September 29, 2014 |
To understand just how good the Eagles have it at quarterback with Nick Foles as their starter and veteran Mark Sanchez as his backup, all you have to do is look around the NFL. First, let's head down to South Florida, where it's Week 4 and Miami Dolphins coach Joe Philbin arrived for work Monday unwilling to say who would start Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders in London. That announcement came from Ryan Tannehill, who had started the first three games of the season and played unimpressively enough that his coach had every reason to wonder about his ability to do the job. "I'm taking the first snap of the game," Tannehill told Dolphins reporters Wednesday.
September 19, 2014 |
SO WHAT DO we know about this Alabama team, really? Well, it's taken three games, but, for starters, we can finally say that Blake Sims is the No. 1 quarterback for the third-ranked Crimson Tide. And you were thinking junior Jake Coker, who transferred in after graduating from Florida State in May, would be AJ McCarron's successor. The same guy who supposedly nearly beat out Jameis Winston for the FSU job in the spring of 2013. But Sims, a senior who was the backup the last two seasons after getting carries as a running back in 2011, apparently wasn't ready to accept that role forever.
September 11, 2014 |
THERE HAVE been flashes of brilliance, moments of greatness and plays that sometimes make you scratch your head. Yes, as good as Philip Walker Jr. - better known as P.J. Walker - has been through his first 10 starts under center at Temple, the brilliance and sometimes greatness has also been accompanied by its fair share of anguish. Saturday's 31-24 loss to Navy was a microcosm of how Walker's early career on North Broad Street has gone. Especially considering it came on the heels of a wild, 37-7 victory at Vanderbilt to open the season.
September 9, 2014 |
EARLIER THIS summer, Pat Shurmur was talking long and reflectively about young quarterbacks and learning curves. Not their learning curves. His. They used to make him very, very angry, the Eagles offensive coordinator said, when they did the kind of things that Nick Foles did in the first half of yesterday's game, and frankly did throughout the second half of the 34-17 victory over Jacksonville as well. Whether it was Sam Bradford in St. Louis, Colt McCoy or Brandon Weeden in Cleveland, those young guys would torture their coach by holding the ball too long, blowing up perfectly good play calls.
August 29, 2014 |
Tom Brady, Patriots: Had just 25 touchdown passes last year, his lowest total since 2006. He responded in 2007 by throwing 50. Brady should get back into the 30s, especially if tight end Rob Gronkowski is healthy. Drew Brees, Saints: His left tackle is Terron Armstead, a third-round pick last year out of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. Armstead was beaten for three sacks by Greg Hardy in Week 16 last year, but has had a good summer. His continued improvement is key for Brees, whose receiving weapons are among the best in football.
August 27, 2014 |
Penn coach Al Bagnoli will spend his final season guiding the Quakers with serious inexperience at quarterback. Yet Bagnoli, who has guided the Quakers to nine Ivy League titles in his 22 seasons, feels there is great upside under center. During the spring, Bagnoli announced that this would be his final season, and he will be replaced by defensive coordinator Ray Priore. Bagnoli said Monday that if the season were to start today, sophomore Alek Torgersen would be the starting quarterback, and senior Patton Chillura would be No. 2. The season does not begin until Sept.
August 21, 2014 |
AFTER A BREAKOUT junior season, Northeast High's Gladimir "The Destroyer" Paul has certainly capitalized, committing to the University of Virginia yesterday with several other schools still in pursuit. The 6-2, 210-pound defensive end garnered attention last season for his ability to disrupt and demolish opposing quarterbacks. "Last year, I really got my name out there with what I can do on the football field and this is just a dream come true, and I'm really happy and content right now," Paul said between practice sessions yesterday.
August 15, 2014 |
TEMPLE QUARTERBACK P.J. Walker was standing perfectly still, utterly silent next to the violent, three-on-three drills he watched from midfield on Chodoff Field, at 10th and Diamond streets. Then, when the offense started losing yardage, one coach sprinted to his position. "P.J.!" he yelled. "What are you doing?! You have to be more vocal out here. You need to be louder. " Walker fixed his helmet, strapped on his chin strap and got to work. He went four consecutive drives down the field, hitting receivers with quick slant routes, rarely missing a throw.
August 6, 2014 |
STATE COLLEGE - James Franklin opened his first preseason camp as Penn State's head football coach yesterday, and unlike many summers in recent memory the Nittany Lions started practice devoid of competition for the starting quarterback position. Reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year Christian Hackenberg is not only PSU's clear-cut starter but as a sophomore could emerge as one of college football's best at the position. The former five-star recruit is looking to build on an impressive debut campaign in which he threw for 2,955 yards, completed 58.9 percent of his attempts and tossed 20 touchdowns to 10 interceptions while starting all 12 games for then-coach Bill O'Brien.
June 18, 2014 |
Bill Musgrave first met Chip Kelly in the spring of 2008, when Kelly was an intriguing offensive coordinator at Oregon who had spent only one year at college football's highest level. Musgrave's first exposure to Nick Foles came in January 2012, when Foles was a quarterback prospect at the Senior Bowl trying to boost his draft stock. Musgrave's career is now tied to both of them. The 46-year-old was hired as Eagles quarterbacks coach in January to replace Bill Lazor, who became the Dolphins' offensive coordinator.