December 4, 1987 |
It was late on a brilliant Sunday afternoon when Marion Campbell walked into a cold, damp storage room under the grandstands at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium and began to explain, for the 57th time in his head-coaching career, why his team had just lost. His ears were red from the hoots and jeers that had punctuated another gruesome day, his cherubic face had lost all traces of whimsy, and even his warm Southern drawl had dissolved into a tired, hollow croak. "It's tough to take," he said, shaking his head.
December 24, 1986 |
Former Eagles coach Dick Vermeil said last night that he was deliberating a return to coaching after receiving a highly attractive offer from the Atlanta Falcons. In a phone conversation from his parents' home in Calistoga, Calif., Vermeil said he had been contacted by Taylor Smith, the Falcons' corporate secretary and the son of team owner Rankin Smith Sr., shortly after the NFL club fired Dan Henning as head coach on Monday. "What happened was that after they fired their coach, they asked me if we could get together about me running the football team," said Vermeil, who compiled a 57-51 record over seven years in Philadelphia and took the Eagles to the Super Bowl after the 1980 season.
April 18, 1986 |
The Eagles yesterday made Reggie Wilkes happy in probably the only way possible - by trading the disgruntled veteran linebacker to the Atlanta Falcons for a seventh-round draft choice. Wilkes, who had been recently demoted from starter to third stringer as part of the roster purge planned by new coach Buddy Ryan, has cause to be delighted with the trade. Not only will he leave the employ of Ryan, a coach who did nothing to hide his low opinion of Wilkes' skills, but he also will be reunited with Marion Campbell in Atlanta, where the former Eagles head coach is now employed as the Falcons defensive coordinator.
February 4, 1987 |
The Atlanta Falcons, frustrated in their attempts to find an outside "name" coach to succeed ousted head coach Dan Henning, yesterday promoted defensive coordinator Marion Campbell, a former Eagles head coach, to the job. Atlanta had fired Campbell from the head-coaching job more than a decade ago. The Falcons fired Henning on Dec. 22, after a 7-8-1 season. The team then offered his job to former Eagles coach Dick Vermeil, and then to UCLA coach Terry Donahue. Both declined.
October 22, 1986 |
Cornerback Herman Edwards, cut by the Eagles in August and then by the Rams in October, has caught on with a different team, one he calls "Philadelphia South. " Edwards signed a one-year contract with the Atlanta Falcons on Monday, reuniting him with two of his former Eagles teammates - Reggie Wilkes and Joel Williams, both traded during Buddy Ryan's housecleaning. The move also brings Edwards back together with his old coach - Marion Campbell, the ex-Eagles coach who is now the defensive coordinator in Atlanta.
October 2, 1986 |
One year later, the wound is not completely healed. One year after Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski was benched for about a month by then-coach Marion Campbell, Jaworski's emotions still smolder. "Probably the only thing that always disturbed me was what I read in the papers," Jaworski said yesterday, four days before he and the Eagles get a shot at the defense Campbell now coordinates for the Atlanta Falcons. "You guys would talk to him about it and he would say, 'Hey, I can't look back.
October 7, 1986 |
While his revived team was breathing new life yesterday, Eagles coach Buddy Ryan was breathing fire again. During his weekly news conference at Veterans Stadium, Ryan said he was pleased with the 16-0 upset of Atlanta on Sunday, but then he lambasted defensive end Byron Darby and strong safety Andre Waters for "dumb" plays, hinted at more roster moves and took mild pokes at the front office and at former Eagles coach Marion Campbell. In a return to the feisty style that marked his first eight months as Eagles coach - and was largely absent after the team lost its first three games - Ryan focused much of his commentary not on how far the Eagles have come in two impressive victories, but on how far they still have to go. A case in point, he said, was a play in the opening minutes of Sunday's game, a play on which Darby prolonged a Falcons drive and nearly handed Atlanta an early lead by roughing quarterback David Archer and drawing a 15- yard penalty for a personal foul.
December 26, 1986 |
The way Dick Vermeil was talking last night, he has a pretty good idea whether he will accept the Atlanta Falcons' proposal to return to NFL head coaching. But he isn't ready to make any announcements. "I think I know what I want to do, but I'm not sure," Vermeil said from his parents' Calistoga, Calif., home, where he said he spent a quiet Christmas with family and friends. "Saturday, I'm going down and spending the day with (San Francisco 49ers head coach) Bill Walsh, and by the time I have half a bottle of Napa Valley wine with Bill Walsh Saturday night, I think I'll probably know what I'm going to do," he said.
February 6, 1987 |
All-star forward Ralph Sampson underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee yesterday and could rejoin the Houston Rockets before the end of the season. Team spokesman Jim Foley said the surgery was performed in Charlottesville, Va., by Dr. Frank McCue to remove cartilage damaged in Tuesday night's game against visiting Denver. Sampson slipped on the Summit floor in the first quarter while trying to get into defensive position. Guards Walt Frazier and Pete Maravich and forward Rick Barry are among five players newly elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
March 5, 1987 |
Former Eagles coach Marion Campbell offered some warm words for Ron Jaworski yesterday, but no cold cash. On the day that the Eagles placed Jaworski on waivers, Campbell said there was almost no chance that he and the veteran quarterback would be reunited in Atlanta, where Campbell was recently named head coach. "I've got a lot of respect for Ron's ability, but I don't think we'll be involved in the bidding," he said. "You never say never, but (David) Archer's my starting quarterback, and I don't want to do anything that would distract him. I don't want him worried about somebody coming in and taking his job. That wouldn't be right.