Saturday, May 4, 2013
The Philadelphia Eagles made some big picks in the recent NFL Draft and pulled out a few surprises.
There's a lot to get excited about if you're a Philadelphia Eagles fans these days. For numerous years, the fan base has shaken its head after hearing the news about who the Philadelphia Eagles took in the NFL Draft. Does anyone remember Mike Mamula? How about Freddie Mitchell? At least he had great hands—well, Mitchell said he did. So when the Birds were gearing up for the recent NFL Draft, many fans were cringing over who their selections would be. We had visions of Andy Reid dancing in our heads. And even though owner Jeff Lurie absolved general manager Howie Roseman from blame for past drafts, we weren't really buying it. And then the Birds began selecting... Now offensive linemen aren't the sexy picks we all love, but they usually …
Saturday, April 20, 2013
New Coach Chip Kelly and the Philadelphia Eagles have the No. 4 pick in the NFL Draft next week.
"And with the second pick in the 1999 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles select Quarterback Donovan McNabb from Syracuse..." Boo, Boo, Boo, Boo, Boo. That's the sound that drowned out that selection when Coach Andy Reid made a major decision with a major draft pick, thus shaping his tenure and the team's future for the next decade. And that pick didn't turn out so bad: McNabb is easily one of the greatest quarterbacks in franchise history, having taken the Eagles to the Super Bowl and five NFC Championship Games. So can Geno Smith be McNabb all over again? After an awful season, the Philadelphia Eagles hold the fourth pick in the NFL Draft, which begins Thursday. You hear a lot of names being tossed around. It's not really a strong draft …
Saturday, March 16, 2013
The free agent signings so far by the Philadelphia Eagles are very low-key and don't appear to return the team to stardom.
The Denver Broncos sign wide receiver Wes Welker. The Detroit Lions get Reggie Bush for their backfield. And the New England Patriots ink rising slot receiver Danny Amendola to replace Welker. The Philadelphia Eagles signed a bunch of free agents during the first day of NFL free agency late Tuesday too. But you probably never heard of most of the players. Such is the case maybe for how new Coach Chip Kelly is putting together the team's roster for next year. He seems to be focusing more on developing a unit—like a team of college players—than building a group of All-Pros and Dream Teamers. There's not much star power in these signings. It's nice, though, to hear Isaac Sopoaga, the new defensive tackle from the San Francisco 49ers, state at…
Friday, March 15, 2013
The Philadelphia Eagles announced Friday that they will no longer hold training camp at Lehigh University.
The Philadelphia Eagles are flying the Lehigh Valley coop. After 17 years, training camp will no longer be held at Lehigh University, the team announced on its website Friday. "There are so many people at Lehigh University who went above and beyond to accommodate us and to make Training Camp a special place for fans to travel each summer to get an up-close look at the team," Team President Don Smolenski said. "The city of Bethlehem has been part of our lives every summer for the past 17 years," Smolenski added. He said that the team will hold Training Camp in Philadelphia this summer both at the NovaCare Complex and at Lincoln Financial Field after staging the team’s annual preseason practices at Lehigh University for the last 17 years, a …
Friday, March 1, 2013
With new Coach Chip Kelly, expect the roster of the Philadelphia Eagles to be overhauled.
The casualties continue to mount. Once the Philadelphia Eagles fired Andy Reid, you knew that any new coach coming on board would want to shake up the roster. Now that Chip Kelly is here, General Manager Howie Roseman is starting to make some roster cuts. That's expected from any team once a season concludes and a Super Bowl ends. This time of the year is the business side of football when front offices review contracts and try to cut corners to help with some manueverability with the salary cap. The Eagles are no different. The first move the team made was restructing the contract of Quarterback Michael Vick, ensuring that he wouldn't be paid $15 million next year. Then, with a healthy return of tackle Jason Peters expected, the team made…
Friday, February 15, 2013
The Philadelphia Eagles have announced that Quarterback Michael Vick is returning for another year.
It was the last game of the season, a horrible loss to the New York Giants. And Philadelphia Eagles Quarterback Michael Vick, returning for the first time in more than a month after injury, had once again been battered and bruised. But this time, Vick lashed out: blasting his teammates for a lack of effort and heart. We all thought that was the last Birds fans would ever see of the controversial QB. After all, Vick had spent most of the season injured. And when he was on the field, he was producing too many costly turnovers. He was due a bonus if kept on the roster. And about $15 million if he played next season. So everyone thought Vick would be cut right after the Super Bowl. Well, guess who's back? New coach Chip Kelly made a move that …
Saturday, February 2, 2013
It's been almost a decade since the Philadelphia Eagles last appeared in the Super Bowl.
When you're a Philadelphia Eagles fan, memories of Super Bowl appearances are few and far in between. 1981 and 2005. That's it. Two games. Two losses. Most years, we Birds fans are watching the game trying to find a link to our Eagles. This year, ex-kicker David Akers is playing for the San Francisco 49ers while Baltimore Ravens Coach John Harbaugh was once the Birds special teams coach under Andy Reid. But 1981 was really something special. The Iggles were finally putting it all together under energetic Coach Dick Vermeil. He built the team's confidence and they rallied around Ron Jaworski, Harold Carmichael and Bill Bergey. In 1981, it really didn't seem to matter that the Birds lost to the Oakland Raiders because the team really wasn't …
Saturday, January 26, 2013
The Philadelphia Eagles Are No-Shows in this Sunday's Pro Bowl game.
For the first time in forever, the Philadelphia Eagles will not feature a player in the Pro Bowl. That just goes to show how badly the team played this year with its 4-12 record and how bad the rest of the league measures the Birds' talent. Back in the day, this was a no-brainer. Birds were always among the elite. Donovan McNabb, Brian Dawkins, David Akers, Reggie White, Jeremiah Trotter, Randall Cunningham, Brian Westbrook...to name a few. Now, normally, tackle Jason Peters would be in this game. He's ranked as one of the top tackles in the league, but Peters missed the entire season due to injury. Michael Vick has made it to the Pro Bowl before too, but due to injuries and inconsistency, that wasn't happening this year. DeSean Jackson …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan "denied that he was speeding but did not deny causing the accident"
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Wednesday, January 23
New York Jets head football coach Rex Ryan told Bethlehem Police he was trying “to beat the light” when he apparently caused a minor three-car crash in south Bethlehem during the evening rush hour eight days ago, Bethlehem Police said. The accident occurred back on January 14th. Though police said the investigation into the accident is not complete, the partially redacted accident report city officials released Tuesday said Ryan, a son of former Eagles head coach Buddy Ryan, received a written warning. You can read complete details of the accident and investigation here on Bethlehem Patch.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
New Philadelphia Eagles coach Chip Kelly plans a high-powered offense and attacking defense for Birds.
He seemed geniune. He appeared engaging. And he certainly was humble. Chip Kelly, the new coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, is no Andy Reid. And that was evident during his press conference Thursday in which he was introduced as coach and presented to the Philly media. Kelly showed charisma and charm. He showed emotion. And he offered something that Philadelphia Eagles fans have been seeking for some time: hope. What the former University of Oregon coach will also bring is a high-powered offense and attacking defense. Now that Kelly is on board as the 21st coach in franchise history, the next agenda item is creating his coaching staff. Kelly needs to surround himself with some solid people, just like Andy Reid did when he first started as …