January 29, 2014
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Funny how things work out for some people. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie gave the Eagles two of the worst years of his career. We're talking hold-your-nose bad. He played so poorly that the team didn't even make an attempt to re-sign him after a 4-12 crash-and-burn season in 2012. Just told him good-bye and good-riddance and don't let the door hit you in the butt on your way out. But 6-2 corners with 4.4 speed don't grow on trees. DRC found a team desperate enough for coverage help to ignore what they saw on tape the last 2 years and offer him a 1-year, $5 million contract.
November 16, 2013 |
The Eagles play the Washington Redskins on Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles are 5-5; the Redskins, 3-6. You'd think that would be a good thing, having a home game against a lesser opponent. Yeah, you'd think that. There's just one problem: The Eagles have lost their last 10 games at the Linc. That's a lot. That's four short of the NFL record. For a sense of proportion, of just how long a 10-game home losing streak in the NFL is in comparison to other sports, imagine the Phillies losing 101 straight games at Citizens Bank Park.
August 23, 2013 |
HOLLIS THOMAS says the Phillies and Eagles had something in common besides a concrete-hard field when they shared the Vet: porn. The former Eagles defensive tackle, who is now with 94WIP, told the station's "Morning Show" that the teams shared a big, blue chest full of pornography. "[The Phillies] did have an awesome . . . we used to share like the shower and restroom area at the Vet, and they had an awesome collection of porn," Thomas said. "They did, it was just like a bunch of books in there.
August 7, 2013 |
EVERYBODY makes mistakes. But 2 years ago, the Eagles' decision-making troika of Andy Reid, Howie Roseman and Joe Banner made enough of them over a 3-month span to merit Guinness Book of World Records consideration. That April, they swung and missed with their first three draft picks - guard Danny Watkins, safety Jaiquawn Jarrett and cornerback Curtis Marsh. Watkins, who was benched after six games last year, has been a bust. Jarrett was canned after one season. And Marsh has been on the field for a total of 75 defensive snaps in 2 years.
August 1, 2013 |
CHIP KELLY says his depth chart is written in sand, which doesn't mean he takes notes on an Etch A Sketch. It's his clever way of saying that there is precious little permanence on his roster this early in a training camp in which he has posted a "Help Wanted" sign on every job but pastry chef in the NovaCare cafeteria. At the moment, with the Sept. 9 season opener against the Redskins still 5 1/2 weeks away, it's safe to say no more than nine or 10 of the Eagles' 22 starting jobs are completely locked up. Running back LeSean McCoy and wide receiver DeSean Jackson can breathe easy.
July 31, 2013 |
A program might be needed to familiarize Eagles fans with the team's starting defensive backfield. A new era of Eagles football will likely include at least three new starters in the secondary. It's entirely conceivable that all four will be newcomers. Gone are Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, high-priced former Pro Bowlers. The Eagles signed four less acclaimed players for the defensive backfield, though they do have significant starting experience. Cornerbacks Cary Williams and Bradley Fletcher and safeties Patrick Chung and Kenny Phillips have started a combined 131 regular-season games.
July 19, 2013 |
RANKING THE Eagles' top dozen offseason moves: 1. Hiring Chip Kelly on Jan. 16: Well, duh. A new direction after 14 years of Andy Reid. It still feels strange, and it probably will all season. Maybe Chip will blow through all his timeouts too soon in the opener and make us feel more at home with him. 2. Hiring vice president Tom Gamble on Feb. 16: Everybody in the NFL said this was a good personnel hire, for a team that has tried to patch over bad drafts with free agency in recent years, and reaped awful results from it. If Kelly is going to build a winner, he will need a heads-up personnel team.
July 17, 2013 |
IF THERE'S nothing for agents and NFL general managers to fight about, they'll invent something. That's all you really need to know about the issue of "offset language," which so far has kept seven of the top 10 first-round draft picks from signing, including the Eagles' Lane Johnson, selected fourth overall in April. New Eagles coach Chip Kelly is scheduled to greet rookies for training camp at NovaCare in 6 days. There's a decent chance Johnson won't be there then, though sources close to the situation say they don't think a prolonged stalemate is likely.
July 3, 2013 |
ALL GOOD things take a little time. Following a disastrous season for the secondary, the Eagles signed free-agent cornerbacks Bradley Fletcher and Cary Williams to replace Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. With organized team activities and minicamp now a thing of the past, the new-look secondary has made a stride toward creating some chemistry. But a few weeks of noncontact practice is not enough on which to predict the future. After winning a Super Bowl with the Ravens, Williams signed a 3-year contract with the Eagles.
June 29, 2013 |
The NFL Network wrapped up its Top 100 Players of 2013 series on Thursday night, and its almost complete shunning of the Philadelphia Eagles is now history. Perhaps deservedly so, after a 4-12 season that got head coach Andy Reid fired. Only one Eagles player made the list, running back LeSean McCoy at No. 45. That's way down from 2012, when the list included seven players: McCoy at No. 18, tackle Jason Peters at 42, defensive ends Jason Babin and Trent Cole at 44 and 57, quarterback Michael Vick at 70, wideout DeSean Jackson at 71, and cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha at 79. Peters had a good excuse: He missed last season because of a twice-ruptured Achilles tendon.