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June 21, 2012 | Associated Press
Anthony Hargrove says it wasn't him. In a 13-minute, nearly 1,500-word prepared statement, Hargrove emphatically said it was not his voice in the video clip used as evidence in the New Orleans Saints' bounty investigation. One day after Hargrove and three of his former Saints teammates formally appealed their suspensions, the Green Bay Packers defensive end held an informal news conference outside the NFL offices in Manhattan. In a passionate, direct tone, Hargrove maintained his innocence.
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January 5, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Sean Payton will meet Monday with New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis to discuss his future with the team. Twelve hundred miles to the northeast in Philadelphia, Eagles owner Jeff Lurie will be paying very close attention to how that discussion goes. According to a league source, Payton and Ravens head coach John Harbaugh are at the tippy-top of Lurie's wish list of candidates to replace Chip Kelly, who was fired last week. Lurie would seem to have almost no shot at getting Harbaugh, who spent 10 years as an assistant with the Eagles before getting hired by Baltimore in 2008.
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June 26, 2015 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Former New Orleans Saints head coach Jim Haslett has joined Penn State's football team as a consultant, the Nittany Lions said Wednesday. Haslett, a native of Pittsburgh, coached the Saints from 2000 through 2005 and led the team to its first playoff win. His most recent position came with the Washington Redskins, where he spent the last five years as defensive coordinator. Coach James Franklin's statement announcing the move did not mention whether Haslett would work in any specific area on offense, defense or special teams.
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May 15, 2013 | Associated Press
Penn State linebackers Gerald Hodges and Michael Mauti have signed contracts with Minnesota, the Vikings said Tuesday. Hodges, a Paulsboro graduate who will play one of the outside spots, was picked in the fourth round. Mauti, whose position is in the middle, was a seventh-round selection. Also signing was defensive tackle Everett Dawkins, a seventh-round pick out of Florida State. Muncie dies. Chuck Muncie, 60, a Pro Bowl running back with both the New Orleans Saints and San Diego Chargers, died of heart failure Monday at his Los Angeles-area home.
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July 5, 2012 | Associated Press
The New Orleans Saints continue to dominate the news cycle during the NFL's so-called offseason. In rapid fire announcements Tuesday, quarterback Drew Brees won his arbitration case against the team; NFL commissioner Roger Goodell rejected the appeals of four players suspended in connection with the league's investigation of the Saints' bounty program; and coach Sean Payton and his wife, Beth, filed divorce petitions. Arbitrator Stephen Burbank, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, ruled the Saints would have to give Brees a 44 percent raise, to about $23.5 million, if they applied the franchise tag to him again in 2013.
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March 15, 1995 | by Paul Domowitch, Daily News Sports Writer
If the New Orleans Saints are able to get cornerback Eric Allen's signature on an offer sheet, it appears they won't have to worry about the Eagles matching the offer. Eagles coach Ray Rhodes indicated yesterday he won't stand in Allen's way if the five-time Pro Bowler is determined to leave Philadelphia. "Eric has his mind made up about leaving," Rhodes said. "That's something he's very adamant about. I'll probably talk to him again. But at some point, we'll have to go in another direction.
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April 26, 1993 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Notre Dame's Irv Smith sat in the grand ballroom of the Marriott Marquis in New York City and fidgeted. The Eagles were due to pick 19th in the first round, and the 6-foot-3, 255- pound tight end, who played at Pemberton High School in South Jersey, was wondering if there was room for him in Rich Kotite's offense. "My agent (Jeff Irwin) called them near the 19th pick and they said they would take me on their 24th pick," Smith said. "I was disappointed that they didn't feel I could fulfill their needs.
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November 16, 1986 | By Ron Reid, Inquirer Staff Writer
Things started to go sour for the New Orleans Saints in 1967, about 10 seconds after the team launched its maiden season with one of the most misleading plays in NFL history. It occurred against the Los Angeles Rams, when Saints rookie John Gilliam returned the opening kickoff 94 yards for a touchdown. The Rams recovered to win, 27-13, and the Saints went on to finish their first season with a 3-11 record. As the NFL's most consistent and colorful losers for 19 seasons, the Saints maintained their residence at the bottom of pro football despite the efforts of nine head coaches, a legion of haggard assistants and some of the most intriguing names in professional football.
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January 14, 2014 | By Michael Harrington, Inquirer Staff Writer
Hey, Eagles fans got a playoff victory after all this season, thanks to New England and Denver. Birds quarterback Nick Foles, an alternate, is heading to the Pro Bowl in Honolulu on Jan. 26, because either the Patriots' Tom Brady or the Broncos' Peyton Manning will be prepping to play in the Super Bowl the next week. The honor fits with the year Foles has had. He lost out to Michael Vick for the starting job at the beginning of the season, then got his chance to win the job when Vick was injured, played well enough to claim it (throwing for seven TDs in a game will do that)
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January 6, 2014 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Earl Wolff was active for the Eagles in Saturday night's wild-card playoff game against the New Orleans Saints, although the rookie safety did not start or play in the first half. Patrick Chung remained the starter. Wolff missed five of the last six games with an injured right knee. The team modified his practice schedule leading up to game, keeping him out of practice on Tuesday and Wednesday before ramping up his work later in the week. In the last week of the regular season, Wolff practiced but did not play.
