October 28, 2014 |
This is the time of year when struggling teams often have quarterback controversies. Temple has dropped back-to-back games for the first time this season, but the Owls have no plans to make a change at QB. "I wouldn't expect that," said Owls coach Matt Rhule, who replaced starting quarterback P.J. Walker for a few series on Saturday with Connor Reilly during a 34-14 loss to Central Florida. "P.J. is our quarterback - he's going to play. If he gets banged up, we know Connor is there and he's prepared to go in there and play to the best of his ability.
October 17, 2014 |
BY THE TIME he's finished playing, Peyton Manning likely will hold every significant quarterback record imaginable. Well, except for Super Bowl wins. But this is not the time to bust Manning's hump for winning only one championship. Plus, the way the Broncos are rolling, he'll get some more chances. There is little question, however, that, as far as fantasy football goes, Manning is the greatest QB of all time. Dan Marino had some good seasons, so did Steve Young.
October 7, 2014 |
Late in Week 4, when starting quarterback Connor O'Keefe went down with an injury and backup Matt Szczypiorski was unavailable for the same reason, Central Bucks East had no choice but to hand the reins to an emergency signal-caller. With that, Jack Lamb, previously a full-time inside linebacker and part-time running back for the Patriots, went under center for the first time since he was an eighth-grader at Holicong Middle School. "I was a little bit rusty at first, but I'm improving with each week," the 6-foot, 200-pound junior said.
October 2, 2014 |
There's a pretty simple explanation for Nick Foles' erratic start to this season. The Eagles quarterback is throwing far more deep passes than he did last year - and far more than any other NFL quarterback this season - and he's having less success completing those attempts than he did last season. "I've definitely just tried to take some shots, try stretching them out a little bit," Foles said Tuesday. "I need to be a little bit more accurate. That's what I'm working on this week.
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.