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...
May 8, 2007
GIANT-HAIRED, tattooed singing sensation Amy Winehouse played a short, surprise set at the Black Lily concert at World Cafe Live (3025 Walnut) Sunday night. Winehouse played her hit "Rehab," and another tune while backed by a band including Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson , of the Roots , on drums. Black Lily creators Tracey Moore and Mercedes Martinez , of the Jazzyfat-nastees , along with filmmaker Maori Holmes , organized the weekend's Black Lily Film & Music Festival.
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.
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.
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]