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October 24, 2009 | By Jeff McLane INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Asante Samuel has become one of the most prolific interception artists in the NFL over the last several years. But one thing the Eagles cornerback is not is a prototypical tackler. In fact, Samuel sometimes can't tackle at all. In the Eagles' 13-9 loss to the Raiders on Sunday, he missed several would-be takedowns, including a wide-open shot at Raiders tight end Zach Miller during his 86-yard touchdown catch and run. Samuel recorded zero tackles in the game and compounded his poor tackling by taking an untimely unsportsmanlike conduct personal foul in the first half.
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March 30, 2012
Rumors continue to circulate about Asante Samuel's future destination, but there was no concrete movement on the Eagles cornerback's fate Thursday. The day began with a report that Samuel, 31, and due a $9.5 million base salary this coming season, could soon be headed to the Tennessee Titans, but the Nashville newspaper, the Tennessean, reiterated its previous reporting that such a move is unlikely to happen soon. One reporter there wrote on Twitter that the Titans' interest is "lukewarm.
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December 20, 2010 | By RICH HOFMANN, hofmanr@phillynews.com
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The halftime score was every bit as bad as Giants 24, Eagles 3 would suggest. The game of the year seemed to be over before it started. And while speechifying can be overrated in sports, more about story line than about reality, someone felt the need to get up and say something. It was Asante Samuel, playing in his first game in a month after suffering a sprained knee. "Everybody, come show your heart," is what he remembers saying. "Let your heart show this second half.
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January 14, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer pdomo@aol.com
ATLANTA — I'm not sure what Asante Samuel was prouder of Sunday — his Falcons' dramatic, 30-28 playoff win over the Seattle Seahawks, or his new nickname for his quarterback, Matt Ryan. "I've changed Matty Ice's name," the former Eagles cornerback said. "I don't know if he's going to accept it. But it's [now] Matt Black Ice. "Black ice is slick. Matt is slick. Matt Black Ice! That's his new name. " The Falcons needed every bit of Ryan's slickness Sunday to overcome a second-half collapse by Samuel and the Falcons' defense.
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October 29, 2012
The in-game thumping was performed by the Atlanta Falcons, an unbeaten football team with Matt Ryan, a tremendously talented Exton native, at quarterback. The postgame pounding was administered by Asante Samuel, a former Eagles cornerback best known for three things: missed tackles, trash-talking and interceptions. Samuel, as he did during his four seasons in Philadelphia, missed some tackles, including one that led to a LeSean McCoy touchdown in the second quarter. What he did not miss after the Falcons' 30-17 win over the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field was an opportunity to tear down his former head coach.
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October 29, 2012 | By Bob Brookover, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The in-game thumping was performed by the Atlanta Falcons, an unbeaten football team with Matt Ryan, a tremendously talented Philadelphia native, at quarterback. The postgame pounding was administered by Asante Samuel, a former Eagles cornerback best known for three things: missed tackles, trash-talking and interceptions. Samuel, as he did during his four seasons in Philadelphia, missed some tackles, including one that led to a LeSean McCoy touchdown in the second quarter. What he did not miss after the Falcons' 30-17 win over the Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field was an opportunity to tear down his former head coach.
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January 5, 2009
MINNEAPOLIS - This is the National Football League playoffs, not the Olympic boxing tournament. When you evaluate a defense, you don't just count the body shots and award points based upon quantity. In this brutal business, in January most of all, it is the quality of the punches that matter. You cannot win if you cannot land a couple of big ones. That is what Asante Samuel does. It was a brutal game - very tough physically. The Eagles and the Minnesota Vikings pounded each other with blunt instruments for more than 3 hours.
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October 29, 2012 | BY ALEX LEE, Daily News Staff Writer
WITH A HORDE of reporters waiting for Asante Samuel to exit the shower following the Falcons' 30-17 dismantling of the Eagles, a buzz of giddy anticipation filled the visitors' locker room. Falcons players milled around in their towels, even clearing out space for reporters. Many refused to shower until Samuel emerged. They were a group frozen by the fear of missing out on what they assumed would be an interview to remember from their most loquacious teammate. The cocksure Samuel, as usual, didn't disappoint.
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February 11, 2012 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writer
Asante Samuel was back in Philadelphia Friday, helping fix up a home for a single mother just a few minutes from Lincoln Financial Field. The most pressing question for football fans is whether Samuel will be spending much more time in Philadelphia or if he will take his game elsewhere. Asked if he wants to be back as an Eagle, Samuel said simply, "Of course. " But he didn't elaborate. "I just take it day-to-day, see what the future holds," Samuel said. But he said he had received no clear indication from the team what its plans are for him next year.
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October 27, 2012 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Asante Samuel said that he expects to be greeted warmly when he returns to Lincoln Financial Field as a member of the Falcons on Sunday. "They better cheer for me," Samuel said to reporters in Atlanta. "They're going to cheer for me, or we're going to have a problem right there in Lincoln Financial [Field]. All you all fans, all I did for you all, you all better cheer for me. Deuce here. Got nothing but love for you all. " Samuel returns with the undefeated Falcons. It was pointed out to the cornerback during a four-minute interview the struggles the 3-3 Eagles have had on defense this season.
