IN PROFESSIONAL sports, one plus one sometimes equals zero. If you say you have two or more aces on your pitching staff, it can mean you don't have one. If you have two point guards, well, that's not very promising either. Almost weekly, Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson chooses between two starting quarterbacks, mostly because he doesn't know yet if he even has one.
OVER THE AIRWAVES, in print and in person, Doug Pederson took a Sam Bradford-like beating Monday for his late-game play-calling during the Eagles' overtime loss Sunday. Pederson defended most of those calls during his day-after news conference Monday, which is the closest he will ever come to speaking the real, undeniable truth about his team.
THROUGH THE traditional prism of professional sports, Brett Brown is crazy. How else do you explain him? The money? Sorry, he could make it elsewhere. Despite three consecutive seasons filled with more losses than any of his peers, Brown still garners their respect, if not his current bosses'. The moment the Sixers traded Michael
'KILL, KILL, KILL . . . " For those viewing Eagles home games via television, it is a familiar cry from the mouth of Carson Wentz. And a hint perhaps why this season has been so uneven for the Eagles.
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FRANK REICH said something about Carson Wentz on Thursday that, from an emotional sense, might also be applied to Fletcher Cox. Analyzing the rookie quarterback's response to being hit, harried and hurried over the last two weeks and particularly last Sunday, Reich said: "It usually has an effect on most quarterbacks, to be honest with you. Everybody knows that in this business. You have to regroup from it, but it's hard to stand back there and get hit early and not let it affect you."
SOMETHING STRANGE happened to Dave Hakstol one day last January. Something wonderful. A rare day off spent with his family required a prolonged stop at a Wegman's near his South Jersey home, a supermarket teeming with people, some of them presumably hockey fans.
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CHICAGO - Alshon Jeffery stopped for a moment, then he went. Jalen Mills stayed, just for a moment. But a moment, for a rookie cornerback covering an elite receiver, can feel like an eternity. And when the ball settled in the arms of the Bears' star receiver 49 yards later, the Eagles rookie flailing around his hips, it had that feeling of one of those long days that so often hounded your 2015 season.
WHEN 40-YEAR-OLD Andy Reid tabbed 58-year-old Jim Johnson to be his first defensive coordinator in 1999, the move seemed fraught with risk. Johnson had already been around the block a few times, had been a head coach for several colleges, and had been an NFL assistant in a few places as well.
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WHEN YOU REACH a certain age, precious few athletes whom you stand in front of make you think. This is no one's fault. Most of them are in their 20s, most have been taught during their high school and college years that their views on their world are best kept to themselves, lest they interfere with team-building and team goals.
LATE IN the Eagles' 17-0 preseason victory at Pittsburgh last Thursday, a short pass intended for new Eagles wideout Dorial Green-Beckham fluttered just beyond his reach. It wasn't particularly well-thrown, but it was the second time in as many tries that different backup quarterbacks had failed to connect with the enigmatic receiver, and you couldn't avoid thinking, already, that this guy would not exactly save Doug Pederson from a rough first season as the Eagles' head coach.
Sam Donnellon is a Flyers beat writer for the Daily News and Inquirer. His career has spanned four decades and has taken him all over the world. Prior to joining the Daily News in 1992, he worked as a national writer for the short-lived but highly acclaimed National Sports Daily. He has received state and national awards at each stop and has been honored repeatedly by the Associated Press Sports Editors, the National Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association, the National Association of Black Journalists, and the Associated Press Managing Editors.