January 12, 2015 |
DALLAS - NFL scouts visited Eugene, Ore., this season and asked Oregon offensive coordinator Scott Frost what system he would run with Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Marcus Mariota in the pros. "Whatever the hell offense you want to run," Frost replied. "I think he can do anything. " Mariota has turned into college football's biggest star in the offense that Eagles coach Chip Kelly brought to Oregon. When Mariota was a freshman, Kelly predicted that he would win the Heisman.
December 10, 2014 |
The standard questions about the health of Eagles quarterback Nick Foles arose again Monday and the standard non-answers from coach Chip Kelly followed. Andy Reid used to love opening his news conferences with injury updates whereas Kelly loves to pretend he's never looked at or asked about an injury report. "No, I have no updates on Nick," Kelly said the day after backup quarterback Mark Sanchez and the Eagles offense fell limp in a 24-14 loss to the Seattle Seahawks. Whenever an offense fails as fantastically as the Eagles did Sunday, it's natural that the quarterback's role is discussed.
December 8, 2014 |
Know any good young quarterbacks who can't run? The NFL could use a few. Deep into this 2014 season, two facts about the league's quarterbacks can't be ignored. First, and most problematic for a league whose signal-callers are its most prominent stars: The best of them are graying faster than a mid-January afternoon. Peyton Manning is 38. Tom Brady is 37. Drew Brees is 35. That's a lot of passing yards, record-book entries, and merchandising dollars headed for the exit. Not too far behind in total birthdays are Phillip Rivers (32)
November 26, 2014 |
LAST YEAR, P.J. Walker became Temple's starting quarterback as a true freshman in the sixth game. And his presence made an impression. He passed for 20 touchdowns, with eight interceptions. He threw for four scores twice, including the season-ending 41-21 win at Memphis. If nothing else, his performance provided hope for the future. Now, another season is nearing a close. The Owls are 5-5, which is a three-victory improvement. If you'd told most observers in August this is where they'd be, few would have complained.
November 17, 2014
THE SOUL re-signed quarterback Dan Raudabaugh to a 2-year contract, the Daily News has learned from a league source. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Raudabaugh, the team's offensive leader the last three seasons, represents the first key player to rejoin the club. He has an extensive relationship with head coach Clint Dolezel. Dolezel was re-signed in September, also for two seasons. The Soul went a disappointing 9-9 this past season and was eliminated by Cleveland in the first-round of the playoffs.
November 16, 2014 |
The Eagles worked out free-agent quarterbacks Terrelle Pryor and Thad Lewis last week, an NFL source said. Pryor, who spent his first three NFL seasons with the Raiders, was traded to the Seahawks in April and was released in August. The 6-foot-4, 233-pounder wants to continue to play quarterback, but he could have a better chance to land with a team as a wide receiver. The Eagles also worked out the 6-2, 220-pound Lewis, who has four seasons of NFL experience as a backup, in August.
November 14, 2014 |
After Friday practices at the University of Florida, some of the players who weren't quarterbacks would engage in a throwing contest to see who could most often hit the goalposts. Jaylen Watkins, having been a high school quarterback, partook and said he never lost. "I would beat everybody," Watkins, now a cornerback with the Eagles, said. "You can ask anyone that was there. " Eagles tight end Trey Burton, another Florida product and former high school quarterback, was there and he had a different version of events.
October 30, 2014
LA SALLE HIGH senior quarterback Kyle Shurmur was one of 45 players chosen from across the nation to play in the 2015 Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl. The East-West Showdown, sponsored by the United States Marine Corps, will be played Jan. 4 at the StubHub Center in Carson, Calif. It will be shown live on Fox Sports 1. Shurmur, a 6-4, 220-pound Vanderbilt commit, currently leads the city in touchdown passes with 26 and passing yardage with 2,238. Shurmur, the son of Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur, was also a second-team Daily News All-City selection as a junior.
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.