September 11, 2016 |
PITTSBURGH - Coaches say they like to maintain a routine while preparing for every football game and not deviate from the norm, but that doesn't seem to have been the case this week as Penn State and Pittsburgh prepared for the renewal of their intrastate rivalry. By the time the highly anticipated game kicks off Saturday at Heinz Field, the staffs of head coaches James Franklin and Pat Narduzzi will have seen just about every formation and play ever called in the careers of first-year offensive coordinators Joe Moorhead of the Nittany Lions and Matt Canada of the Panthers.
September 9, 2016 |
GOOD PROTECTION. Strong running game. These are things that can ease Carson Wentz's first NFL start, as he becomes the first Eagles rookie quarterback to lead the team into its opener since Davey O'Brien in 1939. But just as important as what happens on the other side, with the Eagles' defense. It's hard to predict what Wentz is going to do Sunday against the Browns, off just 39 preseason snaps, all coming in one game, a month ago, but there is an excellent chance he isn't going to throw five or six touchdown passes in a shootout.
September 8, 2016 |
Halfway through his first game, Paul Sacco already was in trouble. Actually, he was in trouble before that. "I was getting hammered," Sacco said, looking back at his first season as the football coach at St. Joseph High School. He was 24. "People thought I was too young to get the job. "There was a major group of people who did not want me to be the coach. " Sacco's debut was Sept. 25, 1982, against Wildwood. His team was losing at intermission. "Wildwood had [future Pitt standout]
August 28, 2016 |
It appears to have been a seamless transition to new Temple offensive coordinator Glenn Thomas, but that doesn't mean there won't be differences in offensive philosophy. Thomas arrived at Temple last season as the quarterbacks coach after spending the previous seven seasons as an Atlanta Falcons assistant. While he still coaches the quarterbacks, he was promoted to offensive coordinator when Marcus Satterfield was hired in the offseason as head coach at Tennessee Tech. "The transition has been great," Thomas said after practice Friday.
June 3, 2016 |
BY NOW, you might have picked up on the fact that those of us who cover the Eagles think this Sam Bradford-Carson Wentz-Chase Daniel quarterback mashup has the potential to become a bit of a circus. John DeFilippo and Frank Reich say they are unfazed. They are the Eagles' quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator, respectively. They've logged time in QB rooms on both coasts and in between. They have seen the good, the bad and the dysfunctional. DeFilippo, especially, knows from circuses: He was the offensive coordinator last season in Cleveland, where the game plan sometimes depended upon whether Johnny Manziel showed up partying somewhere on Instagram before Tuesday evening, when planning for that week's practice was complete.
May 9, 2016 |
Lansdale Catholic's football program now has a wealth of head coaching experience. Drew Gordon, who was in charge at La Salle for nine years, and Chris Felton, who directed Central Bucks West for four seasons, recently joined Tom Kirk's staff as offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator, respectively. Gordon guided the Explorers to six Catholic League championships, including five straight from 2008 to 2012, and a PIAA Class AAAA state title in 2009. He spent last season as the offensive coordinator at Bishop McDevitt, his alma mater.
February 27, 2016 |
Matt Limegrover knows he has much work ahead of him as Penn State's new offensive line coach. The Nittany Lions' line has not been up to Big Ten standards in two years under head coach James Franklin, having allowed 83 sacks during that period. But Limegrover, who was hired Jan. 13 after five seasons as offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Minnesota, said there is talent - mostly young talent - on the unit and that he'll work to find the best five when spring practice begins next month.
February 1, 2016 |
MOBILE, Ala. - Hands in pockets, the two former backup quarterbacks stood alone together high in the north end of the bleachers at Ladd-Pebbles Stadium. Doug Pederson and Frank Reich spent a good deal of Thursday morning's Senior Bowl practice just talking, but there was also football to watch. And, boy, do they know how to watch football. Pederson and Reich spent most of their former NFL lives just observing the game from the sidelines. Head coaches and offensive coordinators come from all walks of football, but most of the successful ones never achieved greatness as players.
January 25, 2016 |
Doug Pederson was introduced to the West Coast offense in 1996. Discarded by the expansion Panthers and then the Dolphins for the umpteenth time, the quarterback signed with the Packers early that season. He was only the third-stringer behind Brett Favre and Jim McMahon, but that first year playing for coach Mike Holmgren, in the system that Bill Walsh had mostly created, started a journey that has Pederson bringing the West Coast offense back to the Eagles some 20 years later. The Eagles, of course, have primarily had a West Coast-based system for most of the last two decades.
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.