September 16, 2016 |
CARSON WENTZ was wearing his perspective on his shirt Thursday. Across the front of his dark gray, long-sleeve T-shirt were four words, the last one in all caps: "I play for HIM. " In case you hadn't noticed, Philadelphia has gone completely gaga over the rookie quarterback since his 278-yard, two-touchdown NFL debut in Sunday's 29-10 win over Cleveland. The indifference Eagles fans felt toward Sam Bradford has been replaced by unbridled love for this 6-5, 240-pound, God-fearing North Dakota version of Opie Taylor.
July 1, 2016
HE NEVER WON a playoff game with the Eagles, but Buddy Ryan won over Eagles fans. James David "Buddy" Ryan, who died Tuesday at age 85, created one of the most feared defenses in the NFL in Gang Green, but perhaps lost amid the well-deserved praise, in the wake of his passing, for his defensive genius is the fact he also helped usher in a new brand of football in the NFL. Overstating, you say? Then, let's remind everyone he helped turn quarterback Randall Cunningham into the player whom Sports Illustrated dubbed "The Ultimate Weapon.
June 30, 2016 |
He was the architect of chaos and he gloried in it. He was earthy and profane, a blunt, bullying genius in the gladiatorial arena of professional football, all bluster and bravado, and as subtle as a forearm shiver, and certainly no candidate for a diplomatic post. But Buddy Ryan, who died Tuesday at 85, revolutionized the fine art of the carnivorous defense as it had been played in the National Football League. It was based on a simple, immutable mathematical equation: Bring one more than they can block.
January 4, 2016 |
During the news conference Wednesday when he explained, or tried to, why he had fired Chip Kelly, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie uttered fewer than 30 words of his opening statement before referencing the rarity of what he had done the day before. Kelly was just the second head coach whom Lurie had decided to replace since 1998, and he cited that relative lack of turnover - just Kelly and Andy Reid, for close to 18 years - to sell everyone on his always-careful thought process and the franchise's resulting stability.
November 24, 2015 |
Jameis Winston entered the NFL with plenty of fanfare, and the Eagles got a firsthand glimpse at why he has the makings of something they are desperately searching for - a potential franchise quarterback. While quarterback play was just one of the numerous problems for the Eagles defense during Sunday's dispirited 45-17 loss to the visiting Bucs, Tampa Bay fans can't be blamed for being giddy about their future. That's because the prize from a 2-14 season last year was the first pick in the NFL draft.
November 20, 2015 |
BUCCANEERS rookie quarterback Jameis Winston has never been to Philadelphia, but he surely followed the Birds while growing up in Bessemer, Ala. "I'm an Eagles fan," said Winston, the No. 1 overall pick in 2015. "Randall Cunningham was my favorite player of all time. I loved Brian Westbrook, Brian Dawkins, Donovan McNabb, Jevon Kearse - all the guys in the 2000s. " Winston, 21, wasn't even born when Cunningham was in his prime, but that's beside the point. Lots of people grow up idolizing Mickey Mantle or Wilt Chamberlain or even Michael Jordan without having seen them play.
November 3, 2014 |
Nick Foles tied the Eagles' team record for most pass attempts in a game last week. Here are the top five: Player Att. Opponent Date Foles 62 at Cardinals Oct. 26, 2014 Randall Cunningham 62 at Bears Oct. 2, 1989 Davey O'Brien 60 at Redskins Dec. 1, 1940 Donovan McNabb 58 at Bengals Nov. 16, 2008 Sonny Jurgensen 57 Giants Sept. 23, 1962 Source: Philadelphia Eagles
October 21, 2014 |
HUDDLED IN THE VIP room of the SugarHouse Casino, former Eagles All-Pro quarterback Randall Cunningham stood and signed autographs for fans on Saturday. Cunningham, now a pastor who ministers in Las Vegas, is one of 113 players and coaches on the ballot for Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2015. The Hall's Selection Committee will trim that list to 25 next month, and to 15 in January, before electing a final group of between four and eight members during February's Super Bowl Week.
September 17, 2014 |
THE PROLIFERATION of networks has watered down the experience of playing prime-time games. For years, there was "Monday Night Football" and nothing else. No Sunday night games, no Saturday playoff games and certainly no Thursday night games. Chip Kelly coached his 19th game for the Birds last night. Counting last year's postseason loss to the Saints, this will be his sixth game in prime time. From 1982-87, the Eagles did not appear on prime time even once - mostly because the team wasn't very good.