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January 6, 2016 | By Zach Berman, STAFF WRITER
Sean Payton is still coach of the New Orleans Saints. But if he became available, he'd have the endorsement of Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins. The Eagles are interested in Payton if he moves on from the Saints, according to two reports, including one from the Daily News. Payton has won 87 regular-season games and a Super Bowl in nine seasons coaching the Saints. Jenkins played four seasons for Payton and called him a great coach who "knows the importance of building a culture. " "I think he has the personality for it," Jenkins said.
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January 5, 2016 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Columnist
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Sean Payton will meet Monday with New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis to discuss his future with the team. Twelve hundred miles to the northeast in Philadelphia, Eagles owner Jeff Lurie will be paying very close attention to how that discussion goes. According to a league source, Payton and Ravens head coach John Harbaugh are at the tippy-top of Lurie's wish list of candidates to replace Chip Kelly, who was fired last week. Lurie would seem to have almost no shot at getting Harbaugh, who spent 10 years as an assistant with the Eagles before getting hired by Baltimore in 2008.
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October 16, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
Football at the NFL level can be as cerebral as you want to make it, or it can be as basic as pushing the other guy where he doesn't want to go. Take away the disguised coverages and the misdirections and the unusual formations and the multiple looks and it comes down to being better at smacking into one another. "We can complicate the game sometimes, [but] we've got to block them, the runners have got to run, the quarterbacks throw and the receivers catch," Eagles offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur said Wednesday.
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October 16, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
LANE JOHNSON doesn't know who perpetrated the "hanging" of the Jason Kelce stuffed doll from Johnson's locker stall nameplate, attached there by a training-tape noose. He suspects Jason Peters. "We had to make some sort of sacrifice to win. That's the only way we could do it," Johnson said on the first day of practice after the Eagles' 39-17 Sunday victory over the New Orleans Saints, in which the Birds rolled up a season-high 519 total yards. Their struggling ground game broke through with 186 rushing yards, on 34 carries.
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October 13, 2015 | By Rich Hofmann, Daily News Executive Sports Editor
BASEBALL PEOPLE will tell you about the beneficial effects of competition within a pitching staff, about how one starter's success can silently challenge the others, and how challenge followed by challenge followed by challenge each time through the rotation can bring out the best among people who compete for a living. All of which makes you wonder if Ryan Mathews has a chance to spur on DeMarco Murray. In the ongoing game of "Who Is Assimilating Better?," the leader so far is Mathews.
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October 13, 2015 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
IF YOU TURN left through a short, wide entrance way at the back of the Eagles' locker room at Lincoln Financial Field, there is a white-tiled space near the shower area. It's maybe 18 feet by 12, and it contains only an orange plastic bin for discarded towels, sitting in the far corner. After warm-ups, just before the Eagles were to take the field for yesterday's game against the New Orleans Saints, quarterback Sam Bradford gathered his offense in that room. Tight quarters, yes, but good acoustics.
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October 13, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Nelson Agholor exited the Eagles' 39-17 win over the New Orleans Saints in the first half with a left ankle injury. The Eagles' first-round pick returned to the sideline in the second half in uniform and with his ankle taped, but he did not reenter the game. Agholor said that "everything is fine bone-wise" in his leg and that he plans on playing next Monday against the New York Giants. "It has to be an aggressive recovery," Agholor said. "I have to be very aggressive about getting back.
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October 13, 2015 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
There isn't a better defensive lineman in the NFL than J.J. Watt. But there may not be a better system defensive lineman than Fletcher Cox. The use of the word system isn't meant to suggest that Cox's success is a product of the Eagles' scheme. It's actually to the contrary. Cox plays in a defense in which individual glory, particularly for defensive linemen, is secondary to team objectives. The system may have snakebitten him in the past in terms of putting up high sack numbers or garnering individual recognition from those outside Philadelphia, but Cox is far too talented to not occasionally have performances like the one he delivered on Sunday.
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October 12, 2015 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
On their way to the field Sunday, the Eagles will walk past a wall in the bowels of Lincoln Financial Field with the team's motto on it for all the players to see: "HABITS REFLECT THE MISSION. " This is Chip Kelly's philosophy in Philadelphia, the NFL version of his "win the day" mantra at Oregon. It means that the Eagles are a composite of what they do each day, that their behavior from Monday to Saturday reflects their production on Sunday. No matter how diligent the Eagles have been about practicing and eating and sleeping and strength training, their 1-3 record after four games suggests they are a team with losing habits.
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October 12, 2015 | By Matt Breen, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Delvin Breaux runs out of Lincoln Financial Field's visitors' locker room on Sunday afternoon to play against the Eagles, it will mark the continuation of an incredible comeback. The New Orleans Saints cornerback was told nine years ago this month that he should have died on the field when he broke his neck as a high school senior. The injury prevented him from being cleared to play at Louisiana State. His dream looked dim. But Breaux, who grew up in New Orleans, refused to give up. The rookie's journey to the NFL took him to a semipro league before stints in the Arena Football League and Canada.
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