August 26, 2016 |
AS FAR AS being a welcomed site for a professional sports league, Las Vegas got out of the penalty box in June, when NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced that the mecca of gambling in America was granted an expansion franchise that would begin play in the 2017-18 season. Except for the 1982-83 NBA season when the Utah Jazz played 11 games there, Sin City had always been left on the outside looking in when it came to consideration from the "Big Four" professional leagues. The NBA held its All-Star Weekend in Vegas in 2007, while the Canadian Football League, the defunct XFL and United Football League briefly had franchises, and NASCAR and the PGA are regular tour stops.
February 5, 2016 |
IT IS ONE of the mandatory questions for any coach, player or sports executive returning to this place, like "Geno's or Pat's?" or even where they were for those rarest of events, a victory parade. "Did you ever boo?" I asked John DeFilippo at the end of an interview the other day, forgetting for a second who he was, and more important, who his father was. "Never," he said, the smile disappearing from his face. "Never. Ever. Here's why: My dad was in it. My dad was even a coach when I was younger.
January 23, 2016 |
The Eagles hired former Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator John DeFilippo as quarterbacks coach Thursday. He joins offensive coordinator Frank Reich to give the Eagles two coaches on the offensive staff who called plays in the NFL last season. DeFilippo, 37, graduated from Radnor High School when his father, Gene, was the athletic director at Villanova. He reportedly drew interest from the San Francisco 49ers for their head coaching vacancy and the Los Angeles Rams to be offensive coordinator.
December 27, 2015 |
WHEN MARCUS Smith played only 68 snaps and made no impact on the Eagles' defense last year as a rookie, few people outside of the organization were taken aback. The truth is, Smith had been considered a reach with the 26th overall pick in the draft by almost everyone except the Eagles. That he finished his first NFL season with a grand total of one tackle and zero quarterback sacks, and played in only eight games, well, it was considered more a reflection on the Eagles' poor judgment than Smith not playing up to his ability.
December 14, 2015 |
Will I play another game? Please don't let it end this way. Chicken parm, you taste so good. Here in Week 14 of Peyton Manning's 18th NFL season, it is fair to wonder whether one of the greatest quarterbacks in history is finished. If he is, he's going to need that chicken parm as comfort food. All we know for sure is that Manning, 39, is going to miss his fourth straight game Sunday, when his Denver Broncos play host to the Oakland Raiders. He has been sidelined by a foot injury since being removed from a miserable mid-November loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.
October 4, 2015 |
In this passing age of the NFL the Washington Redskins like to pound teams on the ground and this year they have a two-headed monster, plus a capable receiving threat out of the backfield that has enjoyed some early season success. Entering Sunday's game against the Eagles in a matchup of 1-2 teams, Washington is fourth in the NFL in rushing, averaging 143.7 yards per game and fifth in yards per carry (4.6). Alfred Morris has rushed for 199 yards (4.1 avg.) and Matt Jones, a rookie third-round draft choice from Florida, has rushed for 189 yards (5.3 average and two touchdowns.
May 28, 2015 |
The debate might be as old as leather helmets and it definitely predates soccer-style kickers. It might have been at its height in the 1990s, when two of the greatest running backs ever - Dallas' Emmitt Smith and Detroit's Barry Sanders - played the game. The burning question then and now: Does the running back make the offensive line or is it the offensive line that makes the running back? It is an argument that will be fueled during the next season by the Eagles and the Cowboys.
April 29, 2015 |
THE FLIGHT, in late March, was from State College to Washington, D.C. The prop plane was small, the weather bad. And Deion Barnes was hanging on for dear life. Barnes, a defensive end from Penn State and Northeast High, was on the first leg of a journey that took him to a pre-NFL draft workout with the Oakland Raiders, the only team he worked out for besides the Eagles. He tweeted at the time that it was the "scariest flight of my life" and added, "I almost threw up and cried at the same time.
January 29, 2015 |
The official Chip Kelly offseason scoreboard shows that his actions hold a significant lead over his words and, in all likelihood, the verbal game won't even attempt a comeback until late March. In typical fashion, the big play from the Eagles head coach came fast and furious. When Howie Roseman wielded his general manager power by firing vice president of player personnel Tom Gamble immediately after the season ended, Kelly's counterpunch resulted in a bloody TKO. Owner Jeffrey Lurie stripped Roseman of all his personnel duties, making it clear that the head coach ruled the decision-making kingdom at One NovaCare Way. That was by far the loudest and most meaningful action by Kelly since the Eagles played their last game of 2014 and he has not spoken a single public word about it. Given the way things work in the silent society shared by so many NFL teams and coaches, it's possible - even probable - that Kelly will not answer any questions about the Eagles' internal power struggle until the March owners meetings in Arizona.
January 21, 2015 |
Chip Kelly will be looking for his third quarterbacks coach in three years after Bill Musgrave left Monday to become the offensive coordinator of the Oakland Raiders. Musgrave, 47, replaced Bill Lazor last offseason after Lazor became the Dolphins' offensive coordinator. Musgrave spent one year in Philadelphia, working with quarterbacks Nick Foles, Mark Sanchez, and Matt Barkley. Kelly praised Musgrave's work with Foles' mechanics, and the quarterbacks spoke highly of the way Musgrave coached.