The "search" is over. In the end, the Eagles did in fact make a hire, pegging former Dolphins assistant and interim head coach Todd Bowles to coach their defensive backs. On the other hand, Andy Reid chose to retain Juan Castillo as defensive coordinator, and according to Reuben Frank, never even considered a replacement.
But enough about that. The addition of Bowles is certainly welcome. A product of Temple University, Bowles played safety in the NFL for eight seasons, seven of those with the Washington Redskins. He spent the the last seven years in Miami as the secondary coach, and went 2-1 in December after replacing Tony Sparano as the club's head coach.
In a sense, getting Bowles to coach the secondary was a steal. Bowles has been considered for several head jobs, and at the very least, a coordinator position should be right around the corner. In fact, his name was mentioned among the potential candidates to replace Castillo.
As for what kind of impact Bowles will have, that remains to be seen, but there is plenty of room for improvement back there. Nnamdi Asomugha struggled to adopt Castillo's concepts, and the safeties haven't developed as quickly as we all would like.
Whatever he does though, it appears it will have to fit in a Juan Castillo scheme. As it turns out, we'll find out next season whether that's for better or worse.
Position Title: Intern
Company: Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours
Deadline: November 20
This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.
Duties and Responsibilities
• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned
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5. Must be 19 years of age or older
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9. Must have a 3.0 GPA
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It appears the Eagles have lost running back Darren Sproles for a while.
Sproles, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, suffered a broken arm in Sunday's 27-24 victory over the Giants and is out indefinitely.
Sproles left the game early in the second quarter with what was announced as a wrist injury and did not return after running the ball three times for 11 yards.
Despite his loss, the Eagles' run game thrived. Wendell Smallwood, LeGarrette Blount and Corey Clement combined for 160 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 30 carries.
Veteran Torrey Smith, for the time being at least, will take over as the Eagles' punt returner. Smith returned one punt Sunday for nine yards. He tweeted it was his first punt return since high school.
The 34-year-old Sproles seemed to be contemplating retirement after last season, his 11th in the NFL, but backed off this spring during OTAs.
"We're gonna see," Sproles said in June. "Right after we make the playoffs, then come back and ask me."