November 23, 2015 |
Jeff Fisher promised the Nick Foles era was not over in St. Louis after the Rams coach announced he had benched the former Eagles quarterback Monday, and that's probably true. You have to believe Case Keenum, the undrafted QB du jour for the Rams, will make it possible for Foles to start again before the season is over. This, of course, is no time for the Eagles or Chip Kelly to gloat about the trade that brought Sam Bradford to Philadelphia from the Rams. The Eagles, their coach, and their quarterback have enough issues of their own, including a 4-5 record that is identical to the disappointing mark that helped send Foles to the bench in St. Louis.
November 21, 2015 |
Penn State's Christian Hackenberg can do some amazing things with his arm and a football - such as the 17-yard throw on a line that he made to tight end Kyle Carter at the far hash against Maryland - that make you say, "Wow!" "There aren't that many quarterbacks on the planet that could have completed that pass," NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said last week. "It was a big-arm throw into a tight window. I watched it back about five times. " But there are other throws that leave Mayock and NFL scouts and observers scratching their heads, such as short patterns and bubble screens on which the ball one-hops to the receiver or sails over his head.
November 21, 2015 |
Lawyers opposed to the NFL's plan to compensate thousands of former players for the long-term health effects of repeated concussions urged a federal appeals court in Philadelphia on Thursday to overturn the potential $1 billion deal. Representing about 90 players who have called the settlement unfair, the lawyers argued that it includes an arbitrary cutoff date that would deny relief to those diagnosed in the future with one of football's signature diseases. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy (C.T.E.)
November 16, 2015 |
How good are the New York Giants? That question has been asked often at various times during the 21st century, and chances are whoever answered got it wrong. The 2007 and 2011 Giants are the examples every middling playoff contender holds up, saying: "See, if you get in, you can win. " And now it appears coach Tom Coughlin has another one of those teams. This, of course, matters to the Eagles, because they also appear to have one of those teams, and it's entirely possible that only the team that survives the race to win the NFC East will get into the playoffs.
November 13, 2015 |
The roads least traveled to the NFL always make for the most interesting stories. And when you study the map that details Chris Maragos' ascent to the top of his profession, you just shake your head and wonder how he never got lost or too discouraged to continue on the trail that now has him playing a leading role on Eagles special teams and a supporting one on defense. Stop signs went up before Maragos ever left his hometown of Racine, Wis. With an assist from Bucky Badger, he went through a red light at Western Michigan and bypassed a sure thing at Grand Valley State to pursue his dream of playing at the University of Wisconsin.
November 12, 2015 |
IT IS INESCAPABLE, this topic of violence and the NFL. It's as if the league relishes it. On the heels of Greg Hardy's latest battery-related upheaval, Rex Ryan and the Bills have called for a spotlight. To date, Ryan's most remarkable accomplishments since the Jets ran him out of MetLife Stadium center on his hiring practices. First, Ryan signed outcast hazer Richie Incognito in February. Then, Ryan traded for diva running back LeSean McCoy. Finally, Ryan signed fringe linebacker IK Enemkpali off waivers a day after the Jets cut him for breaking the jaw of franchise quarterback Geno Smith in a locker room fight . . . over a $600 debt Enemkpali believed Smith owed him. Thursday, Enemkpali will be one of the captains when the Bills visit the Jets for the first time under Ryan.
November 7, 2015 |
Against a white brick wall in the bowels of Met Life Stadium late last month, Jerry Jones had proved again how far he was willing to go to keep the spotlight on his precious Cowboys, no matter the mockery and outrage that was sure to follow, no matter the cost to his credibility. By signing defensive end Greg Hardy in March, Jones, the Cowboys' owner and general manager, had dared to defy the post-Ray Rice atmosphere of an NFL supposedly more sensitive to domestic violence. The league had suspended Hardy 10 games after a judge had found him guilty of assaulting and threatening his girlfriend, including throwing her on a bed covered with guns.
November 5, 2015 |
Back in 2008 and 2009, when Ken Whisenhunt was a good football coach, Kurt Warner was his starting quarterback. Funny how that worked. Whisenhunt was with the Arizona Cardinals then. It was his first NFL head coaching job. After Matt Leinart, Arizona's ostensible quarterback of the future, broke his collarbone, Warner took over. The Cardinals - a franchise that had missed the playoffs 24 times over the previous 25 seasons - went to the Super Bowl one year and went 10-6 and won a playoff game the next.
November 2, 2015 |
The NFL sent a memo to all 32 teams in late September asking their employees to refrain from making public comments about the officiating. The league admitted in the letter to being concerned that the criticism could "draw significant and unwanted public scrutiny. " Perhaps the logic was that the officiating crews do just fine all by themselves drawing significant and unwanted public scrutiny. The memo itself was infuriating, because it warned teams it should not share things they have been told by Dean Blandino, the third-year vice president of officiating.
October 26, 2015 |
Six weeks in, and there are still five unbeaten teams. That has never happened before in the NFL, and if you're looking for reasons why it has now, it should come as little surprise that superior quarterback play tops the list. There is, however, an element of surprise to some of the quarterbacks playing at an elite level and in the one team that has remained unbeaten in spite of its quarterback play. Tom Brady, who at 38 is saying he wants to play 10 more years, is the league's highest-rated passer.