May 21, 2016 |
During the first few minutes of the Eagles' rookie minicamp practice last Friday, Doug Pederson did what everyone expected him to do. No, he did not rock to the gentle groove of the Ghost Town DJs' "My Boo," the first song to play at Pederson's first practice as the Eagles' head coach. Instead, he focused his attention entirely on quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Everett Golson, crossing his arms and eyeballing them as they went through a series of elementary drills: dropping back, pantomiming handoffs and play-action passes, tossing the football to a nearby member of the coaching staff.
May 19, 2016 |
Chase Daniel is, quite literally, the quarterback in the middle of Sam Bradford and Carson Wentz, at least in the locker room. He's sandwiched in between the current starter and the presumptive future starter on the depth chart. His locker stall splits the two, with Bradford to his left and Wentz to his right. Daniel is the forgotten figure in the Eagles' quarterback drama, and yet, his role may be just as essential over the next two years. The veteran is to be Bradford's backup, Wentz's teacher, and quite possibly, the stopgap starter if one of several variables were to happen.
May 2, 2016 |
The Eagles, through their long and somewhat tortured history, have been familiar with strange situations at the quarterback position. It is that spot on the football depth chart where otherwise reliable decision-makers - including coaches, team executives, and the players themselves - come up with some head-scratching stuff, and never more than when a team is about to switch from one savior to the next. Just recently, the handoff from Michael Vick to Nick Foles was messy; as was the one from Donovan McNabb to Kevin Kolb; and, reaching further back, who else but Buddy Ryan could have used three quarterbacks in the same series (Ron Jaworski, Randall Cunningham, and Matt Cavanaugh in 1986)
April 22, 2016 |
On Second Thought Only seven quarterbacks have been chosen with the No. 2 overall pick in the draft since the 1970 NFL merger. The Eagles, after pulling off a blockbuster trade with the Browns on Wednesday, will make it eight next Thursday. It will be the second time for the franchise after it selected Donovan McNabb in 1999. Howie Roseman didn't tip his hand as to whether the Eagles will choose Carson Wentz or Jared Goff, but all signs point to the former with the Rams reportedly set to take Goff at No. 1. Either way, quarterbacks will be taken with the first two picks for the sixth time since 1970.
April 18, 2016 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - If you went strictly by the statistics he racked up in the Blue-White Game at Beaver Stadium on Saturday, Trace McSorley would be far and away the No. 1 quarterback for Penn State entering training camp in August. McSorley, a redshirt sophomore, ran the Nittany Lions' new up-tempo, no-huddle offense to near perfection, completing 23 of 27 passes for 281 yards and four touchdowns to lift the Blue team to a 37-0 victory over the White before a crowd estimated at 65,000.
March 18, 2016 |
YOU KNOW the old saying: You can never be too rich, or have too many capable quarterbacks. Howie Roseman opened the vault and gave rookie head coach Doug Pederson his two preferred passers. Sam Bradford agreed to a 2-year, $36 million contract. Chase Daniel, the backup in Kansas City when Pederson was the coordinator, signed for 3 years and $21 million. With that sort of investment in two healthy veterans, the Eagles should just sign, oh, Josh Freeman and be done with it. Right?
March 12, 2016 |
Doug Pederson squashed any notion that there would be a quarterback controversy in Philadelphia - or even an open competition - by declaring Sam Bradford the Eagles' starting quarterback and Chase Daniel as the No. 2 quarterback. Multiple reports surfaced after the Eagles signed Daniel to a three-year, $21 million contract that he would have a chance to compete for the starting job. Pederson wanted to make clear that Bradford is his quarterback, in case that wasn't known when the Eagles signed Bradford to a two-year, $36 million contract with $22 million guaranteed on March 1. "Talking about the quarterback situation going forward, Sam Bradford is the No. 1, Chase Daniel is the No. 2, and we're working on the No. 3," Pederson said Thursday.
February 19, 2016 |
IF NOT Sam Bradford, then who? If not Sam Bradford, then what? As the start of the NFL free-agency signing period creeps closer, we continue to wonder what is going to happen with the Eagles quarterback. I mean, it's either that or try to guess the names of five players on the Phillies' or Sixers' rosters. Will they re-sign Bradford? Will they put the franchise tag on him? Or will they just say goodbye? If they say goodbye, the Eagles will likely need both a short-term and long-term option, much like they did in 1999 when they drafted Donovan McNabb and brought in Doug Pederson to hold the fort until the kid was ready.
January 23, 2016 |
The Eagles hired former Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator John DeFilippo as quarterbacks coach Thursday. He joins offensive coordinator Frank Reich to give the Eagles two coaches on the offensive staff who called plays in the NFL last season. DeFilippo, 37, graduated from Radnor High School when his father, Gene, was the athletic director at Villanova. He reportedly drew interest from the San Francisco 49ers for their head coaching vacancy and the Los Angeles Rams to be offensive coordinator.
January 3, 2016 |
THE RACE for NFL MVP is heavy with quarterbacks. Ditto for fantasy. Cam Newtown has led the Panthers to a 14-1 record and been a monster in fantasy, with 33 touchdown passes and eight more on the ground. Tom Brady also has been a horse, with 36 TD passes despite a sagging running game and plenty of injuries at wide receiver. He needs 364 yards Sunday at Miami for 5,000 for the season. Not impossible. He hooked the Dolphins for 356 in Week 8. Brady was especially valuable in fantasy leagues that drafted before Sept.