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 8 Oregon beat UCLA, 49-31, in the inaugural Pac-12 championship game Friday night for the Ducks' third straight conference title and a likely berth in the Rose Bowl. Rick Neuheisel tipped his hat to the UCLA fans in his last game as coach. The former Bruins quarterback was fired this week after four seasons with his alma mater. While the Bruins (6-7) played with passion for their outgoing coach and kept it closer than many thought they would, it was not enough to overcome the Ducks (11-2)
November 10, 2011 |
STANFORD HAS WON its last 17 games, 13 by double digits. That includes a 40-12 wipeout of a Virginia Tech team that brought an 11-game winning streak into last January's Orange Bowl. The Cardinal's lone loss in its last 22 was 13 months ago, 52-31, at Oregon, where they led, 21-3, after a quarter. The Ducks got to play for the national title, while Stanford had to settle for No. 4 in the closing poll. Now, the Cardinal is fourth in the BCS standings, still behind Alabama, which just fell at home in overtime to top-ranked Louisiana State.
October 30, 2011 |
Redshirt freshman Jared Barnett threw for a touchdown and ran for another, and Iowa State shocked No. 19 Texas Tech, 41-7, in Lubbock, Texas, on Saturday night, a week after the Red Raiders won at Oklahoma. Making his first start, Barnett's mobility caused the Red Raiders defense fits. He rushed for 92 yards on 19 carries and completed 14 of 26 passes for 144 yards. His touchdowns were career firsts. It was the largest margin of victory over a ranked team for Iowa State since the Cyclones beat No. 20 Nebraska in Ames by 22 points (36-14)