Paul Domowitch’s Eagles-Cowboys scouting report

 

by Paul Domowitch

Philly.com

WHEN THE EAGLES RUN THE BALL

The Eagles’ offensive line had zero missed starts last season when LeSean McCoy ran away with the league rushing title. Through 11 games this year, they have 18. They used their seventh different line combination Sunday against Tennessee.

The lack of continuity up front has hurt the run game, particularly early on when three of the five starters were out. McCoy averaged just 2.9 yards per carry in the first four games. Since then, though, things have improved. McCoy has rushed for 80-plus yards in six of the last seven games and notched his third 100-yard rushing performance in six games Sunday.

He and Darren Sproles have collectively averaged 5.0 yards per carry since Week 5. Sproles only has 44 rushing attempts, but has 10 double-digit runs, 14 rushing first downs and a career-high five rushing TDs. While the Cowboys have allowed 4.3 yards per carry, the only team that really dominated them on the ground was Houston, which rushed for 176 yards on 31 carries in Week 5.

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Winning Salute

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Sweetwater’s Isaiah McGee (5) gives out a touchdown salute while Michael Lawrence joins him in the end zone during the team’s 46-14 area playoff win over Bridgeport on Friday. McGee caught two touchdown passes in the game and Lawrence one for the Mustangs, as they improved to 12-0 while advancing to face Vernon in the regional playoffs. That game will be played at Mineral Wells starting at 2 p.m. this Friday.

Semaje Perine breaks Melvin Gordon’s rushing record after one week

Melvin Gordon’s incredible record-setting performance of 406 rushing yardsin a single game lasted just one week.

On Saturday, Oklahoma freshman running back Semaje Perine surpassed Gordon’s mark when he ran for 427 yards and five touchdowns on 24 carries. Perine is now the FBS record holder for most rushing yards in a single game.

To give you some perspective, LaDainian Tomlinson held the previous record when he rushed for 406 yards in a single game during his playing career at TCU. Tomlinson’s record stood from Nov. 20, 1999 to Nov. 14, 2014. Gordon’s record lasted less than seven days.

Will Muschamp out after season

Will Muschamp will not return as Florida‘s coach next season, the school announced Sunday.

Muschamp will coach the team’s final two games this season, and then step down. Muschamp’s buyout will work out to about $6.3 million, a source with knowledge of the terms confirmed to ESPN.com’s Darren Rovell.

“I was given every opportunity to get it done here and I simply didn’t win enough games — that is the bottom line,” Muschamp said in a statement. “I’m disappointed that I didn’t get it done and it is my responsibility to get it done.

“I have no bitter feelings, but this is a business and I wish we would have produced better results on the field.”

Muschamp is 27-20 in four seasons, 17-15 in SEC play.

Saturday’s 23-20 overtime loss to South Carolina was the Gators’ sixth in their last eight home games.

Last year UF lost eight starters to season-ending injuries and finished 4-8, the Gators’ first losing season since 1979.

“Upon evaluation of our football program, we are not where the program needs to be and should be. I’ve always said that our goal at the University of Florida is to compete for championships on a regular basis,” Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said in a statement.

After the 2010 season Muschamp, then Texas‘ defensive coordinator and head coach in waiting, was hired at UF to replace Urban Meyer. After Muschamp’s 7-6 debut season, UF went 11-2 in 2012, reaching as high as No. 2 in the AP Poll.

Just two weeks ago, UF upset Georgia 38-20, marking Muschamp’s first victory in four tries as a head coach against his alma mater.

Biggest deal in baseball history: Giancarlo Stanton close to 13-year, $325 million contract with Marlins

Last night it was believed to be 10 years and $300 million. This morning it was said to be 12 years and $320 million. And now both Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com and Jon Heyman of CBSSports.comreport that Giancarlo Stanton and the Marlins are close to signing a 13-year, $325 million contract.

Stanton’s new deal would break the previous record for the largest contract in MLB history, which isMiguel Cabrera and the Tigers at $292 million for 10 years.

Stanton still has two seasons of team control remaining via arbitration, so assuming this 13-year contract covers those two seasons and 11 seasons of free agency he’d be locked up through age 37 in 2027.

Stanton, who turned 25 years old earlier this month, finished runner-up in the NL MVP voting after hitting .288 with 37 homers and a .950 OPS in 142 games for the Marlins this season. He’s a career .271 hitter with a .903 OPS in 634 games, but the Marlins failed to finish with a winning record in any of his first five seasons and have not made the playoffs since 2003.