December 3, 1987 |
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.
December 20, 1990 |
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.
January 13, 1993 |
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.
January 29, 1991 |
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.
July 20, 1996 |
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.
December 10, 1996 |
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.
October 7, 1991 |
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.
December 12, 1994 |
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.
February 13, 1990 |
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.
August 8, 1996 |
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.