October 31, 2014 |
All week, the questions about how the Eagles are going to handle J.J. Watt this Sunday were numerous and persistent. Center Jason Kelce, preparing to play for the first time since undergoing Week 4 abdominal surgery, said all the usual things about how smart and fierce Watt is, how hard it is to prepare for an opponent who moves around the line so much. Finally, though, after question number eleventy-billion about Watt, Kelce said this: "We don't care who we're playing, we're playing our offense.
October 30, 2014 |
PAT SHURMUR cut right to the heart of the Nick Foles matter yesterday, the problem and the promise. "What I'm finding with Nick is that when he sets his feet and steps into his throws, he's awesome," the Eagles' offensive coordinator said during his weekly news conference. "What we're also finding is there are times when he gets flushed, or he flushes himself, and he doesn't have his feet underneath him, and he's not as good as he could be if they were. " Shurmur went on to qualify that the same can be said for all quarterbacks, but let's be real: It can be said a lot less for Peyton Manning this season than for Foles.
October 29, 2014 |
GLENDALE, Ariz. - Nick Foles is building a database. A database of mistakes that he hopes to learn from, grow from, and not repeat. Seven games into a season that still could be special or still could be heartbreaking, that database is starting to swell. Foles threw two more interceptions yesterday and had a late-comeback drive come up 16 yards short in a 24-20 loss to the Cardinals. He set a franchise record for completions (36) and recorded the third 400-yard passing game of his career.
October 12, 2014 |
When Josh Huff was drafted, the rookie wide receiver looked at the Eagles roster and knew it was going to be difficult to crack the starting lineup. The team had released DeSean Jackson and Jason Avant, but it had also re-signed Jeremy Maclin and Riley Cooper and drafted Jordan Matthews a round earlier. Maclin and Cooper would start on the outside and Matthews would be given every opportunity to replace Avant in the slot. But where did that leave Huff, whose Oregon pedigree was almost as prominent as Matthews' was at Vanderbilt?
October 4, 2014 |
Riley Cooper agreed with many who watched the Eagles-49ers game and the Nick Foles pass that sailed his way with just under three minutes left, which would have given his team a one-point lead. He should have caught it. "There's no excuse. I dropped the ball," Cooper said Thursday. "I went up to body it. . . . [49ers cornerback Chris Culliver] was kind of holding my left side and spinning around, so I really couldn't body it. That was my intention, but I just missed it. "But it was a perfect throw, right on the money from Nick.
October 3, 2014 |
THE EAGLES are going to have a lot of interesting decisions to make after the season. At the moment, whether to make their quarterback a multimillionaire doesn't look like it's going to be one of them. At the moment. Unless Nick Foles' play improves dramatically in the coming weeks, the Eagles aren't going to be in a rush to tear up the final year of his rookie deal and give him a Kaepernick-like contract. Foles, who will make $615,000 this season, is scheduled to earn just $660,000 in 2015.
October 1, 2014 |
YES, THE Eagles could have won Sunday had they converted either third-and-goal or fourth-and-goal from just inside the 49ers' 2, right after the 2-minute warning. No, they did not deserve to win, in any way, shape or fashion. I wouldn't have minded seeing them try to run it once, maybe on third down. It is hard to envision David Molk, Matt Tobin and Dennis Kelly winning their matchups to the tune of a 2-yard push against a goal-line defense, though. Easier to envision tacklers knifing through them and a 4-yard LeSean McCoy loss, which happened a little earlier.
October 1, 2014 |
BELIEVE IT or not, Charlie Sheen came through. The actor had pledged $1,000 to PYT server Rob Knelly after he was infamously stiffed by Eagle LeSean McCoy with a 20-cent tip. Sheen pledged $1,000 on Twitter to Knelly. And he actually sent it. Ten $100 bills and a signed photo were FedExed to the restaurant in care of Knelly. To quote Mr. McCoy: "I'm happy [Sheen] is finally doing something positive. " So what did Knelly do with the dough? He donated $100 to the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society and used the rest to pay off some bills.
September 25, 2014 |
REPORTERS, mashed into a dense throng sprouting microphones and lenses, jostled for space around Cary Williams' locker cubicle after practice yesterday, as they have done before, and as they almost certainly will do again. The 29-year-old Eagles cornerback who apologized to Patriots coach Bill Belichick last month for waving the Spygate banner as the Birds were about to visit New England stood in front of a much larger audience yesterday morning for a similar act of contrition. "I spoke to the team today.
September 22, 2014 |
Riley Cooper took a razor to the tape around both his ankles and proceeded to slice off the bandages. A gaggle of print reporters approached his locker, and the wide receiver dropped the cutter that hangs from every stall in the Eagles locker room. "This ought to be interesting," Cooper said last week. "What?" He stood up and turned as television cameras joined the semicircle. "I know where this is going," Cooper said, "but go ahead, I'm listening. " He's been down this path before.