November 6, 2015 |
IN THEIR FIRST four games this season, the Eagles" run game looked like a fish flopping around in a boat. They averaged only 3.1 yards per carry, which was the second lowest mark in the league. But they have done an impressive about-face in their last three games, averaging 173.7 rushing yards per game and 5.2 yards per carry, which is the sixth-best rushing average in the NFL during that three-game period. Ask Chip Kelly what happened to cause this turnaround, and he"ll tell you simply that his line is just blocking better than it did in the first four games.
October 25, 2015 |
Upper Dublin senior quarterback Ryan Stover hasn't made too many mistakes this season. But he proved Friday night that when the rare misstep heads his way, he still remembers how to handle it. Upper Dublin toppled host Upper Moreland, 35-7, in Suburban One American action Friday night to move to 8-0. The mistakes didn't come in bunches for Stover's squad against Upper Moreland. Instead, they were peppered throughout the evening. A run for a loss of 3 yards on Upper Dublin's first drive.
October 24, 2015 |
Yalartai's strength and aggressiveness at defensive end has helped the Redskins (5-2 overall, 3-1 Suburban One League National Conference) limit league foes to an average of 12 points per game. The 6-foot-1, 260-pound senior, who also sees time at tight end, has registered 31 tackles, with 22 solos, in seven outings. He has notched a team-high seven sacks. "Harmon is a terrific young man, always has a smile on his face, and he has a great attitude," Neshaminy coach Steve Wilmot said.
October 17, 2015 |
Kip Patton caught the pass and immediately turned upfield. He shrugged off an attempted tackler and turned on the jets before finally being tackled on the Tulane 5-yard line. All told it was a 43-yard completion, showing both the big-play ability and improvement in the 6-foot-4, 241-pound tight end from Norristown High. It was one of the Owls' many highlight plays from a 49-10 win over visiting Tulane on Saturday. "I caught the ball and felt somebody hit me and bounce off and it was a great feeling," said Patton, whose 5-0 Owls host Central Florida (0-6)
October 15, 2015 |
On the day the Eagles drafted Zach Ertz in April 2013, Chip Kelly mentioned how the NFL had been moving in the direction of playing multiple tight ends together to create mismatches. At the time, the Patriots' two-tight end offense was in vogue. In Kelly's first season, the team's listed depth chart even included two tight ends as the base offense. But the Eagles' listed base offense during the past two seasons has been as a three-receiver set, and they barely used the two-tight end set in the first four games this season.
September 28, 2015 |
Last season, after two weeks of offensive struggles, Chip Kelly opened up his playbook, tinkered with his base running plays, and resurrected a moribund ground game against the St. Louis Rams and then, most impressively, the next week against the New York Giants. There were a few dips in production the rest of the season, but the Eagles never hit a valley as low as they did when they traveled to the 49ers in Week 4 and rushed for only 22 yards on 12 carries. Kelly was able to identify tendencies based on pre-snap formations and adjusted accordingly.
September 25, 2015 |
AFTER SPENDING 11 years in the league as an offensive lineman and another two-plus decades breaking down miles and miles and miles of film for his TV jobs as a college and NFL analyst, Brian Baldinger is a pretty good judge of offensive line flesh. He can tell a good one and he can tell a bad one. Even with the offseason releases of veteran guards Evan Mathis and Todd Herremans, he felt fairly confident that the Eagles had a good one. So, he is as surprised as anyone by the Keystone Kops routine he's seen the last two weeks.
September 15, 2015 |
While Steve Devlin has an intense and demanding coaching style, defensive end Mack Schwartz says Archbishop Wood's ninth-year boss finds a healthy balance when it comes to relating to his players. "He can be pretty tough on you when he sees a mistake, but he'll also joke with you," the senior said. "And he's really good at sensing when a player needs positive reinforcement instead of criticism. " On Saturday night, with Schwartz registering seven tackles, Devlin notched his 100th career victory as the host Vikings downed Simon Gratz, 44-30, in a nonleague matchup at William Tennent.
September 9, 2015 |
Coach Chip Kelly calls tight end Brent Celek the "epitome of a Philadelphia Eagle. " Celek, a blue-collar player who has been with the Eagles longer that every player except long snapper Jon Dorenbos, says he has been indirectly pushed by his grandfather, Ed Celek, who is a retired business manager and supervisor of buildings and grounds for schools in Fremont, Ohio. Ed Celek went to Notre Dame to play football, "but his mom died and he had to go home and take care of his family, so he really never got to live out the football dream," Brent Celek said after a practice last week.
September 5, 2015 |
Before Mike Gesicki could make a case to be the starting tight end for Penn State, he had to pick up a few essentials needed to play the position. Like figuring out how to get into a three-point stance and learning how to block. He did little of the former, and hardly any of the latter, during his record-setting career as a wide receiver at Southern Regional High School in Ocean County, N.J. But he studied the fundamentals, worked hard, put in a good 13-game freshman apprenticeship (one start)