February 1, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - If you go strictly by career starts, Bobbie Williams has the distinction of being the most successful offensive lineman the Eagles drafted during Andy Reid's 14 seasons as head coach. Williams, a 36-year-old backup guard for the AFC champion Ravens, who face the 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, has made 136 NFL starts since the Eagles selected him in the second round of the 2000 draft. That's 36 more than Todd Herremans, 41 more than John Welbourn and 79 more than Shawn Andrews.
September 10, 2012 |
CLEVELAND - The way Eagles center Jason Kelce figures it, the identity of the referees does not matter because the process is the same. Every week, the refs' job is to call penalties and the offensive line's job is to adjust to whatever standard is being set that day. And so, on an afternoon when the Eagles were penalized 12 times for 110 yards by referees working in place of locked-out union members - a day when four of the five offensive linemen...
September 5, 2012 |
An Eagles pep rally, scheduled to last till 2 p.m., took over Love Park late this morning, featuring players signing autographs, freebies, and a big slingshot that can launch Angry Birds. Perhaps 200 to 300 fans were on hand during the lunch hour, but by 1:15 rain returned, threatening to end the enthusiasm. Before the rain, cheerleaders and mascot Swoop were on hand, along with WIP (94 FM) hosts Ike Reese and Michael Barkann, who interviewed offensive tackle Todd Herremans, after his autographing stint was over.
June 6, 2014 |
The Eagles' signing of Allen Barbre to a three-year contract extension was done with an eye toward 2015, when Todd Herremans carries a $5.2 million salary-cap hit and Evan Mathis will turn 34. But could Barbre compete with Herremans, who is the most vulnerable on the offensive line, for the starting right guard spot this season? "I don't know. No one's ever even talked to me about it," Barbre said Wednesday. "I just go out and perform to the best of my ability. " Herremans doesn't appear to be in jeopardy of losing his job. Despite a slow start last season, he settled in and helped make up one of the better units in the NFL. But the Eagles certainly have enough confidence in Barbre, who is once again expected to be the first tackle or guard off the bench.
August 5, 2011 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Sometimes during meetings Howard Mudd feels the need to impart his wisdom on the latest group of linemen he is trying to mold. He came out of a one-year retirement to coach these guys. This group needs to be a brick wall to protect Michael Vick; that is, an athletic brick wall with quick feet, as Mudd prefers. So Mudd interrupts his meetings to tell stories. Later, rookie center Jason Kelce and his teammates will joke about it. Mudd's almost 70, and he doesn't realize his stories tend to drag on, but his intentions aren't dismissed.
March 29, 2014 |
Some of the Eagles' top players attended Todd Herremans' second annual charity event at a Center City ballroom Thursday night at a time when the future is uncertain for two of their most prominent teammates: receiver DeSean Jackson and guard Evan Mathis. The players expressed varying degrees of support while acknowledging that the organization has the final say anyway. "[Jeffrey] Lurie, Howie [Roseman], Chip [Kelly], they're not calling down to us, asking us: 'Do we need this?
December 20, 2008 |
The question was a good one, and the answer was interesting. Why have the Washington Redskins gone from a 6-2 team that appeared playoff-bound to a 7-7 team with almost no chance of playing in the postseason? "The one obvious thing is just guys getting banged up and injured," Eagles coach Andy Reid said after practice yesterday. "That's a tough thing to put back together. Other than that, they have a good football team. " What was most interesting about Reid's answer is that it suddenly applies to his own football team as the Eagles, 8-5-1, get ready for another must-win game tomorrow against the Redskins at FedEx Field.
August 11, 2010 |
Part of the function of a social networking site is to reveal, in real time, what people think. That's not always a good thing. Tuesday morning, as his teammates slogged through another day of training camp at Lehigh University, injured Eagles lineman Todd Herremans was busy tweeting. He had recently watched HBO's True Blood - a series about vampires - and took umbrage with it on Twitter. Herremans shared those thoughts with his more than 1,800 followers. What Herremans wrote appears in this space exactly as it did on Twitter: "So..
January 5, 2014 |
Howard Mudd was trying to think of the free-agent tackle, the one the Eagles were forced to sign after Jason Peters ruptured his Achilles tendon before the 2012 season. "The guy from Buffalo . . . Demetress Bell," Mudd finally recalled. "Oops, that didn't work out. " The former Eagles offensive line coach, now retired, was going through some of the combinations of linemen he was forced to insert into the lineup after four (!) of five starters were injured last season. Mudd wasn't complaining.
June 12, 2014 |
There are a few gray hairs on Trent Cole's face, another reminder that one of the two longest-tenured Eagles is on the other side of 30. Cole, 31, came to Philadelphia as a fifth-round pick in 2005 at age 22. Todd Herremans is the only player who has been on the Eagles as long as Cole. Only 13 players have played more games in an Eagles uniform than Cole. He has more sacks than any player in franchise history other than Reggie White. "Everybody says, 'He's getting old because he's on this side of 30,' " Cole said.