January 21, 2015 |
I USED TO THINK that all the talk about the New England Patriots and head coach Bill Belichick being cheaters was just sour grapes. When you lose playoff games and Super Bowls to a team that is as close to an NFL dynasty as there has been in the last 2 decades, there is bound to be talk of improprieties. Of course, the fact that Belichick was fined $500,000 by the NFL for his role in the Patriots spying on, and videotaping of, the New York Jets in 2007 tends to lend credence to charges of underhanded shenanigans.
January 20, 2015 |
Since Jeffrey Lurie took over as the Eagles owner in 1994, the team has been to the playoffs 12 times in 21 years. Only four teams - New England, Green Bay, Indianapolis, and Pittsburgh - have been there more. Unlike the other four, the Eagles have not won the Super Bowl. Here's a list of how all 32 teams have performed during the Lurie era. Winning NFL Seasons Playoffs Final 8 Final 4 Final 2 champions New England 18 16 13 10 7 3 Green Bay 17 16 11 6 3 2 Indianapolis 16 16 10 5 2 1 Pittsburgh 15 13 10 8 4 2 EAGLES 13 12 8 5 1 0 Denver 12 11 8 4 3 2 Baltimore 11 10 9 4 2 2 Dallas 11 10 6 2 1 1 Kansas City 11 7 3 0 0 0 Miami 11 8 4 0 0 0 Minnesota 11 10 6 3 0 0 N.Y. Giants 10 8 4 3 3 2 N.Y. Jets 10 7 5 3 0 0 San Diego 10 8 6 2 1 0 San Francisco 10 10 9 5 2 1 ...
January 20, 2015 |
You watch and try to learn. How did they get there? What makes them so different? What makes them better? Jeffrey Lurie has spent more than two decades studying the NFL's elite teams in this manner, and the Eagles owner would like to think his team belongs in the conversation. In truth, Lurie's Eagles lurk on the fringe of being elite: almost always good, but never quite good enough. In his 21 seasons as the team owner: The Eagles have had 13 winning seasons; only New England (18)
January 7, 2015 |
Penn State tight end Jesse James, an honorable mention all-Big Ten selection, has announced he will give up his final year of eligibility to enter the NFL draft, the Nittany Lions said in a news release. The 6-foot-7, 271-pound James, a junior who caught 38 passes for 396 yards and three touchdowns this season, is the third player to leave the Nittany Lions with one year of eligibility left. He joins offensive tackle Donovan Smith and defensive end Deion Barnes, a former Northeast High star.
January 4, 2015 |
The Eagles had four players named to the all-pro second team by the Associated Press: Linebacker Connor Barwin, defensive lineman Fletcher Cox, tackle Jason Peters, and returner Darren Sproles. Barwin led the NFC with 141/2 sacks and fell two votes shy of first-team all-pro linebacker Elvis Dumervil of the Baltimore Ravens. Dumervil finished the season with 83 tackles, 141/2 sacks, 21 hurries, and two forced fumbles. Cox did not make the Pro Bowl, which surprised Eagles coach Chip Kelly.
January 2, 2015 |
WHAT WENT WRONG? Turnovers The Eagles led the NFL with 36 turnovers. Chip Kelly said he has never been part of a team that turned over the ball at that rate. The quarterbacks combined for 27, but the blame could be spread all around - from Nick Foles and Mark Sanchez to trusted veterans LeSean McCoy and Brent Celek. Big plays on defense The Eagles allowed 18 passing plays of 40-plus yards, which was three more than any other NFL team. While cornerback Bradley Fletcher and safety Nate Allen were the prime offenders, defensive coordinator Bill Davis often played a single-high safety scheme that made the Eagles more susceptible to big plays.
December 31, 2014 |
Tackle Donovan Smith, the most experienced player on the young Penn State offensive line for much of the 2014 season, announced Monday he has decided to enter the NFL draft. The 6-foot-5, 340-pound Smith, a redshirt junior who started 31 games at left tackle over the last three seasons, will forgo his final season of eligibility. In a release issued by Penn State athletic communications, Smith said "it seems like it was yesterday" since he sat down with former coach Joe Paterno to discuss his plans after high school in Owings Mills, Md. "I promised him and my family that I would get my degree," Smith said.
December 30, 2014 |
CHECKING ALL THE names on tedsilary.com's list of city-team athletes playing in the NFL, of the 11 players only Corey "Philly" Brown, a wide receiver for the Carolina Panthers, and guard Earl Watford, of the Arizona Cardinals, are heading to the NFL playoffs. Brown caught one pass for 28 yards and rushed twice for another 41 yards to help the Panthers clinch the NFC South title with a 34-3 win over Atlanta. In his rookie season out of Ohio State, by way of Cardinal O'Hara, Brown started three games, caught 21 passes for 296 yards and two touchdowns and also rushed eight times for 95 yards.
December 28, 2014 |
By the time he traded for Eli Manning at the 2004 NFL draft, Ernie Accorsi was already an old newspaper guy and knew how the game worked. A former sportswriter at The Inquirer, Accorsi was the New York Giants' general manager from 1998 to 2007, and his signature decision over that period was to bank that, in a draft class that included Philip Rivers and Ben Roethlisberger, Manning was the true crown jewel. "I remember the Harrisburg paper - it's my local paper, where I grew up - said, 'Accorsi bets his future on Eli Manning,' " Accorsi, a native of Hershey, said in a recent phone interview.