October 4, 2013 |
FALL BOW SEASON opened Sept. 14 in New Jersey. Trent Cole already has downed two deer. Quarterback season opened Sept. 9. Cole has yet to bag a QB. He hasn't even scared many. As a matter of fact, Cole hasn't recorded a sack in six games, dating back to 2012. He has been credited with only two hurries this season. Mention this to him, and . . . he flashes his million-dollar smile? Sure. He has been waiting for this issue to arise; and, like any good huntsman, he is prepared.
September 12, 2013 |
WHEN THE Eagles hired Chip Kelly last January and it became clear he would deep-six their 4-3 defensive scheme and replace it with a 3-4, many of us wondered what that meant for Trent Cole. Cole had spent eight seasons with the Eagles. He was one of the NFL's premier pass-rushing defensive ends. His 71 sacks are the third most in franchise history, behind only Hall of Famer Reggie White (124) and Clyde Simmons (76). But he had a career-low three sacks last season, albeit playing with a broken hand, and will turn 31 early next month, which, for an NFL defensive lineman, is considered the early stages of rigor mortis.
September 8, 2010
1. Reggie White, 1987. . . 21 2. Clyde Simmons, 1992. . . 19 Reggie White, 1988. . . 18 4. Reggie White, 1986. . . 18 5. Greg Brown, 1984. . . 16 1. Reggie White . . . 124 2. Clyde Simmons. . . 76 3. Hugh Douglas . . . 541/2 4. Greg Brown . . . 501/2 5. Trent Cole . . . 47 6. Juqua Parker. . . 24
May 16, 2001 |
Clyde Simmons, a former Eagles defensive end who has played in 218 consecutive NFL games, agreed yesterday to a contract with the Chicago Bears for undisclosed terms. Simmons, 36, made two starts for the Bears last season. On the year, he collected 27 tackles and half a sack. The 6-foot-5, 292-pound lineman has played in all 16 games in each of his 15 seasons except 1987, when the NFL's regulars played just 12 games because of a strike. Simmons has started 185 of 236 career games, recording 1,041 tackles.
May 2, 2000 |
Wherever their distinguished NFL careers took them, Keith Byars and Seth Joyner felt like Philadelphia Eagles. "My heart stayed in Philadelphia," Byars said. "It was just my body that left. Miami, New England - I played for those teams, but I was an Eagle in my heart. " "Everywhere I go," Joyner said, "even outside the country, I run into people who remember me as a Philadelphia Eagle. When I come back here, I still got a lot of love from the fans here. They remember the good times.
October 18, 1999 |
The Chicago Bears tried to beat the Eagles yesterday with rookie quarterback Cade McNown and some sharp defensive adjustments at halftime. It all might have worked, in Clyde Simmons' expert opinion, if the Bears also had put some emotion into their effort from the opening gun. What Chicago fans witnessed instead was a lackluster first half during which Simmons' teammates appeared disorganized, slow and out of sync on both sides of the ball....
October 14, 1999 |
Five games into the 1999 NFL season, Clyde Simmons has proved a smart investment for the Chicago Bears - something the Eagles may quickly discover Sunday when the teams do battle at Soldier Field. Simmons, 35, the former Eagles defensive end and sack artist, has already matched his 1998 sack total of five, even though his nickel-defense role limits his field appearances only to third-and-long, passing situations. Simmons went sackless in the Bears' stunning upset of Minnesota last Sunday, but he tipped a Randall Cunningham pass attempt in the fourth quarter, leading to an interception that iced Chicago's 24-22 victory.
November 9, 1996 |
John Elway may be on the sideline tomorrow when Denver (8-1) hosts the Chicago Bears (4-5) if there is any doubt about his injured left hamstring, Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said yesterday. If Elway doesn't play, he'll be replaced by Bill Musgrave, who would be making the first start of his six-year career. In Elway's 14 seasons, he has missed just nine games because of injury. "John's mature enough to know not to risk the rest of the season to play in this game," Shanahan said.
August 24, 1996 |
Looking for additional help with the pass rush, the Jacksonville Jaguars signed former Pro Bowl defensive end Clyde Simmons yesterday. Simmons, 32, a former Eagle, becomes the oldest Jaguar. Not as dominant as in 1992, when he led the NFL with 19 sacks as an Eagle and made the Pro Bowl for the second straight year, Simmons still could have an immediate impact on Jacksonville. For Arizona, Simmons had 11 sacks last year, tied for the fifth in the NFC. The Jaguars as a team had a league-low 17 sacks.
August 20, 1996 |
Gus Frerotte beat out Heath Shuler in the Washington quarterback sweepstakes, and Jim Miller prevailed over Mike Tomczak and Kordell Stewart in Pittsburgh. Tommy Maddox, meanwhile, is gone from the New York Giants despite coach Dan Reeves's best attempts to find him a job. It was decision day yesterday. With one week left in the exhibition season, coaches had to decide on key positions, particularly quarterback. Teams also began cutting to 60 players to meet today's 4 p.m. EDT deadline.