October 4, 2014 |
The Eagles were determined to upgrade at safety in the offseason, evaluating one of the best free-agent classes at the position ever. But the team did not target two Pro Bowlers who played for Chip Kelly-coached teams at Oregon. Instead, the Eagles pursued Malcolm Jenkins, a former first-rounder who was not re-signed by the Saints. When free agency opened, they signed Jenkins to a three-year, $16.5 million contract with $8.5 million guaranteed. Kelly said the team thought Jenkins "was the most versatile in that class.
October 3, 2014
NEW ORLEANS Saints wide receiver Marques Colston is close to joining the ownership group of the Philadelphia Soul. Colston owns the Harrisburg Stampede, a franchise in the Professional Indoor Football League, which is a lower level than the Arena Football League in which the Soul plays. Colston's ownership share in the Soul couldn't be determined. The 31-year-old holds every significant receiving record for the Saints, and was a key player when New Orleans won the Super Bowl following the 2009 season.
October 3, 2014 |
ON A DAY in which Darren Sproles became the first player in NFL history to win Special Teams Player of the Week and Offensive Player of the Week inside of the first month of a season, and Chip Kelly again raved about the versatility of Malcolm Jenkins, it seemed a good opportunity for Eagles general manager Howie Roseman to gloat about his offseason pickpocket of the team that ousted his team last January. "Nah," Roseman said. "You get your ass kicked when you do that. " In truth, it's a little early for it anyway.
September 19, 2014 |
IF DARREN SPROLES continues to do what he's done the last 2 weeks, if the little guy helps take the Eagles deep into the playoffs next January, general manager Howie Roseman and head coach Chip Kelly need to send a nice, big Edible Arrangement to their counterparts in New Orleans, Mickey Loomis and Sean Payton. Back in March, the Saints were trying to create some salary-cap space and decided to put a For Sale sign on Sproles, who had caught 71 passes last season but was about to turn 31 and had a $3.5 million 2014 cap number.
September 9, 2014 |
THE OFFENSE could sense the defense tiring as it continued to push the pace on its first drive of the second half. Following an 8-yard completion, 11 players hustled toward the line of scrimmage to snap the ball on a crucial fourth down. No time for substitutions, the same 11 defenders on the field for third-and-9 remained for fourth-and-1. The dizzying tempo made them late to set, the ball was snapped and the Eagles' most dynamic addition to the offense introduced himself to Philadelphia.
September 8, 2014 |
A PLAYER'S first game with a new team in a new city can make for a memorable experience. To that end, Malcolm Jenkins envisions his Eagles debut tomorrow as transpiring nothing like his introduction to the NFL 5 years ago. It came during the Saints' season opener at the Superdome after, on the second play from scrimmage in the second half, starting cornerback Tracy Porter went down briefly with an injury. So on third-and-6, New Orleans stacked the box and blitzed Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford, leaving the just-inserted Jenkins, a 21-year-old rookie, to attempt to blanket Calvin Johnson all by himself.
September 6, 2014 |
Two days after the Eagles were knocked out of the playoffs, Chip Kelly was asked how much emphasis he would place on the loss to the Saints against the season as a whole when making changes in the offseason. "I think that's a mistake. I think you have to look at everything," Kelly said then. "I've always done it that way. It has to be the totality of the season. " But what happens when a postseason loss magnifies season-long issues and, in certain cases, reveals flaws that would keep an ascending team from cracking into the NFC's top tier and beating teams like the Seahawks, 49ers, Packers and Saints in the postseason?
August 29, 2014 |
Dan Bailey, Cowboys: Schedule includes road games at Chicago and at the Eagles in Weeks 14 and 15, when the Dallas offense figures to have to score to keep pace. Bye in Week 11 ain't bad, either. Mason Crosby, Packers: Made five of seven field goals from 50+ yards last year after hitting just two of nine in 2012. Phil Dawson, 49ers: Don't sweat the potential wind patterns of the Niners' new stadium, Levi's Field. Dawson kicked in Cleveland for 14 years. In 2013, his first season with San Fran, he set a career high with 140 points.
August 8, 2014 |
EAGLES AGENDA Who: Eagles at Bears What: First preseason game When: Tonight, 8 o'clock Where: Soldier Field, Chicago TV: 6ABC Radio: WIP (94.1-FM, 610-AM) Three things to watch: * 1. Wide receivers: You didn't need us to tell you this. First time out with no DeSean Jackson. Riley Cooper isn't playing, and it doesn't seem likely Jeremy Maclin will. There are youngsters to watch, such as rookies Jordan Matthews and Josh Huff, and there are veterans looking to grab a toehold, such as Arrelious Benn and Brad Smith.
July 25, 2014
YESTERDAY was my feast day, or, as the Italians call it, my onomastico . Since I live in the United States, it went completely unnoticed. Had I lived in Italy, however, I would have been showered with cards and phone calls. That's because about 75 percent of the paesani are named after saints, and the other 25 percent are named "Sal," which is short for "Salvatore," which means savior. I think you can see why Italian obstetricians also need theological degrees before they're admitted to practice medicine.