Thursday, January 30, 2014

Coleman blazing trail for hearing impaired

To talk with Derrick Coleman, the bruising fullback for the Seattle Seahawks, is to share the hope he brings for the hearing impaired.

If there was true justice Coleman would hoist the Lombardi Trophy aloft after a Super Bowl XLVIII win over the Denver Broncos while an interpreter signed his remarks to the TV audience. And with that he would talk about Disney World.

For now it's merely a fantasy ending. But what's important is Coleman's crusade will go on.

The commercial he did with Duracell, which supplies the batteries for his hearing aids is gripping ... and then some.

“They told me it couldn’t be done — that I was a lost cause,” Coleman says in the commercial. “I’ve been deaf since I was 3. So I didn’t listen.”

It's safe to say Coleman now has nationwide attention.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Wednesday Super Bowl XLVIII injury report

Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson has a new look.

Did not participate in practice
RB Marshawn Lynch (not injury related)
Full participation in practice
WR Doug Baldwin (hip)
DT Brandon Mebane (ankle)

Did not participate in practice
DT Sione Fua (calf)
Full participation in practice
TE Joe Dreessen (knee), DT Terrance Knighton (knee), DT Chris Kuper (ankle), QB Peyton Manning (ankle), RB Knowshon Moreno (ribs), K Matt Prater (illness), DT Mitch Unrein (knee), CB Kayvon Webster (thumb).

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Lincoln Financial getting Times Square look

Among the projected changes ...
The Eagles announced they've selected Panasonic Eco Solutions North America to devise a comprehensive LED display throughout Lincoln Financial Field.

Just the end zone displays are big enough to compete with Times Square in New York, the capitol of LED, HDD and all things grande, if you will.

The end zone video boards at the minimum will measure 27 feet tall by 160 feet wide (and up to 192 feet wide).

Other large displays will crop up around the stadium as well.

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Times Square.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

SB XLVIII O/U on Omaha

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - How many times will Peyton Manning say "Omaha" during the game?      
Over/Under                   27½

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - How many times will Archie Manning be shown on TV during the game?  
Over/Under                   2½

SUPER BOWL XLVIII SPECIALS - How many times will Eli Manning be shown on TV during the game?       
Over/Under                   3½

Monday, January 27, 2014

N.Y. Times Square NFL Experience

Times Square in New York is a happening place with Super Bowl 48 shifting gears near the media headquarters at the Sheraton Hotel.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Didinger joins Reese, Moi on Pro Football Report

Join Merrill Reese, voice of the Eagles and yours truly Thursday night at 6 on Pro Football Report on WBCB 1490 AM and 610 AM.

Tonight's guest at Chickie's and Pete's, 1100 Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia, is Hall of Fame football writer Ray Didinger.

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Eagles DC Billy Davis on Pro Football Report

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Join Merrill Reese, voice of the Eagles and yours truly Thursday nights at 6 on Pro Football Report on WBCB 1490 AM and 610 AM.

Tonight's guest at Chickie's and Pete's, 1100 Roosevelt Boulevard in Northeast Philadelphia, is Eagles defensive coordinator Billy Davis.

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Super Bowl 48 O/U temperature

MetLife Temp at kickoff
Over/Under: 32 degrees

Chance of snow
Yes +150 (3/2)
No  -200  (1/2)

Odds to win SB 48
Seahawks 2/1
Broncos 21/10
49ers 11/4
Patriots 17/4


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Eagles QBs coach joins Dolphins

Foles is going to miss Lazor.
Bill Lazor got an offensive coordinator job.

But the former quarterbacks coach of the Eagles hooked up with the Dolphins, not the Lions as had been reported.

The formal announcement was made Wednesday.

"Bill is an accomplished coach and will be a great addition to our coaching staff," Philbin said in a statement. "Bill has been instrumental in helping players reach their full potential, as players and people at both the college and professional level. He also has a proven track record of success working with a wide variety of offenses."

Lazor was the eternal optimist with the Eagles. He was firmly in the corner of Nick Foles as well as Michael Vick during the quarterback competition  leading up to the regular season.

Foles wound up leading the Eagles to the playoffs and leading the league in passer rating.

With the Dolphins, Lazor will supervise Ryan Tannehill, physically cut from the mold of Foles.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Eagles sign center

The Eagles signed center David Molk to a reserve/future contract.

Molk was a seventh round pick of the Chargers in 2012.

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Friday, January 3, 2014

Cowboys RB fined for hitting Eagle

The NFL fined Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray $21,000 for striking an Eagles defender with the crown of his helmet.

Murray could have been penalized but wasn't. Under NFL rules the ball carrier cannot deliver a blow with the crown of his helmet.

The Eagles defeated the Cowboys 24-22 at AT&T Stadium to advance to the wild card round of the playoffs. The Eagles entertain the Saints Saturday night at the Linc (8:10, Channel 10, WYSP 94.1-FM). Eagles chat begins at 3 p.m.

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McCoy, Peters and Evans make All-Pro

LeSean McCoy (with ball) and Evan Mathis (background).
The Eagles got two players in the Pro Bowl.

But three players were voted first-team All-Pro.

The All-Pro cast resulting from a vote of media includes running back LeSean McCoy, offensive tackle Jason Peters and guard Evan Mathis.

It's the fifth All-Pro team for Peterson, who made his sixth Pro Bowl and the first All-Pro honors for McCoy and Mathis. McCoy recently made his second Pro Bowl team.

Mathis' top honor before All-Pro was Pro Football Focus All-Pro.

Wolff questionable for Saints

Earl Wolff.
The Eagles list safety Earl Wolff questionable for their Saturday night wild card date with the Saints at Lincoln Financial Field.

Wolff was credited with participating fully in practice but basically the final session before a game is a glorified stretch. Wolff has played just one quarter since hyper-extending a knee two months ago. It would seem to be expecting a lot of the rookie to step in and and contribute immediately going against veteran Drew Brees.

Backup guard-center Julian Vandervelde is out with a bulging disk in his back.

The Eagles list safety Colt Anderson (knee), the fierce special teams player probable.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Wolff practices, anticipates playing Saturday

Brandon Boykin.
Did not participate in practice
G-C Julian Vandervelde (back)
Full participati
on in practice
S Colt Anderson (knee)
WR Jason Avant (shoulder)
CB Brandon Boykin (hip)
LB Mychal Kendricks (knee)

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Saints hope new warm-ups can get them a road playoff victory ... right

Super Bowl winner has zero road playoff victories.
Saints head coach Sean Payton is 0-3 in road playoff games.

With frigid temperatures forecast for the Saturday night wild card game with the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field,  Payton will try something different.

“We’ve got new travel warm-up suits," Payton said. "They’re a little warmer. And they actually look a little nicer, too. So we ditched the old ones.”

All  kidding aside, compared to their perfect record inside the Superdome this season the Saints were a hideous 3-5 team on the road. And Payton, who was suspended the entire 2012 season for his role in Bountygate, has just one postseason victory in three tries since winning the Super Bowl.

Whatever adjustments Payton will make he's not willing to share them.

"I think after the sweat suits the Gatorade cover we’re changing on game day and we’re changing up the snack the night before," Payton said. "I think those are big changes in regards to dealing with the weather and the wind."

With another playoff road loss the joke is going to be on Payton.

Eagles Playoff Injury Report

Did not participate in practice 
G-C Julian Vandervelde (back)
S Earl Wolff (knee)

Full participation in practice
S Colt Anderson (knee)
WR Jason Avant (shoulder)
CB Brandon Boykin (hip)
LB Mychal Kendricks (knee)