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January 23, 1991 | By Ray Didinger, Daily News Sports Writer
Dick Vermeil has heard all the theories about why the Eagles lost Super Bowl XV. They were too tight, they were overworked, they left their game on the practice field that week, etc. "Everybody has a theory, but nobody has an answer," Vermeil said recently, looking back on that 27-10 loss to the Oakland Raiders a decade ago in New Orleans. "Hey, I still don't know why things went the way they did. We just couldn't get anything going that day. "I've had people tell me our players looked tense during the (TV)
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January 2, 2000 | By Ron Reid, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It is hardly the revelation of 2000 to concede that, given the opportunity, many NFL head coaches would endure a root canal rather than deal with the media. Dick Vermeil has always been the exception. Even before he joined the ABC television network during his 14-year hiatus from the NFL, Vermeil was an ambassador for his sport and a news-friendly coach who was rarely troubled by tough questions or harsh criticism. With this reporter, who covered Vermeil's first high school team more than 35 years ago, he was extraordinarily accommodating at a time when he didn't have to be - on Jan. 25, 1981.
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December 23, 1994 | by Kevin Mulligan, Daily News Sports Writer
Dick Vermeil, the man responsible for the Eagles' only Super Bowl appearance, yesterday categorically denied a published report that he was close to a deal that would make him the team's new director of football operations. A report in the Times, of Trenton, N.J., quoted a source close to Vermeil as saying an agreement with Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie was "all but done" and "there is no question that (Vermeil) is going to be with the Eagles next season. " "There is absolutely no truth to that at all," said Vermeil, who is under contract to ABC-TV.
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December 9, 1994 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Rich Kotite usually doesn't speak in absolutes about any coming ball game. Yesterday, though, he repeated a remark he had made Monday about Sunday's game at Three Rivers Stadium against the Pittsburgh Steelers. "This is as much a must-win as you have at this point of the season," the Eagles coach said. "After losing four straight, (we're) still in the middle of the wild-card thing" to reach the playoffs. "I didn't say the season would be over (if they lose), but I do think everyone realizes this is as big a game as we've played all year, with two games to go and how tight the wild-card race is. " Asked whether this week's quarterback controversy had distracted players at practice, Kotite said absolutely not. "Oh, no, they have worked their tails off in practice," he said.
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October 20, 2013 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
IF CHIP KELLY wants to get a full understanding of what this game against the Dallas Cowboys means to Eagles fans, he only has to look at the coaches who have come before him. Of course, the fact that both the Eagles and Cowboys are 3-3 and this is a battle for sole possession of first place in the NFC East adds a little more intrigue to the situation, but this is really about Dallas. And in Philadelphia, beating the Cowboys trumps just about everything. I've been in Philly since 1994, and I can't count the number of times Eagles fans have told me how a game against Dallas can make or break a season for them.
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January 25, 2002 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The windchill may have been a numbing 17 degrees below zero, but the 70,696 fans who turned Veterans Stadium into a sea of green were throwing off a lot of heat on that Sunday, Jan. 11, 1981, cheering and stomping for the Eagles while raining insults on the loathsome Dallas Cowboys. Of course, there were a half dozen guys who weren't wearing shirts, and if they hadn't painted themselves green, their skin color might have been as blue as the Cowboys' uniforms. But no one seemed to care.
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January 25, 2000 | by Bernard Fernandez, Daily News Sports Writer
In legend and lore, Dick Vermeil's 1980 Eagles team lost Super Bowl XV because they were buttoned down too tight, in stark contrast to the loose-as-a-goose Oakland Raiders. True? Or false? Depends on whom you ask. Three Eagles who came up short in the franchise's only trip to the ultimate game all have their theories as to why the Raiders prevailed, 27-10, that January evening in the Louisiana Superdome. Star linebacker Bill Bergey said it was just the Eagles' turn to play at something less than their highest level.
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February 2, 2000 | By Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It took Dick Vermeil almost 20 years to come back and finally erase the words "losing Super Bowl coach" from his resume. It took him less than 48 hours to decide that was enough. Two days after his St. Louis Rams won the Super Bowl - and 17 years after a tearful farewell under totally different circumstances - the 63-year-old Vermeil announced his retirement yesterday. Mike Martz, Vermeil's offensive coordinator, will replace him as head coach. That was arranged earlier this month when Martz became a candidate for several head coaching vacancies.
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January 22, 1986 | By Ron Reid, Inquirer Staff Writer
Motivated either by the letter he got from Dick Vermeil last month or by the joy of preparing for Super Bowl XX this week, ex-Eagle Tony Franklin apparently has mellowed out. Franklin, the Patriots' placekicker, had nothing but kind words yesterday for his former NFL franchise, as the Bears and Patriots, within an hour of each other, went about the business of Super Bowl camera day. Nor did Franklin bad-mouth Vermeil, the forner Eagles coach...
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December 28, 1994 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Halftime at Veterans Stadium two weeks ago. Dick Vermeil is on the field, officially being added to the Eagles' Honor Roll. He looks nervous. As the ceremony proceeds, Dennis Franks approaches. "I said to him, 'You want to run up and down that carpet again, don't you, Dick?' " said Franks, the team's center from 1976 to 1978. "Dick said, 'I'm trying my damnedest not to get involved, but I don't know if I can't get involved.' "He told me the opportunity was there to come back to the Eagles if he wanted it. He said, 'I'm trying not to get too excited.
