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December 10, 1989 | By Ron Reid, Inquirer Staff Writer Inquirer staff writers Jay Searcy and Rich Henson contributed to this article
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.
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February 4, 1986 | By PAUL DOMOWITCH, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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April 15, 1987 | By Bill Ordine, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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December 10, 1989 | By Bill Ordine, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 24, 1999 | By Mike Bruton, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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February 3, 1986 | By PAUL DOMOWITCH, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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September 26, 1989 | By Bill Ordine, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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December 12, 1989 | By Tim Kawakami, Daily News Sports Writer
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)
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February 28, 1989 | By Tim Kawakami, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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January 26, 1990 | Staff and Wire Reports Daily News sports writer Tim Kawakami contributed to this report
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.
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November 18, 2010
THE MICHAEL VICK/Randall Cunningham conversation is unavoidable for anyone who has lived through both experiences. You understand that completely if you can remember the day when the 1989 Sports Illustrated NFL preview issue showed up in your mailbox with that cover of Cunningham leaping as he prepared to throw, the headline proclaiming him to be "The Ultimate Weapon. " They are first and second now in all-time NFL rushing yards by quarterbacks, Cunningham followed by Vick.
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February 24, 1999 | By Mike Bruton, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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January 8, 1999 | by Paul Domowitch, Daily News Sports Writer
Brian Billick had heard all the negatives about Randall Cunningham. Selfish. Immature. Poor study habits. Couldn't read defenses. Didn't eat his vegetables. A locker-room cancer. But the Minnesota Vikings were looking for a backup quarterback 20 months ago and Billick was on the West Coast, just a stone's throw from Cunningham's Las Vegas home, and he figured he owed it to his late pal Doug Scovil to stop in and see him. Scovil, who gave Billick his first coaching job at San Diego State, was Cunningham's position coach with the Eagles from 1986 until his death in 1989.
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October 8, 1995 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If Randall Cunningham often appears oddly cryptic, even mystical at times, it's probably because in his 11 Philadelphia seasons the Eagles' quarterback has worked with more gurus than George Harrison. The legendary Sid Gillman briefly got inside his youthful head. Then came a couple of Teds (Marchibroda and Plumb). He worshiped the late Doug Scovil. Rich Kotite had mixed success. The venerable Zeke Bratkowski tried and failed. And now comes Huckleberry Playbook, Jon Gruden, the boyish Bill Walsh disciple.
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April 14, 1995 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
Women in athletics receive some deserved air time in ABC's four-part "A Passion to Play" series beginning Sunday (Channel 6, 3 p.m.). The first one-hour show focuses on gymnast Nadia Comaneci and figure skater Katarina Witt. ABC Sports accompanies the two Olympic gold medalists to their homelands. In Comaneci's case, ABC has already covered some of her return to Romania in a recent "Wide World of Sports" show. During Witt's portion of Sunday's show, viewers will see how the East German police monitored the skating star.
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November 6, 1994 | By S.A. Paolantonio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
James David "Buddy" Ryan was the outspoken head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles from 1986 to 1990, amassing a 43-35-1 record. He won many fans, but never a playoff game. One person he failed to win over was Norman Braman, the Miami car dealer who brought Ryan to town, then canned him when his blustery, sometimes profane rhetoric did not match his record. Braman hired Rich Kotite, who keeps his comments to himself. Ryan spent two years in exile before landing the job of defensive coordinator for the luckless Oilers.
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July 27, 1990 | By Tim Kawakami, Daily News Sports Writer
Bit by bit, the system is being sifted in. Page by page, the playbook is beginning to make sense. Day by day, Rich Kotite's imprint on the Eagles' offense - and the prospects for ultimate success in the 1990 season - is stamped harder and clearer for everyone to witness. He is the one barking away during one of the Eagles' "voluntary" workouts, gesturing wildly and generally seizing control of the practice when it is the offense's turn to work. This is Rich Kotite, the Eagles' new offensive coordinator and former New York Jets offensive head man, and the man who Buddy Ryan believes has both the personality and the offensive know-how to lead the Eagles' offense out of the doldrums.
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February 28, 1990 | By Bill Ordine, Inquirer Staff Writer
During the long march from July to January, it wasn't unusual for Eagles quarterback Randall Cunningham to stand at his locker stall and talk about retiring someday, perhaps some day sooner rather than later. Under the circumstances - a long Sunday of being chased and pummeled by defensive linemen, for instance - Cunningham's talk of an early retirement was easy to dismiss. Yesterday, however, Cunningham, who turns 27 in March, was relaxed and refreshed after a long vacation in California, and still he mused about the day he might call it quits.
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February 7, 1990 | By Bill Ordine, Inquirer Staff Writer
In one stroke yesterday, Buddy Ryan confirmed the demotion of offensive coordinator Ted Plumb and named ex-Jets assistant Rich Kotite as Plumb's replacement. And the Eagles' coach managed to do it all by proxy. Kotite was introduced as the Eagles' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach yesterday. At the same time, it was announced that Plumb will take over as the team's receivers coach. Ryan expressed his thoughts on the staff changes in a prepared statement, but was otherwise unavailable for comment.
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January 26, 1990 | Staff and Wire Reports Daily News sports writer Tim Kawakami contributed to this report
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.
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