August 20, 2016 |
PITTSBURGH - In Philadelphia, where defense is worshipped and defensive coordinators can be lionized, performances like the one Jim Schwartz's unit displayed Thursday in a 17-0 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers could generate excitement. The Eagles defense has outpaced the offense throughout the summer, and Thursday was no different. The Eagles' hopes for a competitive team will likely depend on a defense that forced four first-half turnovers and kept Pittsburgh out of the end zone.
August 19, 2016 |
PITTSBURGH - Hard to say we learned a lot about the 2016 Eagles that we didn't already know, in Thursday night's 17-0 preseason victory over a group loosely representing the Pittsburgh Steelers. With Carson Wentz sitting out with a rib fracture, the focus was on starting quarterback Sam Bradford and his offensive line, suddenly threatened by the looming suspension of right tackle Lane Johnson. The conclusion there was "meh. " Not having Wentz to spice up the evening brought home how much this training camp and preseason have been about the second player taken in the draft, and how bland and tasteless the regular season might become if the rookie is buried on the bench, as currently is the plan of Eagles coach Doug Pederson.
May 4, 2016 |
Temple linebacker Tyler Matakevich was on the phone with NFL teams that were looking to sign him as a potential free agent after the seventh round of the draft. Then Matakevich got a call he said he had to take. It was from Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin. "It caught me off guard, and then I saw on the TV that Pittsburgh was picking next," Matakevich said on Monday in a phone interview. Indeed, he was picked next, the 246th overall selection in a 253-player draft.
March 11, 2016 |
The Flyers and Penguins will play outdoor games against each other in 2017 and 2019, a source close to the situation confirmed. "It's always fun games against Pittsburgh, and I know for a fact that fans love when we play Pittsburgh, so it's going to make it even more fun," captain Claude Giroux said. Next season's game will be played on Feb. 18 at Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers. It will help celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Flyers and Penguins in the NHL. Penn State was explored as a possible site, but the cost was too high, the source said.
January 12, 2016 |
WHO WAS that guy? Someone from Villanova had just gone out for a pass in a game with Kentucky, caught the ball and scored a touchdown. The radio announcer broadcasting the game had no idea who it was. But 10 minutes later, after conducting a quick investigation, the announcer revealed that the mystery player was John J. Giordano, who, being a freshman, wasn't listed on the team roster. Back in Philly, John's family, listening to the game at the iconic family store in the Ninth Street Market, erupted in cheers.
December 19, 2015 |
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney met with Temple University officials Thursday and told them they must address the worries of neighbors before he can endorse the school's plan to build a football stadium on campus. "Temple asked for this meeting to explain the benefits of building their stadium," Kenney's spokeswoman, Lauren Hitt, said in a statement Thursday night. "The mayor-elect enjoyed meeting with the university's representatives, and he appreciated them working with the city on this issue.
December 11, 2015 |
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney said Wednesday that he wants Temple University to try to strike a better deal for its use of Lincoln Financial Field before it considers building its own football stadium. Temple is interested in building a $100 million, 35,000-seat stadium in the northwest corner of its North Philadelphia campus, partly because of the price it pays to the Eagles to rent the Linc each year. On Tuesday, the school's board of trustees postponed plans to study building a stadium after Kenney expressed opposition to the plan.
May 20, 2015
ACCORDING TO multiple reports, the cause of death of former Temple defensive end Adrian Robinson was suicide. Robinson, 25, died Saturday night in Philadelphia. He was the MAC defensive player of the year in 2009 and was one of the leaders in the turnaround of Temple's football program under coach Al Golden. His brother, Averee, is a rising junior nose tackle for the Owls. The Harrisburg native played in the NFL in 2012 as an undrafted free agent with the Pittsburgh Steelers.
May 10, 2015 |
Lots of men coach youth football when their sons are part of the team. Herb Neilio Sr. was different. Mr. Neilio, 86, who died Tuesday, May 5, of complications from congestive heart failure, founded Westville's youth football program in 1955. His oldest son, Herb Jr., wasn't born until 1956. "He loved kids and he loved the game of football," Herb Neilio Jr. said of his father. "Put those two together and that's why he did it for so long. " Mr. Neilio coached Westville's football program for 52 years.
January 30, 2015 |
PHOENIX - A little more than 2 months ago, LeGarrette Blount left the Pittsburgh Steelers' bench during a game at Tennessee, got dressed and headed for the team bus, apparently upset that he wasn't getting the ball. Blount's actions on Nov. 17 ultimately affected the playoff fortunes of two AFC contenders. The Steelers, who released the former Oregon star the next day, ended up losing a wild-card round playoff game to the Ravens in no small part because they didn't have a viable backup to injured running back Le'Veon Bell.