September 13, 2016 |
Carson Wentz UP - Forget about the weak opponent, the favorable setting and the curtailed game plan, Wentz had a phenomenal debut. Was he perfect? Of course, not. But the rookie quarterback clearly displayed that he has the tools to succeed in the NFL, and most important, he got the win. Doug Pederson UP - He would have made his dad proud. A little more than week after his father, Gordon, passed away, Pederson notched his victory as an NFL head coach. His offensive play calling was balanced - 41 passes vs. 32 rushes - and his successful fourth-down call paid off with a touchdown a play later.
September 13, 2016 |
Long before any of his teammates, Carson Wentz walked onto the grass at Lincoln Financial Field to soak in the quiet moments before his first NFL start. "I came out pretty early when there were no fans out there and just kind of took it all in," Wentz said. "Just realized how truly blessed I am to have this opportunity and to make the most of it and still remember it's just a game. " Wentz made the most of his debut, and the argument could be made that the Eagles quarterback did so because he owned the moment rather than allow it to overwhelm him. Yes, his statistics were impressive.
September 12, 2016 |
When Doug Pederson walks out onto Lincoln Financial Field just before kickoff for his first game as an NFL head coach he will look to the stands and see his wife, Jeannie; their three sons; his sister and two brothers; and finally, his mother, Teri, and those will be the only reminders he needs of who's missing. Pederson's father, Gordon, died Sept. 2 at the age of 77. It wasn't sudden, but even after expected deaths grieving is as inevitable as breathing. Grief is a passage without direction.
September 9, 2016 |
IT WASN'T anybody's favorite subject Wednesday, but the Cleveland Browns made a decision in April to trade the second overall draft choice to the Eagles, instead of using it on Carson Wentz. The Browns had acquired Robert Griffin III, who was the second overall pick, by Washington, in 2012. For that reason, or whatever reason, the NFL franchise that gets pointed to most often in discussions of how hard it is to find a franchise quarterback decided to pass on Wentz, the pride of North Dakota State.
September 3, 2016 |
It's official. The 2017 NFL draft will be held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. And if Mayor Kenney has his way, first-round picks will take a jog up the Art Museum steps à la Rocky as they are announced. Representatives from the NFL and the Eagles joined Kenney at City Hall on Thursday to announce the location for the 82nd draft, scheduled for April 27 to 29. The NFL will create an outdoor theater in front of the Art Museum for the event and transform the surrounding area into "Draft Town.
September 2, 2016 |
NEW YORK - Jon Runyan isn't sure how many times he was fined for bad behavior during his 14 years as an NFL offensive tackle, but suffice to say, it was a lot. The 6-7, 330-pound Runyan played with an edge, played with a mean streak, that usually is associated more with defensive players than offensive linemen. You don't get named the league's second dirtiest player in a 2006 poll of your peers (behind only color-blind Rodney Harrison) because you helped opponents up off the ground and asked them how their mom was doing.
September 2, 2016
THE NFL allows the gang mentality of NFL players to demonstrate against police officers, but refused the Dallas Cowboys owner's request to honor police officers killed by radicals. Cowboys owner Jerry is a lot of things, but at least he has guts. He wanted to honor police officers in his community with a patch. The NFL said no. My question is . . . why? The national FOP and local FOP must tell the owners of NFL teams in their city how they feel about the NFL slapping police officers' families in their face.
August 25, 2016 |
Stephen Tulloch practiced with the Eagles for the first time Tuesday afternoon wearing a No. 54 jersey and with an understanding of both the scheme and the expectations of his new defensive coordinator. Tulloch's relationship with Jim Schwartz goes back to 2006, when Schwartz still ran the Tennessee Titans defense. As Tulloch tells it, the Titans were prepared to draft another player in the fourth round that year before Schwartz put more college tape of Tulloch in front of coach Jeff Fisher.
August 8, 2016 |
In 2012, Ryan Mathews prepared for his third NFL season by trying to determine how to stay healthy. He was a former first-round pick who topped 1,000 rushing yards and earned a Pro Bowl appearance in 2011, but the blemish to begin Mathews' career was his injury history. So he tried fixing it for his third NFL season. The result? Mathews suffered two broken collarbones that season and played only 12 games. "Sometimes it's luck of the draw," Mathews said. "I think I've done a good job this year of maintaining myself, and stuff happens.
August 6, 2016 |
ALPHARETTA, Ga. - The most important thing to remember as you read this story is that Bryan Scott did not retire from the National Football League because of concussions. He did not. It is the most compelling aspect of the entire tale - an indication of the hold that football had on him, and has on us. There is something about it, someone in his family said, that no one can touch. It stays with us, and it stayed with him, and the fear now for Scott and those close to him is that, for all the blessings it gave him and allowed him to give, it remained a part of his life for too long.