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January 13, 2013
From Eagletarian.com, the Daily News' Eagles blog: It figured Andy Reid would take some of his assistants with him to Kansas City - it was no shock when Eagles quarterbacks coach Doug Pederson became the Chiefs' offensive coordinator Friday - but the staff list released by the Chiefs did contain some surprises. Reid's son Britt, a graduate assistant at Temple, is going to the Chiefs as a quality control coach. Britt is most known by Eagles fans for being arrested, the same day in 2007 as his older brother Garrett, after separate traffic incidents that involved drug charges.
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August 5, 1999 | by Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Writer
Talk about the unkindest cut. The Eagles worked out Ed Kehl, a rookie lineman and long-snapping specialist, yesterday morning. Kehl, fresh out of Brigham Young, recently was cut by Jacksonville, but the Eagles signed him yesterday afternoon to a two-year deal. Kehl said that Jacksonville coach Tom Coughlin contacted him by phone a few weeks after Kehl's wife had delivered fraternal twins 31/2 months premature. "Coach Coughlin said I'd have too much outside pressure," Kehl said, "so they were going to cut me outright.
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October 23, 2002 | By Phil Sheridan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Darwin Walker, the question mark who became an exclamation point in the Eagles' first six games, signed on the dotted line yesterday. The Eagles signed the 25-year-old defensive tackle to a seven-year contract worth a little more than $11 million. Walker, originally scheduled to make $375,000 this season, will receive about $4 million in bonus money and additional guaranteed salary this season. The 6-foot-3, 295-pound Walker, who would have been a restricted free agent after this season, is now under contract with the team through 2008.
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October 21, 2001 | By Phil Sheridan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Two sick days were about all Tommy Brasher could take, cancer or no cancer. The Eagles' defensive line coach was back on the field yesterday, putting his charges through their drills just three days after a surgeon removed his cancerous saliva gland. The assistant coach drew an ovation from the players when he arrived at the morning team meeting. With a white bandage covering an incision that began above his ear and ran down his jawline, Brasher was back in his familiar crouch, critiquing the play of his linemen.
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January 23, 1999 | by Marcus Hayes, Daily News Sports Writer
Remember that diverse, attacking defense that shut down the Eagles in their '98 opener? The one the Seattle Seahawks brought into Veterans Stadium and stunned quarterback Bobby Hoying and his charges into nine sacks, two lost fumbles and an interception in the 38-0 'Hawks win? Coach Ray Rhodes credited Seattle linebackers coach Jim Johnson with building that defense. He gets to try to do the same in Philadelphia. The Eagles named Johnson their defensive coordinator yesterday as they nearly finished hiring a staff to replace the ones fired with Rhodes.
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August 1, 2011 | BY LES BOWEN, bowenl@phillynews.com
BETHLEHEM - On a warm, breezy Sunday morning, a stirring of sound floats across the quiet meadows surrounding the football practice fields at Lehigh. A church organ, perhaps, audible through a propped-open stained glass window in some quaint little wood-frame sanctuary nestled in a nearby hollow? Let's listen closely: "$%^&*#!! YOU STUPID #&*?+=!!ing %&*$#. " Nope, definitely not church music. These are the sounds of the Eagles' new offensive and defensive line coaches, Howard Mudd, 69, and Jim Washburn, 61. They have new techniques, new philosophies to teach, and thanks to the 136-day NFL lockout, not much time in which to do it. And they're old and cranky and standing in the sun. And maybe, like Andy Reid with that George Hegamin blocking-sled deal in 1999, they want to introduce themselves a certain way, make sure they have everyone's attention.
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December 5, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Playing on the defensive line for Jim Washburn required an understanding of the controversial coach who was loyal to his players and often effective in developing their pass-rushing skills. Washburn could be abrasive, and his style has come under criticism since the Eagles fired him on Monday, but respect remains. "If you're one of the guys on the D-line, we know how he is," defensive end Trent Cole said Tuesday. "So we're used to that. We're used to . . . I don't know what you call it. But we had that [close]
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October 19, 2001 | By Phil Sheridan INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Tommy Brasher, the Eagles' irascible defensive line coach, was sent home yesterday from Pennsylvania Hospital after surgery on Wednesday to remove a cancerous salivary gland. Brasher, 60, is expected to make a full recovery, according to Eagles trainer Rick Burkholder. Burkholder briefed reporters after getting a report from Brasher and his physician, James Kearney. "When they did the surgery, they realized it was a fairly high-grade malignancy," Burkholder said. "They opted to remove the whole salivary gland.
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January 24, 2001 | By Jerry Brewer and Mike Bruton, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
Sam Adams wants to share a story, and it wouldn't bother him if a few members of the Eagles' defensive staff listened. The Baltimore Ravens' defensive tackle is at Super Bowl XXXV. He's not only here, but he comes as one of the leaders of the Ravens' splendid defense. The former No. 8 overall pick in the draft, after showing six years of potential but not dominance, will play in his first Pro Bowl a week after Sunday's big game. After being shoved away by the Seattle Seahawks, Adams drifted into a free-agency period that lasted two months before the Ravens signed him to a four-year contract.
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February 5, 2005 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Donovan McNabb walked into the Eagles' hotel yesterday wearing a throwback Washington Redskins jersey with Doug Williams' name on the back. Williams won MVP honors and became the first African American quarterback to lead his team to a Super Bowl victory 17 years ago. McNabb hopes to join that elusive and exclusive club tomorrow, but knows the majority of fans don't like his - or the Eagles' - chances against the defending champion New England Patriots....
