January 29, 2009 |
Two Eagles sources confirmed yesterday that former Eagles quarterback Doug Pederson will rejoin the team as a coach this season, but he will not be the team's new quarterbacks coach. One source said that Pederson will work as the team's quality control coach on offense, a job that James Urban had performed the last two seasons. Pederson was coach Andy Reid's bridge to Donovan McNabb in 1999 when both the coach and the quarterback were in their first season with the Eagles. Pederson will leave his job as the head coach at Calvary Baptist Academy in Shreveport, La. A source also confirmed that defensive-line coach Pete Jenkins will retire, and that special-teams coordinator Rory Segrest is the leading candidate to move into that role.
November 27, 2009 |
Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg acknowledged yesterday that one reason the Eagles have given up 25 sacks so far this season, vs. 23 all last season, is that Donovan McNabb was being more mindful of getting the ball out last year. "As you go through sacks, in my history, two-thirds of the sacks are normally [on] the quarterback, there is a chance to get the ball out. [In] only about a third is there absolutely no chance to get the ball out," Mornhinweg said. "I thought he did an excellent job of that last year.
September 28, 2009 |
RUSH OFFENSE RUSH OFFENSE: LeSean McCoy played well in his first NFL start, averaging 4.2 yards per carry and rushing for a 5-yard TD on a direct snap. Eagles ran the ball 15 times for 55 yards out of the Wildcat/spread option. Grade: B-plus PASS OFFENSE Kevin Kolb racked up his second straight 300-yard passing game, including 64- and 35-yard touchdowns to DeSean Jackson and Brent Celek. Completed 70.6 percent of his passes and didn't throw an interception.
January 1, 2010 |
DeSean Jackson doesn't need any more motivation. The Eagles wide receiver, however, was provided with some earlier this week when Dallas cornerback Mike Jenkins made some comments that could have been taken as provocative. Jenkins was asked how the Cowboys' secondary, which kept Jackson in check in the first meeting, would be able to contain the explosive receiver in Sunday's NFC East showdown. "The main thing is they try to catch you off-guard," Jenkins said of the Eagles' offense and Jackson's big-play tendencies.
August 9, 2009 |
They celebrated at midfield early yesterday morning for a long kick that will be long forgotten when the Eagles line up for their season opener Sept. 13 in Charlotte. David Akers' 60-yard field goal was that impressive, drawing the loudest reaction of the day from the overflow crowd at Lehigh University. "Basically, we try to set up situations to challenge him every day," special-teams coordinator Ted Daisher said. "We want to make it difficult every day for him. " Akers made the 60-yarder with relative ease.
August 3, 2009 |
Despite indications that Jeremy Maclin would be signed, sealed, and maybe delivered to the Eagles in time for Flight Night, the rookie wide receiver and the team that drafted him 19th overall had yet to reach a contract agreement last night. Maclin has skipped seven days of training camp and missed his first opportunity to play at Lincoln Financial Field, where the Eagles held their inaugural fund-raising practice last night. What once was described by both sides as a mere formality is starting to resemble a holdout.
August 17, 2009 |
Other than the fact that he reinjured his quad and allowed a sack of quarterback Donovan McNabb, it was a fine Eagles debut for left tackle Jason Peters on Thursday night against the New England Patriots. Peters, thanks to the breaking news that the Eagles had signed quarterback Michael Vick, didn't receive much attention after his first game. "He had several good plays where you could see his athletic abilities," offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg said. "Our offensive line played well together as a unit.
August 26, 2009 |
Practice was over and Rob Myers was halfway into the locker room on Sunday before he heard a voice beckon from the field. Andy Reid had subjected his team to a practice that lasted beyond two hours, and Myers was ready to call it a day. "Coach wants you to do special-teams work," Ted Daisher, the Eagles special-teams coordinator, said to Myers. The tight end turned around and slowly jogged back onto the field. Myers understands this: It can only be positive if the Eagles spent an extra 15 minutes after practice with a rookie free agent from Utah State who missed his senior season with turf toe and was cut by the New York Jets before training camp even started.
November 14, 2009 |
If the Eagles' depleted linebackers and secondary are likely to be targeted by San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers and his bevy of skyscraper-tall receivers, then the onus for stopping the Chargers may fall on the defensive line. "It starts up front," Eagles defensive end Trent Cole said. "The D-line will have to set the tone and it will fall back from there. If we create problems, get in [Rivers'] face and cause interceptions - that's all, folks. " That's pretty much been the story thus far this season.
August 24, 2009 |
The two fumbled punts were concern enough for Eagles special-teams coordinator Ted Daisher to pull his rookie returner, Jeremy Maclin, aside for a meeting Saturday. Daisher has seen young, electric returners struggle initially but prosper later, like Cleveland's Josh Cribbs. Yes, there is a learning process. But Daisher needed to set the record straight with Maclin right away. "You can't make a big play every time you touch the ball," Maclin recalled Daisher saying. "Sometimes you have to do the right thing.