September 3, 2015 |
KENJON BARNER has known Chip Kelly for a long time, from his days as a high school football star, through a brief but emotionally devastating conversion into a defensive back at Oregon, through his emergence as an explosive and draftable college running back, to the last two injury-marred NFL seasons that threatened to end his dream before it began. So when he speaks about not having highs or lows, it is less a cliché than it is a life mantra. And when he uses words like maturity and character, he speaks not from that well-worn athlete's script but rather a personal eureka.
September 1, 2015 |
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Jeffrey Lurie tiptoed through the cramped visitors locker room at Lambeau Field on Saturday night, but he walked with purpose. Tucked into the corner, past Tim Tebow, Mark Sanchez, and Matt Barkley, was the Eagles owner's target. Sam Bradford had just completed a near-perfect, albeit short, night, and Lurie was ebullient as he approached the quarterback. Their conversation was a private one, but the gleam in the longtime owner's eyes as he spoke was one of optimism.
August 20, 2015 |
LINEBACKER Kiko Alonso returned to the practice field after a two-week concussion absence, but Alonso's work was limited, as was access to him afterward. "He'll be running around. He's kind of coming on," Eagles coach Chip Kelly said yesterday, before the team took the field for a light workout. "We'll ease him back in. He's missed a few things . . . I think mentally he's good, but he has been out for two weeks. So he'll go through agility drills and maybe a little 7-on-7 . . . He should be good to go by the end of the week.
August 12, 2015 |
AS IT TURNS OUT, it really is about creating a culture; an inclusive culture. Unless it's on his terms, Chip Kelly doesn't seem interested in that. Over the past five months, an astounding amount of energy has been spent trying to disprove the observations of three Eagles who, at the risk of their own ruin, said they believe Chip Kelly has a problem with black men. Predictably, what each of them said was amplified by the sensitive nature of the subject. Predictably, there was a massive rush to disprove it, and thereby make everyone's life less prickly.
August 6, 2015 |
KENJON BARNER remembers the time during his freshman year at Oregon when Chip Kelly, then the Ducks' offensive coordinator, paid a surprise visit to one of his classes. What he remembers most about it is that, well, he wasn't there. He blew off that class, as he did many of his classes his first year in Eugene. He was back in his dorm sleeping. "My freshman year I was a complete mess-up," admitted the Eagles running back. "I got myself together later on, but early on, I was a mess-up.
June 21, 2015 |
PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Malcolm Jenkins just started a new period of his life when he hosted his annual football camp last June. One year later, Jenkins led his camp at Piscataway High School emboldened by a season in which he was one of the most important players on the Eagles' defense and one of the leaders in the locker room. "I remember last year, I wanted to set a good impression in everything," Jenkins said Friday on the first day of a two-day free camp for nearly 400 children.
May 4, 2015 |
"Want to go to Iceland?" I asked my husband and 14-year-old daughter. She immediately said yes, but my husband looked at me quizzically and asked, "Why Iceland?" I responded, "Why not?" I had gotten a brochure from my alma mater, detailing an "Iceland Weekend Getaway" scheduled during my daughter's spring break in March. She had never been to Europe; this would be a good opportunity to get her feet wet. But I wasn't sure how being vegetarians would go over in Iceland, which is known for unusual food options such as rotten shark and puffin.
April 15, 2015 |
During the season, the Flyers downplayed the loss of Kimmo Timonen, but right winger Jake Voracek conceded Monday that the defenseman's absence left a huge void. "Kimmo was such a big presence in the locker room, leadership-wise," Voracek said as the Flyers packed up their belongings at their Voorhees practice facility. "Ever since I've been here, every time things didn't go well, we had a meeting about it. He always calmed things down. He would be hard on us as well sometimes, because as a team, we needed to get better.
April 7, 2015 |
TAMPA, Fla. - Notre Dame's players practically bounded to the podium inside Amalie Arena, still full of adrenaline, their energy matching the wattage of the smile on Muffet McGraw's face. Yes, McGraw has a national title and is coaching at her fifth straight Final Four. This one will stay with her. "This is pretty high up there - it's definitely in the top 10," McGraw said later in Notre Dame's locker room, still sounding a little giddy after the Irish had survived a street fight with South Carolina, shoving into Tuesday's NCAA title game, 66-65.
April 5, 2015 |
WHILE THERE have been a lot of changes concerning the 76ers this season, no position has been as tumultuous as point guard. Tony Wroten started the season at the position while Michael Carter-Williams recovered from offseason shoulder surgery. When MCW came back, Wroten became his backup until he suffered a season-ending torn ACL. Carter-Williams, of course, was dealt at the NBA trade deadline. Others have manned the position at one time or another, including Alexey Shved, Tim Frazier and Larry Drew.