December 17, 2014 |
ANDY REID won 11 games and lost five in his second season as a professional head football coach. If all goes as expected - and that's been a mighty dangerous word around here these last few weeks - Chip Kelly will finish with an identical record in his second full season as a professional head football coach. There are other similarities, as well. Both men were risky choices. Both men were risk-taking, offensive-minded men: Reid a third-generation apostle of Bill Walsh's West Coast offense; Kelly a college trailblazer with his breakneck offensive pace, dictating your personnel as well as his. Reid won a playoff game that second season, and at the time seemed to have charted a steady track toward a Super Bowl championship.
November 14, 2014 |
Jeff Garcia answered his phone one day late in the winter of 2013, and on the line was a man he didn't know at all, seeking advice and insight about a man Garcia knew as well as anyone. Mark Sanchez had just completed a season with the New York Jets that had left his confidence, and maybe his career as a starting NFL quarterback, in broken pieces. The Jets had gone 6-10. Sanchez had thrown 18 interceptions and lost eight fumbles. He'd been benched twice. He'd butt-fumbled. Now the Jets had hired a new offensive coordinator, their third in three years - Marty Mornhinweg - and Sanchez wanted to probe the mind of one of Mornhinweg's best pupils to learn the West Coast offense.
October 10, 2014 |
WHAT YOU SAW the Eagles' defense doing in the second half last Sunday against the Rams? That's pretty much the opposite of what you should see this week against the Giants. We're not really talking here about the nearly-blowing-a-27-point-lead part. A 27-point lead is unlikely against a Giants team that has won three in a row, all by double digits. And we can't really guarantee that the surrendering-a-bunch-of-yards-and-points part won't happen again, either. In the Eagles, we have the NFL's 28th-ranked defense, 24th against the rush, 29th against the pass, a group that has given up big plays with alarming frequency.
September 6, 2014 |
Josh Huff expected something different. The rookie receiver the Eagles selected in the third round of this year's draft figured he would arrive in Philadelphia and quickly assimilate Chip Kelly's offensive system. He had good reason to believe it, too. Huff had played for Kelly at the University of Oregon. He was Kelly's leading receiver as a junior in 2012 and ran the same system in 2013 under coach Mark Helfrich when he was again the Ducks' top pass catcher. All Huff had to do was show up at the NovaCare Complex and start running those plays that made him a star at Oregon.
February 13, 2013 |
Eagles head coach Chip Kelly, known to quip more than his predecessor, Andy Reid, wasn't exactly forthright. But he was amusing when talking about how the team's play-calling duties will work between him and new offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur. "I will call all the good plays, and Pat will call the bad ones," Kelly said on Monday during a news conference to introduce the new coaching staff. Shurmur was more revealing. "Things haven't been totally talked about [between us]
February 1, 2013 |
NEW ORLEANS - Colin Kaepernick, like his Super Bowl-playing predecessors at quarterback, represents the future of the NFL. Like Joe Montana and the West Coast offense and Steve Young and his mobility, Kaepernick is a victory away from becoming the first quarterback to win in a way many thought once impossible. Kaepernick is a running quarterback. But he's also a passing quarterback. Young was both, but he was more of a scrambler than a runner. Kaepernick, on the other hand, can both run and pass within the 49ers offense and with equal skill.
January 21, 2013 |
The Eagles have hired former Cleveland Browns coach Pat Shurmur, an NFL source said Sunday. Shurmur is expected to be named offensive coordinator, but an exact title had yet to be determined. New Eagles coach Chip Kelly likely will handle the offensive play-calling next season. He became one of the NFL's highest-paid coaches by signing a five-year contract worth $32.5 million with the Birds last week, ESPN reported. But he said that he was looking for a coordinator to help in the passing game.
September 13, 2011
MY DAILY NEWS colleague Rich Hofmann is much better at this than I am. Over the last decade, he has made a point of debunking the popular notion that Eagles coach Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg are pass-happy maniacs with no regard for the running game. Hofmann concedes that the Eagles throw a lot, but he has always said that when judging the Birds' perceived lack of commitment to run, you have to understand the overall philosophy of the offense.
August 29, 2011 |
AS LONG AGO as the last century, it turns out, there was a hint Ryan Nassib had a fascination with Orange. Now, the 6-2, 230-pound redshirt junior from Malvern Prep is eagerly preparing for his second season as Syracuse University's starting quarterback. But in 1998, even before he began playing football, his name could be found in a newspaper and he was asking quite the question. How do they make Cheetos? Nassib was then a student at a grade school, Ss. Simon & Jude, in the town where he still resides, West Chester, and, as part of a class project, he fired off questions to the Inquirer for a column called "Kids' Talk.
August 25, 2011 |
E SPN THE MAGAZINE is relaunching with a Sept. 5 edition it bills as being completely about Michael Vick. Some of the subjects assayed seem pretty familiar to a Philadelphia audience, which has pondered the Vick ponderables for 2 years now. One piece is about how there is no middle ground, you either think Vick is a terrible person or you think he was given too harsh a sentence. (I think there is room for middle ground there, but that probably wouldn't make a compelling story.)