Archive | October, 2011

The Chris Murray Report Eagles-Cowboys Post Game Video: Jeremy Maclin and LeSean McCoy

31 Oct

Video produced by Chris Murray

Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin talks about Rob Ryan, Michael Vick,  the Eagles improving offense line and about next Monday’s  game against the Chicago Bears.

LeSean McCoy talks about the wide variety of weapons in the Eagles offense in Eagles 34-7 win over the Cowboys.

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McCoy, Vick Carve Up Hard-Charging Cowboys Defense in 34-7 Win

31 Oct

By Chris Murray

For the Sunday Sun

Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan will need a few antacids along with a couple of stiff drinks with a slice of humble pie when he reviews film of how Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy and the Eagles offense carved up his defense before a national television audience.

In the Eagles 34-7 shellacking of the Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field Sunday night, the Birds scored on on their first six of their eight possessions in the game, rolled up 495 yards of total offense on the NFL’s seventh-ranked defense. McCoy gashed the Cowboys No.1 ranked defense against the run for 185 yards on 30 carries.

“I feel like the whole offense is actually clicking, not just running the ball,” McCoy said. “The offensive line is playing well. The guys are doing a great job of just blocking. They’re talented, they take a lot of heat, by I don’t see why.”

Oddly enough, McCoy was asked if he went back to head coach Andy Reid and asked for more carries. He said that with all the weapons the Eagles have in players, he said it’s not right for him to worry about his own touches.

“I think it would be selfish for a player on this offense to ask for the ball more because anybody can take off. We got the two best wide receivers in the league and we have guy like (Jason) Avant who makes plays all the time and we have (Tight end Brent) Celek,” McCoy said. “Right now, I’m hot. Next week or two weeks from now DeSean (Jackson) will be hot. You never know.”

When McCoy wasn’t running through the Cowboys defense, Vick was carving up Dallas with both his arm and his leg. He completed 21 of his 28 passes for 279 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. He had a 129.9 passer rating. The former Virginia Tech star also ran the ball for 50 yards on seven carries. For the first time in 13 games, the Eagles did not turn the ball over.

“I thought Vick was sharp on on his decision-making and I don’t think there were a lot of deflected balls or fumbles,” said Eagles head coach Andy Reid.

Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Morhinweg said Vick had an outstanding game as a quarterback and is getting better at picking up the blitz.

“I thought Michael Vick played some excellent quarterback tonight,” Morhinweg said. “A couple of those touchdowns were his calls. He’s becoming a tremendous quarterback with recognizing the blitz and he did just a magnificent job with that. He has a come a long way. He’s playing that quarterback at a high level.”

One of those plays that Vick called at the line was a 12-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin that gave the Eagles a 7-0 lead.

“I thought we had a pretty good play on, but I didn’t like it and I wanted to get out of it and was able to check it at the very last minute,” Vick said. “It was great communication and I give a lot of credit to the guys for putting themselves in a position to score and make the play.”

At the beginning of this season, there was plenty of uncertainty with the Eagles offensive, but against a hard-charing Dallas Sunday night, it was quite apparent that the line is starting to develop the kind of chemistry solid enough to protection.

“That’s been our mentality and I think we played above expectations when people were afraid to death to have us out there,” said left guard Evan Mathis. “Jason Kelce and Michael Vick did a tremendous job of directing traffic out there. If you watch the film, you’ll see us all talking, getting all together and figuring out where we have to go instead of walking up to the line and just guessing.”

The Eagles best offense was their defense as they held the ball for 42-minutes, nine-seconds to just 17: 51 for the Cowboys. Speaking of the defense, they kept Tony Romo and company in check by holding to just 267 yards of offense.

“It’s amazing, I think in the first half, I might have played eight plays or something like that. I’m fresh,” said defensive tackle Trevor Laws. “Every play I’m full sprint to the ball. When the offense is moving the ball like that, it helps us play better.”

McCoy and Vick Carve Up Hard-Charging Cowboys Defense in 34-7 Win

31 Oct

By Chris Murray

For the Chris Murray Report and the Sunday Sun

Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Rob Ryan will need a few antacids along with a couple of stiff drinks with a slice of humble pie when he reviews film of how Michael Vick, LeSean McCoy and the Eagles offense carved up his defense before a national television audience.

In the Eagles 34-7 shellacking of the Cowboys at Lincoln Financial Field Sunday night, the Birds scored on on their first six of their eight possessions in the game, rolled up 495 yards of total offense on the NFL’s seventh-ranked defense. McCoy gashed the Cowboys No.1 ranked defense against the run for 185 yards on 30 carries.

“I feel like the whole offense is actually clicking, not just running the ball,” McCoy said. “The offensive line is playing well. The guys are doing a great job of just blocking. They’re talented, they take a lot of heat, by I don’t see why.”

