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July 19, 1996 | For The Inquirer / BILL CAIN
Enjoying the NFL Experience, Kerri Kappler, 8, of Levittown, kicks a ball at the Eagles' training camp at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa. The interactive football event offers nine activities to try.
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August 30, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
FOR MORE than a few of the 75 players on the Eagles' roster, tonight's game at the Jets will be the last time they will pull on a football jersey, the end of something they've devoted their lives to since they were in elementary school. That is a serious and solemn thing, even as we roll our eyes at the idea of having to watch a preseason game minus starters, to be contested at least partly among men who will never play a down in the NFL. The cutdown to the regular-season roster limit of 53 by 4 p.m. Saturday looms.
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March 7, 2012 | BY MARK KRAM, Daily News Staff Writer
AS WORD has spread that New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams paid his players bonuses if they took out the opposition - which is to say, injuring them with intent - it came as no surprise to Eagles fans of a certain age. The so-called "Bounty Bowl" between the Eagles and Cowboys in 1989 has become a staple of team lore. To revisit what happened that Thanksgiving Day: In the aftermath of a hard hit by Eagles linebacker Jessie Small on Cowboys placekicker Luis Zendejas - who left the game with a concussion - Dallas coach Jimmy Johnson alleged that Eagles coach Buddy Ryan had placed a $200 bounty on Zendejas.
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August 8, 2013 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
The Eagles' plan for handling the Riley Cooper situation became clear Tuesday. There is no plan. There never was. The team acted quickly to fine Cooper for his videotaped racist threat, then ducked low and hoped it would all blow over. The assumption that Cooper went to some kind of sensitivity training or counseling program appears incorrect. The Eagles excused him from team activities on Friday so he could "seek assistance. " Coach Chip Kelly said there was no timetable for Cooper's return.
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March 14, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
JUST AS FANS started to get good and worked up about the Eagles' inactivity in the early hours of free agency, the team dropped a load of signings on the reeling Twitterverse. Five new Eagles joined the roster, though they weren't the splashy, top-of-the-market guys some fans always seem to want, in the face of solid evidence that trying to build a winner that way doesn't work. The signings reflected what general manager Howie Roseman and new coach Chip Kelly said in the weeks leading up to the opening of the market: The Eagles need players, as they transition from the Andy Reid era to new systems.
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August 12, 2007 | By Ashley Fox, Inquirer Staff Writer
1 Steve Van Buren. The best ever. How do you judge? How do you cross eras and compare? Just what is universal, what is the tipping point, what is the criteria for such an honor as being named the best ever for a franchise that has existed for more than seven decades? Championships. When it comes down to it, the game of football is about winning championships, and no one was more instrumental in bringing not one, but two championships to the city of Philadelphia than Steve Van Buren.
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October 11, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Marcus Smith stays off Twitter and Instagram to avoid the criticism he may receive from fans, but he can't always evade his family. "I got uncles that are really passionate about football," the Eagles linebacker said. "They see me do something wrong in the game, they'll send me a text and try to correct it. Sometimes I don't text back. " Smith is already under enough pressure. Drafted in the first round by the Eagles, the rookie has played sparingly in his first five games and only because of injuries.
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March 7, 2013 | Jenice Armstron, Daily News Columnist
PRETTY WOMEN in high-heeled, rhinestone-trimmed sneakers girl-tossing a pink football to each other. That's what I halfway expected to see the night I went to watch Philly's lingerie football team do some off-season conditioning. Boy, did I have it wrong. If they started out in makeup, they'd sweated it off by the time I got there. In fact, there was nothing the least bit glamorous about the Philadelphia Passion players I saw at 7 Deuce Sports, in Medford, N.J., last week. The women, whose team is part of the recently renamed Legends Football League , were hitting it hard, to the point that a few were hobbling.
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March 30, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
DeSean Jackson didn't change; the Eagles did when Chip Kelly became head coach. The Eagles knew about Jackson's alleged gang connections, his problems with authority, and his locker-room dramas long before Friday, when they released the wide receiver. They knew what they were getting when they drafted him in 2008. So for the team to imply that his off-the-field behavior or an NJ.com report that detailed his alleged connection to reputed members of the Los Angeles-based Crips gang had anything to do with the wide receiver's release would be disingenuous.
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November 18, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Mark Sanchez's history hangs over his head like an anvil, and since he joined the Eagles, the thread that holds it there never has looked as thin as it did Sunday. This is not about blaming Sanchez for the Eagles' humiliation at Lambeau Field, for a 53-20 loss that represented perhaps the lowest moment of Chip Kelly's 26-game tenure as head coach. Sanchez was just one of many offenders Sunday, and from Kelly's failure to prepare his team for a championship-caliber opponent to a defense that could neither rattle Aaron Rodgers nor cover any of the Packers receivers, there are plenty of places and players who bear responsibility.
