December 23, 2015 |
Three weeks into DeMarco Murray's demotion, it's no longer surprising when he is not the Eagles' leading ballcarrier. But his role has never been as minimal as it was in the 40-17 loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, when Murray played only eight of 64 offensive snaps and touched the ball twice. This is not what Murray expected when he signed a five-year, $40 million contract in March. It's not what the Eagles expected, either. It's the situation they are in, though, because coach Chip Kelly has made clear that he won't try to placate the high-priced running back.
November 7, 2015 |
The increasing questions over how Chip Kelly - no, Duce Staley - plans to distribute snaps at running back may be moot this Sunday, in particular at the top if Ryan Mathews is sidelined with a groin injury. Mathews didn't practice on Thursday. He has taken a curious route to being questionable for the Cowboys after having perhaps his best game of the season in the Eagles' loss to the Panthers on Oct. 25. On Tuesday after a light practice, Mathews told reporters that he would play in Dallas.
October 28, 2015 |
Chip Kelly said Monday that Ryan Mathews suffered a groin injury in the Eagles' 27-16 loss to the Carolina Panthers, which affected the running back's playing time. Mathews had six carries for 97 yards, including a 63-yard touchdown rush during which he apparently ran with the injury. That was Kelly's explanation for running backs coach Duce Staley limiting Mathews' workload. "Ryan was hurt yesterday," Kelly said. "When I talked to Duce about it, and we talk about it all the time, Ryan hurt his groin on a 22-yard run before he broke the long run and really couldn't go. Duce was monitoring him on the sideline, what he could do and what he couldn't do. So I think Duce does a great job with those guys.
August 16, 2015
Kelly: Murray not hurt The coach says he is trying to manage the running back's workload. C2
August 16, 2015 |
DeMarco Murray's on-again, off-again practice schedule is not his decision. It's Chip Kelly's decision. Kelly made that clear on Friday, when he said he's trying to manage Murray's workload after the high-priced running back led the NFL in carries last season. Kelly said Murray is not injured. "He's coming along," Kelly said. "He's done a lot of different things. We're trying to get him acclimated. He also carried the ball more than anybody in the National Football League last year, so we are trying to integrate him into what we are doing.
August 12, 2015 |
PHOENIX - While he was with the Phillies and publicly pleading for a new home, Jonathan Papelbon maintained that he didn't check other teams' box scores to monitor closers around the majors. But if he did so over the last two weeks, he might have come away a tad jealous of a former teammate. The resurgent Phillies have kept Papelbon's successor busy. In only his first 12 games as the team's closer, Ken Giles was afforded six save opportunities. Papelbon, conversely, entered in save situations a mere 17 times over 100 games before he was traded to the Washington Nationals on July 28. Given the second-place Nationals' recent struggles - they entered Monday's series opener at Dodger Stadium with three wins in their last 10 games and six in their previous 17 - Papelbon came into the week with only two save opportunities with his new team.
September 23, 2014 |
Cary Williams is tired and says he isn't the only one. The Eagles cornerback isn't tired from the games. He's tired from the daily grind of practice and the pace coach Chip Kelly demands when the team is preparing. Williams made his assertion that the coaching staff didn't look out for the well-being of the players on an afternoon when the Eagles pulled out another crazy win to improve to 3-0, and an afternoon in which the highlight play of the day for Washington came as former Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson beat Williams on a deep post route for an 81-yard touchdown.
September 13, 2014 |
Jake Diekman has a number in mind. The Phillies lefthander understands why he may not reach it. When the team's brain trust informed some of their young relievers they would not pitch with the same frequency in September, it was not punishment. So Diekman, who needs nine more appearances to achieve his 75-game target, is willing to adapt. "If you need a day off," Diekman said, "you just need to tell them. " That is a culture the Phillies are happy to create among their burgeoning arms.
November 4, 2012 |
In many instances, the charm of watching smaller-enrollment schools is seeing an athlete or two carry a heavy workload, because of a lack of depth or that player's extraordinary ability. Once in a while, one of those herculean workloads is handled by both teams, and that was clearly the case in a winner-take-all contest Saturday night. In a game in which both offenses were at peak form, Gloucester outlasted host Pennsville, 48-42, to clinch the West Jersey Football League Classic Division football title.
September 8, 2011 |
IF THEY GAVE out an award for such a thing, Antonio Bastardo would be the MVP of the Phillies' bullpen. So it was with mild alarm the other day when Charlie Manuel indicated he would shut down Bastardo for a little while. Nothing serious, the manager insisted, the kid's prized left arm is just a little tired. Bastardo, pitching in his first full major league season, had thrown 53 1/3 innings and opponents were hitting a miserable .110, best mark of any National League reliever.