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.
March 28, 2014 |
ORLANDO, Fla. - Russell Wilson and Nick Foles are the two biggest bargains in pro football right now. Wilson, who helped the Seahawks win a Super Bowl last season, will count just $817,302 against his team's salary cap in 2014. Foles, who led the NFL in passing and had a plus-25 touchdowns-to-interceptions differential, will count just $770,880 against the Eagles' cap. Such is the beauty of having a young quarterback you found in the third round of the draft. "For a team like Seattle, it's a great situation," Ravens coach John Harbaugh said.
February 22, 2014 |
INDIANAPOLIS - When Eagles coach Chip Kelly said after the season that the team would build around Nick Foles as the starting quarterback in 2014, he later added the qualifier that he is always looking for competition at the position. When general manager Howie Roseman continued to insist that the team is open to drafting a quarterback early in May's draft, it added to the perception that the team might not be totally sold on Foles. But on Thursday at the NFL scouting combine, Roseman wanted to make clear how much the Eagles value their 25-year-old quarterback.
January 29, 2014 |
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - The Eagles managed to make a ripple of Super Bowl-week news yesterday, finally announcing the hiring of Bill Musgrave as their quarterbacks coach, something that was widely reported last week. If you were hoping for something from Eagles coach Chip Kelly on why Musgrave is the new quarterbacks coach, though, you were out of luck. The announcement told us only where Musgrave has played and coached; it didn't even feature a quote from him about why this might be an appealing opportunity for the former Eagles offensive assistant (in 1998)