August 20, 2014 |
THE GOOD news is that Nick Foles is among the Top 100 ranked NFL offensive players by ESPN.COM. The not-so-good news is he is No. 99. And, right behind him at No. 100 is Eagles running back Darren Sproles. The website, which only released the rankings from 91 to 100 yesterday for both offense and defense, said it asked 90 experts with ties to ESPN to rate the players on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the best. Players were ranked overall, not by position. Foles received a score of 6.52, which tied him with Lions running back Reggie Bush and Ravens receiver Steve Smith.
November 19, 2013 |
"I put the Eagles offense as one of my bottom five. Why did I do it? Not that they are one of the worst five units in the NFL. It's because, 'It's going to be one of the fastest units we've ever seen. What are you going to do to stop it? . . . It's going to be unbelievable.' How is that working out? Is it just the most unbelievable thing you've ever seen?" - Phil Simms, Oct. 24 When reading the above quote, the first thing that comes to mind, aside from the irrationality of the thinking, is how much it seems Simms wanted Chip Kelly to fail, or at least for him to get his newfangled college offense handed to him for a season or two. The old guard of the NFL doesn't like to see a newbie come into its league and have immediate success, and Simms said something without much support and something he likely will regret.
September 15, 2006 |
After his team's thrilling come-from-behind victory over visiting St. Joseph's Prep last Friday, Matt Simms emerged from the Don Bosco Prep training room with his left shoulder wrapped in ice. Simms, a senior quarterback, was battered repeatedly in the first half and injured on a sack by St. Joe's linebacker Mike Pereira. That hit caused him to briefly leave the game. Through three quarters, Simms had completed only 2 of 13 passes for 42 yards and was intercepted twice. In a highly anticipated matchup televised by ESPNU and played before an overflow crowd, it was hardly the type of performance expected from one of the top high school recruits in the country.
September 9, 2006 |
St. Joseph's Prep's trip to North Jersey was an opportunity to firmly establish itself as one of the country's top scholastic football teams. In playing Don Bosco Prep last night, a prime-time matchup televised by ESPNU, the Hawks were going up against a fellow perennial power. Over the last four seasons, the Ironmen posted a 44-3 record and won the Non-Public Group 4 state championship in 2002 and 2003. They were runners-up the last two seasons. The Hawks, ranked No. 5 in the East in USA Today's preseason rankings, put up quite a fight but were nipped by the No. 6-ranked hosts, 31-28, in a thriller before an overflow crowd at Granatell Stadium.
November 24, 2000 |
When Chris Simms arrived on the University of Texas campus, the last thing he wanted to do was give people the wrong impression. As the talented son of former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms, Chris has always been careful not to be a showoff, to just blend in as one of the guys. Well aware that the eyes of his teammates would be on him, Chris planned to just be himself: polite, hard-working and poised beyond his years. But you would have concluded that he was just another pampered young star with a big ego when he showed up on campus for his freshman year.
December 15, 1998 |
Penn State will learn tonight whether quarterback Chris Simms, one of the nation's top high school prospects, is in its future. Simms, who is said to have narrowed his choices to Joe Paterno's squad, Tennessee and Texas, will announce his decision from his New Jersey high school at 10:30. Simms, the son of a famous New York Giants quarterback, Phil Simms, owns every passing record at Ramapo High School. This season, he completed 106 of 185 passes for 2,239 yards and 18 touchdowns, and was intercepted three times.
November 14, 1998 |
Coaches usually don't like to second-guess their own play calls, but on this occasion, Mike Miello is kicking himself. It is an impossibly busy football Friday at Ramapo (N.J.) High School, and Miello, who also serves as the school's athletic director, has given his secretary the day off. In the unwritten handbook of coaching no-nos, this is page one material. "See how smart I am?" Miello says with a grin. Outgoing mail, consisting mainly of recruiting tapes, is piled on the chair to the left of his desk.
July 13, 1998 |
The best quarterback on the sidelines at last week's inaugural Governor's Bowl between all-stars from New York and New Jersey never got to take a snap. That's because Chris Simms was not eligible to play. Only graduating seniors could participate. Next year should be a different story. Simms was taking in the game and soaking in the atmosphere Thursday at Rutgers Stadium, where New Jersey scored a 36-20 victory. In next year's Governor's Bowl, he should be right in the middle of the action.
January 14, 1998 |
Randy Cross is luckier than most of his NBC Sports colleagues. He's been through this before. There was more resignation than shock in the former 49ers lineman's voice yesterday. In 1993, Cross was hitting his stride as a CBS NFL analyst when the network lost the NFC package to Fox. At 9 p.m. on Monday, Cross found out that CBS had outbid NBC for the AFC package. Now Cross, who was doing well at NBC, soon will be looking for work. "I was talking to a friend in the business.
January 10, 1997 |
In two seasons, Phil Simms has established himself as a first-class NFL analyst. Working on NBC's lead NFL broadcast team, Simms brings to the booth insight as an outstanding former quarterback and blends with the exceptional Dick Enberg and the entertaining Paul Maguire. On Sunday, the team will describe the Jacksonville-New England AFC Championship Game (Channel 10, 4 p.m.). During a conference-call discussion of the game this week, Simms was his typically candid self. Talking about Jacksonville and Carolina advancing to conference championships in only their second seasons, Simms said: "People do not talk about it, but a lot of this had to do with money.