September 12, 2015 |
Instead of seeing a new and improved offense at the start of the 2015 season, Penn State fans recoiled in horror last week, reminded of the dreadful attack exhibited in most of the Nittany Lions' games of a year ago. Bad line play, no running game, Christian Hackenberg flat on his back - it was as if the old season never ended. After just one game, a 27-10 crushing by Temple, the questions began once again about the coaching staff in charge of the offense, headed by coordinator John Donovan, whose 2014 unit finished last in the Big Ten in scoring and rushing, and first in sacks.
August 30, 2015 |
As Chip Kelly does with the Eagles, Great Valley's Dan Ellis wants to go full throttle on offense and run plays in rapid fashion. "We want to dictate things," he said. "We don't want to give the opposing defense a chance to breathe. " Great Valley ran an average of about 70 plays per game with its hurry-up, no-huddle spread offense while going 12-2 and claiming top District 1 Class AAA honors last season. Ellis, a star quarterback at Downingtown (Class of 1997) and Virginia, first began using an up-tempo scheme in 2009, his second year in charge at Springfield (Delaware County)
March 21, 2015 |
A month after stepping down as La Salle's head football coach, Drew Gordon has decided to return to the sideline. Gordon has accepted the position of offensive coordinator at nearby Bishop McDevitt, where he was a standout quarterback in the late 1960s. "It's something that I had a lot of interest in because it's close to home, I played there, I've known [head coach] Pat Manzi for a long time, and I'm friendly with [president] Steve Finley," he said. "I'm excited about the challenge.
February 19, 2015 |
Neshaminy hired Steven Wilmot as its head football coach. Wilmot has been an assistant at the school for 20 years, serving as offensive line coach, offensive coordinator, and assistant head coach. He replaces Mike Frederick, who stepped down last month after one season. Wilmot grew up in Flourtown and played football at Springfield (Montco) and Lock Haven University. He is also a biology teacher at Neshaminy. firstname.lastname@example.org
February 2, 2015 |
With national signing day coming up on Wednesday, many of the area's top football players in the Class of 2015 are set to ink letters of commitment. Not Alex Hornibrook. The former Malvern Prep quarterback is already enrolled at Wisconsin, going through workouts with his new teammates, and taking classes toward a business degree. "The toughest part was getting to know where everything is on campus," said Hornibrook, who threw for 2,076 yards and 26 touchdowns last season. "Now that I've been here for a few weeks, I'm pretty comfortable with things.
January 24, 2015 |
The Eagles have hired Boston College offensive coordinator Ryan Day to be their quarterbacks coach. Day was also Boston College's quarterbacks coach for the last two seasons. He previously coached B.C.'s wide receivers from 2007 to '11. In between, he was Temple's offensive coordinator for a season before following former Owls coach Steve Addazio to Boston. Day, 35, has close ties to Eagles coach Chip Kelly. He got his coaching start at New Hampshire, where he was the tight ends coach alongside offensive coordinator Kelly in 2002.
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.
December 15, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The frustration over the inability of the Penn State offense to move the football consistently bubbled over on the sideline at times this season, with quarterback Christian Hackenberg and offensive coordinator John Donovan at the center of the discord. It was particularly evident during the Nov. 1 game against Maryland, a 20-19 loss, when Hackenberg appeared to have animated discussions with Donovan. Head coach James Franklin said a few days later he felt there were areas that his sophomore leader "can handle better.
December 6, 2014 |
Bill Musgrave, Joe Montana, and Steve Young used to have a contest that involved rolls of tape, goalposts, and killing time. Quarterbacks are typically always up for a challenge, and this one had the three then-49ers competing to see who could toss the most rolls of tape into the hollow end of a goalpost. "It was just something to do, little contests because we're very competitive, whether it be Ping-Pong; punt, pass, or kick; or quarterback Olympics," Musgrave said Thursday.
November 10, 2014 |
MARK SANCHEZ last started an NFL game on Dec. 30, 2012, at Buffalo. His New York Jets lost, 28-9. Sanchez completed 17 of 35 passes for 205 yards, no touchdowns and an interception. His passer rating was 55.1. The Jets wrapped up a 6-10 season and went on to draft Geno Smith out of West Virginia. Sanchez's journey from that night in Buffalo to Monday night at Lincoln Financial Field, where he will be introduced as the Eagles' starting quarterback for the first time, has been a bumpy one. The key event was a shoulder injury suffered in 2013 when he was reinserted late in a meaningless Jets preseason game, causing Sanchez to miss that entire season and closing the door on a future with the team that had drafted him fifth overall in 2009.