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February 16, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Duce Staley conceded this week that his uncertain status was unsettling. Under coach Andy Reid, Staley was the Eagles' special-teams quality control coach and assisted with special teams and running backs the last two years. But after Reid was fired, Staley was in coaching limbo. That all changed when new coach Chip Kelly retained Staley and named him the running backs coach, replacing Ted Williams, who returned to coaching the tight ends. "I love the game, and I love coaching," Staley said during Monday's media session with the new coaches at the NovaCare Complex.
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August 31, 2000 | By Jerry Brewer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Duce Staley placed a toy car - a Mercedes - at the top of his football locker before he became a pro. It was something material to aim for, to look at every day. It was not all he wanted from life, but, hey, everybody needs a car. Excuse him for wanting to roll like a star. His determination has put him at the welcome mat of stardom. He is in the second year of a six-year, $16.3 million contract. The running back rushed for 1,273 yards a year ago, despite defenses' keying on him toward the end of the season.
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November 13, 2001 | By Phil Sheridan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It was one of those hold-your-breath moments, like when your child falls while learning to ride a bike. Duce Staley, whom Eagles fans appear to have adopted, was really rolling when it happened. He had taken a pass from Donovan McNabb and turned upfield. Center Hank Fraley was in front of him, and it looked as if Fraley would block Minnesota safety Orlando Thomas. At least, it looked as if Staley expected that to happen. But Thomas shot by Fraley and - kerchang! - he and Staley collided like a couple of rams on a nature show.
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October 13, 2000 | By Jerry Brewer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
He has built that bubble around himself, this young Eagles quarterback, a one-person bubble in which most every determined athlete dwells. Donovan McNabb uses it to shield himself from pollutants - the pressure, the criticism, the frustration, the hype, the expectations. His life during a football season is a daily inquisition, especially because he is trying to climb from young to great. Quite frankly, he seems bored by it all. And so, as he faces the next challenge in his development, there is one thing, and only one thing, you need to know about the 23-year-old McNabb: He is ready.
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November 18, 2002 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Duce Staley stepped away from the postgame interviews and grimaced as if he were walking on Donovan McNabb's broken ankle. "Man," he said, "my back feels like a railroad track. " If the now McNabb-less Eagles are to sustain their 2002 dreams, their train is going to be running on his track a whole lot more. Not long after Staley rushed for 136 yards in Philadelphia's costly 38-14 victory over Arizona, he learned that, suddenly, the Eagles' offense, the Eagles' season, the Eagles' hopes have been hoisted onto his aching back.
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March 14, 2001 | By Phil Sheridan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Priest Holmes looked and sounded like a man interviewing potential employers about a job, rather than the other way around. The 5-foot-9, 205-pound running back was self-assured and prepared after visiting with the Eagles yesterday. He was jetting off to Kansas City, to see what the Chiefs had to offer, and his agent alluded to several other teams that have interest in the former Baltimore Raven. And make no mistake. Holmes is a former Raven. "I'm eager to go to another team," he said, despite being part of the Ravens' Super Bowl-winning effort last season.
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March 7, 2015
For 17 consecutive seasons, the Eagles' lead running backs have been Duce Staley, Brian Westbrook, and LeSean McCoy. Each was drafted and developed by the Eagles. Duce Staley 1998-2002 Brian Westbrook 2003-2008 LeSean McCoy 2009-2014
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October 11, 1999 | By Anthony L. Gargano, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It happened on the Eagles' second play of the fourth quarter. Duce Staley bulled up the middle of the stacked Dallas defense - and he kept going. His legs churned and churned, and bodies slipped and slithered and bounced off him to the echoes of "Dooooce, Dooooce, Dooooce. " By the time he was brought down to the slick turf, Staley had gained 16 yards and become a running back again. From then on, he became more than a running back. He became someone for the Eagles to jump on and ride all the way to their first victory.
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December 22, 2000 | By Jerry Brewer, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Cincinnati Bengals are 8-1 when running back Corey Dillon rushes for more than 125 yards. They are 10-44 when he doesn't. Is there any need to ask what the Eagles think is the key to beating the Bengals? "No question," defensive coordinator Jim Johnson said. "He and Eddie George, those two are the best we've faced. " So it's Week 17, and the Eagles' defense faces the same issue. As brilliant as the defense has been this season, it still has not shed the label of being weak against the run. It's not that improvement in run defense hasn't been made this season.
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December 18, 2002 | By Phil Sheridan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Things couldn't be more different. The first time Duce Staley ran for more than 1,000 yards, he was the only good thing about the Eagles' offense. It was 1998, and Staley rushed for 1,065 yards. The team, however, went 3-13. The offense was one of the worst in NFL history and was flirting with the record for fewest points in a 16-game season until the final weeks. This year, Staley is almost certain to go over 1,000 rushing yards. But now he is part of what is about to become the highest-scoring offense in club history.
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June 5, 2015 | By Jeff McLane and Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writers
Duce Staley was LeSean McCoy's position coach with the Eagles for two seasons. He ran behind Tra Thomas for six seasons and worked alongside him as a coach for two more. McCoy and Thomas made headlines this offseason with incendiary comments about Chip Kelly and race. McCoy, traded to the Bills in March, said that Kelly got rid of "all the good black players" the fastest. Thomas, whom the Eagles didn't bring back as an assistant, said that some players thought there was "a hint of racism" in how the team was run. The former Pro Bowl tackle also pointed out that Staley is the only remaining position coach who is African American.
