March 7, 2012 |
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.
December 19, 1988 |
"I have a dream," the Eagles said. Every darn one of them. "A lot of guys in here have never been to a playoff game, like myself," said defensive tackle Mike Pitts, who toiled for four years in Atlanta before reaching what suddenly has become the promised land. "We're willing to work, do anything we can, just to keep our dream alive. That's what we have, a dream to go to the Super Bowl. And that's what we're going to do. " It is hard to doubt anything about the Eagles these days.
August 31, 1989 |
Just 10 days before their season opener, the Eagles finally have all of their players under contract - and have added a player. Defensive tackle Mike Pitts, a holdout for 37 days, signed a two-year contract yesterday. And tight end Jimmie Giles, who played for the Eagles in 1987 and 1988 and was waived Monday by the Los Angeles Raiders, signed a one- year contract and practiced with the team yesterday afternoon. Giles took the roster spot of guard Ron Solt, who was placed on the reserve-non-football illness list after he was suspended Tuesday by the NFL for testing positive for steroid use. No one was dropped from the roster yesterday to make room for Pitts.
December 11, 1990 |
Not all of the Eagles' medical news was bad yesterday. Defensive tackle Mike Pitts, who has missed the last 11 games because of an injury to his left knee, might be activated for Sunday's game against Green Bay. Pitts will have his knee examined today by team physician Dr. Vincent DiStefano. If DiStefano feels the knee is strong enough, Pitts probably will be brought off the club's injured reserve list later this week. "I'm very hopeful," said Pitts, 30. "Right now, I'm more anxious than anything.
September 18, 1990 |
There was an undercurrent of anger in the solemn mood in the Eagles' locker room yesterday, one day after their surprising loss to the Phoenix Cardinals. As head coach Buddy Ryan gamely defended his 0-2 team from a sudden onslaught of criticism, his players did not try to hide their disappointment. One by one, as they returned from their usual Monday run, they spoke of how, in a team meeting yesterday morning, they had taken turns talking about how to put the Cardinals' upset behind them.
November 24, 1987 |
Poking through the rubble, Eagles coach Buddy Ryan remained upbeat. The terrible effort against the St. Louis Cardinals was 24 hours old. The ink on the 31-19 score was dry. The reality of the disaster was recognized. But the gaze was forward. And the prediction offered by Ryan about this week's game at New England - a game in which the world will find out the stuff of which the Eagles are made - was positive. "They're going to be ready to play - there's no question about it in my mind," Ryan said at his weekly news conference.
September 9, 1987 |
An anxious world will get a peek at Keith Byars in action Sunday when the Eagles travel to Washington for their regular-season opener. But just a peek. It will be a glimpse, a quick show for Byars - maybe five carries scattered through the game, tops. Meanwhile, the Eagles will carry on with halfback Anthony Toney, who has shown some sparkle, and fullback Michael Haddix as their backfield tandem. But for the Eagles, it will be a meaningful glimpse into what the future holds for last year's No. 1 draft pick, who is recovering from a broken bone in his left foot suffered at minicamp in May. Apart from a few training-camp bumps and bruises and the soreness that lingers from the injury, Byars says he is ready.
September 3, 1992 |
Jerome Brown's last goal-line stand tells it all. December 22, 1991. Eagles vs. Redskins. Already eliminated from postseason play, Brown and his teammates were playing for pride. They were playing to finish with 10 wins for the fourth consecutive year. They were playing to prove that Bud Carson's magnificent green tide was the undisputed best in football, first in overall stats, first against the run, first against the pass. And, as usual, they were doing it all by themselves.
September 17, 1990 |
By now it has become obvious that, offensive problems aside, the Eagles aren't going to go until they remember how to stop. In the wake of yesterday's shocking 23-21 loss to the lowly Cardinals, no one can seriously argue that the Eagles' once-formidable defense is playing with the fire, smarts and savagery that it had displayed in other seasons under Buddy Ryan. Consider some statistical evidence: The Eagles have given up 50 points in their first two games, an increase of eight points a game over last year.
December 30, 1990 |
Timm Rosenbach, quarterback for the Phoenix Cardinals, finished yesterday's game having suffered nothing worse than a broken toenail. Considering the mayhem the Eagles' defense has visited upon opposing quarterbacks this year, he can be considered fortunate. But what neither Rosenbach nor the Cardinals could manage was that most sacred of NFL objectives - setting up the pass with the run. For Phoenix, the job shouldn't have been as difficult as it was. Running back Johnny Johnson came in with 895 yards, putting him in the top five among NFC rushers.