October 8, 2010
Les Bowen The law of averages is inside my head, yelling at me right now, because I am picking the Eagles. This week's "beware the 49ers" talk is more than the usual Andy Reid sandbagging about how misleading the opponent's record is - the 49ers' 0-4 really is misleading. They should have won two of those games, against New Orleans and Atlanta. Many people picked San Francisco to win the NFC West this year. But I am seeing this as a circle-the-wagons game for the Birds, and Reid usually wins those.
August 4, 2012 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - DeSean Jackson injured his left ankle during Friday afternoon's practice after he was sandwiched between two safeties during seven-on-seven drills. Jackson slowly came to his feet and walked to the trainer's tent. His left ankle was wrapped and he returned to the team, although he did not play any more. When Jackson was asked how he felt while walking to his car after practice, he gave a thumbs-up. Fifteen players missed practice because of injury or illness, but most were minor pulls and spasms.
April 21, 2012 |
Linebacker wasn't always an annual question mark. In 1982 the Eagles sent two homegrown 'backers to the Pro Bowl: Frank LeMaster, a 1974 fourth-rounder, and Jerry Robinson, a first-round pick in 1979, the last linebacker the team has taken in the NFL's opening round. It was the only Pro Bowl appearance for either, and the next year the team began a drought at linebacker that would seem familiar to fans today. After '82 the Eagles went nine years without a linebacker in the NFL's all-star game, but they eventually broke the streak with Seth Joyner, an eighth-round pick in 1986 who would grow into one of the central pieces of Buddy Ryan's defenses.
September 12, 2011 |
ST. LOUIS - Maybe Juqua Parker and Darryl Tapp should get their money back. Parker and Tapp, now reserve defensive ends on a deep Eagles defensive line, took paycuts last week to stay on the roster and help the team lower its cap number, presumably so that a deal with disgruntled wideout DeSean Jackson will be more feasible. They are believed to have created about $1.5 million in cap space. Jackson zoomed to a strong opening day performance, six catches for 102 yards against the host Rams, with agent Drew Rosenhaus in attendance, but Tapp and Parker might have turned the game around.
May 29, 2009
STORIES ABOUND about smart guys purposefully dumbed down by the college athletic experience. Former Ohio State standout running back Robert Smith left the team in 1991 after charging that his coaches discouraged his pursuit of pre-med. He was needed on the field, not the classroom. Moise Fokou was lucky. No big school wanted him out of high school. Truth be told, no midmajor school did, either. He was a good high school athlete with decent grades, a converted soccer player, an immigrant from Cameroon.
March 31, 2010 |
Restricted free agents Ellis Hobbs and Chris Gocong signed one-year contracts with the Eagles yesterday. The Eagles tendered Hobbs at a first-round level and Gocong at his original third-round draft level earlier this month. Neither free agent, however, was expected to draw much interest, especially since other teams would have had to part with high draft picks if the Eagles weren't going to match an offer. Hobbs will make $2.621 million in base salary, and Gocong will make $1.176 million.
October 19, 2009 |
There will be many questions for the Eagles after yesterday's disappointing 13-9 loss to the Raiders, but the one that will probably be asked in a variety of ways and for a variety of reasons is: Why was Jeremiah Trotter on the field? Eagles coach Andy Reid had a legitimate answer for why the 32-year-old was at middle linebacker during a crucial, late-in-the-game third down. Omar Gaither, who split first-down plays with Trotter and played on most of the defense's nickel package, had sprained his foot, Reid said.
August 2, 2009 |
It's not as bad as it looked, Lorenzo Booker insisted. A day after dropping two passes, the Eagles running back took his lumps during a pass protection drill. And it wasn't just the linebackers that were roasting Booker. "Come on, Booker, you're a turnstile," yelled one fan after Joe Mays raced outside the second-year Eagle. Then, after fullback Leonard Weaver properly blocked linebacker Omar Gaither, another from the peanut gallery quipped, "Take notes, Booker. " It's been a rough last two days of training camp for the reserve running back - at least in the eyes of some fans - but Booker said yesterday that he was pleased with his performance thus far. It will be coach Andy Reid, however, who ultimately decides how well Booker has practiced and whether he can hold off rookie LeSean McCoy for the spot behind starter Brian Westbrook.
November 16, 2010 |
LANDOVER, Md. - Forget about Washington's 28 points, the 352 yards and Donovan McNabb's 289 passing yards in the final three quarters of what became a 59-28 Eagles victory. Take those numbers, crumple them up and toss them into the trash along with the time-of-possession statistic. Now consider these numbers: four three-and-outs, 23 total yards and zero points. That was the entire Redskins offense in the first quarter. As Michael Vick and the Eagles' offense turned the first 15 minutes into a track meet - imagine Usain Bolt racing Albert Haynesworth - the Eagles' defense was just dominating in the field events.
October 11, 2010 |
SAN FRANCISCO - It was a recipe for disaster that cooked up a stunning success, as the Eagles kept the 49ers winless, 27-24. The Eagles had their soft underbelly exposed the week before. Their inability to stop the run, even telegraphed runs, dearly cost them in their loss to the Redskins, when they allowed 169 rushing yards and lost, 17-12. Ominously, on the second play of last night's game, they lost defensive tackle Broderick Bunkley to an elbow strain. The 49ers, whose best player is versatile running back Frank Gore, appeared to have a clear advantage.