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October 20, 2013 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
IF CHIP KELLY wants to get a full understanding of what this game against the Dallas Cowboys means to Eagles fans, he only has to look at the coaches who have come before him. Of course, the fact that both the Eagles and Cowboys are 3-3 and this is a battle for sole possession of first place in the NFC East adds a little more intrigue to the situation, but this is really about Dallas. And in Philadelphia, beating the Cowboys trumps just about everything. I've been in Philly since 1994, and I can't count the number of times Eagles fans have told me how a game against Dallas can make or break a season for them.
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January 25, 2002 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The windchill may have been a numbing 17 degrees below zero, but the 70,696 fans who turned Veterans Stadium into a sea of green were throwing off a lot of heat on that Sunday, Jan. 11, 1981, cheering and stomping for the Eagles while raining insults on the loathsome Dallas Cowboys. Of course, there were a half dozen guys who weren't wearing shirts, and if they hadn't painted themselves green, their skin color might have been as blue as the Cowboys' uniforms. But no one seemed to care.
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February 2, 2000 | By Phil Sheridan, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It took Dick Vermeil almost 20 years to come back and finally erase the words "losing Super Bowl coach" from his resume. It took him less than 48 hours to decide that was enough. Two days after his St. Louis Rams won the Super Bowl - and 17 years after a tearful farewell under totally different circumstances - the 63-year-old Vermeil announced his retirement yesterday. Mike Martz, Vermeil's offensive coordinator, will replace him as head coach. That was arranged earlier this month when Martz became a candidate for several head coaching vacancies.
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January 25, 2000 | by Bernard Fernandez, Daily News Sports Writer
In legend and lore, Dick Vermeil's 1980 Eagles team lost Super Bowl XV because they were buttoned down too tight, in stark contrast to the loose-as-a-goose Oakland Raiders. True? Or false? Depends on whom you ask. Three Eagles who came up short in the franchise's only trip to the ultimate game all have their theories as to why the Raiders prevailed, 27-10, that January evening in the Louisiana Superdome. Star linebacker Bill Bergey said it was just the Eagles' turn to play at something less than their highest level.
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January 2, 2000 | By Ron Reid, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It is hardly the revelation of 2000 to concede that, given the opportunity, many NFL head coaches would endure a root canal rather than deal with the media. Dick Vermeil has always been the exception. Even before he joined the ABC television network during his 14-year hiatus from the NFL, Vermeil was an ambassador for his sport and a news-friendly coach who was rarely troubled by tough questions or harsh criticism. With this reporter, who covered Vermeil's first high school team more than 35 years ago, he was extraordinarily accommodating at a time when he didn't have to be - on Jan. 25, 1981.
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December 30, 1999 | By Ron Reid, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
He returns tomorrow to the city he loves every bit the conquering hero. But on the whole, Dick Vermeil would rather not be in Philadelphia. "Maybe it's a little special in that I live in Philadelphia, my friends are there, and I coached there," Vermeil said yesterday in a phone interview. "But this game is not about Dick Vermeil and Philadelphia; it's about the Rams and the Eagles. I'd just as soon be playing in St. Louis. " The 1999 NFL schedule, however, will bring Vermeil and his St. Louis Rams into Veterans Stadium on Sunday for the final game of the Eagles' season.
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December 28, 1994 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Halftime at Veterans Stadium two weeks ago. Dick Vermeil is on the field, officially being added to the Eagles' Honor Roll. He looks nervous. As the ceremony proceeds, Dennis Franks approaches. "I said to him, 'You want to run up and down that carpet again, don't you, Dick?' " said Franks, the team's center from 1976 to 1978. "Dick said, 'I'm trying my damnedest not to get involved, but I don't know if I can't get involved.' "He told me the opportunity was there to come back to the Eagles if he wanted it. He said, 'I'm trying not to get too excited.
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December 23, 1994 | by Kevin Mulligan, Daily News Sports Writer
Dick Vermeil, the man responsible for the Eagles' only Super Bowl appearance, yesterday categorically denied a published report that he was close to a deal that would make him the team's new director of football operations. A report in the Times, of Trenton, N.J., quoted a source close to Vermeil as saying an agreement with Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie was "all but done" and "there is no question that (Vermeil) is going to be with the Eagles next season. " "There is absolutely no truth to that at all," said Vermeil, who is under contract to ABC-TV.
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December 9, 1994 | By Tim Panaccio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Rich Kotite usually doesn't speak in absolutes about any coming ball game. Yesterday, though, he repeated a remark he had made Monday about Sunday's game at Three Rivers Stadium against the Pittsburgh Steelers. "This is as much a must-win as you have at this point of the season," the Eagles coach said. "After losing four straight, (we're) still in the middle of the wild-card thing" to reach the playoffs. "I didn't say the season would be over (if they lose), but I do think everyone realizes this is as big a game as we've played all year, with two games to go and how tight the wild-card race is. " Asked whether this week's quarterback controversy had distracted players at practice, Kotite said absolutely not. "Oh, no, they have worked their tails off in practice," he said.
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January 11, 1994 | By Ron Reid, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The man who started at left tackle for the only NFL wild-card team to win a Super Bowl is convinced that the club he now coaches can finish its season with the same superb achievement, no matter how implausible that might seem. In preparing his team for Saturday's AFC playoff battle at Buffalo, Raiders coach Art Shell has tried to teach the younger players on his squad a firsthand lesson from history. Shell has done so because there are decided similarities between the Raiders he coached to a 42-24 conquest of Denver on Sunday in a penalty- slathered, wild-card game at the L.A. Coliseum and the Raiders he helped to a 27-10 victory over the Eagles in Super Bowl XV. "This team," Shell said yesterday of his current club, "this is a good team.
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