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November 27, 2012
WEEK 12
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September 13, 2014 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
If Ray Rice never plays football again, nothing will have changed. If Roger Goodell is fired as commissioner of the NFL, nothing will have changed. If the league issues a dozen new rules and related penalties pertaining to the abuse of women by men, nothing will have changed. That's the first thing that has to be understood about the whole fallout from the sad saga of Rice and his wife, Janay. Everything is for show. Everything is for appearances. Nothing is about real change.
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December 7, 2012 | Associated Press
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - In the final days of Jovan Belcher's life, he could have taken advantage of numerous avenues for support provided by the Kansas City Chiefs and the NFL. This past July, the NFL established an emergency hotline that operates 24 hours a day and connects players, staff, and family members in crisis with mental-health professionals who are not affiliated with the league or its teams. There are also numerous symposiums and support personnel whose jobs are to ensure the well-being of the players.
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January 17, 2012
Conference Championships SUNDAY AFC: Baltimore at New England, 3 (CBS3) NFC: N.Y. Giants at San Francisco, 6:30 (Fox29) Super Bowl SUNDAY, FEB. 5 In Indianapolis Teams TBD, 6:30 (NBC10)
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December 9, 2014
The Eagles have been among the NFL's best teams the last two years in offensive plays of 20-plus yards. On Sunday, however, the Seahawks made nearly all of them. Here are the 20-plus-yard plays: Seahawks Marshawn Lynch 21-yard run (1st quarter) Doug Baldwin 25-yard reception (1st) Russell Wilson 26-yard run for TD (2d) Baldwin 20-yard reception (2d) Baldwin 20-yard reception (2d) Paul Richardson 20-yard reception (2d) Jermaine Kearse 20-yard reception (3d)
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December 8, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Know any good young quarterbacks who can't run? The NFL could use a few. Deep into this 2014 season, two facts about the league's quarterbacks can't be ignored. First, and most problematic for a league whose signal-callers are its most prominent stars: The best of them are graying faster than a mid-January afternoon. Peyton Manning is 38. Tom Brady is 37. Drew Brees is 35. That's a lot of passing yards, record-book entries, and merchandising dollars headed for the exit. Not too far behind in total birthdays are Phillip Rivers (32)
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December 8, 2014 | By Joseph N. DiStefano, Inquirer Staff Writer
"This is one of the most-connected facilities in the NFL," if use of smartphones and iPads at Eagles games is any sign, says Charles W. Berger , pointing to wireless switches embedded under the stands at Lincoln Financial Field. Berger, a Willow Grove native, is chief executive officer of Extreme Networks , a San Jose, Calif., company with yearly sales of $600 million. It built the free WiFi system at the stadium last season, with project manager PCM Inc. "They put in 30 miles of cable in 90 days, building a bridge to our fans," said Anne Gordon , the Eagles vice president who oversees digital media.
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December 4, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
IN JANUARY 2009, Mark Sanchez held a news conference to announce he was leaving USC a year early. He shared the dais with his then-coach, Pete Carroll. Carroll made it clear they did not share the same feelings. A blogger for the LA Times wrote: "Carroll was visibly unhappy, refusing to sit down for part of the press conference and saying that he disagreed with the decision based on a number of factors. 'We don't see this decision the same,' he said. 'Mark is going against the grain on this decision.
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December 1, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
While the NFL might be America's game, it can occasionally be as incomprehensible as cricket. There's the coded lingo quarterbacks shout at the line of scrimmage. There's the league's complex salary cap. There's Dan Snyder. But for me the league's least understandable element is something that ought to be simple to explain but never really has been: Why does the richest sports entity in the universe have the lowest average salary of any of the four major professional sports leagues?
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November 24, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
There's a story about Danny Watkins and the Eagles, and it bears mentioning because the team's current top draft pick is struggling as much as the fireman did in his first NFL season. The Eagles knew from almost the first practice that Watkins didn't have what it took to perform in the pros, and certainly not at a level expected for a first-round offensive lineman. Before the Eagles had even donned pads in the lockout-delayed 2011 training camp, Andy Reid believed he had seen enough and confided to some in the organization that Watkins was a mental novice when it came to football.
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November 23, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
This is the year of the rookie wide receiver. It should not come as a surprise. The people who are paid to evaluate talent before the draft swore that this group of wide receivers was first-class, the equivalent of the 1983 quarterback selections that gave us Hall of Famers John Elway, Jim Kelly, and Dan Marino. It gave us Todd Blackledge, Tony Eason, and Ken O'Brien, too, but who remembers that? Heading into Sunday's games, a total of 11 rookie wide receivers already had at least 30 receptions, seven had at least 500 receiving yards, and six had at least five touchdowns.
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November 23, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
Joe Banner woke up Thursday morning in Delray Beach, Fla., where the forecast high was 77 degrees. All things considered, he would have rather been in Cleveland, where the natives had to deal with a record low of 10 degrees Tuesday and nearly 10 inches of snow the week before. Taking the temperature of the former Eagles president who was surprisingly fired as the Browns CEO earlier this year after just 16 months on the job is complicated. For the first season since being hired by his boyhood friend Jeffrey Lurie to help run the Eagles in 1994, Banner is not part of running an NFL franchise.
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November 21, 2014 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Staff Writer
With the NFL and the ex-players who support its nearly $1 billion settlement on the defense Wednesday and those seeking its rejection on the attack, the ongoing legal skirmish over the league's concussion agreement headed into overtime. The long day of testimony in Courtroom 7-B of Philadelphia's federal courthouse was aimed at determining the fairness of the settlement. Senior U.S. District Court Judge Anita Brody, who granted conditional approval this summer after the NFL agreed to lift its cap on damages, has yet to decide on the agreement's fate.
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November 20, 2014 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
Critics of the NFL's $765 million settlement proposal to compensate former players for concussion-related health problems will finally have their day in court Wednesday, as the designers of the landmark deal push for final approval from a federal judge. U.S. District Judge Anita Brody, who has overseen the massive case involving more than 5,000 individual lawsuits and 20,000 potentially eligible league retirees, is set to preside over a fairness hearing in what could be one of the final steps to resolving a legal fight that began three years ago with allegations that the league hid or ignored the long-term dangers of head-hits for decades.
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