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October 6, 1997 | by Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Writer
Some of the players on the Eagles' beleaguered special-teams units swelled with pride. They had not, after yesterday's 24-10 over Washington at Veterans Stadium, played a major role in another tough Eagles loss. Considering the Birds faced Brian Mitchell, who might be the most incendiary kick returner in the league over the past few years, and considering that Mitchell's doings had practically no impact on the game, there probably was reason for pride. In reality, though, problems remained.
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January 13, 2011 | By MARCUS HAYES, hayesm@phillynews.com
IT WAS GETTING colder and dimmer, but Duce Staley stayed outside. First, he shoved LeSean McCoy right. Then, he pushed Owen Schmitt forward. Staley was reinforcing techniques and assignments in advance of the Eagles' wild-card playoff game against Green Bay. He was teaching the Eagles' running backs how to deal with blitzing linebackers, Staley's forte as a running back with the Eagles from 1997 to 2003. This is the beginning of Staley's new career. He hopes, like his fellow former Eagles, it is his job for a long time.
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August 3, 1994 | by Kevin Mulligan, Daily News Sports Writer
Comebacking wide receiver Fred Barnett will be among a large group of Eagles held out of the team's first exhibition game Friday night in Chicago. Barnett has looked outstanding in practices and is close to 100 percent recovered from 1993 knee surgery, but head coach Rich Kotite will keep him and several other nicked or knee-braced veterans out of action against the Bears. It is a smart move, considering Barnett is getting all the work he needs with quarterback Randall Cunningham in practice and needs just one exhibition game to be sharp for the Sept.
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June 16, 1994 | by Paul Domowitch, Daily News Sports Writer
Having washed the bad taste of the Richard Dent negotiations from their mouths, the Eagles are ready to resume their free-agency talent hunt. They will bring in six free agents today, including three safeties, for physicals and workouts. The three safeties are ex-Eagle John Booty, who was recently released by the Arizona Cardinals, Mike Zordich, of the Cardinals and Lonnie Young, of the New York Jets. The other three players are punter Harry Newsome, wide receiver-kick returner Clarence Verdin and linebacker Mickey Pruitt.
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October 27, 1997 | by Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Writer
Rookie free agent Chad Lewis caught the game-winning touchdown pass with 45 seconds to play and immediately threw the ball into the crowd - a heck of a toss into Section 334. That was doubly unfortunate because not only was it possibly the best toss of the day by an Eagle (given the performance of Eagles quarterback Rodney Peete), but Lewis found that the league fines players who throw balls into the stands. "They're going to fine me $2,000," said an incredulous Lewis, no doubt considering his salary of about $135,000 - a nice take for the average Joe, but measly money for a pro football player.
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December 10, 1996 | by Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Writer
Troy Vincent might play Saturday. Brian Dawkins probably won't. Vincent, the Eagles' big free-agent signing at cornerback this season, strained the patella tendon in his right knee in last Thursday's loss in Indianapolis. Team doctors thought more might be wrong with the knee, but an MRI Friday showed no additional damage. Vincent was concerned that the badly swollen knee, which he had injured badly in 1993, might be worse than initially diagnosed. "I knew I didn't tear anything," Vincent said, "but I banged it. I was kind of uneasy, because it took a while for the results to come in [Friday night]
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July 16, 1994 | By S.A. Paolantonio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The Eagles signed third-round pick Eric Zomalt to a series of three one- year contracts yesterday, leaving just the team's two top draft choices unsigned - left offensive tackle Bernard Williams and running back Charlie Garner. Zomalt, 5-11, 197, will compete for the starting strong-safety position. "I feel that I am ready to start," said Zomalt, who was first-team all- Pac-10 at the University of California. "But that's just the kind of player I am. I want to play. I did just about everything in college.
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February 26, 1999 | by Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Writer
The question: Should the Eagles exchange one aging safety for another? Mike Zordich is not expected back after his 12th NFL season, the last five of which he spent as the Eagles' starting strong safety. Yesterday the team entertained Steve Atwater, a 10-year veteran recently cut by the Broncos. Denver could not justify a $3.3 million salary-cap hit for a player relegated to run-stopping. Atwater was removed on passing downs. While both are in the twilight of their careers, Atwater, who played free safety for the Broncos, played at a level far above Zordich's.
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July 25, 1994 | By S.A. Paolantonio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER Inquirer staff writer Ron Reid contributed to this article
The Eagles, and probably every other NFL team, will consider the possibility of carrying two kickers on the roster this season, now that kickoffs will be made from the 30-yard line, rather than the 35. "The return game has changed, since the ball is on the 30 now," said Eagles coach Rich Kotite. "So it's a serious consideration. " Placekicker Eddie Murray, 37, is very accurate. But he doesn't have the strongest leg in the NFL, by far. Rookie punter Mitch Berger kicked off at Colorado.
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June 7, 1995 | By S.A. Paolantonio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ol' No. 20 was back at Veterans Stadium yesterday. Andre Waters - one of the NFL's fiercest hitters in his prime - was invited to Philadelphia by coach Ray Rhodes, who asked him to work out and give the Eagles one more year. Does he have anything left? "I think I can play one more year - to offer leadership to the young guys on this team and Ray Rhodes," said Waters, who was hobbled by injuries last year in Arizona and released by Buddy Ryan. "But, mainly, I want to get the opportunity to retire with the team I started with.
