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December 3, 1987 | By TIM KAWAKAMI, Daily News Sports Writer
Buddy Ryan has watched his beloved defense get riddled game after game, by quarterback after quarterback. And he has been, for all intents and purposes, rather patient about it. He has kept this Eagles defense, a rather blatant occupant at the very bottom of the NFL rankings in passing yardage allowed, intact. Until yesterday. Cornerback Elbert Foules has been sent to the bench and replaced in the starting lineup by William Frizzell. Foules played conspicuously soft last Sunday against the Patriots, including one play on which he basically backed up into the end zone and let the receiver score a touchdown.
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December 20, 1990 | By Kevin Mulligan, Daily News Sports Writer
Mike Pitts passed his final major test and said he's ready to be activated for Sunday's game against the Dallas Cowboys at Veterans Stadium. Pitts, who underwent knee surgery to repair damaged cartilage suffered Sept. 16 against Phoenix, could be removed from the injured reserve list today or tomorrow. "I'm over the mental part, and anxious to get back on the field," said Pitts, who rotated with Mike Golic on the first-team defensive line at yesterday's practice. "I think I've gotten over all the hurdles.
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January 13, 1993 | by Bill Fleischman, Daily News Sports Writer
CBS-TV's Terry Bradshaw criticized Eagles quarterback Randall Cunningham during the regular season for pouting over his 1 1/2-game benching. During a CBS Sports conference call yesterday, Bradshaw, responding to a question from the Daily News about Cunningham one-hopping several passes in Sunday's 34-10 playoff trouncing by Dallas, suggested that Cunningham was playing scared. "Let's take (Cunningham's) name off of this, because I don't know what's going on in Randall's mind," Bradshaw said.
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January 29, 1991 | By Bill Ordine, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bill Parcells, the head coach of the New York Giants, deflected questions about his future yesterday amid speculation that he would leave the Super Bowl champions either to take the head coach and general manager's job in Tampa Bay or simply retire from coaching. Four years ago, after the Giants had won Super Bowl XXI, Parcells wanted to take a coach and general manager's post with Atlanta, but New York would not release him from his contract. "The last time we won one of these games, I was in the center of a little controversy right after the game," Parcells said.
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July 20, 1996 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The search for a veteran middle linebacker has gone slowly, so the Eagles' front office has turned its attention to another area: nickel defense. With the team painfully thin on experience in the defensive backfield and with Jerome Henderson nursing a pulled hamstring, coach Ray Rhodes met with one of his former players this week, Don Griffin. The 6-foot, 176-pound free agent was released by Baltimore, and the Eagles, seeking a coverage guy in the nickel defense, have joined a list of clubs trying to sign the former San Francisco 49er.
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December 10, 1996 | By Gary Miles, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Struggling already, the Eagles' defensive secondary probably will be weakened further against the New York Jets by the absence of free safety Brian Dawkins. Dawkins, one of the club's best tacklers and tied for the team lead with three interceptions, has a strained right groin and probably won't play Saturday. That would make a starter of James Fuller, a reserve three-year pro who was signed after the third game of the season to add depth to the special teams. Eagles coach Ray Rhodes hinted at other, non-injury-related changes, including playing time for rookie tackle Jermane Mayberry.
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October 7, 1991 | by Kevin Mulligan, Daily News Sports Writer Daily News sports writer Paul Domowitch contributed to this story
Eagles cornerback Ben Smith has seen fades like this before. Last year's 24-23 loss to Indianapolis, when the Colts turned the game around with two second-half touchdowns, comes to mind. Yesterday, it was the Eagles leading, 13-7. Inside two minutes left. Opponent hoping. The Eagles' nickel defense suddenly on its heels, and finally buckling after doing everything required to assure victory. On two successive plays, the Tampa Bay Bucs came after Smith and won, including a game-winning, 5-yard touchdown catch by Bruce Hill with 1:09 left.
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December 12, 1994 | by Ray Didinger, Daily News Sports Writer
Tommy Jeter waited until finally he could not stand it any longer. He had not played a down from scrimmage and it was almost the end of the third quarter. "I went to Dale and asked him to put me in the game," Jeter said, referring to Dale Haupt, the Eagles' defensive line coach. "I just wanted to do something, contribute somehow. "Couple plays later, (Haupt) said, 'OK, go in.' " Jeter went in at tackle in the nickel defense and on his first play sacked Pittsburgh quarterback Neil O'Donnell, forcing a fumble that left end William Fuller recovered at the Eagles' 39-yard line.
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February 13, 1990 | By Bill Ordine, Inquirer Staff Writer
While the Phillies' equipment sat in the bowels of Veterans Stadium, awaiting shipment to Florida for a spring training that might not happen, the Eagles yesterday began preparations for the 1990 football season. Coach Buddy Ryan's informal "voluntary" camp - now a winter-spring fixture - opened, with 21 players scheduled to participate. The list includes younger players who need work in the Eagles' offensive and defensive systems, plus some veterans who asked to be included.
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August 8, 1996 | By Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
James Willis. Joe Kelly. Brian Dawkins. Jerome Henderson. Freddie Solomon. Don Griffin. Jermane Mayberry. Lester Holmes. They are the players to keep an eye on tonight when the Eagles host Rich Kotite's New York Jets. Certainly, they are the players coach Ray Rhodes and his assistants will be watching. By the time the Eagles begin the second half of their preseason schedule, against the New England Patriots 10 days from now, Rhodes wants to have his starters play most of the way. Tonight's game could be the best chance some of these players will have to impress the coaching staff.
