Archive: June, 2013
Three years after Dick Vermeil came to the Eagles, after it was apparent the former UCLA coach was building a winner, star linebacker Bill Bergey said this at a banquet: "In 1976 we got this little fellow from the Napa Valley. I'll tell you the truth, after two weeks of training camp I was thinking, 'This has to be the Harriest-high-school guy I've ever seen.' I was so tired at night I couldn't roll over in my bunk."
Odds are, Bergey wasn't telling reporters that in the summer of '76. His tale of initial wariness went down a lot better after the team had turned around and he and Vermeil had forged a close bond.
Here we are in 2013, with the Eagles adjusting to Chip Kelly, who, like Vermeil, came straight out of college. We tend to talk to the players only in carefullly chosen moments, sanctioned by the team. So far, everyone seems pretty enthusiastic about Kelly's approach. You hear a lot that when a player asks Kelly for the reasoning behind what he's asking the player to do, Kelly always has a good rationale.
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After raising Eagles' fans eyebrows with some strongly-worded tweets on Monday, Leonard Weaver had a few more things to say Tuesday morning.
It was an attempt to clarify his previous remarks, but I can't help thinking he only made things more confusing.
What do you think? Have your say in the comments.
Former Eagles fullback Leonard Weaver offered a few thoughts on his old team Monday morning via Twitter. He does so fairly often, but this time his words caught the attention of quite a few people:
As far as the Eagles, I'm not sure. There is alot of speculation about players being disgruntled it does not look promising.— Leonard Weaver (@LeonardWeaver) June 10, 2013
As much as I want to cheer for Chip Kelly and the squad, I'm a bit worried about the unity of the Team.— Leonard Weaver (@LeonardWeaver) June 10, 2013
There will be no slapping of behinds in this courtroom.
A plea deal requesting no jail time for former NFL star Chad Johnson was rejected Monday after Broward County Judge Kathleen McHugh witnessed Johnson playfully slapping his attorney's behind in court.
The room responded to the affectionate tap in laughter, although the judge was not amused. A fuming McHugh told Johnson he was not taking things seriously enough and rejected the deal.
On the final day of short-pants work, as the Eagles prepared to adjourn for six weeks, until the start of training camp, Michael Vick admitted it: He has not enjoyed running on and off the field, splitting first-team reps, primarily with Nick Foles.
Eagles coach Chip Kelly has touted an even quarterbacking competition between Vick and Foles, possibly even including rookie Matt Barkley. Kelly reiterated Thursday that he will not make any judgments on starters until he sees players in pads. But this is not a fun way to work for Vick, the Eagles' starter since 2010, who will be 33 when camp starts.
"It's tough," Vick said, when asked about splitting the reps Thursday. "I have to continue to be a professional and put my feelings and emotions to the side, and just continue to compete. But it's hard. I would be lying if I said it wasn't, but that's just what I have to deal with, and I'm going to keep dealing with it until I see otherwise."
Quarterback Randall Cunningham held off a late sprint by Hall of Fame running back Steve Van Buren to snag the fourth spot on the Eagles' Mount Rushmore, as voted by fans at profootballtalk.com.
The rest of the Final Four turned out to be defensive end Reggie White, linebacker/center Chuck Bednarik -- two Hall of Famers -- and safety Brian Dawkins.
Those three were runaway choices, with White checked off by 84 percent of voters in the online polll, Dawkins by 64 percent, and Bednarik by 60 percent.
Cary Williams had no idea, he said, that his absence from last Friday's final OTA session to attend his daughter's dance recital had generated controversy.
"I feel like everybody around me that gets to know me knows what I'm about," Williams said at the end of a long, relaxed session with reporters following the Eagles' first of three minicamp days this week, their final activity before rookies report to training camp July 22. "Ask anybody on that Ravens staff what kind of person I am. They know I come to work each and every day. No complaints, I get the job done. I understand what it takes to be successful ... I love the fans, I love the people that support the team, but at the end of the day, if I worry about what the fans think of me, I won't be here long."
This all started a week ago, when Williams, a free agent signee from Baltimore, talked to reporters about previous OTA time he'd missed. He said he'd gotten married, had some complications arise with the house he's building in Tennessee, and had some oral surgery done. Williams also said he had some catching up to do, that lots of stuff had been installed since his previous visit to NovaCare. Then, three days later, he was in Tennessee for the recital of his 3-year-old daughter, Amari.