July 26, 2012 |
THE FIRST NFL quarterback to throw for 4,000 yards was San Diego's Dan Fouts. The year was 1979. Joe Namath had done it for the 1967 New York Jets in the AFL, but this was the first time after the two leagues merged. It was a round, magical, freakish number, but few saw it as the future. In the entire decade of the 1980s, 14 more quarterbacks threw for 4,000 yards. Then, people started to believe. Well, some people. Buddy Ryan was still referring to the wide-open "run-and-shoot" offense back then as the "chuck-and-duck.
November 19, 1998 |
When the Eagles meet the New York Giants on Sunday, the teams may be tempted to form a support group rather than play a football game. The parallels between them are too close and too plentiful to ignore. There are the quarterbacks. Bobby Hoying and Danny Kanell were taken a round apart in the 1996 draft. Both became starters last year. Kanell was benched yesterday in favor of journeyman Kent Graham. "I hate changing quarterbacks," Giants coach Jim Fassel said. "At this point in time, I need to make a change to get a spark going.
October 24, 1998 |
East Carolina linebacker Roderick Coleman hand-fought offensive linemen, boom, boom, boom, clearing them from his path as though they were overgrown brush. He broke into the pocket, planted his beefy hands on the shoulder pads of retreating Army quarterback Joe Gerena, grabbed him, spun, and threw him to the dirt. The human hammer throw was the first of Coleman's two sacks in the final two minutes of the game, and it helped preserve the Pirates' 30-25 victory over Army two weeks ago. He was being his savage self.
September 3, 1998 |
Top draft choice. New blood. Blue chip. Can't miss. Certified all-Solar System. Five-star phenom. That's what fans want the NFL draft to deliver to their teams every year - the rookie sensation - and until his performance proves otherwise, he unfailingly creates excitement and a tidal wave of hope. This phenomenon may be more true in 1998 than in any other season in memory, thanks to Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf, the gifted quarterbacks the Indianapolis Colts and San Diego Chargers drafted No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in April.
January 30, 1994 |
Jim Kelly is trying to play a game of psych-out with Jimmy Johnson. That's not a good idea. Hoping to avoid his fourth straight Super Bowl defeat, the Buffalo Bills' quarterback is desperately trying to get a handle on the right mental attitude going into today's rematch with the Dallas Cowboys (Channel 3, 6:18 p.m.). Kelly has tried nearly everything. After beating Kansas City for the AFC title last Sunday, Kelly poked fun at America's desire to see an end to the Bills' recidivist Super Bowl hopes.
September 9, 2005 |
In recent years, high school football coaches in South Jersey have been demonstrating forward thinking when it comes to the forward pass. While most teams will still run the ball more, several should provide fans with serious aerial shows this season. One reason is that there is a deep group of quarterbacks in South Jersey. It's not a group replete with Division I-A passing prospects, but several who are more than capable of compiling double figures in touchdown passes. "This year there are several good quarterbacks in South Jersey," said Joe Budniak, a Waterford Works resident who publishes the Del-Val Desktop Recruiter, a recruiting service for college coaches.
January 8, 2003 |
It could be anything. It could be that Donovan McNabb and James Thrash really do have a special connection on the football field, or that Eagles quarterbacks Koy Detmer and A.J. Feeley simply did not find Thrash as open over the last six weeks. It could be more than that, or it could be just coincidence. "I haven't really looked that much into it," Thrash said yesterday. But people have asked. Since McNabb broke his ankle Nov. 17 in a victory over Arizona at Veterans Stadium, Thrash's name has not been mentioned as often over stadium loudspeakers.
October 1, 1992 |
Tyoka Jackson doesn't have to pull a switch. It just happens. Just like that. It might happen the night before a game, leaving him restless and unable to sleep. Or it might happen at the pregame breakfast. Or, it might not happen until he runs onto the field for warm-ups. But when it happens, the 6-foot-2, 257-pound Penn State defensive tackle is a changed man. His first name, which in Swahili means "one who gives joy," takes on a new meaning. One who raises hell.
September 15, 1993 |
In the NFL, 1993 is the Year of the Geezer Quarterback. In New York, 37-year-old Phil Simms has the Giants off to a surprising 2-0 start. In Houston, Warren Moon, 36, is being given one more chance to lead the Oilers to the Super Bowl. In Kansas City, Joe Montana, 37, returns with a new club from two years of inactivity. And in Minnesota, Jim McMahon - 34, but with the body of a 44-year-old - aims to hold his health and offensive line together through the long season. Dinosaurs all. "Dinosaurs, huh?"
September 5, 2004 |
Tom Creighton and John Ward set out to compete for Cardinal O'Hara's starting quarterback job yesterday in the Lions' season-opening football game against Archbishop Wood at Ocean City High School. But that competition went on the back burner as soon as O'Hara running backs Steve Cook and Pat McCauley got their hands on the ball. Running behind an offensive line spearheaded by Virginia-bound tackle Matt Lowry (6-foot-6, 305 pounds), Cook and McCauley, two gritty backs with contrasting running styles, combined for 227 rushing yards in the Lions' 28-12 win at Carey Stadium.