Amazing Comeback

Amazing Comeback

Yesterday's win was impressive.  Being down 18 points had me wondering if our hopes for the Eagles' season were going to be crushed much like the Phillies.  The Eagles are defending NFC Champs and they don't allow teams to just roll over them.  With the exception of the first drive of the game where K.C. manhandled the lackadaisical birds, the defense played pretty damn well.  Sheldon Brown, Brian Dawkins, and Mike Paterson were getting their name called over and over.  With Paul Grasmanis being lost for the season, Mike Paterson looks like he can step it up.  The defense really strapped it on after a slow start and allowed Donovan and company to do their thing and get the birds back in it.

Andy Reid showed he doesn't care if they have to abandon the run by calling 50 passing plays to 13 run plays.  Donovan played exceptional, minus his token 3 or 4 horrible throws to open guys, throwing for over 300 yards for the third straight week.  L.J. Smith and Terrell Owens seemed to be wide open every other play.

It started out real ugly but the horrible start made the great finish that much more enjoyable.  They take a 3-1 record into Dallas, their final game before a bye.  4-1 with a bye sounds good to me.

Temple names Keith Gaither wide receivers coach

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Temple names Keith Gaither wide receivers coach

Temple head coach Geoff Collins on Monday added two new members to his coaching staff.

Keith Gaither will take over as the wide receivers’ coach and Kyle Lane is the new video coordinator. 

Gaither comes to Temple with 21 years of coaching experience. He spent last season as Army's wide receivers coach. Prior to that, he spent time with Tusculum College (1998-99), Thomasville City Schools (2000-04), Winston-Salem State (2005-08), Elon (2009-10) and Ball State (2010-14).

Gaither spent his collegiate career at Elon, where he was a four-year starter and voted all-region at defensive end before graduating in 1997. Collins originally had retained Frisman Jackson from the 2016 staff, but Jackson was hired by the Tennessee Titans. 

Lane is a Temple alum who spent time with Kansas during the 2016 season as its assistant video coordinator. 

Soul sign DL John Sheehy, OL John King

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Soul sign DL John Sheehy, OL John King

The Philadelphia Soul on Monday signed two players from their recent open tryouts, defensive lineman John Sheehy and offensive lineman John King.

Sheehy (6-5, 260), primarily a defensive end at Western Texas A&M, appeared in 13 games with the Buffalos during the 2013 season recording 16.0 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss of 16 yards, and 1.5 sacks. He spent his 2014 season and a redshirt because of injury. He returned in the 2015 season posting 25.0 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for a total loss of 10 yards and one sack. 

“Finding guys like John is what makes hosting these tryouts well worth the effort,” head coach Clint Dolezel said in a statement. “Getting to the quarterback has to be a priority in arena football and I believe John has the skillset to be a great AFL pass rusher.”

King (6-8, 320) started 34 at Buffalo and was the Bulls' starting right tackle his last two seasons.

“With the addition of John to our offensive line, we will be able to continue our success of leading the league in fewest quarterback sacks," Dolezel said.  “Each year we produce at least one All-Arena offensive lineman and I believe John has the qualities to reach that caliber.”