October 3, 2012 |
It doesn't work either way, really. A year ago, to hear them tell it, the Eagles were a good team that very easily could have been 4-1. Their actual record might have been 1-4, but that was misleading. If Michael Vick hadn't knocked himself silly bumping into teammate Todd Herremans in Atlanta, the Eagles would have held onto the lead in that game. And if Ronnie Brown hadn't inexplicably tossed the ball away at the goal line against San Francisco, the Eagles surely would have won that game.
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 6, 2012
IF I ASKED you who are the longest tenured Eagle players, you'd eventually come up with defensive end Trent Cole, offensive tackle Todd Herremans or defensive tackle Mike Patterson as members of the 2005 draft class. But what if I asked which Eagle has played in 92 consecutive games, including playoffs? The hint is, he's never started any. When the Eagles kick off the 2012 season against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, long snapper Jon Dorenbos will begin his 10th season in the NFL and seventh with the Eagles.
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.
August 25, 2012 |
The Eagles will become familiar with Cleveland Browns Stadium during the next two weeks. They play the Browns on Friday and again on Sept. 9 to begin the season. Because of the return trip, don't expect the Eagles to reveal much in the third preseason game. Still, there is reason to watch. Here are five story lines to observe: 1 Foles vs. starters. Nick Foles has been a virtuoso throughout the preseason, but the production mostly came against reserves. Even when Foles entered Monday's game after Michael Vick suffered a ribs injury, the Patriots fielded many backups.
August 21, 2012 |
FOXBORO, Mass. - The best that can be said about the game was that an X-ray of Michael Vick's injured ribs came back negative. But if two X-rays in two preseason games for the quarterback are going to be harbinger of things to come, the Eagles are in for a very long season. For a team that was looking for a solid effort from their starters - and the Eagles had every opportunity to do so playing against the Patriots' reserves - Monday night's 27-17 preseason victory at New England fell far short of expectations.
August 17, 2012
THE FIRST current player to filter into the NovaCare auditorium to pay tribute to Tra Thomas, as the Eagles' all-time games-played leader among offensive linemen officially retired, was Todd Herremans. These days Herremans is the right tackle, but for four seasons he played next to left tackle Thomas at left guard, after arriving as a fourth-round draftee from Saginaw Valley State. Herremans posed for photos with Thomas and former offensive line coach Juan Castillo, now the defensive coordinator.
August 5, 2012 |
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - On one field, most of the Eagles practiced. About 150 yards away, at the far end zone of another field, nine Eagles rehabilitated injuries. The latter group ranged from Pro Bowlers such as Jason Babin to roster hopefuls such as Jamel Hamler. Coach Andy Reid suggested earlier in the day that the Eagles are amid the "dog days" of training camp. With more than 10 percent of the roster rehabbing and other players missing from practice, the work with strength and conditioning coaches served as evidence of Reid's claim.
June 11, 2012 |
For years, Joe Banner's unyielding negotiating style defined the Eagles' front office. But even before Banner resigned as team president Thursday, general manager Howie Roseman had brought a softer, more personal touch to making deals, according to players and agents. "He is a relationship guy," said agent Jerrold Colton, who represents former Eagles kicker David Akers. "That matters to him a lot. " Roseman, who had already taken over the Eagles' salary-cap management and contract talks, often speaks about finding ways to make deals work so that all sides feel satisfied.
May 25, 2012
WHEN JASON Kelce was named the Eagles' season-opening starting center over Jamaal Jackson last summer, there were more than a few players on the team who wondered whether that really was such a good idea. Kelce, a fifth-round pick out of the University of Cincinnati, was a cerebral player who picked up the Eagles' offense and blocking schemes last summer quicker than anybody had a right to expect, particularly considering that he didn't see a playbook until the day before the start of training camp thanks to the 4 1/2-month lockout.