February 26, 2016 |
ONCE UPON a time in the NFL, when patience hadn't yet become a dirty word and coaches usually could count on being given at least three years before needing to update their resumes, the preferred method for developing a quarterback was slow-roasting rather than two minutes in a microwave. Back then, when you drafted a quarterback, unless he was one of those rare pass-throwing, ready-for-prime-time prodigies, you usually gave him a baseball cap and clipboard and had him watch and learn for a year or two before you put him in the line of regular-season fire.
January 25, 2016 |
Doug Pederson was introduced to the West Coast offense in 1996. Discarded by the expansion Panthers and then the Dolphins for the umpteenth time, the quarterback signed with the Packers early that season. He was only the third-stringer behind Brett Favre and Jim McMahon, but that first year playing for coach Mike Holmgren, in the system that Bill Walsh had mostly created, started a journey that has Pederson bringing the West Coast offense back to the Eagles some 20 years later. The Eagles, of course, have primarily had a West Coast-based system for most of the last two decades.
January 23, 2016 |
The Philadelphia Eagles team that Chip Kelly took over three years ago was coming off a 4-12 season, but it really wasn't as bad as all that. The San Francisco 49ers team that just hired Kelly on the rebound was 5-11 this past season, and it might not even be that good. When you look at the two situations, it's fair to wonder if Kelly benefitted from good timing with the Eagles and will suffer the other side of that coin with the 49ers. That would be a real shame, wouldn't it? The 2012 Eagles were a dispirited bunch that quit on Andy Reid, but the offense was still ranked 15th in the league.
January 12, 2016 |
(As the Eagles continue their coaching search, the Daily News' Paul Domowitch looks back on the past season and assesses exactly what kind of talent the new coach will potentially have at his disposal. Today, the offense.) Click here to send in your own grades. QUARTERBACK Grade: B Sam Bradford proved he could stay healthy, starting 14 games after missing most of the previous two seasons with ACL tears. It took him a while to gain confidence in his knee, fully master a new offense and get on the same page with his receivers.
November 21, 2015 |
Chris Gicking was a record-setting quarterback at Marple Newtown, throwing for 5,897 yards and 53 touchdowns from 1993 to 1995. After going to Villanova on a scholarship, the Broomall native transferred to Shippensburg and passed for 6,325 yards and 65 touchdowns in three seasons. That was followed by a brief stint in the Arena Football League II. Following in the footsteps of his father, Harry, Gicking spent 13 years as an assistant at Conestoga. Things came full circle when he took over at Marple Newtown last year following Ray Gionta's move to Sun Valley.
October 31, 2015 |
When Matt Rhule was introduced as Temple's new head coach, there was a suggestion that razzle-dazzle offensive football would be part of the package. Even the school's president began talking about "a much more open offense than we've had in the past. " That wasn't a song and dance. That was the plan in 2013 and it was executed. But on the list of reasons why the Owls are 7-0 and ranked 21st nationally, scaling back on the razzle-dazzle is pretty high. It turned out there was razzle without the dazzle.
September 22, 2015 |
With a new head coach and offensive scheme, a reenergized William Tennent football squad is 3-0 and eyeing its first winning season since 2005. "We're pretty excited about the start we've had," senior H-back and inside linebacker Derek Finley said. "Now we have to carry this into our league schedule. " Leo Plenski took over the Panthers after spending five seasons, including three as boss, at Bristol. The 29-year-old was an offensive lineman at Bristol and Lafayette. Tennent, which went 5-6 overall and 2-5 in the Suburban One League Continental Conference last season, rolled to a 54-14 win over Oxford last Friday night.
September 12, 2015 |
It's the year of the quarterback in South Jersey football. Again. Every season, more and more teams seem more and more dependent on the guy under center (or more accurately, on the guy calling the signals in the shotgun formation). This season, that seems especially true. The passing game appears to become more prominent every season, thanks to the trickle-down influence of the professional and college games, the proliferation of 7-on-7 leagues in the summer and the growth of the no-huddle, spread offense.
February 21, 2015 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Chip Kelly once preferred Brett Hundley to Marcus Mariota. But Hundley chose UCLA and Kelly settled on Mariota, and somewhere over the next three years Oregon proved to get the better college quarterback. Mariota is also expected to be the better NFL prospect and likely out of reach for Kelly and the Eagles, who have the 20th overall selection in the first round of the NFL draft. But Hundley should be available when the Eagles pick, and possibly in the second or third round, as well.
February 20, 2015
INDIANAPOLIS - Evaluating quarterbacks never has been easy. In the past 40 years, there have been far more early-round busts at the position than success stories. But the popularity of the spread offense in the college game and all of the bells and whistles that go with it have turned the imperfect science of judging quarterback flesh into something akin to nuclear physics. "It's getting harder and harder [to evaluate them]," Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider said.