December 13, 2011 |
Now that Andy Reid has given us a preview of his sales pitch, the only question left is whether Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie will buy it on Jan. 2. That is the day after the Eagles' season ends, the day Reid usually unveils his rationalizations and, not incidentally, the day Lurie presumably will begin reviewing his employees' performances in 2011. Whether he is looking at a record of 6-10, 7-9, or 8-8 won't matter as much as whether he accepts Reid's attempt to spin that record.
November 23, 2011 |
DANIEL Te'o-Nesheim might have been doomed here from the moment the Eagles selected him in the third round of the 2010 draft. The team hasn't really taken a third-rounder it ended up liking since Brian Westbrook in 2002. The litany of disappointment since then includes Billy McMullen (2003), Matt Ware (2004), Ryan Moats (2005), Tony Hunt (2007) and Bryan Smith (2008). Stewart Bradley (2007) was a decent player who quickly fell out of favor following a knee injury. Te'o-Nesheim was signed off the Eagles' practice squad yesterday by the Tampa Bay Bucs.
November 15, 2011 |
MORE THAN a few times Sunday, Eagles blockers seemed to let an Arizona Cardinal fly in free on Michael Vick, making no attempt to hinder his progress. "That's what you call 'hot throws,' " left tackle Jason Peters said afterward. "They were bringing more than we could block. We just need to look at the film and see what we need to correct on those. " One of those hot throws badly burned the Eagles. On the Birds' second snap, linebacker Daryl Washington stormed in untouched and blasted Vick helmet-first, making contact just underneath Vick's throwing arm, as the quarterback completed a 13-yard pass to tight end Brent Celek.
November 14, 2011 |
Here is a look at some of the best and worst in Sunday's Eagles-Cardinals game that deserve special mention and our award: the Inky. Inky for player of the game. Larry Fitzgerald showed what a superstar does, making tough catches even when the Eagles put multiple defenders on him, including a game-changing, lunging, 37-yard grab on third and 10 to set up the winning score. He was the difference. Inky for worst performance by a franchise quarterback.
November 13, 2011 |
Cullen Jenkins and Asante Samuel have the championship rings. Trent Cole and Jason Babin have Pro Bowls. Nnamdi Asomugha has the prestige. But on the Eagles defense, Jamar Chaney has the huddle. As his play has improved in recent weeks, the second-year linebacker has taken increasing command of the Eagles defense. For Chaney, a seventh-round pick who grew up in Florida idolizing University of Miami legend Ray Lewis, the role of defensive leader has come surprisingly soon, but it's a job he welcomes.
November 13, 2011 |
Things to look for when the Eagles play host to the Cardinals on Sunday. True Stew A number of the Eagles' free-agent signings have turned out to be less than advertised, but none come close to matching the bust that Stewart Bradley has been in Arizona. The Cardinals signed the former Eagles linebacker to a five-year, $30 million contract, which at this point sounds ridiculous. Bradley has started only one game and can get on the field only on special teams.
November 10, 2011 |
TEMPE, Ariz. - Stewart Bradley's explanation of why he's in Arizona and not Philadelphia was not particularly complicated. Of course he enjoyed the Phoenix area's relative proximity to his hometown of Salt Lake City and he believed the Cardinals were close to winning. But there was also the issue of years and dollars, which is often the determining factor for a free agent. Bradley, a 28-year-old linebacker who was once a key part of the Eagles' defense, signed a 5-year, $30 million contract with the Cardinals in July.
November 9, 2011 |
TEMPE, Ariz. - Perspective comes with time, and in Kevin Kolb's case, it's come from time away. He spent 4 years in Philadelphia as a backup, a starter, the quarterback of the future and the quarterback of the past. He unseated a Pro Bowler and was usurped by one. So as Kolb took a moment to reflect on his new role - as an injured franchise quarterback for the Arizona Cardinals who have lost six of seven games he has started - he also considered what he left behind. Kolb is happy where he is. He makes that much clear.
September 21, 2011 |
The Eagles are nowhere close to a sinking ship, but the waters were rough enough for the team to shuffle their linebackers after two games. No one was benched, however, despite the swelling call for rookie middle linebacker Casey Matthews to be demoted. Instead, Jamar Chaney will move into the middle, where he showed signs of promise late last season. Moise Fokou will replace him at strong-side, and Matthews will slide outside to weak-side in place of Fokou. Apparently, two games of watching running backs gash the middle of Juan Castillo's defense was enough for coach Andy Reid to make the moves with the home opener against the New York Giants looming Sunday.