December 10, 1989 |
Eagles assistant coach Doug Scovil, 62, whose many accomplishments included turning Randall Cunningham into one of the best quarterbacks in the game, died at Veterans Stadium yesterday. A member of the Eagles' staff since Buddy Ryan became the team's head coach in 1986, Scovil died of a heart attack in the Eagles' locker room shortly after noon. He had just finished his customary workout on a stationary bike, after the Eagles players had engaged in a morning practice in preparation for today's game here against the Dallas Cowboys.
February 4, 1986 |
Buddy Ryan never has had much use for rookies. "Young players don't win championships for you," the Eagles' new head coach said the other day. "If you're going to win, you've got to do it with people that have played the game for a while. " Apparently, Ryan doesn't have the same reservations about rookie coaches, because he hired two of them yesterday. Ryan announced that Jeff Fisher and Dan Neal, two former members of the Chicago Bears, will be joining his coaching staff.
April 15, 1987 |
What the Eagles lack in proven star quality at quarterback, they seem to be making up for in quantity. Yesterday, they signed their second free-agent quarterback in a little over two weeks, swelling their roster total at the position to five. The newest addition is Matt Kofler, 27, who has four years of NFL experience but sat out last season. Kofler joins Randall Cunningham, Matt Cavanaugh, Kyle Mackey and Scott Stankavage, who was signed to a free-agent contract March 30. Kofler will be staying in Philadelphia and attending the Eagles' workouts currently going on at Veterans Stadium.
December 10, 1989 |
Members of the Eagles, a team known for its swagger and lightheartedness, somberly filtered into the club's pregame hotel last night, mourning the loss of quarterbacks coach Doug Scovil, who died of a heart attack yesterday. Last night, it was a different Buddy Ryan from the one fans have become accustomed to on television and radio and in the newspapers. The Eagles coach was barely able to describe his emotions following the loss of Scovil, 62. "The only thing I can say is that Doug Scovil and I have been close friends for 22 years, so I not only lost a coach but a good friend," Ryan said.
February 24, 1999 |
Yesterday was the day Randall Cunningham expected to return in triumph to the city where his NFL career was born. Instead, his visit was bittersweet, painfully reminiscent of a tragic event a decade ago. Cunningham, 35, came to Philadelphia to accept the Bert Bell Award, the Maxwell Club's tribute to the best professional football player in 1998. But he arrived to learn that Chip Myers, 53, the Minnesota Vikings' recently appointed offensive coordinator, had died Monday night of a heart attack.
February 3, 1986 |
Eagles coach Buddy Ryan selected the first new member of his coaching staff during the weekend, hiring former San Diego State coach Doug Scovil to tutor his quarterbacks. Scovil, 57, who was fired two months ago after five seasons at San Diego State, is expected to arrive in Philadelphia today. "I've been talking to Buddy along the way," Scovil said yesterday. "Then he called me on Friday and we got it firmed up. I'm really looking forward to working with him again. " Scovil and Ryan have worked together twice previously.
September 26, 1989 |
Randall Cunningham gingerly stepped around the issue of play-calling yesterday, but he continued to call on the Eagles to open up their attack. "We should play a less conservative game on offense," said the Eagles quarterback, who had a taste of calling his own plays in the preseason. "We can gamble on certain things. . . . Not necessarily air it out but throw some reverses in there, do some things. In the beginning, we were cool. But if the running game is going, we have to stay with it. If the passing game is going, we have to stay with it. " Offensive coordinator Ted Plumb said that execution, not play-calling, hurt the Eagles in Sunday's 38-28 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
December 12, 1989 |
Matt Cavanaugh realizes he is not going to be playing football forever. He is 33, and he knows he probably won't be playing more than a few more years. Interestingly, Eagles starting quarterback Randall Cunningham already is suggesting that Cavanaugh, his No. 1 backup, would be a nice choice somewhere down the road to be Cunningham's quarterback coach now that Doug Scovil is no longer with him. "It's flattering," Cavanaugh said yesterday. "But that's a decision Buddy (Ryan)
February 28, 1989 |
Remember Don McPherson? He's the former Maxwell Award winner who all but disappeared in the shadows of Randall Cunningham's assault on glory last season. He was the rookie quarterback out of Syracuse who labored every week as the Eagles' third-string quarterback, the guy who ran the practice scout team, the guy who usually was in street clothes on game day. Remember? Well, he is about the first guy who comes to coach Buddy Ryan's mind when you ask him about the key players in his "voluntary" workout camp that began yesterday.
January 26, 1990 |
Eagles offensive coordinator Ted Plumb has become the front-runner for the New York Jets' head-coaching job on the basis of a surprisingly strong interview with Jets general manager Dick Steinberg, according to league sources. Steinberg first interviewed Plumb last Friday, then spoke with him again Wednesday. Before he makes a decision, Steinberg is expected to interview San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Holmgren next week. "I know (Plumb) had a great interview with Dick," an NFL source said.