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June 5, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Sports Columnist
IF YOU READ only about the Trojan Horse, you might be entertained, but you would not get the full tale of the Trojan War. Both are great stories. So yesterday, Eagles running backs coach Duce Staley knew one of the topics coming at him would be about former Eagles running back LeSean McCoy and the firestorm he caused by implying head coach Chip Kelly got rid of him because he got rid of "all the good black players. " Not only had Staley, a former Eagles running back, worked closely with McCoy for the last two seasons, but he also is in the position of being the only African-American lead assistant coach on Kelly's staff.
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March 7, 2015
For 17 consecutive seasons, the Eagles' lead running backs have been Duce Staley, Brian Westbrook, and LeSean McCoy. Each was drafted and developed by the Eagles. Duce Staley 1998-2002 Brian Westbrook 2003-2008 LeSean McCoy 2009-2014
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February 16, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Duce Staley conceded this week that his uncertain status was unsettling. Under coach Andy Reid, Staley was the Eagles' special-teams quality control coach and assisted with special teams and running backs the last two years. But after Reid was fired, Staley was in coaching limbo. That all changed when new coach Chip Kelly retained Staley and named him the running backs coach, replacing Ted Williams, who returned to coaching the tight ends. "I love the game, and I love coaching," Staley said during Monday's media session with the new coaches at the NovaCare Complex.
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October 15, 2010
THERE WERE a few occasions when Duce Staley convinced Eagles coach Andy Reid he should get the carries of a full-time feature back. In 1999, Reid's first season, he actually gave Staley 325 carries. Of course, Donovan McNabb was a rookie quarterback that year, and journeyman Doug Pederson, who started most of the games, wasn't suited to run Reid's attack to its pass-happiest. Later, Brian Westbrook was a legitimate home-run hitter as a ball-carrier, but to be fair, Reid probably was correct to be cautious about Westbrook because of his susceptibility to injury.
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August 18, 2010 | By LES BOWEN, bowenl@phillynews.com
BETHLEHEM - Duce Staley didn't do what LeSean McCoy did as a rookie. Like most first-year players, Staley spent his initial NFL season watching and learning. He returned kicks, very well - 24.2-yard average - but Rickey Watters was the Eagles' go-to back in 1997 and Staley, a third-round rookie from South Carolina, managed just seven carries for 29 yards, two catches for 22 more. The next year, though, Watters was gone and Staley did what the Eagles expect McCoy to do this season - he took over as the featured back.
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December 10, 2007 | By MARCUS HAYES, hayesm@phillynews.com
"Buddy Lee" is busted. Injuries, age and death in his family have ended the career of Duce Staley, whose hard-nosed running often served as the best hope for Eagles teams of the late-1990s. Now hobbled and humbled, Staley, sporting a new Mitchell & Ness vintage Eagles varsity jacket, yesterday announced his retirement in the city where his 10-year career flourished. "I had a lot of great years here, made a lot of great friends," said Staley, whose teammates anointed him with the Lee Jeans doll who was so tough, like the jeans, you "Can't bust 'em. " Last year Staley, 32, endured the death of his father, Lannie, 55, of lung and stomach cancer, and the shocking death of his brother, Travis, who, at 25, died from a sudden onset of diabetes.
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August 26, 2007 | By Don McKee, Inquirer Columnist
One of life's little mysteries reared its ugly head again last week. Why is my favorite Eagle always cut, released, allowed to leave, or just plain dumped? It's uncanny. Duce Staley, Jeremiah Trotter I, Brian Mitchell, Troy Vincent, Hugh Douglas, Terrell Owens, Jeff Garcia, and Jeremiah Trotter II. All personal faves. All gone. The Phillies, on the other hand, have it right. As soon as I work up a healthy disdain for a certain guy, he's gone. Curt Schilling, Scott Rolen, David Bell, Mike Lieberthal, Bobby Abreu.
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April 30, 2007 | By BERNARD FERNANDEZ, fernanb@phillynews.com
With Brian Westbrook providing all manner of sprinkles in the featured role, no one could say the Eagles' running backs were plain vanilla in 2006. But, with the addition of Tony Hunt, the big, physical back who rushed for 1,386 yards as a Penn State senior, coach Andy Reid might be ready to again scoop out the touches in a flavorful variety. "He gives us another flavor back there, a bit of a changeup," Reid said of the 6-2, 230-pound Hunt, whom the Eagles selected in the third round, the 90th pick overall.
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October 20, 2005 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Eagles have figured out how to stop the run - let Andy Reid call the plays - and now Brian Westbrook wants them to figure out how to start it again. Obviously frustrated by the Eagles' pass-happy offense, Westbrook made a plea yesterday for restoring some semblance of a running game. "As a running back, you want to run the ball," Westbrook said before the Eagles' practice at the NovaCare Complex. "That's the only thing that disappoints me. We haven't had the opportunity to run the ball as much as I think we can with the quality of offensive line we have.
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