Oddly enough, McCoy was asked if he went back to head coach Andy Reid and asked for more carries. He said that with all the weapons the Eagles have in players, he said it’s not right for him to worry about his own touches.

“I think it would be selfish for a player on this offense to ask for the ball more because anybody can take off. We got the two best wide receivers in the league and we have guy like (Jason) Avant who makes plays all the time and we have (Tight end Brent) Celek,” McCoy said. “Right now, I’m hot. Next week or two weeks from now DeSean (Jackson) will be hot. You never know.”

When McCoy wasn’t running through the Cowboys defense, Vick was carving up Dallas with both his arm and his leg. He completed 21 of his 28 passes for 279 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions. He had a 129.9 passer rating. The former Virginia Tech star also ran the ball for 50 yards on seven carries. For the first time in 13 games, the Eagles did not turn the ball over.

“I thought Vick was sharp on on his decision-making and I don’t think there were a lot of deflected balls or fumbles,” said Eagles head coach Andy Reid.

Eagles offensive coordinator Marty Morhinweg said Vick had an outstanding game as a quarterback and is getting better at picking up the blitz.

“I thought Michael Vick played some excellent quarterback tonight,” Morhinweg said. “A couple of those touchdowns were his calls. He’s becoming a tremendous quarterback with recognizing the blitz and he did just a magnificent job with that. He has a come a long way. He’s playing that quarterback at a high level.”

One of those plays that Vick called at the line was a 12-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin that gave the Eagles a 7-0 lead.

“I thought we had a pretty good play on, but I didn’t like it and I wanted to get out of it and was able to check it at the very last minute,” Vick said. “It was great communication and I give a lot of credit to the guys for putting themselves in a position to score and make the play.”

At the beginning of this season, there was plenty of uncertainty with the Eagles offensive, but against a hard-charing Dallas Sunday night, it was quite apparent that the line is starting to develop the kind of chemistry solid enough to protection.

“That’s been our mentality and I think we played above expectations when people were afraid to death to have us out there,” said left guard Evan Mathis. “Jason Kelce and Michael Vick did a tremendous job of directing traffic out there. If you watch the film, you’ll see us all talking, getting all together and figuring out where we have to go instead of walking up to the line and just guessing.”

The Eagles best offense was their defense as they held the ball for 42-minutes, nine-seconds to just 17: 51 for the Cowboys. Speaking of the defense, they kept Tony Romo and company in check by holding to just 267 yards of offense.

“It’s amazing, I think in the first half, I might have played eight plays or something like that. I’m fresh,” said defensive tackle Trevor Laws. “Every play I’m full sprint to the ball. When the offense is moving the ball like that, it helps us play better.”

Sunday Night’s Game a Must-Win for Eagles and Cowboys

29 Oct

Michael Vick said the Eagles are ready for the Cowboys. Photo by Webster Riddick.

By Chris Murray

For the Chris Murray Report

Even bigger than their traditional, oft-times hate-filled rivalry or the fact they will play each other before a national television audience, the

Tony Romo believes Cowboys are getting better.

Philadelphia Eagles and Dallas Cowboys will engage each other Sunday night at Lincoln Financial Field in a game that neither team can afford to lose.

Some observers, most notably the NFL Network, is picking the Cowboys to go on a roll and win the division. That same thing could happen for the Eagles team looking to recover from a disastrous start to the season.

For the 2-4 Eagles this is a must-win contest, bordering on an elimination game, even in a mediocre NFC East. A loss to the Cowboys and the Birds chances for the postseason will be down to slim and none with the latter being the more likely scenario.

“We have little room for error now and we understand that,” said Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin said after last Friday’s practice. “The best part of it all is that we go out there and take care of business week in and week out, we’re right where we want to be. That’s the good part about it, so we’ll take it game-by-game. We understand what we have to do here and our first opponent is the Cowboys.”

But considering all of their struggles in their first six games, the Eagles, who are 12-0 after a bye week under head coach Andy Reid, are feeling like Sunday night’s game is an opportunity to wipe the slate clean and a chance to get themselves back in the race for the division title.

“We’re looking at it like we’re zero and zero and this is our first game and we’re excited about it’s Sunday night,” said Eagles quarterback Michael Vick. “We’re picking up the season from here. The guys are ready to go, we had a great week of practice, it’s game on.”

Added Eagles running back LeSean McCoy: “Ever since that win down in Washington, everything is new for us. Let’s go out here and win these next couple of games.”

In addition to all the reasons this game is important to the Birds is that they are trying to end a five-game home losing streak. When asked about it, Vick said he’s not even thinking about it.

“I’m not talking about losing right now, I understand it’s a losing streak right now,” Vick said. “We’ll end it with a win.”

The enormity of Sunday’s night game is definitely not lost on a 3-3 Cowboys squad trying to jump start their season as well. Tight end Jason Witten told the Fort Worth-Star Telegram earlier this week he expects the intensity from both teams to be amped up a lot higher than normal.

