June 8, 2010 |
It used to be that Omar Gaither didn't necessarily embrace his title as "Mr. Versatility. " For the Eagles linebacker, his flexibility became an impediment to his starting. Of course, it also made him indispensable. "Omar knows everything," Eagles coach Andy Reid said last week. "It's probably the reason why I've made the team since I've been here," said Gaither, who is entering his fifth season in Philadelphia. "Would you rather be a master of one or a jack of all trades?"
July 27, 2011 |
The Eagles are not pursuing their 15 free agents as NFL business resumes, and will almost certainly not bring any of them back, including starters such as linebacker Stewart Bradley and punter Sav Rocca and backup running back Jerome Harrison. Safety Quintin Mikell, long expected to depart, agreed to a deal Tuesday with the St. Louis Rams. Kicker David Akers also has been expected to leave ever since the Eagles drafted kicker Alex Henery in the fourth round. Other free agents expected to be allowed to depart include cornerback Dimitri Patterson, guards Nick Cole, Max Jean-Gilles and Reggie Wells, and linebackers Ernie Sims, Omar Gaither and Akeem Jordan.
August 14, 2006 |
Omar Gaither is not trying to keep himself a secret. And it's hard to imagine that he would be able to keep one. The linebacker is one of the most vocal - and entertaining - players on the field at Eagles training camp at Lehigh, hardly abiding by a rookie code of silence. Blend in? Keep quiet? Act like a wallflower? Not Gaither. "I think the whole stadium knows what defense we're playing because he calls it in the huddle so loudly," said defensive coordinator Jim Johnson.
December 21, 2007 |
When the Eagles' season comes to a merciful conclusion and the damage is assessed, the inspectors will find a few nicks and dents here and there in the defense but nothing unsightly. They'll also realize that Jim Johnson, suspected of losing his touch the last two seasons, has regained his stature as one of the game's top defensive coordinators. Of course, this won't appease Eagles fans, who must deal with an empty playoff calendar in January. But with two games remaining, including Sunday's contest against the Saints in New Orleans, this is about next season.
June 17, 2006 |
The Eagles signed two of their 2006 draft choices yesterday, the first two of the group of eight to sign. Omar Gaither, a linebacker who was the Birds' fifth-round choice out of Tennessee, signed a four-year deal, as did defensive tackle LaJuan Ramsey, a sixth-rounder from Southern Cal. No financial details of either contract were announced. The 6-foot-1, 233-pound Gaither recorded 78 tackles, four sacks, four forced fumbles, and a fumble recovery last year. He was named to the all-Southeastern Conference second team for the second consecutive season.
January 8, 2010 |
The Eagles started nine different linebacker combinations in 14 games and then started two other games with two linebackers and three cornerbacks: at Carolina - Weakside: Jordan; Middle: Gaither; Strongside: Gocong New Orleans - Weakside: Jordan; Middle: Gaither; Strongside: Gocong Kansas City - Weakside: Jordan; Middle: Gaither; Strongside: Gocong Tampa Bay - Weakside: Jordan; Middle: Trotter; Strongside: Gocong at Oakland -...
August 4, 2009 |
Here's a look at the other linebackers on the Eagles' roster, including height, weight, college and years in the NFL: Omar Gaither, 6-2, 235 pounds, Tennessee, 4; the skinny: a former weakside starter; has most experience Joe Mays, 5-11, 246, North Dakota State, 2; the skinny: sixth-round pick last year; played in just two games Tank Daniels, 6-3 248, Harding, 4; the skinny: one of the Eagles' top contributors on special teams last...
March 4, 2011 |
The Eagles tendered contracts to two more restricted free agents on Thursday, securing rights to running back Jerome Harrison and punter Sav Rocca. If another team was to make an offer for Harrison the Eagles would receive a second-round draft pick if they chose not to match. They have the right of first refusal for Rocca but would receive no compensation if the punter were to sign with another team. On Wednesday, the Eagles tendered linebacker Stewart Bradley (second round)
April 23, 2007 |
Next weekend's draft will be the Eagles' sixth since Tom Heckert replaced Tom Modrak as the team's top scout in May 2001. Daily News sports writer Paul Domowitch looks at the first 5: 2002 Grade: A+ Picks: 8 Starters: 5 (CB Lito Sheppard, S Michael Lewis , CB Sheldon Brown, RB Brian Westbrook, DL Raheem Brock. ) Backups still with team: 0 2003 Grade: F Picks: 6 Starters: 1 (TE L.J. Smith) Backups still with team: 1 (DE Jerome McDougle) 2004 Grade: D Picks: 10 Starters: 2 (G Shawn Andrews, FB Thomas Tapeh)
November 24, 2008 |
TALKING POINTS What we're talking about following the Eagles' loss to Baltimore: The Thanksgiving Quarterback. After benching Donovan McNabb at halftime Sunday, Andy Reid couldn't go back to McNabb Thursday against the Cardinals, could he? Probably not, but stay tuned. Short-yardage woes, Part Eleven. With a first-and-goal at the 1 midway through the fourth quarter, Kevin Kolb got stoned on a quarterback sneak. Just inches from the goal line, Andy Reid then called ? what else?