December 3, 2015 |
The line of Eagles critics right now is long enough to form an angry ring around Lincoln Financial Field. What's interesting is that the guy at the front of the line sounding the most annoyed is a former player. Listen to three-time Pro Bowl linebacker Seth Joyner on WIP-FM and Comcast SportsNet's various TV productions and you will get some of the most pointed and poignant opinions about the 4-7 Eagles. He has ripped the play calls of coach Chip Kelly and defensive coordinator Bill Davis.
January 21, 2011
EVERY TIME Jets coach Rex Ryan opens his mouth, it is hard not to listen for the sounds of the old man - and anybody who lived through those times with the Eagles probably does the same thing. They are different, Rex and Buddy are. Rex is very much a 21st-century Ryan and significantly more polished than his father. Rex never hits his boss with his buckshot, a skill that his father never cared to master. Rex, when talking about people in the football business, also manages to toe a line of decorum, you should excuse the expression, while Buddy would never acknowledge that a line even existed.
January 7, 2011 |
One football player claimed by two towns, by two teams. This week, as the Eagles host the Packers on Sunday in a first-round playoff game, that description truly fits only one player. It's easy to settle the issue of which team Reggie White really belonged to. If you believe that the great defensive end had his greatest years with the Eagles but won a title with the Packers, here's the tiebreaker: When you think of the Packers, you think of Bart Starr and Paul Hornung and Willie Davis and that whole era of players, and of Brett Favre more recently.
May 2, 2000 |
Wherever their distinguished NFL careers took them, Keith Byars and Seth Joyner felt like Philadelphia Eagles. "My heart stayed in Philadelphia," Byars said. "It was just my body that left. Miami, New England - I played for those teams, but I was an Eagle in my heart. " "Everywhere I go," Joyner said, "even outside the country, I run into people who remember me as a Philadelphia Eagle. When I come back here, I still got a lot of love from the fans here. They remember the good times.
April 30, 2000 |
Seth Joyner and Keith Byars will end their stellar NFL careers the same way they began - as Eagles. The team is "signing" Joyner and Byars tomorrow so the two can announce their retirement in Philadelphia. Joyner and his agent, Jim Solano, conceived the idea. Solano phoned Eagles director of football operations Tom Modrak, who agreed to the unusual gesture. Joyner and Byars came to Philadelphia in 1986 as part of the same draft class. Byars was a first-round pick from Ohio State, Joyner an eighth-round pick from Texas-El Paso.
January 27, 1999 |
A long line of Denver Broncos stars - Terrell Davis, John Elway and Steve Atwater among them - sat on canopied thrones yesterday, high above Media Day's lunging cameras and microphones. Far from that exalted row, Seth Joyner propped himself against a Pro Player Stadium wall and took a seat on a rolled-up tarpaulin. There was no Super Bowl XXXIII name tag above his head. No crowd surrounding him. "What do you expect?" asked Joyner, the onetime Eagles all-pro linebacker who now is a Broncos special-teamer.
November 29, 1998 |
It's like some combination of a time warp and a fun-house mirror. There's Reggie White, leading the NFL with 14 sacks. There's Randall Cunningham, launching footballs 60 yards for touchdowns. And here are the Philadelphia Eagles, whose uniform those men wore for a combined 19 seasons, plodding through a nightmarish 2-9 season. Something is wrong with this picture. Just ask the Eagles fans who would be suffering enough without having to watch their former heroes defy age and logic in other NFL outposts.
November 12, 1998 |
Oakland cornerback Eric Allen called Reggie White, the Green Bay defensive end, after White recorded three of his 12 sacks in one game earlier this season. Minnesota quarterback Randall Cunningham called Allen after Allen was honored as the AFC defensive player of the month of October. Allen and White each called Cunningham, the NFL's top-rated passer, to congratulate him on his remarkable season. The consensus is that those former Eagles will be called not only to the playoffs but also to the Pro Bowl in a season in which the current Eagles are being called something else: pathetic.
August 13, 1998 |
Seth Joyner returned yesterday from a knee injury and Green Bay coach Mike Holmgren said he plans to play the former Eagles linebacker against the Oakland Raiders. Joyner missed more than a week with a swollen left knee, the same one he had surgically repaired last season. His chance to start is all but gone. Now, even his roster spot might be in jeopardy. "For a guy that's never been cut before, it would be a big deal," said Joyner, a 13-year veteran. "Obviously, that's not my plan.
January 4, 1998 |
There are times these days when Seth Joyner finds himself jumping around the practice field and smiling just from the simple joy of playing football. He is 33 and has been going to work as a professional linebacker for 12 NFL seasons. Along the way, there have been three Pro Bowl appearances, a six-season stretch of at least 100 tackles, and, so it seemed, the accompanying frustration of never being in the right place at exactly the right time. Joyner knows better than most that the right setting is as fragile as an egg, so he holds these days carefully, cradling each joy to better remember its feel.