August 26, 2014 |
THE NUMBER, if accurate, is staggering. So far, there have been 66 concussions in 49 NFL preseason games. That, according to @NFLconcussions, the Twitter feed that tracks such things. Former NFL player Dave Pear isn't surprised. "It's probably way more than that," he told the Daily News yesterday. "In the preseason, guys want to make teams, so they aren't going to say they're hurt. " It's not the concussions that worry Pear. It's what happens afterward. Pear, who played a combined six seasons (1975-80)
August 20, 2014 |
THE THING we know about the NFL is that not only is it a league of adaptation, but it is also a league of adjustments. For every measure that one side of the football gets to gain an advantage, the other side of the line will come up with a counter in an attempt to even up the odds. So, no matter that it has made normally unwatchable preseason games unbearable because of a constant barrage of yellow hankies, the NFL has made it clear that it is not stepping away from the decision to emphasize enforcement of its rules against illegal contact.
August 19, 2014 |
The pose is typical - the way many people remember him on the football field, always ready to capture the action. His eyes scan the ground as though waiting for the next play, the next classic shot. And his video camera, like an extension of his body, is perched on his right shoulder, prepared to record impossible catches and colliding giants. A bronze figure of Steve Sabol, the late president and co-founder of NFL Films, was unveiled last week during a private ceremony outside the company's Mount Laurel headquarters.
August 15, 2014 |
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Brad Smith's NFL career hasn't turned out quite the way he envisioned it 8 years ago. The plan, at least in his mind, was to follow in the footsteps of his childhood idol, Randall Cunningham, and make his way in the league as a quarterback, the position he had played his entire career, the position he played at Missouri, where he threw for nearly 9,000 yards and 56 touchdowns, rushed for 4,193 more yards and was a first-team All-Big...
August 15, 2014 |
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - LeSean McCoy started a Twitter campaign last weekend about his quest for 2,000 rushing yards. It's a lofty goal for any running back, even the NFL's defending rushing champion. Only seven players in NFL history have eclipsed that figure. McCoy's league-leading 1,607 rushing yards came on a career-high 314 carries. To reach 2,000 yards with his 2013 rushing average of 5.12 yards per carry, he would need 77 more carries. That's unlikely to happen. McCoy didn't do the math, but he knows the long odds.
July 29, 2014 |
SOMETIMES WHEN we touch, the honesty's too much . . . LeSean McCoy has probably never heard that 1977 Dan Hill song, and he is much better for it, since it regularly earns a high spot in polls ranking the worst-ever lyrics. But McCoy had an issue with being touched yesterday by his Eagles teammate and buddy, Trent Cole, after McCoy became the 879th running back, by unofficial Daily News count, to elude the second-day training-camp pass coverage of a pursuing linebacker. Some Eagles described the touch as more of a hard bump, in what was supposed to be a noncontact session.
July 26, 2014 |
The security video lasted just 49 seconds, and as security videos often are in such situations, it was grainy and fuzzy and had the feel of a sequence in a Scorsese film. But there was no mistaking what it showed. On a February night inside an Atlantic City casino, an elevator's doors slid apart, and Ray Rice, a running back for the Baltimore Ravens, emerged, holding the woman who is now his wife, Janay Palmer. In a fight minutes earlier, Rice had rendered her unconscious , and now she was in Rice's arms, slumped over at her torso.
July 11, 2014 |
IT'S ONE OF THOSE great summer beach-chair debates, to be pondered and argued and even dreaded a bit as you stuff a cold drink into a coozie and take your swings at the greenheads. LeSean McCoy or Nick Foles? Who's more valuable to the Eagles right now? That was the question posed in a Philly Sports Talk poll earlier this week, and while the voting is still open, Shady leads Foles by 6 percent as I sit down to write this. That's closer than their respective finish in the NFL Network's Top 100 list, which places Foles 70th and Shady fifth in the league.
July 9, 2014 |
Calling it a "significant improvement" over an earlier proposal, a federal judge in Philadelphia granted preliminary approval Monday to the NFL's second settlement offer to former players who sued the league over concussion-related health problems. The move came six months after U.S. District Judge Anita Brody rejected the first deal put forth by the league. It opens the door for more than 20,000 of the NFL's potentially eligible retirees to pursue claims as part of the class-action settlement.
July 4, 2014 |
LeSean McCoy hasn't been shy this offseason about calling himself the best running back in the NFL. On Wednesday, he accepted an award for being the best at something else. The Eagles running back received the John Wanamaker Athletic Award for being the athlete who "has done the most to reflect credit upon Philadelphia and the team or sport in which they excel. " McCoy was honored by the Philadelphia Sports Congress in the Crystal Team Room at the Wanamaker Building. McCoy became the sixth Eagles player to win the award and the first since Donovan McNabb in 2007.