November 16, 2015 |
How good are the New York Giants? That question has been asked often at various times during the 21st century, and chances are whoever answered got it wrong. The 2007 and 2011 Giants are the examples every middling playoff contender holds up, saying: "See, if you get in, you can win. " And now it appears coach Tom Coughlin has another one of those teams. This, of course, matters to the Eagles, because they also appear to have one of those teams, and it's entirely possible that only the team that survives the race to win the NFC East will get into the playoffs.
October 26, 2015 |
Six weeks in, and there are still five unbeaten teams. That has never happened before in the NFL, and if you're looking for reasons why it has now, it should come as little surprise that superior quarterback play tops the list. There is, however, an element of surprise to some of the quarterbacks playing at an elite level and in the one team that has remained unbeaten in spite of its quarterback play. Tom Brady, who at 38 is saying he wants to play 10 more years, is the league's highest-rated passer.
September 11, 2015 |
A new season of the most watched reality TV show in the country resumes Thursday night when Brady's bunch - the lying, cheating and perpetually winning New England Patriots - begins defense of its fourth Super Bowl title of the 21st century against the Pittsburgh Steelers. You want dysfunction? You'll find it here within the NFL family. For most of the summer, Tom Brady was scheduled to serve a four-game suspension thrust upon him by commissioner Roger Goodell. It was the superstar quarterback's punishment for his alleged role in the deflated balls controversy that erupted after New England's AFC championship rout of the Indianapolis Colts last season.
September 10, 2015 |
There is a reason that most NFL home teams choose the sideline with its back to the press box and coaching boxes. There is a reason coaches hold the play chart in front of their faces when calling plays or coverages. There is a reason locker rooms are guarded and practice facilities are inspected for hidden cameras and hotel trash cans are emptied lest a morsel of information fall into the wrong hands. The reason is not because Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots have turned the league into a cult of cheaters.
September 5, 2015 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Kiko Alonso made his Eagles debut Thursday in the preseason finale against the New York Jets, starting at inside linebacker and playing eight snaps. Alonso was the only projected defensive starter to play. He made two tackles. Alonso, who missed all of last season with a torn left anterior cruciate ligament, sat the first three games of the preseason with a concussion and knee tendinitis. He was expected to make his debut last week, but Alonso felt discomfort in the surgically repaired knee when he warmed up. He played his first game Thursday since December 2013.
August 19, 2015 |
Temple's Nate D. Smith remembers the excitement of attending the Super Bowl and watching his brother, tight end L.J. Smith, play for the Eagles after the 2004 season. The younger Smith went to Jacksonville, Fla., where the Eagles lost, 24-21, to the New England Patriots. His brother had four receptions for 27 yards and a touchdown and if the younger Smith wasn't hooked on football before, that sealed the deal. "I remember going to Jacksonville with all my family and we met Ice Cube and a lot of celebrities," Smith said Monday after Temple's practice.
August 16, 2015 |
DeMarco Murray's on-again, off-again practice schedule is not his decision. It's Chip Kelly's decision. Kelly made that clear on Friday, when he said he's trying to manage Murray's workload after the high-priced running back led the NFL in carries last season. Kelly said Murray is not injured. "He's coming along," Kelly said. "He's done a lot of different things. We're trying to get him acclimated. He also carried the ball more than anybody in the National Football League last year, so we are trying to integrate him into what we are doing.
May 29, 2015 |
A DUCK never is just a duck with Chip Kelly. There always is a deeper meaning or grander plan to everything The Most Interesting Coach in the World does. Or so we have been conditioned to believe. He is a chess master who always is thinking three or four or five or 100 moves ahead. And when he saw fit to sign Tim Tebow last month, well, our imaginations ran wild with the ways Kelly probably was planning to use him, none of which had anything to do with him throwing the football. He's going to be a short-yardage specialist and be used on two-point attempts.
May 13, 2015 |
The Eagles will not play the New England Patriots until Dec. 6, so their game will not be affected by the four-game suspension levied against star quarterback Tom Brady as a result of the Patriots' ball-deflation scandal. There had been speculation before the schedule was announced that the Eagles could open the season against New England, but the NFL gave the Steelers that Thursday prime-time game instead. Had it been the Eagles, they could have faced the Patriots with Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback.
May 5, 2015 |
The myopia of the moment suggests that Chip Kelly has done irrevocable damage to the Eagles and their offense, for both the near and distant futures, by failing to select at least one offensive lineman in this year's NFL draft. Over two years now, the Eagles have sat through 14 rounds and drafted not a single tackle, guard, or center, and for a team with three projected starters who will be 30 or older this season, this strategy would at first glance seem a dereliction of Kelly's duties as coach and player-personnel czar.