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October 22, 2007
Four red-zone trips netted the Eagles just one TD against the Bears. For the season, they now are 6-for-20. Take out their 4-for-5 red-zone performance against the Lions and they are a dreadful 2-for-15. The Eagles failed to force a turnover yesterday. They have just eight takeaways in six games. After six games last year, they had 13. The Eagles has given up one touchdown or fewer in four of their first six games. And have lost three of those games. Brian Westbrook hasn't had a fumble in 418 touches.
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October 6, 2008 | by Paul Domowitch
Paul Domowitch's report card on the Eagles-Redskins game: RUSHING OFFENSE Eagles rushed for 36 yards on their first two possessions, but just 22 on their next seven. Brian Westbrook averaged just 2.8 yards per carry and got stuffed on that crucial third-and-1 in the fourth quarter. Only thing that worked were those end-arounds. Grade: D-minus PASSING OFFENSE Even without injured CB Shawn Springs, the Redskins' secondary neutralized the Eagles' wideouts, holding them to seven catches.
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November 3, 2008 | RUSHING OFFENSE: C
RUSHING OFFENSE: C A week after the best rushing performance of his career, Brian Westbrook had just 61 yards on 20 carries. Correll Buckhalter failed to convert a second-quarter third-and-1 run. It was the seventh unsuccessful third-and-1 run by the Eagles in 11 attempts this season. PASSING OFFENSE: A- After an atrocious 3-for-13 start, Donovan McNabb completed 13 passes in a row and 25 of his next 30, though he did have a bad red-zone interception. TE Brent Celek had the game of his life, catching six passes for 131 yards.
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October 15, 2007 | By PAUL DOMOWITCH
Here are our grades for the Eagles' 16-9 victory over the New York Jets: RUSHING OFFENSE Perpetually banged up Brian Westbrook shook off his abdominal strain and notched his 11th career 100-yard rushing performance. He had a season-high 120 yards on 20 carries. Grade: A PASSING OFFENSE Donovan McNabb alertly audibled on the Eagles' third play from scrimmage and threw a strike to Kevin Curtis on a slant route that he turned into the Eagles' only touchdown. Averaged just 5.6 yards per attempt in the second half, though, and threw a bad interception from his own 2 that set up a Jets score.
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April 15, 2010 | By Jeff McLane INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If quarterback Jeff Garcia is returning to the Eagles for a third stint, it is not likely to happen until after next week's draft, a team source said. Garcia said in an e-mail to the Associated Press Wednesday that he would welcome a return the Eagles. He said he had spoken to the team but that nothing was imminent. A message left with Garcia's agent, Steve Baker, was not returned Wednesday night. Garcia has been out of the NFL since the Eagles released him last September after a two-game spell.
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September 9, 2007 | By David Cohen FOR THE INQUIRER
When Australian punter Sav Rocca (born Nov. 20, 1973) takes the field today, he will be the second-oldest player to make his NFL debut as an Eagle: 33 years, 293 days. Here are the Birds' oldest previous rookies: Otis Douglas, 1946, 35 years, 66 days old. A rugged, enterprising character whom teammate Jim Parmer once likened to a mountain man from an earlier age, Douglas began his NFL career as the Birds' trainer and as a backup tackle. From 1946 to 1949, he played in 30 games and helped the Eagles win two titles.
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October 23, 2012 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer
UNDER ANDY REID, the Eagles have come off their bye to play an opponent also coming off its bye only once before - they faced the Atlanta Falcons, the same team the Eagles will face this week, in the same situation. In 2008, the Eagles and Falcons both rested the week of Oct. 19. The Falcons were on their way to an 11-5 season, the Eagles were headed for 9-6-1, but also for a playoff run that took them to the NFC Championship Game. The Eagles won at the Linc, 27-14, with Brian Westbrook running for 167 yards on 22 carries and catching six passes for 42 more yards.
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August 3, 2012
BETHLEHEM – NFL teams give starting jobs to undrafted rookies about as often as Ryan Howard gets wood on a low-and-outside breaking ball. But last year, the Eagles gift-wrapped their punting job and handed it to Chas Henry the day he signed with the team. They let their old punter, 37-year-old free agent Sav Rocca, walk, signed Henry and informed him that unless he got caught running naked across the Lehigh campus or made remarks about Joe Banner's height, he would be the team's season-opening punter.
