| Nov 12, 2013
— The most important depth test in the NFL is something the Philadelphia Eagles have already aced, as Nick Foles has proved to be more than a reliable backup to the injured Michael Vick at quarterback.
However, Sunday's 27-13 victory over the...
| Jan 5, 2013
| 7:50 PM
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — On a golf cart long ago after Notre Dame football practice, when Lou Holtz could be at his philosophical best, the coach wistfully recalled the time adversity reinforced what Holtz considered his career destiny.
| Nov 4, 2013
| 5:29 PM
— For the first time this season, the result matched the exact vision new coach Chip Kelly has for his Philadelphia Eagles.
His fastbreak offense was in sync with quarterback Nick Foles, running out to a big lead, then relying on a disciplined...
| Nov 2, 2013
| 6:17 PM
Here they are, our 2013 NFL Midseason Fraud Awards given to the teams that promised much and delivered little. And don't point out that many teams have only played seven games because we all know if it smells like crap, looks like crap and lies there like...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 5:43 PM
— With exactly half the season in the books, it's no surprise that the rebuilding Philadelphia Eagles, with a brand-new coaching staff, revamped front office and even a new-look stadium still can go either way.
Normally, when you have a team...
| Oct 29, 2013
Eight games into this war of attrition known as the NFL regular season, the more we watch the Philadelphia Eagles, the less we know about them.
What was up is now down, what was black is now white and so on down the line.
Rookie head coach Chip Kelly'...
| Oct 27, 2013
| 8:08 PM
As the final seconds wound down in Sunday's game against Dallas, Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford frantically urged his teammates to the line of scrimmage. He gestured wildly, giving everyone the impression he planned to spike the football to stop the...
| Oct 26, 2013
| 6:23 PM
— Whether the Philadelphia Eagles quarterback of the future is on the roster now needs to be the No. 1 fact-finding mission in the second half of the season for head coach Chip Kelly and the powers that be upstairs.
The first half of the season,...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 4:43 PM
Rankman's pipe dream of Stanford and Northwestern meeting in the BCS title game at the Rose Bowl is over. Gone is the utopian idea two schools with integrity and academic standards might also compete on football's grandest stage. We're left now with a No....
| Oct 2, 2013
| 4:57 PM
USC needs to answer two fundamental questions as it searches for a new football coach.
Question 1: Should it fall for the sentimental "That old gang of mine" yarn that only a former Trojan like Jack Del Rio or Jeff Fisher can come in and fix this mess?...
| Oct 6, 2013
| 9:51 PM
The Denver Broncos can actually make a defensive play every so often.
And Tony Romo is still Tony Romo.
Those two truths kept the Broncos undefeated Sunday, as Denver held on to win at Dallas, 51-48, thanks in large part to a crucial error down the...
| Oct 7, 2013
| 6:33 PM
Never mind that old notion about the backup quarterback being the most popular guy in town.
In the NFL, backup quarterbacks are suddenly the busiest guys in town.
A rash of injuries around the league has teams scrambling to get their reserve signal-...