October 31, 2013 |
RYAN GETZLAF zigzagged in the Flyers' zone and hesitated. The Anaheim playmaker and sixth-highest-paid player in the NHL was waiting for help, but he could not evade Braydon Coburn, who promptly shut him down and any scoring opportunity. Minutes earlier, Nick Grossmann flattened former Hart Trophy winner Corey Perry with a thundering body check in the corner. That sequence last night was just one shift apart in the first period. Juxtapose that with the second half of last night's 3-2 loss to the Ducks - where the Flyers were outshot 27-13 and committed an egregious 16 turnovers - and what you have is what Craig Berube calls "a work in progress.
October 18, 2013 |
ATTEMPTING TO solve the problem of the Eagles in the red zone is like attempting to solve the problem of the kind of weather that rolled through the Delaware Valley yesterday. Our happiness is mitigated by the laws of physics, and there is no exception provided to an offense that has long lacked the power personnel to thrive in tight spaces. That the Eagles will enter Sunday's matchup with the Cowboys with one of the poorest performing red-zone offenses in the NFL isn't so much a fixable problem as it is an inevitability of their roster.
October 17, 2013 |
DeSEAN JACKSON says he has worked hard to become a red-zone weapon, so let's not give Nick Foles all the credit just yet. "In past years, they used to take me out, use two tight ends and things like that," Jackson said yesterday. He has caught three touchdown passes from Foles in the past two games, two of them in the red zone. Jackson, who has five TD catches this season, caught 11 over the previous 3 years. "I think Chip [Kelly] does a great job of putting me in positions to be successful in the red zone, so that's an addition to my game . . . It was something I just kept working with.
October 8, 2013 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Eagles' red-zone issues continued Sunday, when they settled for five field goals and did not score touchdowns on 3 of 5 red-zone attempts. This has been an issue all season. The Eagles have seven red-zone touchdowns in 17 appearances. "Obviously, we don't want to get threes, we'd rather get sevens," coach Chip Kelly said. This will be a key development to watch, because the Eagles have no trouble moving the ball. Kelly's offense is the first in NFL history with 1,200 passing yards and 875 rushing yards through the first five games of the season.
October 8, 2013 |
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Eagles' red-zone issues continued Sunday. They settled for five field goals and did not score touchdowns on 3 of 5 red zone attempts. This has been an issue all season. The Eagles now have seven red zone touchdowns in 17 appearances. "Obviously we don't want to get threes, we'd rather get sevens," coach Chip Kelly said. This will be a key development to watch, because the Eagles have no trouble moving the ball. Kelly's offense is the first in NFL history with 1,200 passing yards and 875 rushing yards through the first five games of the season.
October 2, 2013 |
Chip Kelly referenced Saturday Night Live in the spring when he joked, "I was told there would be no math" in the Eagles coaching job. But at least Kelly knows the substantial difference between three points and seven points in a football game. Too frequently this season, the Eagles have settled for field goals when they are within reach of touchdowns. In Sunday's 52-20 loss to the Denver Broncos, the Eagles scored touchdowns on just two of five red-zone trips. They have scored touchdowns on five of 12 visits this season, and settled for field goals another five times.
September 17, 2013 |
THE SLEEK, six-story apartment building that soon will replace the old Third Regiment Armory in South Philly will have some environmentally friendly additions. The Zoning Board of Adjustment last week granted a variance that will allow for a 10,000-square-foot green roof atop the building, on Broad Street near Wharton, said Vincent Mancini of Landmark Architectural Design, which crafted the eye-catching vision of the new apartments. The board also approved permeable paving for the parking area, which will have 52 spaces.
September 14, 2013 |
The first time Omar Blaik met with residents of West Philadelphia's Spruce Hill neighborhood to discuss his proposal for a large, new apartment house on Baltimore Avenue, he did something unusual in the high-stakes world of real estate development: He showed up without a PowerPoint. There were no gauzy architectural renderings, no images of sleek, modern kitchens, no floor plans. Instead, he handed out blank sheets of drawing paper and colored markers. "You have nothing to oppose," Blaik declared, explaining that the building hadn't yet been designed.
August 15, 2013 |
Delighting many residents but disappointing township officials, the Lower Makefield zoning board declined Tuesday to grant variances to husband-and-wife veterinarians seeking to build an equine hospital on a parcel of Patterson Farm, a large swath of open space owned by the township. Board members cited a variety of reasons for the 5-0 decision, including the potential for the hospital to change the character of the neighborhood around the farm, and setting a poor precedent by parceling out the land to private entities.
August 9, 2013 |
SAYLORSBURG, Pa. - If only he'd sought help. Legal assistance, housing help, food to put on his table. Then, people in Monroe County say, the man accused in the shootings at a township meeting might not have opened fire over a property dispute. "Somewhere along the line, he could have sought some type of [legal] advice," said Jim Mannello, publisher of West End Happenings, a newsletter that serves four townships, including Ross, where the deadly shooting occurred Monday night. "There are a lot of people with problems," Mannello said.