Published: Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:36:08 GMT2016-09-27T07:36:08Z
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:36:08 GMT2016-09-27T07:36:08ZIT IS THE most overused cliché in sports - the favorite line for every coach and player in just about every sport. It is meant to focus attention on the task at hand instead of looking ahead.
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:34:13 GMT2016-09-27T07:34:13ZIT WAS barely a footnote by the end of the amazing onslaught, but the Eagles notched a 29-yard Caleb Sturgis field goal on their first possession Sunday, giving them points on each of their three intial drives so far this season.
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:32:29 GMT2016-09-27T07:32:29ZTHERE IS A BALLOON of hope floating around the sports scene in Philadelphia. It is rising higher every day that Carson Wentz continues to amaze with his ability to orchestrate a football game like a seasoned All-Pro. It thrives because, despite closing in
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:31:39 GMT2016-09-27T07:31:39ZGiven a night to sleep on what he told the Inquirer on Sunday, Nerlens Noel arrived for media day Monday at the 76ers' sparkling and spacious new practice facility on the Camden waterfront. He was placed down in the order during a fascinating procession of podium interviews and he had no fear of either repeating or elaborating upon what he said the day before.
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 07:30:04 GMT2016-09-27T07:30:04ZDoug Pederson went where few NFL coaches are willing to go when publicly evaluating a rookie quarterback three games into his career. Asked to assess how much of Carson Wentz's performance on the field was attributable to film study, the Eagles coach compared him to a future Hall of Famer.
Tue, 27 Sep 2016 02:10:20 GMT2016-09-27T02:10:20ZTHE BIG FIVE have overcome a lot and endured much criticism for such young men. Perhaps it will make them stronger as they enter their first Sixers training camp Tuesday.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 22:23:10 GMT2016-09-26T22:23:10ZWell, that happened. Eagles 34, Pittsburgh Steelers 3. The voices of reason, caution and realism, so strong three weeks ago, are a raspy croak Monday morning, weaker than the pipes Doug Pederson took to the postgame lectern after a long afternoon of congratulating and exclaiming.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 22:20:43 GMT2016-09-26T22:20:43ZAs much as the start of the season has unfolded like a well-worn fairy tale for the Eagles, a story that should include dragons and wands and a lanky young prince, there is absolutely nothing magical about what is happening along the line of scrimmage.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 14:37:04 GMT2016-09-26T14:37:04ZIn the moments just after an Eagles victory at Lincoln Financial Field, the players one by one jog off the field, in a hurry to get to the locker room, and the sound that fills the ground-floor corridor, at the mouth of that exit tunnel, is usually a kind of fuzzy hum, reminiscent of an old television whose screen has gone to static. Usually. A different sound filled that corridor Sunday night.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:09:07 GMT2016-09-26T09:09:07ZSo, there was that moment in the third period when the quarterback really got flustered and made a bonehead rookie mistake. It had been coming all afternoon as the game became one-sided and frustration set in.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:08:25 GMT2016-09-26T09:08:25ZTHERE WERE moments on Sunday when you looked at the scoreboard, and then at the field, and then at the scoreboard again, and you wondered whether the one really added up with the other.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:06:17 GMT2016-09-26T09:06:17ZNow is not the time to wonder how the Eagles will respond to adversity. Now is not the time to question how Doug Pederson will handle a deficit, or a defeat, or a losing streak, or a locker room in turmoil.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:21:19 GMT2016-09-26T07:21:19ZBy Paul Domowitch RUSHING OFFENSE Wendell Smallwood and Kenjon Barner came into the game with nine rushing attempts between them. Against the Steelers, they combined for 121 yards on 25 carries and two touchdowns. Smallwood had four runs of 10 yards or more. Barner had two.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:20:22 GMT2016-09-26T07:20:22Z1. From Wentz, it came: The kid was superb again. He completed 23 of 31 passes for 301 yards and two touchdowns in the 34-3 win. He still has no turnovers. Remember: Wentz played just 1 1/2 seasons at a FCS (I-AA) college and got into just one preseason game. It is, arguably, the best start for a rookie quarterback in NFL history.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:16:45 GMT2016-09-26T07:16:45ZOh, sure, Carson Wentz is the second coming of Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Joe Montana and whatever other Hall of Fame quarterback you want to insert here. Let's remember, however, that before the Wentz Wagon became more densely populated than the state of New Jersey, it was the defense that offered a sliver of hope for the Eagles' 2016 season.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:16:19 GMT2016-09-26T07:16:19ZTHE BALL dropped over the defender and into the hands of Darren Sproles, a pass made in stride to a running back in full stride. Carson Wentz threw it not running forward as much as he threw it running laterally, adding a few more degrees of difficulty to the 15-yard flick that turned into a 73-yard touchdown pass after Sproles Bugs-Bunnied his way through a Pittsburgh secondary performing as if extras in a movie.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:15:26 GMT2016-09-26T07:15:26ZADD JIM SCHWARTZ to the list of Eagles defensive demigods. His defense bares its teeth and digs in its heels and dares you to make a play. So far, the opponents have bowed their heads and shuffled their feet and made too few plays to matter.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 07:12:57 GMT2016-09-26T07:12:57ZDARREN SPROLES was nowhere to be found Sunday following the Eagles' impressive 34-3 dismembering of the Pittsburgh Steelers. As usual, he proved to be as elusive in the locker room for the reporters who wanted to talk to him as he was on the field for the Steelers' defense.
Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:28:51 GMT2016-09-26T00:28:51ZMICHIGAN was a big favorite for a reason. And Penn State was pretty banged up on defense, especially at linebacker. Still, things did get out of hand for the Nittany Lions Saturday in Ann Arbor. And quickly.
Sat, 24 Sep 2016 19:53:49 GMT2016-09-24T19:53:49ZThe intersection of professional sports and incendiary sociological issues is not going away. Another torch was lit last week in Charlotte after 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott was shot and killed by Charlotte police during the department's search for another man who had a warrant for his arrest.