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November 21, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles' offensive line established a high standard last season, bolstered by two Pro Bowlers on the left side and the same quintet playing 98.3 percent of the offensive snaps. The absence of that continuity has affected the entire offense this season. "We're a ways off as far as production from last year," right tackle Lane Johnson said. "We're trying to make the best of it. . . . It's not the same as last year as far as continuity, so that's the big difference. " The Eagles could start their seventh offensive-line combination in 11 games on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans.
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November 21, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
LeSean McCoy appeared offended by the notion that he might not be the same player he was last year, when he led the NFL in rushing. "Man, listen: I don't care what's out there," the Eagles running back told reporters Wednesday. "I'm not going to address, 'Am I the same player?' For what? What are we talking about, am I the same player? That's for you all to figure out. Are you crazy? Am I the same player? I am the same player. " McCoy, 26, has answered these types of questions seemingly each week.
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November 21, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
IT SEEMS most likely that the Eagles' running game isn't clicking because the offensive line hasn't quite come together, with key players still working back into top form after missing time with injuries. And it's apparent opponents are gearing up to shut down LeSean McCoy. But as McCoy's yards per carry average dwindles - he's at a career-low 3.7 this season, after gaining 88 yards on 23 carries in Sunday's blowout loss to the Packers - inevitably, the NFL's 2013 rushing leader faces questions about his abilities.
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November 21, 2014 | BY JAKE KAPLAN, Daily News Staff Writer kaplanj@phillynews.com
SINCE BREAKING into the NFL 5 years ago, Andrew Gardner has practiced as an offensive tackle at times, other times as a guard. His first season with the Eagles has followed that trend, the journeyman lineman serving in the "guard-tackle" role also used to describe Allen Barbre and Matt Tobin. And so Gardner keeps getting the same question: At which position is he most comfortable? "It really comes down to what I've practiced the most, most recently," Gardner said after yesterday's practice.
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November 20, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE EAGLES' defensive meltdown Sunday at Green Bay began with a faulty assumption that the Packers would want to run more than they did. It continued with a fatal inability to generate enough pressure to make Aaron Rodgers uncomfortable, and too often it ended with Bradley Fletcher flailing ineffectively at Jordy Nelson or occasionally Randall Cobb somewhere downfield, as yet another Rodgers pass settled into the hands of a Packers receiver. As always, it was that last part that got everyone's attention.
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November 20, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
LAST SEASON, Earl Wolff made mistakes, but they tended to be aggressive mistakes, the kind coaches forgive in rookies. This season, Wolff never really emerged as the challenger to starting safety Nate Allen that the Eagles envisioned. Wolff's play was hesitant, and he still didn't show much of a grasp of the defense. After starting for Allen Nov. 2 in Houston, when Allen rested an ailing hamstring, Wolff was inactive against Carolina and Green Bay - a sure sign that his play against the Texans hadn't excited anyone.
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November 20, 2014 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
A YEAR ago, when their offensive line was healthy and dominant and their star running back was gobbling up yards at a franchise-record pace, a 109-yard rushing performance like the one Sunday against the Packers would be considered a disappointment; a too-small fish that would get tossed back into the lake. But given the struggles of the Eagles' run game this season, no fish is too small, especially when it's caught in an otherwise forgettable, 33-point loss. "I felt we ran the ball with consistency the other night," offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said.
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November 20, 2014 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Staff Writer
THE SUN shone brightly in eastern Pennsylvania yesterday, a dazzling change from the Monday-morning hangover weather: endless clouds and drizzle, brought, perhaps, by the rainmaker passes thrown by Aaron Rodgers. By yesterday the region was well into recovery from post-Packers malaise; buoyed, perhaps, by a thrilling Steelers win in Nashville against the team that visits Philadelphia on Sunday. Yesterday might have been bright, but it was bone-chilling; a fitting circumstance, considering the cold reality that confronts the Eagles as they come down the homestretch.
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November 20, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sitting in a booth atop Lambeau Field on Sunday, Eagles defensive coordinator Bill Davis considered making a change as he watched starting cornerback Bradley Fletcher become a frequent target of Green Bay's Aaron Rodgers. Davis ultimately decided to keep Fletcher in the game and was encouraged by the way he played in the second half. Fletcher is starting again on Sunday against the Tennessee Titans. "Yes, he is," Davis said Tuesday. "Absolutely. " Fletcher was not available for comment.
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November 20, 2014 | By Zach Berman and Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writers
The Eagles placed safety Earl Wolff on injured reserve with a knee injury Tuesday, ending a disappointing season for the 2013 fifth-round pick who has been affected by the injury since the summer. They signed cornerback Roc Carmichael to fill Wolff's roster spot. Wolff, a healthy scratch for the last two games, was not listed on the injury report last week. But he suffered a right knee injury last season and dealt with problems again during training camp. Wolff lost a competition with Nate Allen for a starting spot and has not played to his potential.
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