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January 13, 2013
From Eagletarian.com, the Daily News' Eagles blog: It figured Andy Reid would take some of his assistants with him to Kansas City - it was no shock when Eagles quarterbacks coach Doug Pederson became the Chiefs' offensive coordinator Friday - but the staff list released by the Chiefs did contain some surprises. Reid's son Britt, a graduate assistant at Temple, is going to the Chiefs as a quality control coach. Britt is most known by Eagles fans for being arrested, the same day in 2007 as his older brother Garrett, after separate traffic incidents that involved drug charges.
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December 14, 2012
As the Eagles head toward the offseason, trying to figure out what went wrong with them and what is still right with them, there is no equation more difficult to solve than the defense. Forget about judging only the players. Deciphering the true nature of the defense means sorting through the styles and peculiarities of two defensive coordinators and two defensive line coaches. On Thursday night against the Bengals, for most of the game the defense was very good against a respected offense.
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December 8, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Andy Reid asked new defensive line coach Tommy Brasher to return to coaching and help the Eagles for their final four games, Brasher didn't need to think much about it. Brasher is 71 and lives in Seattle and has a bride of 51 years. But he's a football coach, and this is what football coaches do. "I told Andy I had to talk it over with my wife, but I really didn't because she's been a coach's wife for 51 years, and she's one of the best," Brasher said Thursday. Brasher had been retired from the Eagles since 2005, although he has served Reid as a consultant and had frequent communication with the Eagles head coach.
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December 7, 2012 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
'ENORMOUS Changes at the Last Minute" is the title of a very fine short story collection by the late author Grace Paley. The guess here would be that none of the Eagles' defensive linemen has read it, but they probably can relate. A d-line that already has seen coordinator Juan Castillo dispatched in favor of Todd Bowles and 2011 sack leader Jason Babin exiled to the waiver wire (then to an even less desirable locale, Jacksonville), now has a new position coach, Tommy Brasher, who is replacing the fired Jim Washburn.
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December 7, 2012 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writerbowenl@phillynews.com
TOMMY BRASHER had to acknowledge he has never been in a situation anything remotely like this, in his nearly 72 years. How will the Eagles' defensive linemen Brasher began coaching on Wednesday embrace his new strategy, in Sunday's visit with the Tampa Bay Bucs? Will they be confused, hesitant? Will they forget Brasher's plan and play the style they played under deposed line coach Jim Washburn? "I don't know," Brasher said in a brief Thursday meeting with reporters at NovaCare.
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December 5, 2012 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Playing on the defensive line for Jim Washburn required an understanding of the controversial coach who was loyal to his players and often effective in developing their pass-rushing skills. Washburn could be abrasive, and his style has come under criticism since the Eagles fired him on Monday, but respect remains. "If you're one of the guys on the D-line, we know how he is," defensive end Trent Cole said Tuesday. "So we're used to that. We're used to . . . I don't know what you call it. But we had that [close]
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December 4, 2012 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE WHOLE "Grumpy Old Men" act Andy Reid brought to town after the 2010 season is in tatters, along with just about everything else the Eagles' coach has tried the past 3 years. Among the lessons taught by the failure of the Jim Washburn-Howard Mudd experiment is how difficult it is to transplant success. Offensive-line coach Mudd told the Daily News' Paul Domowitch last week that he will retire after the season. Defensive-line coach Washburn was dismissed Monday morning, right after the Eagles' plane arrived in Philadelphia from the team's eighth loss in a row, 38-33, at Dallas.
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August 1, 2011 | BY LES BOWEN, bowenl@phillynews.com
BETHLEHEM - On a warm, breezy Sunday morning, a stirring of sound floats across the quiet meadows surrounding the football practice fields at Lehigh. A church organ, perhaps, audible through a propped-open stained glass window in some quaint little wood-frame sanctuary nestled in a nearby hollow? Let's listen closely: "$%^&*#!! YOU STUPID #&*?+=!!ing %&*$#. " Nope, definitely not church music. These are the sounds of the Eagles' new offensive and defensive line coaches, Howard Mudd, 69, and Jim Washburn, 61. They have new techniques, new philosophies to teach, and thanks to the 136-day NFL lockout, not much time in which to do it. And they're old and cranky and standing in the sun. And maybe, like Andy Reid with that George Hegamin blocking-sled deal in 1999, they want to introduce themselves a certain way, make sure they have everyone's attention.
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June 1, 2006 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Of all the additions the Eagles made this off-season, the most unlikely was Pete Jenkins. At 64, he was three years into a happy retirement from his job as an assistant coach under Nick Saban at Louisiana State. After 34 years in the profession, he confessed to being "burned out" when he left the Tigers after the 2002 season. Except for two years as a high school head coach, he had spent his career as a defensive assistant at the college level. Nowhere on his resume could you find anything about NFL experience, although he had forged relationships with Bill Belichick and Bill Parcells over the years.
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February 5, 2005 | By Bob Brookover INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Donovan McNabb walked into the Eagles' hotel yesterday wearing a throwback Washington Redskins jersey with Doug Williams' name on the back. Williams won MVP honors and became the first African American quarterback to lead his team to a Super Bowl victory 17 years ago. McNabb hopes to join that elusive and exclusive club tomorrow, but knows the majority of fans don't like his - or the Eagles' - chances against the defending champion New England Patriots....
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