Here’s a roundup of what the national media are saying about the Eagles this week.
Here’s a roundup of what the media are saying about the Eagles following their 37-34 win over Washington.
Donovan McNabb has seen Nick Foles start 16 games, but he’s not ready to say the Eagles have found themselves a franchise quarterback.
“That’s the big question. I really can’t answer that at this particular point. But if I had to, give or take, I would say no,” McNabb said during an interview with Harry Mayes and Brian Baldinger on 97.5 The Fanatic. Read more »
Donovan McNabb thinks the Eagles will repeat as NFC East champs, but he believes expectations for Nick Foles might be a tad high going into 2014.
“I’m just a little worried if he can do it for a full season,” McNabb said during a roundtable discussion on Fox Sports 1. “I’m just worried about that aspect, not so much of his health, but can you be consistent like what we saw last year? We’ve seen so many quarterbacks give us one year of greatness, and then all of a sudden they can’t live up to the expectations. I’m not saying he can’t do that in that offense, but I think expectations are a little bit too high for Nick Foles. Read more »
UPDATE, 6:45 p.m.: This statement has just been released by the office of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio: Donovan McNabb was booked in the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Detention facility on 4-16-2014 by order of the West Mesa Justice Court. McNabb was released from county jail after serving one day for a misdemeanor DUI charge. Sheriff Arpaio says “I have had other high-profile athletes who have been incarcerated with no problems and this latest athlete follows that same pattern.”
UPDATE, 6 p.m.: TMZ is reporting that the arrest was for DUI on December 15, 2013. As part of a deal, he pleaded guilty on March 27th and was ordered to serve one day in jail.
ORIGINAL: On Thursday, Maricopa County, Arizona, released a mugshot of former Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. The mugshot, which was released without any information on the charges McNabb faced, was first posted to Twitter by KTVK-TV. Pro Football Talk noted that it is extraordinarily rare for a mugshot to be released without any information on the arrest.
March is over! The best part about this is not the nicer (“nicer”) weather or the sunnier days. No, the best part is a dramatic reduction of brackets.
To decide the best team of the 68 who qualify for its postseason tournament, the NCAA uses a bracket. It is a good way to whittle down the top 68 teams to just 1! Single-game elimination is not the most fair way to decide a champion, but 68 teams is too many to hold round-robin groups or a bunch of best-of series.
For some reason, the media finds March a great time to hold brackets of everything. Drugs versus Alcohol, from Jezebel. The fucking Philadelphia sports media, from Crossing Broad. A bracket of brackets, from Sportsgrid. The fucking White House did a fucking animated GIF bracket.
Last night Philly’s funny man and impressionist extraordinaire Joe Conklin and WIP on-air sports savant and Wing Bowl creator Al Morganti presented the “The First Annual Philly Sports Roast” at the Crystal Tea Room. More than 600 people filled the room to see former Eagle and NFL bad boy Terrell Owens roasted by media personalities, politicians, former and current Eagle players, and Damon Feldman.
In a no-holds-barred night, everything was on the table: marriages, baby mamas (four), salaries, tights, his big ego and even, shockingly, suicide attempts. Proceeds from the evening went to firefighters support organization All Hands Working.
A couple of the zingers at the event: “Former Eagles defensive tackle Hollis Thomas is here tonight. Look at that guy. Hollis, are you OK? You’re sweating profusely. I haven’t seen someone sweat this much since Freddie Mitchell’s tax audit.” And: “Joe Conklin, Man of 1,000 voices, and he can’t get laid in any of them.”
New scheme, new coordinator, new assistants and six new starters.
Four games in, they seemed to be developing an identity: a unit that would give up a lot of yards and a lot of points and was very much a work-in-progress.
But times have changed. In the last seven games, the ‘D’ is allowing just 17.4 points per game. And there’s been an unexpected consistency too. No opponent has scored more than 21 against the Eagles since Week 4.
“The thing that jumps off the table or the film is the effort our guys are playing with,” Billy Davis said. “They view themselves as a high-effort defense. We’re not a bunch of Pro Bowl names, pretty faces. We’re scrapping and keeping people out of the end zone. It’s hard work and high effort that’s getting it done.” Read more »