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.
December 27, 2015 |
As a rookie in St. Louis in 2010, Sam Bradford entered the final two weeks of the season with near identical circumstances to those he now encounters with the Eagles. The Rams were 6-8 and needed to win their final two games to clinch a division title. Bradford led them to to a Week 16 win over San Francisco – Dec. 26, no less – to set up a winner-take-all Week 17 game against Seattle. The Rams lost that season finale. Bradford played one of the worst games of his career. He never played in a late-season, elimination-type game again.
December 21, 2015 |
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Phillip Ely had to be patient for much of his career, but now it appears to have paid off for the Toledo quarterback. Ely will provide a major test for the Temple defense when the teams meet in the Boca Raton Bowl. This season the 6-foot-1, 202-pound native of Tampa, Fla., has completed 54.9 percent of his passes and thrown for 2,680 yards, 21 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions in his first full season as a college starter. With a quick release, he has been sacked just four times in 375 passing attempts this season.
December 10, 2015 |
Tyrod Taylor would not be the best quarterback to run Chip Kelly's vision of a zone-read offense. He was, however, the best alternative available during an offseason in which the Eagles' coach/general manager paid a high price to bring in Sam Bradford from the St. Louis Rams. This, of course, is hindsight and we know how clear our vision can be with that as an aide. But listen to Kelly talk about Taylor and you wonder if there's just a tinge of regret for not signing a guy who was available as a free agent at the low cost of $3.35 million over three seasons.
December 9, 2015 |
Much of Keenan Reynolds' success during his career at Navy has come from his ability to fake a would-be tackler in one direction and cut the other way, which is kind of like what he did last week with reporters when the subject turned to the Heisman Trophy. "Sure, I'm definitely grateful to be in the conversation," the senior quarterback said during last week's Army-Navy luncheon at Lincoln Financial Field. "I think every kid has that dream of hoisting the trophy. But that's not why you play the game.
November 9, 2015 |
Every generation, it seems, laments what is to become of the one that follows, and sometimes it does so with justification. For proof, we offer the state of NFL quarterbacks. The best ones, with a few exceptions, are all in their 30s. There is, in fact, an epidemic of bad among the 20-somethings, with the Eagles' Sam Bradford, 27, at the very bottom, according to ESPN's system for ranking signal-callers. Instead of simply calculating passing numbers, which is how a standard rating is figured, ESPN's quarterback ratings take a more detailed look at game situations.
October 3, 2015 |
There was sadness within him, nothing more or less. When he learned that Evan Murray, a 17-year-old quarterback at Warren Hills Regional High School in Washington, N.J., had died from football last Friday night, Miles Austin did not tie the tragedy to any aspect of his own life, his own experiences in the sport. He could have. The connections were apparent. During a game against Summit High School, Murray rose from the ground after a tackle, his teammates steadying him as he wobbled, and walked off the field before collapsing on the sideline.
September 23, 2015 |
The Eagles made a change at No. 3 quarterback, but it did not involve Tim Tebow. They signed quarterback Thad Lewis and released Stephen Morris on Monday, giving them a new third-string quarterback behind Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez. Lewis, 27, is 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds and went to Duke. He started five games for the Buffalo Bills in 2013 and one for the Cleveland Browns in 2012. Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur was his head coach with the Browns, and was also Shurmur's offensive coordinator in St. Louis in 2010.