The NovaCare Complex cafeteria always seemed like it would
be a good icebreaker for any reporter who was about to have a sit-down with
Andy Reid. I can still hear Big Red going on about the barbeque ribs and
macaroni and cheese like he was raving about them just yesterday. I imagined you
could really get him to open up if you mentioned that mac and cheese.
Next time anybody asks Nnamdi Asomugha about the caf though,
the veteran cornerback is probably a lot more likely to clam up, perhaps even
respond with a, “Listen, I’m not going to get into that…”
That’s because former Eagles defensive tackle Hollis Thomas informed
a 94WIP audience on Tuesday that Nnamdi used to eat lunch in his car, by
himself during the 2012 season. Thomas described Asomugha’s trips to his
private dining room as “me time.” Garry Cobb further explained Asomugha would go
out there to handle some personal business on the phone.
You never know what to make of these stories. How many times
did Nnamdi eat lunch in his car? Did he carry a tray out of the cafeteria, or
did he drive down the street for takeout? I bet he became addicted to Five
Guys. Those burgers have knocked a tick or two off of my 40 time, too.
A bizarre story to say the least, but players talk, so we
can only assume there is some truth to it. And what’s the problem with that, other than it sounds kind of strange? As
Cobb notes, Asomugha wasn’t being a very good veteran mentor to his young
Because Asomugha was "eating lunch in his car instead of with teammates."
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You probably remember Emmanuel Acho more for his Twitter exploits than for anything he ever did on a football field. That was the case once again over the weekend when another former Eagle had a huge game for the Patriots in their win over the Houston Texans in the AFC playoffs.
Oh, and former Philadelphia Eagles decision maker Joe Banner was also involved.
All of it started because Dion Lewis, a one-time Eagles running back drafted in the 5th round in 2011, scored three TDs in a variety of ways on the Patriots way to another AFC title game.
The joke here is that Banner -- then with the Browns -- was on the winning end of the Lewis-for-Acho trade and was himself eventually fired from his job in Cleveland. But hey, at least Acho got out of that awful city.
Lewis has battled injury for much of his career and hasn't exactly been the second coming of LeSean McCoy but he's yet another case of the Bill Belichick Patriots finding a player who had floundered with other teams only to flourish in big moments in New England.
And Joe Banner may have seen that potential early on.
Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham was originally scheduled to be in court at 9:30 a.m. in Miami on Tuesday for the beginning of his trial on a felony battery charge.
Now, that trial won't be until April.
A motion for continuance was filed and the new trial date is set for April 10, according to the Miami-Dade State State Attorney's Office. Eagles OTAs will begin in May.
The felony charge stems from a July 25 incident in Miami, when the 6-foot-2, 241-pound Bradham allegedly assaulted a hotel employee. The altercation reportedly arose from the length of time it took 50-year-old hotel employee Jean Courois to bring Bradham's group their beach umbrella.
Bradham pleaded not guilty and has said he "most definitely" expects his name to be cleared from this incident.
This was the first of two arrests for Bradham since July. He was arrested coming home from Miami from the bye week after he tried to pass through airport security with a loaded gun in his backpack.
After the second arrest, defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz famously said, "You do dumbass things, pretty soon, you’re going to be labeled as a dumbass."
Bradham, 27, signed a two-year deal to join the Eagles last offseason and proved to be a good investment on the field. He played 97 percent of the defense's snaps and played at a high level as the team's starting SAM linebacker. He will have a base salary of $3.5 million this year, with a cap hit of $4.25 million.