June 15, 2016 |
THE EAGLES adjourned until training camp last Thursday with one major piece of business left hanging. They took care of it Monday evening, when the team announced agreement with defensive tackle Fletcher Cox on a six-year contract. The Eagles provided no details, but ESPN's Adam Schefter reported it was for $103 million, with a $63 million guarantee. That's the biggest guarantee in NFL history for anyone who isn't a quarterback, but it's pretty much where observers expected the deal to land.
November 19, 2015 |
THE BURDEN of the Eagles' offensive line struggles this season sits heavily upon the shaggy shoulders of veteran center Jason Kelce. Kelce lamented after Sunday's 20-19 loss to Miami that he had played the worst game of his career. By Tuesday, when the Eagles gathered to begin preparing for this week's visit from Tampa Bay, Kelce had revised that opinion a little. But Kelce, 28, still took himself to task for not giving his less-experienced linemates the stable, solid leadership they need to function smoothly.
December 11, 2013 |
THE NFL WAS so impressed by LeSean McCoy's franchise-record 217-yard rushing effort in the snow, it asked him to take a drug test yesterday. Hey, the Hall of Fame got the jersey, cleats and gloves, maybe the league office wanted its souvenir in a cup. Well, no, not exactly. The test was random, had nothing to do with McCoy's performance in Sunday's 34-20 victory over the Detroit Lions, in which he regained the NFL rushing lead, with 1,305 yards on 261 carries. But having to take the test was one of only a couple of things McCoy felt was at all worth mentioning, when a reporter asked him yesterday evening how he'd spent the day after the big day. There were interviews set up over the next few mornings with the usual national networks and shows, handled by McCoy representative Ishmail Kamara.
December 6, 2013 |
For most of Andy Reid's final two years in Philadelphia, the Eagles used the polarizing wide-nine defensive front under line coach Jim Washburn. It produced sacks, left open holes, and stimulated debate among fans and within the organization. The Eagles scrapped that scheme under coach Chip Kelly. On Sunday, they'll see Washburn on the Lincoln Financial Field sideline as a Detroit Lions assistant coach, playing against a defensive front that will look similar to what the Eagles used.
December 5, 2012 |
DETROIT DEFENSIVE tackle Ndamukong Suh will not be disciplined by the league for his alleged behavior during Sunday's loss against Indianapolis. ESPN.com, citing a league source, reported that Colts players said Suh gave right tackle Winston Justice a concussion while blocking him on an interception return, and then stood over Justice and mocked him as he lay injured on the field. No penalty was called and the league said video replay did not indicate a violation. Noteworthy * An MRI confirmed Chicago linebacker Brian Urlacher has a Grade 2 hamstring strain, and is expected to miss the next three games, and possibly the rest of the regular season, the Chicago Tribune reported.
November 28, 2012
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says it's very difficult for the league to judge whether Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh intended to kick Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the groin. Goodell met with reporters before speaking at a Lions charity event Tuesday night, a day after the league decided it would not suspend Suh. Goodell says he hasn't spoken to Suh about the play but that the league's football operations staff is in the process of speaking to the player about it. Goodell says the league will decide whether Suh will be fined within the next few days.
November 27, 2012 |
IT'S A SHAME the Giants' Martellus Bennett doesn't play for the Eagles. He'd come in handy if distraught fans start leaping from the upper deck of the Linc. Don't laugh, Bennett has experience in such matters. The tight end had three catches in a win over the Packers on Sunday. But his biggest grab came after the game when he caught a middle-aged man who had fallen over a railing. Bennett was walking toward the tunnel that leads to the locker room when he made the clutch catch of the fan, who had fallen approximately 15 feet.
November 24, 2012
After the toothless Lions' 34-31 loss in overtime to Houston on Thursday - in part because of the officials' devotion to a lame rule - the NFL bosses decided to do something about it. NFL director of football operations Ray Anderson said Friday that the rule will be immediately reexamined. What's more, change could come this year, which is unusual because the NFL traditionally resists doing anything during the season. The controversy began in the third quarter when the Texans' Justin Forsett scored on an 81-yard run that video clearly showed was not a touchdown because the running back was down long before he crossed the goal line.
November 9, 2012
OK, finally the long wait is over and we know the results of the vote. And it's a repeat. What? No, not the presidential election. This is for something really noteworthy: the NFL's dirtiest player. For the second straight year, in a poll of players by the Sporting News, Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh has been voted the most likely to stomp an opponent (and maybe wreck his car.) Did Philly represent? Oooh yeeeaaahh - Eagles defensive end Jason Babin finished sixth (we was robbed)
October 25, 2012
On his way out as Browns president, Mike Holmgren would not rule out a return to coaching in the NFL. Holmgren, who is stepping down after three years in Cleveland, would not commit Tuesday to staying for the remainder of this season to work with new owner Jimmy Haslam. Holmgren said he would like to help Haslam and incoming CEO Joe Banner in their transition, but doesn't know if that will be possible. "I want to feel like I'm contributing," Holmgren said. "If I could help one player or one coach be a little better and I feel like I'm contributing, that could happen.