December 11, 2014 |
JASON KELCE calls Riley Cooper a "good friend. " Kelce, the Eagles' center and most honest man in Philadelphia sports, yesterday endured this sequence of conversation: With the press, Riley Cooper can be eloquent and introspective and thoughtful. "Yeah. " And, sometimes, incredibly rude and dismissive and insulting. "Yeah. " That can be an indication of a maturity level, and of personality. "Yeah. " Have you seen him change? "Through my 4 years here with Riley, he's definitely matured a great deal.
November 28, 2014 |
Those hoping that St. Nick will arrive in late December may be disappointed. No, not that guy. Nick Foles hasn't yet been scheduled for a follow-up exam on his broken collarbone, although it is likely to happen next week, and the original prognosis that he would be out for six to eight weeks could be an optimistic one, according to sources close to the situation. His left clavicle has to be "more than" healed because of the type of fracture Foles suffered on Nov. 2 against the Texans, one source said.
November 13, 2014 |
There is no longer a mystery about how Mark Sanchez will function as the Eagles' starting quarterback. He threw for 332 yards and two touchdowns without a turnover Monday in a 45-21 rout of the Carolina Panthers. He can improve his efficiency, and the Eagles must do better on third-down conversions, but Sanchez appears to be a quick study in coach Chip Kelly's offense. Now that opposing coordinators have seen him in the system, Sanchez expects defensive looks to evolve, beginning Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.
October 30, 2014
LA SALLE HIGH senior quarterback Kyle Shurmur was one of 45 players chosen from across the nation to play in the 2015 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. The East-West Showdown, sponsored by the United States Marine Corps, will be played Jan. 4 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. It will be shown live on Fox Sports 1. Shurmur, a 6-4, 220-pound Vanderbilt commit, currently leads the city in touchdown passes with 26 and passing yardage with 2,238. Shurmur, the son of Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, was also a second-team Daily News All-City selection as a junior.
October 21, 2014 |
PAT SHURMUR feels most comfortable when he's uncomfortable. It is no surprise, then, that he smiles even as he squirms when confronted with the million-dollar question: What does he DO, exactly? Shurmur is the offensive coordinator of an offensive system for which he usually gets no credit - neither for its conception, nor its implementation, nor its execution on game day. Will this perception handicap Shurmur the next time he is considered for a head-coaching job? Hardly.
September 15, 2014 |
It's dangerous to read too much into what happens in the NFL during the opening week. In some ways, it's an extension of the preseason, except, of course, it counts in the standings. The starters are going the distance for the first time, so that's an adjustment. The opponents are finally showing off the offensive and defensive schemes they hid during the preseason, so that must be taken into consideration, too. "You know you've got to be slow to judge what happens in Week 1," Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said.
September 12, 2014 |
A COLLEGE coach suggested Cody Parkey log his kicks. So Parkey did that, then expanded on the idea, making it into a kind of kicking journal, from practices and games. "Along with your makes, you can learn off what you miss, as well," Parkey said yesterday. Parkey and the Eagles are preparing to visit Parkey's former team, the Indianapolis Colts. (At 22, the rookie barely looks old enough to have a former razor, let alone a former team, but he was in camp with Indianapolis until he was traded here Aug. 21)
September 6, 2014 |
Josh Huff expected something different. The rookie receiver the Eagles selected in the third round of this year's draft figured he would arrive in Philadelphia and quickly assimilate Chip Kelly's offensive system. He had good reason to believe it, too. Huff had played for Kelly at the University of Oregon. He was Kelly's leading receiver as a junior in 2012 and ran the same system in 2013 under coach Mark Helfrich when he was again the Ducks' top pass catcher. All Huff had to do was show up at the NovaCare Complex and start running those plays that made him a star at Oregon.
September 3, 2014 |
Bill Davis might have been Chip Kelly's second choice as the Eagles' defensive coordinator. Might have even been his third. It really does not matter now because Davis is the defensive coordinator and has gained the trust of his offensive-minded boss. How often does Kelly interfere with Davis' defensive game plan? "Chip lets us go," Davis said after a recent practice at the NovaCare Complex. "He's not in any of our meetings. He's in the offensive meetings. It's ours defensively to do what we want.
September 1, 2014 |
Pat Shurmur recalls the countless pass-and-catch sessions in the backyard, watching his son make surprisingly crisp and accurate throws. The youngster, when it came to organized play, showed more natural ability on offense. "He's never been a good tackler," his father said with a laugh. Jon Runyan remembers the Tuesday afternoons, while at home and recovering from another exhausting NFL game, when he would test his namesake's hand-eye coordination. "I would have him run across the room and wing the ball at him," he said.