December 26, 1994 |
Down on the field at Riverfront Stadium, the opposing linemen saw Eagles defensive tackle Andy Harmon come back into the game and wondered why. Up in the cheap seats, where pigeons flirted with a sparse gathering of fans, the Harmon family and friends seemed perplexed, too. Kristy Harmon, Andy's wife of seven months, shook her head slowly. She did not like this. It was late in the third quarter Saturday afternoon, and she had spent most of the second quarter, all of halftime and a few minutes of this period in a state of mild anxiety, uncertain why her husband had disappeared into the locker room for so long.
December 11, 2011
The Regulars * Reggie White, defensive end. If White is not the greatest defensive lineman of all time, he's among the top 5. * Mike Pitts, defensive tackle. Rotated regularly with Mike Golic, so neither made the Pro Bowl that season. But the three other Eagles regular linemen did - and paid for Pitts and Golic to join them in Hawaii. * Jerome Brown, defensive tackle. Had nine sacks to make his second consecutive Pro Bowl team that season. Died in a car accident in June '92. * Clyde Simmons, defensive end. The "other" defensive end of the unit, Simmons had 13 sacks in 1991 and 19 the following season.
January 9, 1993 |
First it was steaks. When the Eagles beat the Cowboys in their first meeting this season, Dallas Mayor Steve Bartlett delivered 10 steaks to Mayor Rendell, who donated them to the homeless. The day after the next game, which the Cowboys won, Rendell was in Dallas to give a speech, and - to pay off his debt to Bartlett - he wore a Cowboys hat. Yesterday, Rendell was on the telephone with Bartlett, making a bet on tomorrow's playoff showdown between the teams. This time, the prize is $1,000 worth of football equipment for kids.
March 20, 1998 |
Defensive-line help could be on the way for the Eagles, in the form of a familiar face. Former starting defensive tackle Andy Harmon, who was released by the Birds last October, has been visiting teams around the league. Harmon had notched 38 1/2 sacks from 1992 to '95, but was slow to recover from a bone bruise to his left knee suffered in August 1996. Harmon was re-examined in January by Dr. James Stevens, who pronounced him two-thirds healed, according to Harmon agent Jim Solano.
December 10, 1996 |
Defensive tackle Andy Harmon, whose injured left knee has kept him out of all but two games, crippling the Eagles' pass rush, said yesterday that he was probably finished for the season. Harmon has missed the last seven games, and 12 of 14, with an injured ligament. He tested the knee last week, running drills for the scout team during practice. He had hoped to play Saturday against the New York Jets. But his condition did not improve, and Harmon was still too weak to play.
October 14, 1998 |
Say what you want about the Eagles' perceived cheapness; they sure are trying to spend money. As they have done in the past, they are trying to keep a player whom they consider their best in Philadelphia. The Eagles and Kennard McGuire, the agent for cornerback Bobby Taylor, have resumed negotiations to extend Taylor's contract. McGuire was in Philadelphia yesterday to listen to the Eagles, but the Taylor faction was not expected to agree to the latest offers. Taylor, 24, is a fourth-year player.
August 29, 1997 |
Andy Harmon not starting is not a big deal, they say. It just sounds like it. After a couple of weeks of coaching-staff debate, head coach Ray Rhodes announced yesterday that Harmon, the Eagles' top defensive tackle, will not begin Sunday's game when they visit the Giants. Instead, run-stopping Hollis Thomas will start alongside Rhett Hall. Harmon will play in passing situations to maximize his pass-rushing skills while he regains full strength in the still-troublesome left knee he injured last season.
December 4, 1996 |
Eagles defensive tackle Andy Harmon returned to practice yesterday for the first time in more than a month and should know by the end of next week whether he can play on Dec. 14 against the New York Jets. Harmon suffered cartilage damage to his left knee in the preseason and underwent arthroscopic surgery on Sept. 5. He returned to action for two games on Oct. 13 and 20 but has not played in the last six games because of recurring weakness in the knee. The six-year veteran, who had 11 sacks last season, worked almost exclusively with the scout team at practice and tested the knee to see if the strength had returned.
January 3, 1996 |
Not surprisingly, Eagles rookie Bobby Taylor, who shut down Michael Irvin and stopped record-setting Herman Moore when it counted, will have to cover the big Cowboys receiver again on Sunday. "We're going to match him up with Irvin. Both of them are big-body guys," said Emmitt Thomas, the Eagles' defensive coordinator. "He's had a lot of practice covering big guys the last two or three weeks. " Ray Rhodes brought the Eagles to Florida, in part, because he didn't want them getting swelled heads hearing about their play in last Saturday's rout of the Lions.
December 14, 1995 |
Rookie cornerback Bobby Taylor, who helped hold Dallas all-pro Michael Irvin to a season-low three catches in the Eagles' 20-17 victory Sunday, was named the NFC's defensive player of the week. "It's nice," Taylor said as teammates teased him for being the center of attention, "but I really don't want to talk anymore about last week's game. " Taylor, big enough at 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds to bump with the physical Irvin, got plenty of help in double coverages, but for the most part Irvin was his responsibility.