January 31, 2016 |
If there was one thing former NFL head coach Jim Haslett learned from spending a season as a consultant at Penn State, it was learning how to deal with the 18-to-22-year-old player. Now 60 and holding a new job as linebackers coach of the Cincinnati Bengals, Haslett, a former head coach with the New Orleans Saints and the St. Louis Rams, discovered it's never too late to learn about communicating through social media. "It was a great experience for me personally just because I saw the coaches work with the young players nowadays," Haslett said last week in a telephone interview.
January 30, 2016 |
MOBILE, Ala. - Carson Wentz grew nine inches and gained 75 pounds over the course of high school. He went from redshirt freshman to two-time national champion quarterback at North Dakota State. And he vaulted from Division I-AA curiosity to the marquee attraction at the Senior Bowl. There was little reason to believe Wentz couldn't compete against some of the best Division I-A seniors in the country. And it's almost unanimous, after a standout week, that he will be a first-round draft pick in April and be able to make the jump to NFL starter.
January 22, 2016 |
The Eagles filled most of Doug Pederson's coaching staff Wednesday with the addition of seven coaches and the retention of seven others. The new coaches include offensive coordinator Frank Reich. Reich, defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz, and special-teams coordinator Dave Fipp all have experience in their roles, which will help Pederson in his first year as head coach. In addition to Fipp, the Eagles retained running backs Duce Staley; offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland; defensive backs/cornerbacks coach Cory Undlin; tight ends coach Justin Peelle; assistant special-teams coach Matthew Harper; and offensive quality control/assistant quarterbacks coach Press Taylor.
January 16, 2016 |
The NFL just became a more interesting place, and we have the San Francisco 49ers to thank for it. The league without Chip Kelly in 2016 would have been a bore. Now, we get to find out if his work with the Eagles was incomplete because he was stuck with statues at quarterback or if he was a socially dysfunctional know-it-all unable to adapt to the NFL game and its players. The continuation of the Kelly experiment would have been better performed in Tennessee - the home of Chip's beloved Marcus Mariota - but the 49ers are a solid second choice.
January 15, 2016 |
DICK VERMEIL retired from coaching for the third and final time after the 2005 season. He was 69 years old when he and his wife Carol put Kansas City in the rear-view mirror and moved back to their Chester County farm. It was time, and he knew it. "The thing I recognized at that age, for me, was that when I was tired, my mind didn't work as well," Vermeil said Thursday. "You live in a constant state of being tired during an NFL season no matter what age you are. And I just saw some warning signs within me where I felt it was time to give somebody younger an opportunity to do it. " Tom Coughlin is two months older than Vermeil was when he retired.
January 15, 2016 |
THE TOP SEEDS join the playoff fray this week, including Peyton Manning, who has tied an obscure mark held by Tom Brady. All of the work done by the 15-1 Panthers would be rendered meaningless with a loss against one of the most dangerous No. 6 seeds in recent memory. Bring 'em on, says Carolina's star defensive back. He gets Seattle, we get what should be another terrific weekend of playoff football. Here's a preview: CHIEFS (12-5) at PATRIOTS (12-4) Seeds: Chiefs 5; Patriots 2. When: Saturday, 4:35 p.m. TV: CBS (Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts, Evan Washburn)
January 8, 2016
KANSAS CITY at HOUSTON CHIEFS - Did Not Practice: LB Tamba Hali (thumb, knee), C Mitch Morse (concussion). Full Practice: S Husain Abdullah (concussion, not injury related), G Jeff Allen (ankle), WR Chris Conley (thumb), LB Dee Ford (concussion, wrist), LB Justin Houston (knee), TE Travis Kelce (groin), WR Jeremy Maclin (hip), T Jah Reid (knee), RB Spencer Ware (rib). TEXANS - Limited Practice: RB Alfred Blue (calf), LB Jadeveon Clowney (foot), CB Kevin Johnson (foot, wrist)
January 8, 2016 |
NOT SURE whether it's parity or parody, but three of the four road teams are favored to win this weekend's games. Can Andy Reid keep dabbing the Chiefs to victory? Will the Bengals ever win another playoff game? And will Kirk Cousins keep providing the only smiles these days down in Washington? If it's January, it must be frigid in Minnesota and dark down at Lincoln Financial Field. Welcome to Week 1 of the NFL postseason. Chiefs (11-5) at Texans (9-7) Seeds: Chiefs 5; Texans 4. When: Saturday, 4:35 p.m. TV: ESPN & 6ABC (Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden, Lisa Salters)
January 7, 2016 |
N Les Bowen: Cast a wide net Of course not. O, OF COURSE not. That would seriously limit the pool of candidates, at a time when no one seems to think the Eagles' head-coaching opening is the most attractive situation on the market. What former NFL head coaches would be in the running for the Eagles' job, beyond Pat Shurmur, who already has been interviewed, and pie-in-the-sky targets John Harbaugh and Sean Payton? Looking to hire Tom Coughlin, are we? Harbaugh and the Ravens have said Harbaugh isn't leaving Baltimore.
January 6, 2016 |
After receiving a positive evaluation from an NFL advisory committee, Ohio State cornerback and former Eastern High School star Eli Apple announced Monday on Twitter that he would give up his final two years of eligibility to enter the NFL draft. Apple, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound redshirt sophomore, started 14 games as a freshman on Ohio State's 2014 national championship team. He had 13 starts this season, when he was second on the Buckeyes with eight passes broken up while posting 33 tackles.