October 20, 2014 |
So Percy Harvin thought he was Biff Tannen and every other wide receiver on the Seattle Seahawks' roster was George McFly. On Friday, the Seahawks traded Harvin to the New York Jets, getting a conditional draft pick for a Pro Bowl-caliber player with a volcanic personality. It was the news of the week in the NFL, and at first glance there would seem to be no doubt about who made out best in this deal. The Eagles. There's still plenty of skepticism about whether the Eagles, even after their 5-1 start, are equipped to win the Super Bowl this season, or even reach it. There are two reasons for that skepticism.
October 13, 2014 |
From start to finish, they were the two best teams in the NFL last season, and there was no room for debate. The Denver Broncos had the most prolific offense in league history, putting up a record 606 points behind a record 55 touchdown passes from the ageless Peyton Manning. Four Broncos had 10 touchdowns or more. The Seattle Seahawks had a defense that could enter the discussion among the best of all time. The Legion of Boom allowed 14.4 points per game during a year in which the league average was 23.4.
June 20, 2014 |
THERE WERE more great quarterbacks when he played, Todd Lyght said recently, but fewer big, fast, superstar-level receivers. The Eagles' assistant secondary coach toiled 12 years as an NFL corner, 1991-2002, and while he had to face Dan Marino, Troy Aikman, Joe Montana, Steve Young, John Elway, Warren Moon and Brett Favre, among others, he missed out on having to cover Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald and Julio Jones. The guys Lyght and secondary coach John Lovett are coaching now have to face those challenges, along with the emerging class of wideout-like tight ends, such as Jimmy Graham and Vernon Davis.
May 31, 2014 |
The music still blares, the players still double-time from field to field between drills, and there are still four quarterbacks picking out four different targets on the same snap. Year 2 of Chip Kelly looks just as hectic, just as frantic as the previous one, except to those who have seen it before. "Last year, the coaches were trying to figure us out, and we were trying to figure them out," Nick Foles said Thursday, after the Eagles ended their first set of spring organized team activities.
May 4, 2014 |
The Union have not won a game in more than a month. They have not scored a goal from the run of play in their last three games. They have fallen from playoff position in the Eastern Conference. These are the facts facing the Union as they travel to Seattle for a meeting Saturday with the Sounders, the hottest club in Major League Soccer, and Union manager John Hackworth does not deny any of it. He just refuses to buy into the panic that has surfaced in some corners this week. "We feel unlucky up to this point that we are not in a much better spot," Hackworth said.
March 25, 2014 |
Let's begin with an assumption that becomes more and more reasonable as each day passes and more sources reveal more information and insight: The Eagles are preparing to give DeSean Jackson the full Pontius Pilate treatment. That the Eagles will either trade or release Jackson appears a fait accompli, and whenever an NFL team is considering washing its hands of a wide receiver as prolific and talented as Jackson - and in the prime of his career, no less - questions follow. Jackson is 27, and he's coming off what was statistically his best season: 82 catches, 1,332 yards, nine touchdowns.
March 17, 2014 |
For 15 minutes a day, Tim Frazier, Penn State's senior point guard, finds a quiet place, switches on a podcast, and meditates. Along with his teammates, Frazier, the team's all-time leader in assists, has found that practicing mindfulness meditation - focusing on the breath with his eyes closed and becoming aware of his thoughts without judging them - has amped up his performance on the court. "The game moves so fast, it's hard to focus on the here and now," said Frazier, who is pretty fleet of foot himself.
February 6, 2014 |
WE SEARCH for lessons after Super Bowls because there are no more games to watch and we must do something with our time (between sessions of snow shoveling). We search for patterns, or road maps, or recipes for success - and coincidence, causation and funny bounces of the ball be damned. If the result does not fit on a bumper sticker, your search has not succeeded. And so, you're seeing a lot of this in the days since the Seattle Seahawks dismantled the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 48. This: Defense wins championships.
February 5, 2014 |
NEW YORK - What were the lessons of Super Bowl XLVIII for the Eagles? It's kind of hard to ignore the fact that the Seattle Seahawks are young and deep and aren't going anywhere as an NFC power. Yeah, it's been 9 years since an NFL champion repeated, but Seattle looms as a huge obstacle in Chip Kelly's path, next season and beyond. The 43-8 Super Bowl dismemberment of the Denver Broncos and the league's No. 1 all-time offense seemed to underscore that the NFC is where the power is these days, especially the NFC West, where San Francisco nearly defeated the Seahawks in the NFC Championship Game, and Arizona missed the playoffs at 10-6.
February 4, 2014 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The myopia of the moment suggests that Peyton Manning is a choker and nothing more, and in the hard glare of what happened here Sunday in Super Bowl XLVIII, it is indeed difficult to see anything beyond what's right in front of us: a 43-8 Seattle Seahawks victory and, after his finest season, the worst night of Manning's football life. Here he was, with an opportunity to win a second Super Bowl, to solidify himself as the greatest quarterback of not just his generation but any before his. And as the Denver Broncos' offensive line collapsed against a defense faster and fiercer than any the AFC had presented this season, Manning crumbled, too. He had compiled statistics so otherworldly during the regular season - 5,477 passing yards, 55 touchdowns, a 68.3 completion percentage - and had played so well in besting his nemeses, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, in the AFC championship game.