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January 14, 2009 | By PAUL DOMOWITCH, pdomo@aol.com
Editor's note: This story originally appeared in the Daily News on July 12, 2005. IT WILL BE remembered as one of the great lies in Philadelphia sports history, uttered by a man whose only concern at the time was appeasing his creditors and getting back to the blackjack table so he could lose what was left of his fortune. In 1984, a forgettable 6-9-1 Eagles season was interrupted by the unsettling news that financially strapped club owner Leonard Tose was considering selling a chunk of his team to Phoenix-based real-estate developer James Monaghan and - gulp - moving it to the Valley of the Sun. The Eagles in . . . Phoenix?
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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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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 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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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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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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April 4, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jordan Matthews spoke to teammates Riley Cooper and Josh Huff, and the message he delivered was to disregard the perception that the Eagles need a No. 1 wide receiver after Jeremy Maclin left for Kansas City. "People ask me about being the No. 1 wide receiver; Forget it," Matthews said in a telephone interview Thursday. "I want us to be a receiving corps. That's what I want it to be. " Maclin finished with 85 catches for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns last season while playing 87 percent of the snaps.
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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 15, 2015
The Eagles will have five organized offseason activities camps (OTAs), starting with a rookie session May 8-10, which is a week after the NFL draft. All minicamps will take place at the team's NovaCare practice facility. The Eagles' other three OTA camps will take place May 26-28, June 1-2 and 4, June 8-11, and a mandatory camp June 16-18. Training camp begins in July.
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January 21, 2003
Ouch.
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April 11, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
After spending 10 years with the Eagles and signing with the Indianapolis Colts last month, Trent Cole and Todd Herremans will not need to wait long to return to Philadelphia. The Colts will visit the Eagles for the preseason opener in August, the first of the team's four-game slate announced Thursday. The other opponents are the Baltimore Ravens, Green Bay Packers, and New York Jets. The dates and times will be announced later. The Eagles will not play the New England Patriots, which means they will not have joint practices with the defending Super Bowl champions after the two teams worked together during the last two preseasons.
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April 10, 2015 | BY PAUL DOMOWITCH, Daily News Staff Writer pdomo@aol.com
'I'M JUST a kid from north Philly. The streets were my playground. Hunting Park was my field for baseball, at which I was not very good. And the alleys were my hiding place. But there was always one continuous factor in my childhood. In fact, in my whole life. And that was that I loved football. "I didn't get big, but I gave it a shot when I could. Both in high school and in the sandlots. I was blessed to do the next best thing. I worked in professional football. The Philadelphia Eagles became my second home.
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April 10, 2015
WE DON'T know the exact dates, but the NFL announced its preseason games yesterday. The Eagles will open with two games at home, the first against the Indianapolis Colts somewhere between Aug. 13 and Aug. 17. Andrew Luck quarterbacks the Colts, of course, but they also feature longtime Eagles stalwarts Trent Cole and Todd Herremans, recently released by the Birds after 10 seasons here. They also have running back Frank Gore, who changed his mind about signing with the Eagles to go to Indy, a decision that might have led to the Birds' signing of DeMarco Murray.
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April 10, 2015 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
UNTIL IT becomes official on draft day, until Roger Goodell stands at the podium and announces to all the world that someone else has wed Marcus Mariota, there will be people clinging to the hope that Chip Kelly will find a way to rescue the former Oregon quarterback from the clutches of Ken Whisenhunt or some other head coach who has no clue how to maximize his talents, and they will live happily ever after at One NovaCare Way. Hell, even after...
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April 10, 2015 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Before the first and only time he coached against a Chip Kelly offense, Jeff Casteel spent a desert summer morning in the cool comfort of his new office at the University of Arizona, watching film of the 2012 Rose Bowl. Arizona had hired Casteel to be its defensive coordinator on Jan. 14, just 12 days after Kelly's Oregon Ducks had run over Wisconsin, 45-38, in Pasadena, racking up 345 rushing yards, conjuring big plays out of what's supposed to be football's most conservative play call: a handoff.
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April 10, 2015
PATRICK CHUNG made the blood of Eagles fans run cold. Chung lacked closing speed; played without instinct; cost the Eagles innumerable yards in his 15 starts at safety in 2013. In a secondary devoid of playmakers on a defense full of uninspiring players, Chung was the poster child for its ineffectiveness and Exhibit A of Chip Kelly's obsession with employing his former Oregon Ducks. Generally considered the worst starter on a flawed squad, Chung was cut after the 2013 season.
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April 9, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Eagles signed defensive back E.J. Biggers and wide receiver Seyi Ajirotutu to one-year contracts Tuesday, adding more depth to positions of need. Biggers, 27, comes from the Washington Redskins and has played cornerback and safety during his five-year career. Ajirotutu, 27, spent most of his career in San Diego and has been a productive special-teams player. Both players were in Philadelphia on Tuesday. Biggers, who played for Tampa Bay during the first three seasons of his career before spending two years in Washington, is 6 feet and 185 pounds.
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April 9, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE EAGLES added a couple of guys yesterday who should compete for roster spots at positions of need this season in wideout Seyi Ajirotutu and defensive back E.J. Biggers. They both signed 1-year contracts. Ajirotutu, who turns 28 in June, was the Chargers' special-teams player of the year last season, having led the team in special-teams tackles in 2013 and 2014. Ajirotutu made the Chargers in 2010 as an undrafted rookie from Fresno State, was picked up on waivers by Carolina in 2011, and returned to San Diego in 2012.
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April 6, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
The best that can be said about the free-agent contracts Chip Kelly handed out this offseason is that he wants to win now. The Eagles coach identified players he wanted for his systems and made bold moves to acquire them over the last month. But that often meant overpaying when the market suggested he could have gotten free agents such as Byron Maxwell and DeMarco Murray for less. Kelly paid Maxwell more than $2 million more a year than any other team was willing to pay for the cornerback.
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April 4, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jordan Matthews spoke to teammates Riley Cooper and Josh Huff, and the message he delivered was to disregard the perception that the Eagles need a No. 1 wide receiver after Jeremy Maclin left for Kansas City. "People ask me about being the No. 1 wide receiver; Forget it," Matthews said in a telephone interview Thursday. "I want us to be a receiving corps. That's what I want it to be. " Maclin finished with 85 catches for 1,318 yards and 10 touchdowns last season while playing 87 percent of the snaps.
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