June 6, 2016
AT 6-foot-4 and 255 pounds, Travis Long has the build of a sturdy NBA shooter or a slightly undersized Division I small forward. In the NFL, that's a problem. He occupies a sort of purgatory. In a four-lineman, three-linebacker defense, he's too small to play defensive end and probably a little too lanky to play linebacker. Long has also suffered three ACL tears in the past four years. In his second-to-last game of a superb senior season at Washington State, in which he logged 9 1/2 sacks, he tore his right ACL. That cost him a chance to be drafted, and, after the Eagles signed him as a rookie free agent, it also cost him any real chance to make the 2013 team, since he was not fully recovered.
February 3, 2014 |
Doug Colman has kept moving in the coaching profession, and the pace is quicker at each level. As recently as 2006, he guided Absegami to the South Jersey Group 4 football title, the first in school history. After three college coaching stops in the last six years, he is back to a familiar place: the NFL. Colman, 40, recently was named assistant special-teams coach of the Houston Texans. "We're excited," Colman said in a phone interview, alluding to himself; his wife, Colleen; and four children (with a fifth on the way in April)
August 29, 2012 |
RON JAWORSKI was in China this week trying to generate interest for American football in general, and the Arena Football League in particular. Jaworski is part of a group trying to kick-start indoor leagues all around Asia, the most populous continent in the world. "We're coming to a country that doesn't know much about what American football is, but it's a country that loves sports," Jaworski said in a story first reported on the website China.com.cn. "They will pick up on football very quickly.
August 19, 2010 |
A QUARANTINE in Germany is a funny place to end a football career. And believe it, David Akers and football were finished. In his only NFL game in 1998, playing for the Redskins, he watched Seattle's Steve Broussard take his opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown. Lining up field goals from 9 yards out instead of 8, like he did in college, he had missed both attempts from 48 and 49 yards. His only onside kick gave the Seahawks great field position. "One of the old veteran guys said, 'They called him the Babe Ruth of kicking, and it looks like he struck out,' " Akers recalled recently.
June 30, 2007 |
After 16 years in Europe, the NFL shut down its developmental league yesterday. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said it was strictly business, insisting that after "significant investment," it was time to close NFL Europe and concentrate on regular-season games outside the United States. The league reportedly was losing about $30 million a season. Five teams were in Germany, and the other was in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The announcement came less than a week after the Hamburg Sea Devils beat the Frankfurt Galaxy, 37-28, in the World Bowl championship in Frankfurt before a crowd of 48,125.
March 9, 2007 |
Second-year Soul coach Bret Munsey is a firm believer in controlling the line of scrimmage, which is why he placed such a high off-season priority on beefing up the offensive line. With rule changes allowing unlimited substitutions instead of two per quarter, teams in the Arena Football League will be more specialized, having far fewer players performing both ways. Last year, despite a 9-7 regular-season record and the team's first-ever playoff berth, Soul quarterback Tony Graziani faced inordinate pressure, especially in the season-ending 31-27 second-round playoff loss at Orlando.
February 20, 2007 |
Absegami head football coach Doug Colman, who guided the Braves to the South Jersey Group 4 championship in 2006, will soon be taking a leave of absence from teaching to pursue a coaching position in NFL Europe. Colman, 33, will serve a paid internship as linebackers coach for the Amsterdam Admirals, but says he plans to return to coach Absegami for the 2007 football season. He will leave on March 6 for Tampa, where the Admirals and the other five NFL Europe teams will spend a month in a national training camp before heading to Europe for the season.
November 4, 2006 |
Christian Mohr never played high school football above the junior-varsity level, and he admits to spending most of his time that year trying to learn the rules. College? Sorry, football was not one of the sports offered at the University of Sports in Cologne, Germany, when Mohr attended that institution of higher education. So, you may wonder, how did this guy from Aachen, Germany, find his way into the Eagles' locker room? That, of course, is assuming you even knew that Mohr was in the locker room.
November 3, 2006 |
Adam Matthews, a former star running back at Northern Colorado and the son of ex-NFL running back Bo Matthews, died at his home in Thornton, Colo., yesterday. He was 25. Adam Matthews was the second-leading rusher in school history. He held the record for most yards rushing in a season (1,653 in 2003) and yards rushing in a game (279 against Adams State in 2003). He tied an NCAA record in 2003 with 11 straight 100-yard rushing games. "This is a terrible, terrible tragedy," said Northern Colorado running backs coach Keith Grable, who coached Matthews from 2000 to '03. "I feel sad for his family, friends, teammates and everyone who knew him because he touched a lot of hearts.
September 20, 2006 |
There are few things worse than silence for an aspiring NFL player. Eagles cornerback Joselio Hanson spent a quiet 2005 never hearing the sound that mattered most - a phone call from an NFL team. An undrafted free agent in 2003 from Texas Tech, Hanson was stuck on the San Francisco 49ers' practice squad that season. In 2004, he made the varsity and appeared in 13 games, with three starts. Hanson had 20 tackles and six pass breakups for the 49ers and the confidence that he could stick in the NFL. Then the 49ers brought in a new staff, led by head coach Mike Nolan, and Hanson was cut during the 2005 preseason.