October 6, 1997 |
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.
January 13, 2011 |
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.
August 3, 1994 |
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.
June 16, 1994 |
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.
October 27, 1997 |
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.
December 10, 1996 |
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]
July 16, 1994 |
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.
February 26, 1999 |
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.
July 25, 1994 |
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.
June 7, 1995 |
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.