January 22, 2014 |
The best compliment I can give former Eagle Mike Boryla after seeing The Disappearing Quarterback ? I would love to hang out in a bar with him. Boryla fills his highly enjoyable, attention-commanding world premiere at Plays and Players with stories: pregame rituals with barbaric linebackers; a weekend hanging with Hugh Hefner; a "long-haired hippie quarterback" picking up hitchhikers; capping a win streak by thrashing the Dallas Cowboys....
January 17, 2014 |
'I really don't think of this as a football play. " The statement sounds strange coming from Mike Boryla, a former pro-bowler who led the Eagles' offense from 1974-76 and titled his work The Disappearing Quarterback . However, according to Stanford standout Boryla, football serves only as a backdrop for his 75-minute work, which opens in its world premiere this weekend at Plays & Players Theatre. That backdrop includes stories, game recaps, and humorous episodes off the field culled from two decades in the sport, from third grade through high school, college and the NFL, until 1978, when the Eagles traded Boryla to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
January 8, 2014 |
The Eagles roster will be put together this offseason with Nick Foles as the starting quarterback, coach Chip Kelly said Monday. Kelly's confirmation that Foles is his quarterback going forward should not be much of a surprise after Foles threw for 27 touchdowns and two interceptions in 13 regular-season games. After all, Kelly joked earlier this year that Foles will be his quarterback for the next 1,000 years. Naming Foles the starter provides a clearer picture at quarterback than the Eagles had entering last offseason, and eliminated any ambiguity about the team's most important position.
January 7, 2014 |
Is Nick Foles a franchise quarterback? It's a very simple question, but a complicated one to answer. Even Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie couldn't give an affirmative response after Foles led the league in passer rating and set an NFL record in touchdown-to-interception ratio. "I don't want to comment on any player, but how can you not be impressed with Nick, with everything he has accomplished, including tonight?" Lurie said immediately after the Eagles' 26-24 playoff loss to the Saints on Saturday.
January 1, 2014 |
During Nick Foles' senior season at Westlake High School in Austin, Texas, there was a celebration of the 10th anniversary of Westlake's 1996 state football championship. The quarterback from the 1996 team found a sliver of time away from work to fly in for the ceremony. His employer was the Saints. His name was Drew Brees. Born 10 years apart in Austin, Brees and Foles grew up in the same area and are the two most storied quarterbacks from their alma mater. On Saturday night, the Westlake alums will play in the wild-card round of the NFC playoffs when the Saints visit the Eagles.
December 20, 2013 |
THE GOOD TIMES just keep on rolling for Martin Luther King quarterback Joseph Walker. After leading King to the greatest one-season turnaround in city history, the 6-3, 190-pounder will stick close to home next season, committing to the University of Delaware last night. "It's a great opportunity for me academically and athletically," Walker said. "It will be a great chance for me to get on the field quickly, and at a great program. " Walker led King (10-3) - with some players from now-closed Germantown - to its first Public League football title, only one season after the Cougars went 1-10, which, according to TedSilary.com, represents the best turnaround of all time.
November 29, 2013 |
ONE THING Chip Kelly has done consistently ever since being named coach of the Eagles is resist being defined as a guy who runs a "read-option" offense. Kelly says his offense, which utilizes zone-read concepts, responds to what the defense presents, and usually, that means not all that much read-option. The Eagles certainly don't run it the way the 49ers or the Redskins do. So, setting the Thanksgiving table here: The Daily News ' Paul Domowitch asked Arizona coach Bruce Arians on a Wednesday conference call about the read-option.
November 29, 2013 |
Bruce Arians is as old-school as Stetson hats and Remington typewriters and a Rusty Nail on the rocks. In his world, the song always sounds better on vinyl, no 21st-century sitcom comes close to being as funny as The Andy Griffith Show, and quarterbacks ought to stay in the pocket and out of harm's way. Arians is 61 years old. It has been 25 years since Temple fired him after his six seasons there as head coach, more than 30 years since he...
November 18, 2013 |
A picture of Nick Foles taken a few weeks after his January 1989 birth shows him holding a football with the same grip he uses today as the Eagles' starting quarterback. As a teenager in Austin, Texas, Foles played high school football in a 10,000-seat stadium that was used for some of the filming of Friday Night Lights. By Foles' own admission, it's as if he was a character in Friday Night Lights . The NFL is filled with quarterbacks who can share similar stories. Nine of the 32 starting quarterbacks played high school football in Texas, which is more than 28 percent of the most coveted spots in the league.
November 13, 2013 |
Twenty teams in the NFL have been fortunate enough to get this far into the season with just one quarterback taking all or very nearly all of its offensive snaps. That number could dip soon as other teams face the possibility of losing a quarterback to injury. We are also reaching the point of the schedule - looking at you, Pittsburgh - when an organization might feel it is the right moment to look beyond an aging veteran. Stability at the quarterback position is no guarantee of success, but it helps.