“It’s going to be a battle,” Witten said. “And it’s important for us to get on a roll, build on a win with a big division game. If you are staying around .500 you are an average team. We need to step up from that. That’s our mentality.”

Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo believes his team getting better with each game and that anytime they come to Philadelphia it’s a big game.

“Obviously, it’s going to be tough to win,” Romo said. “It’s a division game and all division games matter. Every week in the NFL, always feel like it’s the biggest week of all time.”

Broadcast Report:Eagles Offensive Line Ready Take On DeMarcus Ware

27 Oct

DeMarcus Ware is looking to disrupt the Eagles offense this Sunday at Lincoln Financial Field.

Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware has eight sacks and will take on Eagles offensive line that has struggled against teams that like to blitz.  Eagles rookie center Jason Kelce believes the Birds line and quarterback Michael Vick have gotten better at slowing down the blitz ….Chris Murray has more in this radio report. Please click on the link below

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After Voided Trade, Ronnie Brown Hopes to Be a Contributor for the Eagles

27 Oct

Ronnie Brown believes that he can make a contribution with the Eagles.

by Chris Murray

For the Sunday Sun and the Chris Murray Report

Less than a week ago, Ronnie Brown was in Detroit learning the Lions playbook and making arrangements for his family to make the move to Michigan.

But in a stunning turn of events, the trade that sent him to the Motor City last week was voided because Jerome Harrison was diagnosed with a brain tumor. The voided trade was no doubt a blessing for him because it enabled him to get treatment for his condition.

“I don’t think if we ever came to that situation, they may not have found it soon it enough,” Brown said. “I was glad that he found about it and that’s one of the good parts about it and to get that taken care of is always good. I think everything happens for a reason. He was fortunate enough to find it in time and I heard the surgery went well.”

On the other hand, Brown, who saw Detroit as an opportunity to get more carries, it’s back to being third string running back behind Dion Lewis and merely hoping for a chance to get back on the field.

“I’m not one of those guys who’s going to sit around just because the money’s coming,” Brown said. “I want to contribute and when I feel like I can’t participate and play the game at a high level. I won’t play anymore.”

During Wednesday’s press conference, Eagles head coach Andy Reid was unclear on what Brown’s role would be moving forward.

“Listen, I think you need to have three good running backs in this league [and] I think we know that. And he’s a good running back  so that’s why we brought him here,” Reid said.

So far, Brown hasn’t touched the ball much this year with just 38 yards on 13 carries and fell behind Lewis on the depth chart after fumbling at the goal line in the loss to the San Francisco 49ers. With LeSean McCoy emerging as one of the best running backs in the league, Brown’s chance to be on the field during games is up in the air at best.

If anything else, Brown said he doesn’t mind sharing his insights and veteran experience as a running back to help McCoy and Lewis out during the course of a preparing for a game.

“Me being around for a few years now I have kind learned the ins and outs of how to recognize things as far as looking at guys in the secondary and looking at guy’s eyes, the stance of guys when you’re looking at film and seeing how guys have tendencies to give things away,” Brown said. “Hopefully, I can help them out in some aspects to help (McCoy) improve his game.”

And yet, Brown seems to have a good attitude and the proverbial “stiff upper lip” in what has to be an awkward, if not difficult situation after coming back from he was hoping to be a better opportunity.

“You let things go,” Brown said. “On this level when you dwell things, being a professional, it’s kind of like you’re holding yourself back . If I always sit back and think about what if or if I did something different, I’m not actually preparing myself for the future.”

While Brown is saying all the right things and seems to have the right frame of a mind, he wants to be on that field. After all, this is a guy who ran for 4,815 yards and scored 36 touchdowns during his six years with the Miami Dolphins. He is also the man who popularized the “Wildcat” formation.

“It’s not so much ego, it’s more or less the will and the want to get out there,” Brown said. “You’ve got used to being out there and participating, but you have to take a different road or different approach. That’s what’s different and you have to go through that adjustment process and that’s the difficult part coming from a starter to a guy who is playing a limited role.”

Special Audio Report: Rollins says more Black Fans Have Come Out to the Ball Park during his time with the Phillies

21 Oct

With the Phillies elimination from the 2011 playoffs, Rollins became a free agent. While Rollins and Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. want to see him back in red pinstripes, there is a big possibility that Rollins may not be back in Philadelphia next year.

During his Oct. 11 press conference, Chris Murray asked Rollins if he felt any personal satisfaction for bringing in a new generation of Black fans whose parents and grandparents refused to root for the Phillies because of the team’s hostile treatment of Jackie Robinson when he broke the color-line with the Brooklyn Dodgers and the organization’s treatment of Dick Allen when he was with the Phillies:

 

Rollins and Blackfans wrap