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.
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.
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.
September 10, 2009 |
Now that he's not only a safety, but the Eagles' starting free safety, Victor "Macho" Harris has fully embraced his new position. A cornerback coming out of college, the fifth-round pick from Virginia Tech was switched to free safety during the spring and wasn't quite sure about the change at first. "I didn't know my alignments and I felt like I was covering grass rather than being around and making plays," Harris said yesterday after running with the first-team defense in preparation for the Eagles' opener Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.
August 12, 2009 |
Eagles defensive end Juqua Parker waived a preliminary hearing on a marijuana possession charge, according to his attorney, Steve Shields. Parker appeared at a Northampton County courtroom yesterday in between Eagles practices. He probably will not have to worry about another court date until after the season. "It'll be something like six months before there's another court date," Shields said. "At some point here in the near future, I'll sit down with the [district attorney]
March 3, 2009 |
Three league sources confirmed last night that the Eagles' Tra Thomas has visited the Jacksonville Jaguars, a team that has put a premium on upgrading the left tackle position. With the Eagles having lost Brian Dawkins to the Denver Broncos in the first days of free agency, Thomas is the last veteran from the Ray Rhodes era who still has a chance of being on the 53-man roster in 2009. That chance seems to be dwindling, however, with the Eagles apparently intent on giving their roster a makeover with younger faces.