May 23, 2012 |
THE OFFSEASON NFL players lost to the lockout last year has been blamed for just about every unfortunate thing that's happened, this side of the "Twilight" movies. Eagles quarterbacks coach Doug Pederson threw another log on the fire Monday, when he opined that the falloff in QB Michael Vick's play last season had a lot to do with Vick not being able to review mistakes with coaches and fine-tune this time a year ago. "Honestly, I think it was the offseason," Pederson said during a rare NovaCare media session with Eagles offensive position coaches, minus offensive line coach Howard Mudd, who isn't in town.
December 18, 2015 |
IT WAS A THURSDAY, which meant it was time for us to crowd around DeMarco Murray's locker and listen to him address a story that should probably already be dead. As usual, the Eagles' running back did not say anything noteworthy, and, by "as usual," I mean that Murray has never said anything of remote consequence regarding his diminished role with the team that less than nine months ago decided that he was worth an elite-level free-agent contract. I suppose this whole saga goes to show how easily we allow ourselves to get played in this business.
March 16, 2012 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - It could be worse. While the Phillies and their fans are legitimately concerned about a few of the team's key body parts, a quick look around helps put things in perspective. Let's start with Dontrelle Willis, who had a pretty good outing against the Atlanta Braves Thursday afternoon. The onetime phenom was a low-risk signing, a lefthanded pitcher with a chance to win a job in the bullpen. If he didn't pitch well, no big deal. It was worth a shot. Those of us whose memories extend into the misty recesses of time beyond, say, 2001, can attest.
May 1, 2012 |
The Eagles seem content to give youth a chance at safety, at least for now. "We're excited about our group of safeties," Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said Monday. "I don't think we need someone with more experience. We feel very comfortable with our group. " Roseman similarly said he feels good about the team's young running backs behind starter LeSean McCoy. His comments came during a wide-ranging meeting with reporters that also touched on his thoughts on drafting quarterback Nick Foles, defensive end Brandon Graham's progress and a few nervous moments during the draft.
May 7, 2012
With the draft and initial burst of free agency behind us, we have a pretty good idea of who the Eagles will be bringing into training camp to fight for spots on the regular-season roster. Here, then, is a look at the top position battles to look forward to as rookie minicamps and offseason practices arrive in May and June and lead up to training camp in July. Linebacker Another summer, another new spin on the position that the Eagles can never quite seem to settle.
May 25, 2012 |
Nate Allen tracked Clay Harbor. The two Eagles raced across the middle of the field. As a pass flew in, Allen reached with his left hand, and swatted the ball to the ground. Fellow safety Kurt Coleman was waiting to congratulate him. Crouching, they slapped hands low four times - Allen swinging right, left, right, left - then each swung an arm overhead, connecting at the inside of their elbows. The pair of safeties, one laid back, one emotional, one a highly touted second-round pick, one a seventh-rounder, have been close since they arrived together in the 2010 draft.
March 5, 2013
This is a post by Les Bowen on the Daily News' Eagletarian blog. AT THE MAXWELL Club festivities Friday in Atlantic City, I got in a quick word with Eagles guard Evan Mathis. I asked Mathis what he knows about the blocking system he'll be working in under new offensive-line coach Jeff Stoutland. Mathis said that he knows virtually nothing about it, that he and Stoutland are prohibited from any but the most general discussions right now, at this point in the offseason. It wasn't the first time I'd gotten that response.
August 22, 2014 |
IT ALL COMES back to the first baseman. As vehemently as Ruben Amaro Jr. shot down reports that the Phillies had discussed releasing Ryan Howard in the offseason, the organization's immediate and long-term futures are very much tied to their decision-making with regard to their $25 million-a-year slugger. Since his 3-day benching in late July, Howard is hitting just .202/.298/.348 with three home runs and 29 strikeouts in 89 at-bats. With every fastball that he sends to the warning track in leftfield, it becomes increasingly clear that addition by subtraction is something the Phillies will have to seriously contemplate this offseason.
June 23, 2013 |
MIAMI - Two years ago, LeBron James headed into the darkness. No visitors. No television. No daylight. For weeks on end. Such was the devastation of losing to the Dallas Mavericks in the 2011 NBA Finals. Now? Now he wants to be alone again. Alone to marinate in the moment, to immerse himself in the total relaxation that only triumph affords. Since the low point of that Miami Heat failure in those 2011 NBA Finals he has been MVP of the 2012 regular season and 2012 NBA Finals, a 2012 London Olympics gold medalist, MVP of the 2013 regular season, and, now, after Thursday's second consecutive NBA championship, MVP of the 2013 Finals.
November 15, 2013 |
MARLON BYRD says he isn't worried about showing his legion of skeptics that his resurgent performance in 2013 was more than a fluke. Instead, he's focused on showing them that his new boss is a savvy general manager who made a shrewd early move in signing him to a 2-year, $16 million contract on Tuesday. "I'm not worried about proving anybody wrong," the 36-year-old outfielder said via phone from his offseason home in Southern California yesterday. "I just need to make sure I prove Ruben right.