December 14, 1995 |
The Arizona Cardinals are 4-10. They drew 35,147 fans for a recent home game. Their placekicker mocked the play-calling. Their center and the middle linebacker fought last week. The offense hates how, with a defense that's ranked 30th, the coach blames the offense after every loss. The defense hates the offense. One player told a Phoenix newspaper that, in just two seasons, Buddy Ryan had destroyed the team. So Ryan, the Cardinals' coach and general manager, was asked on a conference call yesterday, How's your team's mood?
September 7, 1995 |
The voice on the other end of the phone belonged, unmistakably, to Buddy Ryan, but the acerbic lines and Oklahoma homilies that used to light up his conversation were muted or missing. Indeed, from the controlled responses that marked his conference call with Philadelphia newsmen yesterday, the former Eagles coach might have been running for office on the political correctness ticket, rather than preparing to beat the team he coached to three playoff appearances before being fired in 1991.
September 6, 1995 |
Amid the self-satisfaction over his performance against Tampa Bay, the important thing for Eagles rookie left tackle Barrett Brooks to remember is this: It was just Eric Curry. The real test comes Sunday night at Tempe, Ariz., in the form of Cardinals defensive end Clyde Simmons. You remember Clyde Simmons: 19 sacks in '92 with the Eagles, 13 in '91, Pro Bowl trips both those years, nine full seasons of certified stardom. Simmons' latest fearsome feat: knocking out Redskins quarterback Heath Shuler with a shoulder injury last Sunday.
March 17, 1995 |
Dallas, Arizona and the New York Giants all got the maximum of four compensatory picks in next month's draft for their losses during last year's free-agent signing period. A total of 27 extra picks were awarded yesterday, all between the third and seventh rounds under a formula devised to compensate teams that lose free agents. Two more picks were not awarded - the ones that go to the Eagles as compensation for losing Seth Joyner and Clyde Simmons, both of whom signed with the Cardinals.
December 22, 1994 |
Seth Joyner was sitting at his locker, talking with a reporter from a radio station, when Andre Waters approached and flashed a mischievious grin. Grabbing the microphone, Waters poked it into Joyner's face and began asking his own questions. The subject of the interview: the collapse of the Eagles. Joyner chuckled at the thought of Waters's new gig, but delivered serious answers in an interview that never made it to the airwaves. Joyner, Waters and Clyde Simmons aren't gloating about the reversal of fortunes of their current and former teams.
November 17, 1994 |
Buried inside the Arizona Republic sports section, at the bottom of the page, was the following item of note: Is (Buddy Ryan) surprised by the success of Eagles Coach Rich Kotite, who replaced Ryan in Philadelphia after the 1990 season? "No. It's pretty easy to have success when somebody leaves you a championship team, a playoff team. The way to check somebody out is to give them a horsebleep team and see if they can build one. " Unfortunately for those looking for a blood feud or a reprise of the hoopla from two weeks ago, when Ryan made his first trip back to Philadelphia as a head coach since being fired by the Eagles, it wasn't nearly that spicy at the Arizona Cardinals' training facility yesterday.
November 7, 1994 |
Just to make sure no one missed the point, Seth Joyner did a most unusual thing at the end of his interview. He smiled. Joyner does not smile much at any time, but after losing a football game - never. In his eight seasons with the Eagles, Joyner was known to brood over a loss for days. But yesterday, the two-time Pro Bowl linebacker smiled in the face of a dual disappointment: a 17-7 loss to the Eagles and a decidedly hostile reception by the 64,952 Veterans Stadium fans.
November 7, 1994 |
Brace yourself for an extremely major development from the back corner of the Arizona Cardinals' somber locker room. Mr. Seth Joyner, that world-famous Etna of molten rage, that notorious, vengeful wreaker of football havoc, that overzealous, bloodthirsty linebacker who has made a lot of outrageous (and ill-timed) statements without bothering to edit them first, actually smiled after the Cardinals' 17-7 loss to the Eagles yesterday. Yes. Seth Joyner smiled after a close loss at the Vet. He also had some complimentary things to say about the team that had won - which, for the sixth time this season, was not his team.
November 6, 1994 |
If you listened to the buzz in Philadelphia last week, on the street, in print, on the airwaves, and even in cyberspace, today's contest between the Arizona Cardinals and the Eagles will make the routine violence of the NFL resemble a polite game of parking-lot touch. Today's game is a blood feud, brother vs. brother: Seth Joyner vs. Randall Cunningham, Andre Waters vs. Herschel Walker, Buddy Ryan vs. Richie Kotite. "It's going to be ugly," said Mark Guldin of Northeast Philadelphia, sunning outside the Gallery on Friday.
November 3, 1994 |
On the whole, Clyde Simmons would rather not have been in Philadelphia last season. The ex-Eagles defensive end who now plays for the Cardinals said yesterday that his final season in Philadelphia had been a joyless stint made worse by injury - and that probably nothing the Eagles could have done would have kept him from signing with another team. "I just know at the time, coming toward the end last year, it was kind of sour there," Simmons said. "It became drudgery just to come to work.