October 26, 2013 |
The best NFL teams, give or take a few, are the ones that can identify their draft picks for what they are, and in short time, what they will become. Many of the teams that fail draft poorly and tend to overvalue their own picks before it is too late. As subpar as the Eagles' 2010-11 drafts were - apparently because prospects were chosen for need as opposed to drafting the best available players, according to general manager Howie Roseman - the team has done a fairly good job of discarding duds.
October 22, 2013 |
THE EXODUS took place in two waves, each of them following a fourth-quarter interception by a rookie fourth-round draft pick thrust into the first NFL game of his career. The fans filed out of their plastic rows into the concrete aisles, many en route to that magical repository of revisionism where people go to forget everything they said over the previous week about the new starting quarterback and the potential of his offense. Turns out, the Eagles can look just as bad with Nick Foles as with Mike Vick.
October 13, 2013 |
ESPN's TREY WINGO suggested yesterday that the NFL Players Association might want to postpone the Eagles' game at Tampa tomorrow, after the Buccaneers confirmed a third case of MRSA, the antibiotic-resistant staph infection. The NFL, though, is the only entity that can postpone a game, and the league said it had no plans to do so. "Our office, the NFLPA, and appropriate medical specialists are working with the Buccaneers' medical staff to aggressively address the matter," the NFL said yesterday in a statement.
October 9, 2013 |
* FRONTLINE. LEAGUE OF DENIAL: THE NFL'S CONCUSSION CRISIS. 9 tonight, WHYY12. HALL OF FAMER Harry Carson has a 3-year-old grandson who won't be playing football if Carson has anything to say about it. "I've told his mom, my daughter, that he's not going to play football. And his father has bought in," the retired New York Giants linebacker told reporters this summer during a news conference in Beverly Hills, Calif., for PBS' "Frontline" investigation "League of Denial: The NFL's Concussion Crisis.
October 4, 2013 |
AS ONE OF THE toughest players to ever put on an Eagles uniform, Hall of Famer Chuck Bednarik remembers the days of lining up on both sides of the field and playing without excuses. Spending his entire Hall of Fame career in Philadelphia, from 1949 to 1962, Bednarik missed just three games in 14 seasons and was a key component to the Eagles' championship teams in 1949 and 1960. In today's game, it is rare to see a player line up on offense if they are a defensive player, and vice versa, a skill Bednarik said the game has lost.
October 4, 2013 |
WITH A quarter of the season in the books, let's take a look at what we know, what we don't know, and what we should have known after a month's worth of fantasy football. Reggie Bush was the best offseason acquisition. "That dude does special things out there every week," Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford said. Bush is coming off a 139-yard rushing effort that was the third-highest of his career, and has 11 catches on 17 targets in three games. As always, injuries are a concern with Bush, who missed Week 3 with a knee injury.
October 1, 2013 |
DENVER - They used to say of Peyton Manning, "Well, he's no Milt Plum. " Not anymore. Manning's fourth touchdown pass during his evisceration of the Eagles yesterday tied Plum's NFL record for TD passes without an interception to start a season. No big deal? Well, consider: John F. Kennedy was alive to see Plum play. Also, it took Plum 10 games to throw 16 touchdown passes in 1960. It took Manning four games. Well, almost four games. Manning did not play in the fourth quarter yesterday.
September 29, 2013 |
Grace Hogue leaned back in her russet armchair, primed with anticipation. It was late April, the first night of the NFL draft. While her grandson, Earl Wolff, was home in North Carolina, both of them had their eyes glued to the same TV show. They were anxiously awaiting Wolff's name to be called by an NFL team. Hogue, 75, watched from her redbrick home at 20th Street and Glenwood Avenue, where she said she has lived for 48 years. It is the same place Wolff spent two weeks every summer between when he was 9 and his first season playing football at North Carolina State.
September 25, 2013 |
Rules, rules, rules, part 1. CHIP KELLY wants nothing to do with the discussion and I get that. He is most identified with the hurry-up offense that is popping up all over the NFL, and thus any attempt to goad him into a discussion about defensive players faking injuries will undoubtedly sound like whining to those listening nationwide. But if Chip's offense is no fad - and Donovan McNabb saying it is almost assures that it isn't - then the NFL is going to have a bigger and bigger problem on its hands in the years to come.
September 19, 2013 |
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The fast-paced Eagles offense has a major effect not only on opposing defenses, but also on the announcers' booth. When play-by-play man Brad Nessler and analyst Mike Mayock call Thursday night's game between the Eagles and visiting Kansas City Chiefs for the NFL Network, the announcers, like Eagles quarterback Michael Vick and the rest of the offense, will be in hurry-up mode. "The pace of the offense dictates the pace of a broadcast," Mayock said in a phone interview.