August 5, 2013 |
The two people battling to be the 2013 starting quarterback for Penn State have never have taken a snap in a big-time college football game. That might leave some head coaches apprehensive, but not Bill O'Brien. O'Brien, who will lead the Nittany Lions into Monday's opening day of preseason practice, is excited about working with the quarterbacks, sophomore Tyler Ferguson and freshman Christian Hackenberg. He loves being able to "mold" each player, not just in terms of mechanics and fundamentals but in being a leader.
July 30, 2013 |
The last Eagles franchise quarterback worthy of the title ran out of the old familiar tunnel into a strange new world. Donovan McNabb wore a bright - dare we call it kelly? - green shirt as he made his way between rows of the former teammates and total strangers that comprise the 2013 Eagles. It was a jog he made many times during his career, but it was never like this. For one thing, it was a training camp practice, something he experienced only at Lehigh University. For another, there was no sign of Andy Reid.
July 24, 2013 |
The five quarterbacks on the Eagles roster checked into the NovaCare Complex on Monday afternoon, took physicals and met with coaches. They'll practice Tuesday afternoon, when months of debate about the quarterback competition will actually begin to be determined. What's been clear since the spring - and what was reinforced on Monday - was that claims of an open competition are as valid as they've been in Philadelphia in more than a decade. Michael Vick and Nick Foles split first-team snaps during the spring.
July 18, 2013 |
When the Eagles selected Matt Barkley in the fourth round of April's NFL draft, the initial surprise was not that the Eagles landed a touted quarterback who might have been a first-round pick a year earlier. The surprise was that Barkley was tabbed to play in Chip Kelly's offense, which conventional thinking suggested required a mobile quarterback. "If the fact they have the ability to run, I believe that's an added bonus, but that's not the precursor to what we do," Kelly said. "We've said it since day one. I want the quarterback that has the ability to run. I do not want a running back that can throw.
July 17, 2013 |
When Chip Kelly said in April around the draft that "repetitive accuracy" was "the No. 1 quality" the Eagles were looking for in a quarterback, like so much of what he says it sounded revealing. Gee, so that's what it takes to be an elite quarterback. Of course, Kelly, the NFL neophyte, said what most pro head coaches would have said when asked to pinpoint the most important trait in a quarterback. Kelly has since added "decision making" to the top of his list - as would many other coaches - but a good deal of being an accurate thrower comes from making the right choices.
June 26, 2013 |
When Matt Barkley was an incoming freshman at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif., he competed with two other quarterbacks during the preseason before earning the starting job. As a true freshman at Southern California, Barkley beat two older, touted quarterbacks during fall camp for the No. 1 spot. Now as a rookie for the Eagles, Barkley is in a similar situation. Michael Vick and Nick Foles are the front-runners to win Chip Kelly's quarterback competition, but it's possible for the fourth-round pick to beat them out - to begin the season or at some point during the season.
June 16, 2013 |
DESEAN JACKSON didn't back off his contention, voiced earlier this week on the NFL Network, that it would be better for the Eagles to know who their quarterback is going to be, heading into training camp. But Jackson, speaking at Saint Joseph's before a screening of his documentary, "DeSean Jackson: The Making of a Father's Dream," said he understands why new coach Chip Kelly isn't ready to make such a declaration. "I wish I could know, but at the end of the day, that's the coach's decision," Jackson said.
June 7, 2013 |
THERE WAS a reason why some reporters breathlessly charted every minicamp snap this week, trying to analyze whether Michael Vick or Nick Foles got more quarterbacking reps with the first team, while keeping an eye on rookie Matt Barkley. It has been 16 years since the Eagles went into training camp with no designated starting QB. The summer situation has been well-defined, for better or worse, every year since the last unforgettable, immortal clash between Ty Detmer and Rodney Peete, in 1997.
May 31, 2013 |
In two of Pat Shurmur's last three seasons coaching in the NFL, his teams have started a rookie quarterback. In the other year, he started a second-year quarterback. It's hard to find an NFL coach with more recent experience coaching young quarterbacks than Shurmur, the Eagles' new offensive coordinator. An Eagles tight ends coach when Donovan McNabb was a rookie in 1999 and the quarterbacks coach when Kevin Kolb was drafted in 2007, Shurmur watched McNabb become the starter as a rookie and Kolb wait his turn.
May 30, 2013 |
DETROIT - A cause of death was not determined yesterday after an autopsy on the body of a Michigan man who played Division II football and was one of the most successful quarterbacks in college history. There was no obvious sign of heart trauma on Cullen Finnerty, Lake County Sheriff Robert Hilts said. Finnerty's body was discovered Tuesday in woods in western Michigan, 65 miles north of Grand Rapids, following a search by dozens of people, including former teammates, coaches and current players at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, where Finnerty quarterback three national championship teams.