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June 19, 2014 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
JUST A FEW years ago, an NFL rookie whose college worked on the quarter system might report to training camp far behind his peers. Ed Reynolds and the Eagles are hoping technology has at least partly bridged that gap. Reynolds, the fifth-round safety from Stanford, was prohibited by NFL rule from taking part in the bulk of the Eagles' OTA work because, until last week, his school was still holding class - unlike schools on the semester setup, which...
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September 23, 2012 | By Emily Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Michael Zordich first came to Penn State, he practiced as a linebacker. But sometime in his freshman season, the coaches switched him to fullback. His teammates were impressed. "I had no clue he had it in him," right guard John Urschel said. "He was just running people over. From then on, I knew. He's just a hitter. " And from then on, Urschel said, no Penn State player has doubted what Zordich is capable of. After Penn State's 24-13 win over Temple (1-2) on Saturday at Beaver Stadium, no Penn State fan should doubt Zordich's potential either.
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July 26, 2012 | By Les Bowen and Daily News Staff Writer
BETHLEHEM — The safeties Mike Zordich coaches are among the biggest question marks/lightning rods for Eagles fans this summer. So when probing from reporters about missed tackles and faulty coverage is the easy part of an interview, you know Zordich is not having a fun time. The Eagles made their defensive position coaches available Tuesday, and everyone wanted to talk to Zordich. About the safeties, eventually, but first, about Penn State, where Zordich was a consensus All-America in 1985, playing for Jerry Sandusky and Joe Paterno, before a 12-year NFL career.
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May 31, 2012 | By Jeff McLane and Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writers
Mike Zordich was like many who believed that the Eagles would (should?) add another safety this offseason. "I thought that was going to happen, too," the Eagles' safeties coach said Tuesday. "I did. But I think when you reflect back and look at the whole year and the growth that happened with these guys, I know I'm very comfortable with them. " "These guys" are Nate Allen, Kurt Coleman, and Jaiquawn Jarrett. Allen and Coleman played together most of last season and began this spring as the starters.
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May 30, 2012 | By Jonathan Tamari, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
With Asante Samuel traded to Atlanta, the thinking goes, the Eagles will turn to press coverage in their secondary, the better to suit the preferred style of their new cornerback tandem, Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. But Eagles coaches say it's not so simple. They don't expect to have a defense defined by a single style. "The advantage is mixing up the coverages," new secondary coach Todd Bowles said Tuesday. "If you say you're a press team or a zone team, there's some smart coaches in this league, they're going to find enough to take that away, so you've got to do a good job of mixing both of them.
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December 18, 2011
ON THE DOCKET Eagles at Cowboys Dec. 24, 4:15 p.m. (Channel 29) The Eagles could be playing out the string, miles from home on Christmas Eve, or could still be breathing in the NFC East race and maybe even the wild-card race. The odds are stacked against this being a meaningful game for the Eagles, but it's still the Eagles-Cowboys. No matter the records, it's a big game for Philly fans. BIRD TRENDS * First things first: Heard on the radio yesterday that the Eagles can be eliminated from playoff contention before they take the field at 4:15 Sunday against the Jets.
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August 7, 2011 | By Jonathan Tamariand Jeff McLane, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The revolving door at right tackle may be slowing down. Ryan Harris was back at the position Sunday, getting his second consecutive day of work with the first-team offense. That's a change from recent days, when each morning seemed to bring a new face to the position responsible for watching Michael Vick's back. King Dunlap , Austin Howard , and Fenuki Tupou have taken turns at the spot. But Harris, the most experienced, has also looked the most impressive, by far. Over the last two days he has faced Jason Babin's speed and Juqua Parker's power and held them both off. "Our new guy got in there for two days in a row, so I guess that's saying something," coach Andy Reid said.
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February 5, 2011 | By LES BOWEN, bowenl@phillynews.com
DALLAS - One guy you might expect to be critical of the Eagles' decision to make Juan Castillo their defensive coordinator would be the man Castillo replaced. But Sean McDermott had nothing but good things to say yesterday about the offensive line coach he worked with for 12 Eagles seasons. "Juan has worked extremely hard for an opportunity like this," McDermott said during a weekend break in Philadelphia from his job as the Carolina Panthers' new defensive coordinator. But isn't McDermott, dismissed last month after two seasons as Jim Johnson's successor, a little surprised to be replaced by somebody who hasn't coached defense since 1989 in a Texas high school?
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February 3, 2011 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
DALLAS - Asante Samuel voiced perhaps the same words that fans and Eagles watchers across the country uttered when he was informed that Juan Castillo was his new defensive coordinator. "The offensive line coach?" the Eagles cornerback said. Samuel was not the only Eagle to be shocked by a move that could rival the decision to sign Michael Vick for an organization often known for its deliberate style. Center Mike McGlynn was home in Ohio when a reporter told him that Castillo was no longer his position coach and now the leader of the Eagles' defense.
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