February 21, 2013 |
THIS YEAR'S NFL Scouting Combine, which starts Thursday in Indianapolis, is a whole new world for the Eagles. General manager Howie Roseman will be evaluating players alongside a new coach, Chip Kelly, and an even newer player personnel vice president, Tom Gamble. For the first time since Roseman arrived as an unpaid intern in 2000, the Eagles are drafting in the top five - fourth overall, meaning they must concentrate much more than usual on the prospects at the top of the draft.
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.
November 12, 2012 |
Eagles vs. Cowboys in November was supposed to at least pit two NFC East rivals vying for playoff spots against each other. But what we have instead is the 3-5 Disappointment Bowl. The teams are mirror images of each other. The Eagles and Cowboys are mistake-prone and among the league leaders in turnovers and penalties. They have offenses that can gobble up yards but can't produce in the red zone. They have two quarterbacks who have given the ball away at an alarming rate - Michael Vick has 14 of the Eagles' 19 turnovers and Tony Romo has 15 of the Cowboys' 19. And they have head coaches on the hot seat, although Jason Garrett seems to have more security with Dallas than Andy Reid does with the Eagles.
November 9, 2012 |
Cowboys (-1) over EAGLES: Last week was the third straight time that my selection went against the Birds, and the third straight winner! No. 4 is on deck. Sorry to say this to all the loyal fans, but how in the world can the Eagles hope to post a W with a nonexistent offensive line, the key word there being offensive. And we're gonna go with third meaning of offensive at Dictionary.com: repugnant to the moral sense, good taste, or the like; insulting. And from there, we focus on insulting.
November 8, 2012 |
As if the ailing and leaky Eagles offensive line needed more bad news, right tackle Todd Herremans suffered a right ankle/foot injury in the second quarter of Monday's 28-13 loss to the Saints in New Orleans. Herremans, who remained on crutches, had an MRI exam Tuesday. On his radio show Tuesday evening, Eagles coach Andy Reid said Herremans will see a foot specialist on Wednesday, and will have a CT scan before any further determination is made. Herremans was replaced Monday night by Demetress Bell.
November 8, 2012
Here are some observations and notes after a review of the Eagles' 28-13 loss to the Saints on Monday: On second thought Why were the Eagles so bad in the red zone on Monday night? On five trips inside the Saints' 20-yard line, they came away with only two field goals. There are a number of reasons. Turnovers, penalties, and bad execution stand out. But how about the play-calling? The Eagles ran 20 plays in the red zone but called only three runs. Offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg may say, "Well, look at the end result of those runs.
October 22, 2012 |
The difficulty of Andy Reid's challenge can best be understood this way. After some bye-week tinkering, he needs an Eagles team that is .500 (11-11) since the start of the 2011 season to go 8-2 or, at worst, 7-3 over the next 10 games. Is it possible? It is, for a couple of reasons. First, the schedule provides a paved road. After next week's game against undefeated Atlanta, the Eagles face a bunch of eminently beatable opponents. Half their games are against the thoroughly mediocre NFC East.
October 16, 2012 |
BEING MEDIOCRE, and that by just four points, brings the blood to the cheeks of the Eagles with pride. Road losses to a flawed Cardinals team and a debilitated Steelers team preceded Sunday's collapse to the one-win Lions. Dispatched quickly in overtime, headed into a bye week of shame, the Birds fumed and promised better. "Not where you want to be. Not 3-3," said No. 3 receiver Jason Avant. Last season, in a locker room devoid of established leaders, Avant, essentially a backup, delivered an address to the team that sizzled and snapped.
October 5, 2012 |
YOU KNOW what the good teams in the NFL do? They win games while they're still figuring things out. It is what the Eagles are doing so far in 2012. We all know there are examples of teams that start slow and still make the playoffs. But the odds grow pretty long, pretty fast. In the last five seasons, the typical NFL playoff team was 3-1 or better after the first four games, and only one-third of playoff teams in that time period were 2-2 or worse. You cannot win a playoff berth in September, but you can turn yourself into a longshot almost overnight if you aren't careful.