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July 27, 2012 | By Les Bowen, Daily News Staff Writer
BETHLEHEM — Mat McBriar didn't know the source of the nerve problem that was causing him to have trouble lifting his left foot last season, making planting his leg to punt an adventure. "I just didn't have any control. My consistency was just horrendous," said McBriar, who ended up punting in 14 games for Dallas, in his eighth season on the job. McBriar, who'd made his second Pro Bowl a year earlier, ended up with a 43.8-yard gross, 22nd in the NFL and 4.1 yards lower than his 2010 figure.
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July 29, 2011 | BY LES BOWEN, bowenl@phillynews.com
BETHLEHEM - Everyone knew David Akers wasn't coming to Lehigh, but it still seemed strange when the special-teams drills started yesterday with the Eagles' all-time leading scorer nowhere in sight. It seemed even stranger hours later, when a source close to the situation confirmed that Akers had signed with the San Francisco 49ers. Akers, 36, a five-time Pro Bowl selection, played in more Eagles games than anyone else in franchise history (189, and 19 more in the postseason)
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July 27, 2011 | BY LES BOWEN, bowenl@phillynews.com
NFL TEAMS did not get that widely reported 72-hour period to try to sign their own pending free agents, when the collective bargaining agreement finally ended the 136-day NFL lockout Monday. If a Philadelphia Inquirer report yesterday is correct, the Eagles won't miss it. The Inquirer reported the Birds will not bring back any of their 15 free agents. Most of them weren't expected back, but it is at least a little surprising that the Eagles reportedly have no interest in retaining former starting middle linebacker Stewart Bradley or punter Sav Rocca, whose 37.6-yard career net average is the highest in franchise history among punters with at least 100 punts.
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July 27, 2011 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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January 10, 2011 | By Phil Anastasia, Inquirer Staff Writer
Andy Reid did the math. "Hey, we can all count," the Eagles' coach said. Everybody did the math. The Eagles lost by five, and their Pro Bowl kicker missed two field goals from well within his range. But it wasn't arithmetic that perplexed David Akers and doomed the Eagles in Sunday's 21-16 wild-card playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers. It was meteorology, and maybe some loose turf, too. Things were so bad that a visibly emotional Akers, who this season set the team record for most games played as an Eagle, sounded as if he did not expect to return next season.
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December 9, 2010 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
The Eagles' rivalry with the Dallas Cowboys is a big deal for fans in Philadelphia. It is much, much less so for the players who will actually line up Sunday night in Jerry Jones' gaudy monument to Jerry Jones. Michael Vick talked about the rivalry in the locker room Wednesday. But Vick took a handful of Wildcat snaps in the Eagles' two season-ending losses in Texas last year. In his previous NFL incarnation, that storied Falcons-Panthers rivalry was about as bitter as it got. Vick was a kid when the Cowboys blasted the Eagles, 34-10, in a playoff game after the 1992 season.
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November 16, 2010 | by Paul Domowitch
Paul Domowitch's report card on the Eagles-Redskins game: RUSHING OFFENSE : LeSean McCoy and Jerome Harrison combined for 124 rushing yards on 16 carries in the first three quarters. Michael Vick once again picked up big chunks of yards with his feet, gaining 80 yards and scoring two rushing TDs in the first 3 periods. Grade: A-plus PASSING OFFENSE: Michael Vick threw four TDs and extended his streak of consecutive pass attempts without an interception. He completed 14 of 18 passes in the first half.
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November 8, 2010
Sav Rocca's third-quarter touchback was just his second in 39 punts this season. The Eagles won the time-of-possession battle for the sixth time in their last seven games. That's as many time-of-possession battles as they won all of last season. For the third time this season, the Eagles didn't have any turnovers. They also didn't have any in wins over the Lions and Jaguars. The Eagles have scored TDs on their first possession in two of the last four games. Their first-possession numbers in the last four games: 23 plays, 238 yards, 11 first downs.
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