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 25, 2013 |
The home-team locker room at Lincoln Financial Field was all but empty early Monday morning when Trent Cole appraised an Eagles season unlike any he had experienced before. Cole has started for the Eagles defense since 2005. Selected in that year's draft, he and guard Todd Herremans are the longest-tenured Eagles on the 2013 roster. They arrived at an interesting moment in the team's history. Under Andy Reid, with Donovan McNabb at quarterback, the Eagles had reached four consecutive NFC championship games and lost to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.
December 10, 2013 |
NOBODY IN the NFL can dance like LeSean McCoy. Nobody can bounce a play outside like he can. Nobody can give you a leg and then take it away like he can. Nobody can make you miss like he can. But the Eagles running back realized pretty early yesterday that this wasn't going to be a day for making people miss. On his second carry of the game, he tried to bounce outside, failed to get any traction in the snow and was dropped for a 5-yard loss by Lions defensive end Willie Young before he could get to the perimeter.
October 25, 2013 |
A SECURITY GUARD who was supposed to watch the cars of Philadelphia Eagles players during games has been charged with ripping off offensive lineman Todd Herremans to the tune of more than $225,000. Federal prosecutors accused Robert Von Ryan, 37, of Philadelphia, of going into the vehicle of a player identified as T.H., and copying his bank account information. He then allegedly transferred $225,034.52 from the player's account without authorization. Authorities said Von Ryan used the money to pay various bills and make purchases for himself and others.
October 22, 2013 |
A week after Cowboys cornerback Brandon Carr shut down Redskins receiver Pierre Garcon with man-to-man defense, there was the belief by some that he would shadow DeSean Jackson all day Sunday. He did not. But Carr covered the Eagles receiver for much of the game and helped hold Jackson to just three catches for 21 yards. Jackson was targeted eight times, but it should be noted that a number of the missed throws fell on the shoulders of Nick Foles and Matt Barkley. On one play in the third quarter, Foles missed a wide-open Jackson downfield.
September 26, 2013 |
As if Peyton Manning wasn't enough of a challenge, the Eagles must also consider the high altitude when visiting the Denver Broncos on Sunday. Coach Chip Kelly has experience bringing his fast-paced offense to the Rocky Mountains. In a 2011 Oregon game against Colorado, Kelly's Ducks scored 45 points in three quarters even without their starting quarterback and running back. "I think what makes a difference when you play at altitude is who you play against," Kelly said. "We played against the University of Colorado a couple years ago, it wasn't a big deal.
September 13, 2013 |
CHIP KELLY wondered after Monday night's game whether he took his foot off the gas too early, as the Washington Redskins rebounded from a 33-7, third-quarter deficit to get within 33-27. DeSean Jackson said yesterday he gets paid to make plays, and he wouldn't have minded the chance to make a few in the second half. "I had seven catches,  yards in the first half, didn't touch a pass in the second half. Just talking to Chip, saying, regardless of how much you get a lead by, just don't take your foot off the pedal, we've got to continue to go out there . . . Keep pounding, keep pounding, 'cause, as you see, later in the game, they started making a comeback," Jackson said.
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.
July 27, 2013 |
Todd Herremans walked through the players' entrance Thursday afternoon to check into his ninth training camp with the Eagles. When he started to fill out an informational sheet during his physical, he realized just how long his career has lasted. "I'm like, 'Don't you guys have this eight times over already?' " Herremans said. "Can't you look somewhere and get all this information?" A few hours earlier, Trent Cole made that same walk. For both Herremans and Cole, checking into camp is an annual late-July ritual.
July 27, 2013 |
Here is what insiders saw at Eagles training camp: A Philly Viking You won't see it while he's on the field - that darn helmet will cover it - but check out Todd Herremans ' new haircut when he's on the sideline. It's a two-tone mohawk. Wearing kelly green shorts; a plaid, short-sleeve, button-down shirt; and sunglasses to complement his new 'do, Herremans strolled into the NovaCare Complex on Thursday as if he was, well, in Minnesota. "I got really into the History Channel, that show Vikings, and that's where I got it from," Herremans said of the shaved look.