July 19, 1989 |
While Eagles right guard Ron Solt tries to revitalize an all-pro career jeopardized by surgery on both knees, a comeback attempt of equal importance is going on at left guard. It is there that Mike Schad is trying to overcome the stigma of having been overrated when he was a first-round draft choice three years ago. Schad, 25, is the 6-foot-5, 290-pound free agent whom Eagles coach Buddy Ryan has designated to replace David Alexander, who started 12 games last year but has been moved to center.
July 22, 1992 |
And you thought you were frustrated watching the Eagles' constantly juggled offensive line muddle through last season? Just try to imagine the exasperation of a 6-foot-5, 290-pound left guard named Mike Schad. After starting 13 of 17 games for the Eagles in 1990, Schad missed all of last season with an inflamed lower back that only rest could heal. No wonder Schad can hardly wait to plow under the nearest defensive tackle when the team's training camp begins Friday at West Chester.
September 14, 1992 |
In this corner, Randall Cunningham, wearing green and silver, weighing in at 205. In that corner, Mike Schad, 290, also wearing green and silver. And, in the middle, playing the Richard Steele role, David Alexander, 275 pounds of peacemaker. Happened in the fourth quarter, the Eagles leading, 24-14, deep in their territory, trying to chew up the clock. Schad gets involved in a shoving match after a second-down play and, while the officials reach ominously for the yellow flags, Cunningham screams at Schad to cool it. Alexander steps between them, but Cunningham persists.
December 5, 1991 |
Eagles guard Mike Schad, who has missed the entire season, flew to San Francisco two weeks ago expecting to hear spinal specialists tell him he needed back surgery and that his NFL career might be over. Instead, after a battery of tests and two weeks of intense therapy, Drs. Arthur White and Jeff Saul - the same doctors who performed 1986 spinal surgery on 49ers quarterback Joe Montana - have told Schad he will fully recover from a fracture of one of his lower vertebra and be 100 percent again next season.
September 17, 1993 |
Randall Cunningham figures it's worth paying linemen some pocket money to get some pocket protection. So Cunningham, who was sacked 64 times last season, is giving each lineman $500 every game he does not get sacked. Cunningham's already in for $3,000 - the reward for a sackless game in the home opener against Phoenix. That may not be pocket change to you. But for a big-bucks quarterback such as Cunningham, who makes about $156,000 per week, it's what Philly politicians like to call WAM - Walking Around Money.
September 5, 1986 |
The Los Angeles Rams yesterday signed former Eagles cornerback Herman Edwards. To make room for Edwards on the roster, the Rams placed top draft choice Mike Schad, an offensive tackle from Queens College in Canada, on injured reserve with recurring back problems. Edwards, who played nine years with the Eagles, was cut Aug. 25. The Pittsburgh Steelers said offensive lineman John Rienstra, their No. 1 draft pick out of Temple, will miss Sunday's opener in Seattle because of acute gastritis.
July 27, 1992 |
Comebacking Eagles guard Mike Schad left practice after 20 minutes yesterday afternoon complaining of back spasms. Normally, that would not rate a headline. But Schad was sidelined all of last season with a degenerative disk condition in his lower back, so his discomfort merited concern. "I think he might have slept on it funny," coach Rich Kotite said. "He got up this morning and it was stiff. " "It's nothing," Schad said. "I just need a different bed. " CORNERBACK SIGNED The Eagles have signed free-agent cornerback Bobby Humphery, a seven-year NFL veteran fresh from a season with the World League's San Antonio Riders, to a one-year contract.
September 25, 1990 |
Mike Schad's two favorite plays from Sunday's 27-21 Eagles win appear at the end of the last reel of the game film. They are known to the Eagles as Victory Plays. In each, quarterback Randall Cunningham took the snap, took one step back and kneeled to the turf, surrounded by a security force of linemen and offensive backs. For the Eagles' much-maligned offensive line, there was no sweeter reward for an effective afternoon of hard work against the Los Angeles Rams than not just one Victory Play, but two. The plays also were vindication for a rebuilt unit that often has been regarded as one of the Eagles' weakest.
February 16, 1993 |
It isn't just Reggie White who is wondering what the Eagles are up to. In the coming days, the club must make contract offers - or lose the rights - to 19 of its unsigned players. So far, the Eagles have been strangely silent. Like many NFL clubs, they are trying to figure their next move as the new free-agent system is ushered in. "I haven't heard anything," said Wes Hopkins, the veteran safety who stands to become a free agent. "They called me a few weeks ago to see if I planned to retire or come back.
July 10, 1991 |
Eagles legal counsel Bob Wallace and Marvin Demoff, the agent for No. 1 pick Antone Davis, met for first time yesterday. Progress was made, according to Wallace. Wallace flew to St. Louis to meet with Jim Steiner, the agent for starting left guard Mike Schad and running back Chuck Weatherspoon, a ninth-round draft pick. Demoff flew from Chicago to St. Louis to meet with Wallace and open negotiations on the tackle. "I've always felt that one good face-to-face meeting is worth five phone calls," Wallace said from St. Louis.