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...
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.
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.
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.
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..
March 15, 2012 |
JAMAAL JACKSON, the longest-tenured Eagle, had one question for the panel that was about to bid him farewell by phone on Comcast SportsNet's Daily News Live: "Y'all sure you're interviewing the right Jackson?" Jamaal started 72 games at center for the Birds between 2005 and 2010, but he knew the big news yesterday evening was not his release at age 31, after a year in Howard Mudd purgatory. The big news was the 5-year contract agreed to by wideout DeSean Jackson. It was that kind of day, a frenzy of Eagles developments, one quickly topping another, all of them involving players who were on the 2011 roster.
July 9, 2014 |
A WEEK REMOVED from the Daily News reporting that Lane Johnson will miss 25 percent of the Eagles' season, the reaction remains thus: Yawn. Johnson is the Eagles' starting right tackle. He also is the Eagles' most replaceable player. He will miss four games for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Try to notice. It's not that the rest of the positions have no depth. In fact, several positions have several options should they lose a starter. It's not that the Eagles have a vast store of backup linemen.
August 19, 2013 |
Ask offensive linemen if they prefer run blocking to pass protection, and the majority will choose the former. "Pass blocking is not fun," Eagles center Jason Kelce said Sunday. "You have to sit there and wait for a big, 300-plus pound man to come at you. Whereas in a running game, you're the aggressor, and you get to go at them. " Kelce used a boxing analogy to compare the two disciplines. Naturally, he compared run blocking to the style of a great Philadelphia fighter. "Pass blocking is like Muhammad Ali," Kelce continued.
December 10, 2007 |
The last drive shouldn't have mattered. It wouldn't have, if the Eagles had managed to do better than a paltry two of 13 on third-down conversions against the New York Giants yesterday. It wouldn't have, if Brian Westbrook hadn't fumbled in the third quarter, leading to the Giants' only touchdown, a 20-yard pass from Eli Manning to Plaxico Burress that put New York ahead for good. It wouldn't have, if the Eagles hadn't committed so many penalties at key moments, like guard Todd Herremans' false start on a first-and-goal play at the Giants' 8, or if their wide receivers had gotten open more against a beat-up New York secondary.