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September 8, 2010 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writer
Trent Cole, an outdoors enthusiast who owns a company that makes hunting videos and drives a jacked-up truck painted to look like camouflage-colored leaves, is after large quantities of game this season. "I'm hunting for 23 sacks," Cole said recently, enough to break the NFL record of 221/2 that is held by former Giant Michael Strahan. It's a lofty goal, even for a two-time Pro Bowler. He would have to nearly double last season's 121/2 sack output. The arrival of speedy first-round draft pick Brandon Graham could have a mixed impact on Cole's ambitions.
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August 25, 2010 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
Brandon Graham's goal is to record two sacks a game this season. The Eagles' defensive end took a small step toward that lofty objective when he was promoted to the first team this week. Graham always was expected to split snaps at left end with Juqua Parker, but the fact that the rookie leapfrogged the 32-year-old veteran and became a starter this early - a rarity in the Andy Reid era - suggests two things: The Eagles' top draft pick is just too good to not be out there first.
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June 9, 2009 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Not long ago, Darren Howard was the prized free-agent addition at the Eagles' spring camp. He was the guy who was going to make a difference in the Eagles' pass rush, the defensive end who would be paired with Jevon Kearse to form a formidable assault on opposing quarterbacks. But entering his fourth season with the Eagles, Howard finds it is easy to to go unnoticed, even though he has never been more valuable to the defensive line. Howard underwent the dreaded sports hernia operation shortly after the Eagles' NFC championship loss to the Arizona Cardinals, but few people have asked for a medical update on the hybrid defensive lineman.
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August 24, 2001 | By Jonathan S. Landay INQUIRER WASHINGTON BUREAU
The Bush administration will push Congress to approve "every nickel" of a proposed $18.4 billion Pentagon budget increase for 2002, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld said yesterday. Rumsfeld conceded the Bush administration would have a "busy time" winning support for the increase but said he believed most members of Congress would vote for it. He made the comments at a news conference a day after updated budget figures showed the federal budget surplus outside Social Security had virtually disappeared because of the economic slowdown and President Bush's 10-year, $1.35 trillion tax cut. Rumsfeld was to update Bush on his defense restructuring efforts today.
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November 5, 1999 | By Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Ike Reese weighs about 220 pounds. Scott Gragg, the New York Giants' right tackle, weighs 325 pounds. In two games, Reese blew past Gragg for two sacks and a couple of other plays that disrupted the Giants' offense. That's why Reese, who is listed as a linebacker, will be lining up at defensive end in the Eagles' nickel defensive alignments. "When we lost Hugh Douglas [to injury], we lost quickness in the pass rush," defensive coordinator Jim Johnson said yesterday. "We looked around for someone to replace him. We tried [linebacker Jeremiah]
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October 14, 1999 | By Ron Reid, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Five games into the 1999 NFL season, Clyde Simmons has proved a smart investment for the Chicago Bears - something the Eagles may quickly discover Sunday when the teams do battle at Soldier Field. Simmons, 35, the former Eagles defensive end and sack artist, has already matched his 1998 sack total of five, even though his nickel-defense role limits his field appearances only to third-and-long, passing situations. Simmons went sackless in the Bears' stunning upset of Minnesota last Sunday, but he tipped a Randall Cunningham pass attempt in the fourth quarter, leading to an interception that iced Chicago's 24-22 victory.
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December 10, 1996 | By Gary Miles, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Struggling already, the Eagles' defensive secondary probably will be weakened further against the New York Jets by the absence of free safety Brian Dawkins. Dawkins, one of the club's best tacklers and tied for the team lead with three interceptions, has a strained right groin and probably won't play Saturday. That would make a starter of James Fuller, a reserve three-year pro who was signed after the third game of the season to add depth to the special teams. Eagles coach Ray Rhodes hinted at other, non-injury-related changes, including playing time for rookie tackle Jermane Mayberry.
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August 10, 1996 | By Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
When it's going right, when the behemoths on the other side of the line wear down and the quarterback's eyes start darting nervously from side to side - man, it's just plain fun to be a defensive lineman. "Oh, yeah," said Kevin Johnson, the Eagles' 6-foot-1, 306-pound defensive tackle, "it was fun out there tonight. We were getting after them pretty good. " This was a few minutes after the Eagles finished knocking the New York Jets around. Johnson sacked quarterback Frank Reich twice, both times knocking the ball loose.
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August 8, 1996 | By Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
James Willis. Joe Kelly. Brian Dawkins. Jerome Henderson. Freddie Solomon. Don Griffin. Jermane Mayberry. Lester Holmes. They are the players to keep an eye on tonight when the Eagles host Rich Kotite's New York Jets. Certainly, they are the players coach Ray Rhodes and his assistants will be watching. By the time the Eagles begin the second half of their preseason schedule, against the New England Patriots 10 days from now, Rhodes wants to have his starters play most of the way. Tonight's game could be the best chance some of these players will have to impress the coaching staff.
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July 20, 1996 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The search for a veteran middle linebacker has gone slowly, so the Eagles' front office has turned its attention to another area: nickel defense. With the team painfully thin on experience in the defensive backfield and with Jerome Henderson nursing a pulled hamstring, coach Ray Rhodes met with one of his former players this week, Don Griffin. The 6-foot, 176-pound free agent was released by Baltimore, and the Eagles, seeking a coverage guy in the nickel defense, have joined a list of clubs trying to sign the former San Francisco 49er.
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