March 17, 2014 |
There is little significant buzz about Michael Vick, although two quarterback-needy teams remain possibilities: the New York Jets and the Oakland Raiders. Neither team has addressed its quarterback situation this offseason, and both teams have head coaches who need to win in 2014 - Rex Ryan in New York and Dennis Allen with the Raiders. Vick would likely be welcomed back by the Eagles as a backup, but he wants to compete for a starting job. The No. 2 quarterback on the Eagles roster is slated to be Matt Barkley, but the team could bring in competition.
March 9, 2014 |
Line up Kyle Shurmur on the field with his La Salle football teammates, and the Division I quarterback prospect won't stand out, at least not for his upper body. But put him among his swimming teammates on the pool deck, and you get a sense of why Explorers swim coach Frank Lichtner says he's a "monster. " Shurmur is lean, as the others are, but he packs more muscle on his 6-foot-4 frame, especially high. "He's really big," Lichtner said. "When he turns around, his back, you can't even see around him. " The quarterback can flat-out swim, too. And his strength is a big part of what he has accomplished in his first season of PIAA competition, Lichtner says.
December 5, 2013 |
OFFICIATING REMAINED a hot topic yesterday at NovaCare, in the wake of Arizona coach Bruce Arians saying Monday that he was sending "about 15" plays for the league to review from Sunday's loss to the Eagles. Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis talked of getting a feel for how each crew is calling a game. "It's very obvious right now with all the games that have been played . . . the offensive players and the defensive players are allowed to have a little bit more contact," Davis said.
November 21, 2013 |
The Eagles players went their separate ways Tuesday as members of an unlikely first-place team. They have been given a week to rest their minds and bodies before a five-game December stretch run that has become a lot more than just a final evaluation for the future. "I think you always want to play meaningful games," offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said. "That means you won a few previous to that. Fortunately, we put ourselves in a position where we kind of control what might be the outcome of this regular season.
November 14, 2013 |
IT DIDN'T really matter Sunday, when the Eagles failed to challenge a 36-yard Packers completion to Jarrett Boykin, because the Birds' Brandon Boykin ended the possession with an interception. But nobody knew there would be an interception when the catch went unchallenged; it could have been the pivotal play of the game. On Monday, Chip Kelly said coaches in the press box told him they "got one clip" to review Sunday and "saw both feet down. Couldn't really tell where the elbow was. Then they were snapping the ball and going.
November 14, 2013 |
The Eagles signed veteran wide receiver Brad Smith to a two-year contract on Tuesday and released wide receiver B.J. Cunningham. Smith, a 29-year-old in his eighth NFL season, is a multidimensional player who was added to bolster the special teams. He's a capable kick returner who plays on all four phases of special teams and was a standout quarterback in college at Missouri. Smith was waived by the Buffalo Bills off injured reserve. He joined the Eagles after passing a physical.
November 10, 2013 |
It took nine games for Bryce Brown to look like the 2012 version of himself. After averaging only 2.6 yards a carry in the first half of the season, the Eagles running back broke out for 54 yards on seven tries in last week's victory over the Raiders. The Eagles will face the fifth-ranked run defense in the league when they travel to play the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. If Brown can sustain the performance he had against the Raiders - however small the sample - it would only give opponents one more weapon to worry about.
November 7, 2013
SOMETIMES LIFE hands you lemons and you try to make lemonade. Other times, it's a bowl of cherries. Sunday should be a jubilee. The Eagles, reconstituted and rearranged from top to bottom, entered this season looking at a few sure-fire losses. At Denver, for sure. At Green Bay, almost certainly. Then, on Monday night, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers left the first quarter against Chicago with a fractured left collarbone. It could cost him a month. Suddenly, the can't-win in Green Bay became a must-win.
November 7, 2013 |
THE EAGLES boxed up Nick Foles' grass-stained white road jersey, his cleats and the game ball they'd saved yesterday and shipped them all to Canton, Ohio, at the request of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Equipment manager Greg Delimitros said he'd kept just one ball for Foles, but the quarterback had no problem parting with it, or any of the other artifacts from Foles' seven-touchdown-pass afternoon Sunday in Oakland. Delimitros said Foles isn't superstitious or even very picky about his equipment.
October 3, 2013 |
TEAMS ARE PLAYING press/man coverage to eliminate the bubble screens and other short, quick throws the Eagles were using to great effect the first few games. But the Birds' running attack remains potent, DeSean Jackson said, and he still thinks he can get open against any cornerback playing him one-on-one, even with potential help from a single high safety. "It's almost like you pick your poison," Jackson said yesterday, as the Eagles tried to put Sunday's 52-20 shellacking in Denver behind them and turn the focus to Sunday's visit with the Giants.