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January 29, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
JERSEY CITY, N.J. - Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie may retire from football if the Denver Broncos win Sunday's Super Bowl. In Philadelphia, Eagles fans are joking, "Didn't he retire two years ago?" But the former Eagles cornerback wasn't kidding about calling it quits even though he's coming off arguably the best season of his career, is still only 27 years old and will likely have multiple suitors when he hits free agency in March. "Coming out of college I gave myself a five-year goal," Rodgers-Cromartie said Monday.
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January 10, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - It was an early morning flight just about 3 years ago. Sean McDermott remembers driving to Philadelphia International Airport in darkness and cold, pondering where his career and his life might be headed, mulling his responsibilities as a husband and a father of two young children. McDermott had been fired after 12 years with the Eagles, the last two of them as defensive coordinator, where he was the designated successor of the late Jim Johnson. McDermott, an overachiever since his days as a football safety and national champion wrestler at La Salle High, had never been fired before, never failed at anything.
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September 30, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Peyton Manning has no desire to be Bill Davis this week. Davis, the Eagles defensive coordinator, reexamined his old notes. He keeps them after games, cataloging what works and what failed. But there's not exactly a blueprint for stopping Manning. Davis has twice coordinated against Manning - now the Denver Broncos quarterback, previously the Indianapolis Colts quarterback - and both were losses. This is no reflection on Davis, because Manning is a four-time MVP who has won 69 percent of the regular-season games he has started.
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September 27, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
REMEMBER that time the Eagles played great against Peyton Manning and won? Nate Allen, Trent Cole, Brandon Graham and Kurt Coleman certainly do. Manning, not so much, the Denver Broncos' quarterback indicated yesterday. It was nearly 3 years ago - Nov. 7, 2010 - and Manning and the visiting Indianapolis Colts were disguised in dowdy white throwback uniforms with plain, dark blue helmets. But that was indeed Manning on the field, waving his arms and barking out seemingly random signals, while throwing a pair of interceptions to Asante Samuel in a 26-24 Eagles victory.
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June 2, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
If it was just his daughter's recital, or just his wedding, or even the recital and the wedding, you could excuse Cary Williams' absence from most of the voluntary workouts this offseason. But the veteran cornerback not only scheduled his nuptials during the period reserved for spring practices, he had dental work and the building of a house - reasons he gave for missing workouts in April - planned prior to his signing with the Eagles in March. After this week's three-day, mandatory minicamp, the players will have six weeks of freedom - or to have elective surgery - before training camp begins.
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May 2, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
ANDREW BYNUM showed the good people of Spain something he has yet to show Sixers fans: That he's got moves. The Sixers' center, who didn't play a single game this past season because of bad knees, was recently filmed flamenco dancing at a club in Madrid. Guess the local bowling alley was closed. Actually, Spanish dancing was appropriate, considering Bynum took an 82-game siesta this season. A little more than a month ago, Bynum had arthroscopic surgery on both his knees.
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March 11, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Free agency begins this week, but the top player the Eagles should target won't technically be on the open market when the clock strikes 4 p.m. Tuesday. But he will be available, and he will make more of a difference than any of the hundreds of free agents looking for jobs in two days. Darrelle Revis is on the trading block, and the Eagles should do whatever is takes to acquire the New York Jets cornerback. They have the draft picks; the salary-cap space; and, most important, a glaring hole in the secondary that makes dealing for the all-pro a no-brainer.
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January 14, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer pdomo@aol.com
ATLANTA — I'm not sure what Asante Samuel was prouder of Sunday — his Falcons' dramatic, 30-28 playoff win over the Seattle Seahawks, or his new nickname for his quarterback, Matt Ryan. "I've changed Matty Ice's name," the former Eagles cornerback said. "I don't know if he's going to accept it. But it's [now] Matt Black Ice. "Black ice is slick. Matt is slick. Matt Black Ice! That's his new name. " The Falcons needed every bit of Ryan's slickness Sunday to overcome a second-half collapse by Samuel and the Falcons' defense.
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January 14, 2013
The Kansas City Chiefs will introduce John Dorsey as their new general manager on Monday, the team said. Dorsey was the Green Bay Packers' director of football operations and has ties to new Chiefs coach Andy Reid. They worked together in Green Bay from 1992-98. The Chiefs plan to interview fired New York Jets offensive coordinator Tony Sparano for the offensive line job, according to an ESPN report Sunday. Sparano emerged as a candidate with the Chiefs after Cleveland offensive line coach George Warhop, who was targeted for the job by new Kansas City coach Andy Reid, elected to stay with the Browns and new head coach Rob Chudzinski.
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October 29, 2012
Up-Down Drill   Andy Reid We've reached the lowest point in Reid's tenure. He has had worse records, but never has the coach been as close to losing his job as he is now. It's fair to wonder if he's lost his ability to reach his players.   Jason Babin/ Trent Cole The defensive line finally notched a sack (two of them!), but neither came from the Eagles' vaunted defensive ends. Babin and Cole have been among the biggest disappointments in a season of many disappointments.
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