November 22, 2015 |
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 11 of the 2015 season. Watch 'em roll Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons vs. Colts. Coming off their bye and playing at home, Ryan and his receivers are rested and ready to exploit the generous Indy secondary. Darren McFadden, RB, Cowboys at Dolphins. Tony Romo will be back, which will force the opponents to respect the pass again. Meanwhile, the Dolphins sport a Swiss cheese run defense, so McFadden should have plenty of lanes to run through.
September 18, 2015 |
BILL DAVIS is a guy who has been the beneficiary of the doubt throughout his two years as defensive coordinator, and Monday night's 26-24 loss to the Falcons offered further opportunity to afford him such courtesy. But before we attempt to talk ourselves through his unit's 2015 debut, let's start with an observation that nobody can dispute. The Eagles had the second-best defense on the field in its season opener, and for most of the night the competition was not close. This observation is important because the first best defense on the field belonged to the Falcons, a team that last season was every bit as bad as the Eagles, and arguably worse.
September 17, 2015 |
IT IS STILL not time to panic over kicker Cody Parkey, Chip Kelly said yesterday, and cornerback Byron Maxwell's problems in the season-opening Atlanta loss boiled down to inconsistent technique. It might be a little hard to take either declaration totally at face value. Parkey, last season's Pro Bowl rookie sensation, missed a 44-yard go-ahead field goal Monday night, with 2 minutes, 32 seconds remaining in regulation. He missed two of seven field goal attempts in the preseason, along with an extra point from the new, 33-yard distance, before sitting down with a groin injury that Parkey says is now healed.
September 15, 2015
IF THE EAGLES don't score three or four touchdowns tonight, I'll be shocked. If their pass rush can't pressure Matt Ryan enough to keep the defense from being killed by the deep ball, I'll be surprised. So I think the Eagles will win. But if they lose a sloppy, high-scoring opener to what looks like it'll be a decent team, in the Georgia Dome, where Ryan has been very hard to beat, with Sam Bradford playing well and staying healthy, well, life would go on. Prediction: Eagles 30, Falcons 23.
September 12, 2015 |
In the early 2000s, Chip Kelly was the offensive coordinator at New Hampshire and spent part of his summers as a counselor at Boston College's football camp. One of the campers was a tall, slender high school prospect from Penn Charter. His name was Matt Ryan. Kelly and Ryan met each other then, with Ryan creating a reputation as a three-star recruit and Kelly still a little-known college assistant. Kelly did not have much of a chance of recruiting Ryan - "He wasn't really looking at the New Hampshires and the Delawares and the Villanovas at that time," the Eagles coach said - but both tracked each other's careers.
September 11, 2015 |
LESEAN MCCOY said this week in a GQ interview that he didn't really consider DeMarco Murray competition "as far as the best backs. " Murray, the Dallas free agent the Eagles signed after they traded McCoy to Buffalo, didn't seem too ruffled by that yesterday. "At some point you've got to move on with your life and career," said Murray, the NFL's leading rusher in 2014, after McCoy led the league a year earlier. "I never worry about what someone else says about me, good, bad , ugly . . . I can't control what someone else says about me. It's funny.
March 24, 2015 |
After a stellar freshman season, Temple quarterback P.J. Walker took a step back in 2014, a campaign that was marred by an ankle injury. That's why the hiring of quarterbacks coach Glenn Thomas is among the most significant offseason developments for a team looking to improve on its 6-6 record. Thomas, 37, comes with strong credentials and high expectations. For the last seven years he was an assistant with the Atlanta Falcons, including the last three as quarterbacks coach. If Walker can revert to his freshman performance, Temple could continue its improvement in coach Matt Rhule's third season.
December 20, 2014 |
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 16 of the 2014 season. Watch 'em roll Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons at Saints. Julio Jones (hip) should be back, but even if he's not, Ryan will take full advantage of New Orleans' generous secondary with the other weapons at his disposal. He tore up the Saints in Week 1, as has virtually every other offense that faces this defense. Even Jay Cutler managed to toss two TDs against this bunch. Jonathan Stewart, RB, Panthers vs. Browns.
October 25, 2014 |
Here are my picks to roll, and get rolled, in Week 8 of the 2014 season. Watch 'em roll Matt Stafford, QB, Lions at Falcons. With just one 300-yard outing (in Week 1) and only nine passing scores in his first seven games, Stafford has been a huge disappointment. It doesn't help that Calvin Johnson has been gimpy or absent for much of that time. But Stafford will be facing a very generous Falcons pass defense when they square off in London. Whether or not Megatron suits up, Stafford should prosper.
October 21, 2014 |
BALTIMORE - As far as first six seasons of an NFL career go, the list of quarterbacks with more regular-season wins than Matt Ryan is short. Exceptionally short. It reads: Flacco, Joe. The only two current NFL starting quarterbacks from the Philadelphia area will forever be tied as the only players at their position drafted in the first round of the 2008 draft. Both experienced early success, Flacco, from Audubon, N.J., earning Super Bowl MVP honors two seasons ago and Ryan, the pride of Exton, claiming rookie of the year and making four postseason appearances in his first five seasons.