October 21, 2015 |
Memories were low-hanging fruit here. They always are when the Eagles play the Giants, or any NFC East team. That the Eagles chose this particular night to induct Brian Westbrook into their Hall of Fame was natural, given that Westbrook turned around the franchise's 2003 season with that stunning punt-return touchdown in East Rutherford. So there were Donovan McNabb and Brian Dawkins strutting out of a tunnel before Monday night's game, familiar faces inspiring familiar thoughts. Hours earlier, former Giants coach Bill Parcells had answered questions for 15 minutes on a local sports-talk station, and the relish returned to his voice when he spoke about the teams' rivalry of the mid-to-late 1980s - Randall Cunningham and Lawrence Taylor and the banana republic at Broad and Pattison that was Veterans Stadium.
October 6, 2013 |
It isn't just the 1-3 Eagles and 0-4 New York Giants' losing records that have taken some of the steam out of Sunday's matchup between the longtime divisional rivals. "It's sucks because Osi's not there, so it makes it a little different," LeSean McCoy said of Osi Umenyiora, his frequent sparring partner. The former Giants defensive end is with the Falcons now. While Umenyiora isn't what he once was, his absence from what was once the most feared line in the NFL has been symbolic for a unit that is struggling this season.
March 30, 2013
The Kansas City Chiefs hired former Vikings coach Brad Childress, reuniting him with Andy Reid. Childress, who spent last season as the offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns, will be the Chiefs' spread game analyst and work on special projects. He spent five years as the Minnesota head coach (2006-10), a stint that included two division titles (2008-09). The team was 12-4 in 2009. Childress previously spent seven seasons, from 1999 to 2005, with the Eagles, where he worked with Reid.
March 28, 2013 |
THE ATLANTA Falcons have found a replacement for John Abraham by reaching an agreement with free-agent defensive end Osi Umenyiora on a 2-year contract. The Falcons released the 34-year-old Abraham, who led the team with 10 sacks in 2012, on March 1. With the 31-year-old Umenyiora, the Falcons have a slightly younger replacement at defensive end. Umenyiora had only six sacks for the Giants in 2012. He had a career-high 14 1/2 sacks in 2005, but has reached double figures in only one of the last 4 years - 11 1/2 in 2010.
December 28, 2012 |
Recent history: Eagles eked out a 19-17 victory over the Giants on Sept. 30; the teams split last season's series, but the Eagles swept the 2009 and 2008 series against the G-Men. OFFENSE Eagles: 356.5 yards per game (12th) Giants: 352.7 yards per game (14th) Quarterback Eagles: Michael Vick hasn't played in almost 7 weeks and almost certainly is rusty, both physically and mentally. He had 14 turnovers in nine starts before being sidelined with a concussion, and faces a defense that is 2nd in the league in takeaways.
November 5, 2012 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Eli Manning and the New York Giants could not provide a happy ending Sunday for the storm-ravaged fans who came to see them play the Pittsburgh Steelers at MetLife Stadium. "There are so many bigger things going on around here that what we do is not as important as real life," Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger said after throwing for two touchdowns in a 24-20 comeback victory. "My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone else who are going through so much.
October 5, 2012 |
RANDALL Cunningham never got it, but Rodney Peete learned. Donovan McNabb sometimes understood. Ty Detmer and Jeff Garcia, bless their hearts, knew it from birth. Quarterbacks rarely win games. Often, and much more easily, they lose them. Michael Vick, finally, is learning this. Never before has there been a weapon like Vick. Even now, at 32, no one combines arm strength and foot speed and elusiveness. Sorry, Donovan, and Randall, and Fran Tarkenton and Steve Young.
October 2, 2012 |
After playing a game last week in which nothing went right, the Eagles came out Sunday night against the New York Giants and looked intent on playing a game in which nothing went anywhere. Fortunately for them, so did the Giants. Any time the game begins with nine straight punts, it is clearly not going to be a night in which the winner dominates, but one in which the winner figures out how to survive just a little bit better than the other guy. The Giants and the Eagles play them like this all the time.
September 26, 2012
EAGLES RUNNING BACK LeSean McCoy is having a little fun again with Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora, with whom he has feuded over the years. McCoy, in an ESPN interview, said: "Osi, to be honest, he is a good player. I think he thinks that he is better than what he really is. I think he is a ballerina in a Giants uniform. Other than that, that is all I got to say about Osi. " The McCoy-Umenyiora and McCoy feud began in 2011, when McCoy tweeted that Unemyiora is "Overrated n soft 3rd best d-line on his team honestly.
May 22, 2012 |
ON FRIDAY, we reported that former Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor was auctioning his Super Bowl XXV ring because he needed cash. That turned out to be wrong. A representative of Taylor told Fox Sports that the Hall of Famer had given the ring to his son, TJ, and was unaware that it was being sold. Another person unaware of that fact was Giants defensive end Osi Umenyiora, who we also wrote about on Friday. Umenyiora had admitted it was insensitive to think that comparing LeSean McCoy to a woman was an insult.