July 20, 2016
A BURNED-OUT Dick Vermeil did Marion Campbell no favors in January of 1983 when he abruptly resigned as the Eagles' coach and recommended to owner Leonard Tose that Campbell replace him. Vermeil left Campbell, who passed away last week at the age of 87, an aging team that was on the decline. Many of the key players who had helped the Eagles make it to the Super Bowl in 1980 were either gone or on the downside of their careers. "His head coaching experience (with the Eagles and twice with the Atlanta Falcons)
July 11, 2016 |
ALLENTOWN - Blue-and-black boa around his neck and plastic pigskin hat covering his eyes, Mike Hollenbach leaned over the 5-yard line. "Let's hit these guys hard today," Hollenbach bellowed as Soul players warmed up in front of him. "We're going to play hard today. " Walking the sideline, Ron Jaworski laughed as he shook Hollenbach's hand. "Keep the noise down, my brother," joked Jaworski, the former Eagles quarterback and Soul owner. Hollenbach knows the Soul's owners, players, and coaches.
May 20, 2016 |
Ron Jaworski has enjoyed much success over the years as the longtime Eagles starting quarterback, an ESPN football analyst, and a businessman. But he still loves to talk about the times he used to sneak onto South Park, a nine-hole public golf course in Buffalo, and play a few holes. "Where I went to junior high school, we'd have a lunch break and we could walk a couple of hundred yards to a par-3 that was 110 yards over water," he recalled recently. "We had a club stashed away and a bunch of us would hit balls over this water.
March 17, 2016 |
FROM THE OUTSIDE peering in, it would seem as if the Arena Football League is taking on water. Four more teams were subtracted this offseason, the 18-game schedule was reduced to 16 and everybody gets to make the playoffs. It's been a chaotic seven months since last year's championship, which San Jose won to cap an historic 20-win season. Even the Sabercats had to cease operations because of money problems. "It was a tumultuous offseason in revamping our league," Soul majority owner Ron Jaworski said at the team's media day in Voorhees on Tuesday.
January 20, 2016 |
The wait is over. The Eagles officially named Doug Pederson head coach on Monday. Pederson, who arrived in Philadelphia on Monday morning, is to be introduced at a news conference at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the NovaCare Complex. He becomes the 23d head coach in franchise history, including those who held the interim tag. "Doug is a strategic thinker, a compelling leader and communicator, and someone who truly knows how to get the best out of his players," Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said in a statement.
January 19, 2016 |
I COME HERE not to bury Ron Jaworski. He is a far more prolific football analyst, golf course developer, and product pitchman than the average man, certainly more so than the threesome who apparently invited him to sit in on their interviews as they searched for the next head coach of the Eagles. Had I been charged with selecting that coach, I'm not sure that I would have had any less confidence in Jaws than I would have had in Jeffrey Lurie or Howie Roseman. In fact, one can argue that he was the most qualified guy in the room.
January 18, 2016 |
THERE WERE 20 to 25 candidates "that we spent a lot of time on," when the Eagles made a list of head-coaching possibilities, Ron Jaworski said Friday. He said a thorough vetting process knocked the candidates down to the half-dozen who were interviewed, with Doug Pederson emerging as the eventual choice. Jaworski served as a "special adviser" to the search committee of team chairman Jeffrey Lurie, team president Don Smolenski and vice president Howie Roseman. Jaworski said veteran former NFL general manager Bill Polian also advised, though Polian did not sit in on interviews.
December 21, 2015 |
The game-winning touchdown from last year's Eagles-Cardinals game came on the big screen in a production room at NFL Films' Mount Laurel campus Friday morning, and Ron Jaworski and Merril Hoge both saw exactly what happened in the Birds' loss. They had studied the film throughout the week. Jaworski, the former Eagles quarterback, and fellow ESPN analyst Hoge identified the play as a key discussion point for Sunday's rematch. After seeing how the 75-yard touchdown catch exposed a major threat to the Eagles defense, they turned their attention to a blitz in a Cardinals-49ers game on Nov. 29. It was a "triple-A gap blitz" - the type of jargon former players use when they speak freely about football.
October 1, 2015 |
A WISE MAN, or maybe it was Gisele Bundchen, once said that quarterbacks get too much credit when things go well and too much blame when things go bad. That often has been the case here in Philadelphia, where we've had a soft spot for one-hit wonders like Bobby Hoying and Ty Detmer and have verbally abused some of the Eagles' best-ever throwers, including Ron Jaworski, Randall Cunningham and Donovan McNabb. Three games into this young season, many of you already have seen fit to render a verdict on the Eagles' latest starting quarterback, Sam Bradford.
August 21, 2015 |
DICK VERMEIL has done just about everything in football, except own a team. Until now. Vermeil is buying a 2.5 percent stake in the Philadelphia Soul. Vermeil, 78, becomes the latest high-profile figure to join the group. Saints wide receiver Marques Colston became part of the ownership in October. There also has been talk that Philadelphia native Jahri Evans, a longtime teammate of Colston's, is next. Real estate mogul Craig Spencer, a co-founder of the Soul along with Ron Jaworski and Jon Bon Jovi, has been looking to diminish his investment in the club, which on Sunday will play for a berth in the ArenaBowl championship game.