May 23, 2012 |
THE OFFSEASON NFL players lost to the lockout last year has been blamed for just about every unfortunate thing that's happened, this side of the "Twilight" movies. Eagles quarterbacks coach Doug Pederson threw another log on the fire Monday, when he opined that the falloff in QB Michael Vick's play last season had a lot to do with Vick not being able to review mistakes with coaches and fine-tune this time a year ago. "Honestly, I think it was the offseason," Pederson said during a rare NovaCare media session with Eagles offensive position coaches, minus offensive line coach Howard Mudd, who isn't in town.
November 19, 2010 |
DeSean Jackson addressed the biggest question in Philadelphia sports on Thursday: What happens to him and Michael Vick after this season? When asked what the explosive duo could do in their years together if both got contract extensions, Jackson laughed and said: "We're looking for them contracts. " "We know the contracts will come. We're just so focused on playing right now, and the better we do, the better it is for both of us," Jackson said. Jackson, who has one year left on his first pro contract, and Vick could fuel the Eagles' offense for years if they stay in Philadelphia.
September 26, 2011 |
The prevailing thought at the start of Penn State's football season was that coach Joe Paterno would have a firm No. 1 quarterback in place by the start of the Big Ten schedule. Well, with the Nittany Lions' conference opener Saturday at Indiana, there is absolutely no indication that Paterno and his staff have settled on someone calling the signals full-time. However, in talking to both quarterbacks, Rob Bolden and Matt McGloin, after Saturday's 34-6 victory over Eastern Michigan at Beaver Stadium, you get the feeling the drama about who is No. 1 has diminished somewhat.
September 10, 2009 |
This is one of the best years for South Jersey quarterbacks in recent memory, but trying to pinpoint why this year is different is as difficult as stopping the many wide-open offenses that are becoming commonplace throughout the area. Improved training techniques and the proliferation of spread offenses are the two main reasons given for the quarterback upsurge. Those two factors were in play last year, and there were no players recruited as quarterbacks to Football Bowl Subdivision schools (formerly Division I-A)
October 1, 2012 |
On the morning of Nov. 22, 2010, fans in Philadelphia and New York awoke with differing opinions of their starting quarterbacks. One quarterback was turnover-prone, fumbled the ball away in the fourth quarter, and bore the blame for his team's loss. The other was careful with the football, a steadying presence on offense, and helped his team to a come-from-behind victory. Guess which one was the Eagles' Michael Vick and which one was the New York Giants' Eli Manning? It's not what it is today.
October 8, 2004 |
After Pennsauken scored just 34 points in its first three football games, coach Reggie Lawrence tried to jump-start a struggling offense by doing something out of the ordinary. In last week's matchup against Shawnee, ranked No. 1 in South Jersey by The Inquirer, Lawrence often rotated quarterbacks on successive plays. Junior Justin Oliver, the starter at the beginning of the season, shared duties with senior Vinnie Corrado. "I'm open to doing whatever might make the team successful," Lawrence said.
August 16, 1997 |
The 1997 NFL season will open in 15 days with Mark Brunell and Kerry Collins sidelined, John Elway and Stan Humphries anxious, and folks everywhere wondering what can be done next to keep this violent game from damaging its most exciting players. The answer, for the moment: nothing whatsoever. Even though an NFL career carries the risk of crippling injury, neither quarterbacks nor the pass-rushers who stalk them want further rule changes to protect the offensive leaders. "The last couple of years," Denver's Elway said, "the emphasis has been on coming after the quarterback with the pass rush.
July 11, 1998 |
One-third of all the quarterbacks in the NFL this season will never again see their 30th birthday. That number includes seven who already have celebrated their 35th and two - Steve DeBerg and Warren Moon - whose combined age will be 87 by time Super Bowl XXXIII rolls around. So why is the NFL growing older at its most important position? Terry Bradway, the player personnel director of the Kansas City Chiefs, offers a sobering, two-pronged explanation. He says that both the NFL and the colleges that serve as the league's farm system do an inferior job of coaching and developing young quarterbacks into competent starters, and that most head coaches prefer a seasoned veteran over a youngster.
July 30, 1993 |
Last preseason, the Eagles carried enough quarterbacks to invade a small country. Randall Cunningham and Jim McMahon and David Archer and Casey Weldon and Jeff Kemp and Brad Goebel were all in camp. Going into the first preseason game of 1993, the Eagles have only four quarterbacks, and head coach Rich Kotite said yesterday he would most likely carry only three on this season's roster. Last season, he kept four. Are three enough? "I think it's going to fall that way, and I think we'll be fine that way," Kotite said.
October 15, 1997 |
It's Monday afternoon and Eagles third-string quarterback Bobby Hoying is surrounded by reporters. Problem is, they're not there to talk to him. Rodney Peete, who sits next to Hoying in the dressing room, is the object of their attention. Minutes earlier, Eagles coach Ray Rhodes had waffled on whether Peete or Ty Detmer would start Sunday's game against the Arizona Cardinals, and the reporters wanted to know what Peete thinks about it. Rhodes is expected to announce his decision today.