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November 23, 1993 | By S.A. Paolantonio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Like many Eagles fans, Rich Kotite has seen enough and is ready for a change. No, he said yesterday, he's not resigning as head coach of the 4-6 team. Instead, he said, he will become "more involved" in the Eagles' offense. Actually, Kotite left little doubt that he was taking over for offensive coordinator Zeke Bratkowski. There was no change in titles, no demotion. There didn't have to be. In addition to scoring just a field goal in the Eagles' 7-3 loss to the Giants on Sunday, the offense at times could not field the right number of men, call the right play or snap the ball at the right time.
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January 18, 1991 | By Kevin Mulligan, Daily News Sports Writer
Zeke Bratkowski, a veteran of 22 NFL seasons as an offensive coach, is expected to be offered the Eagles' offensive coordinator position during a meeting today with Eagles head coach Rich Kotite, the Daily News has learned. Bratkowski, reached last evening at his suburban Cleveland home, confirmed that he planned to travel to Philadelphia today to meet with Kotite, who returned yesterday from Mobile, Ala., where he met with several candidates while scouting the Senior Bowl players.
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January 15, 1991 | By Mark Bowden, Inquirer Staff Writer
Zeke Bratkowski, a former Cleveland Browns quarterbacks coach, has emerged as a strong candidate to become the Eagles' next offensive coordinator, and Jim Vechiarella, a former Browns assistant, could become the Eagles new linebackers coach, sources from the two clubs said yesterday. If you get the idea that Rich Kotite, the Eagles new head coach, is pursuing some sort of Browns connection in his search for assistants, you're wrong. It's a Jets connection. Kotite has a long association with Bratkowski and Vechiarella from his days with the New York Jets.
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January 21, 1991 | By Kevin Mulligan, Daily News Sports Writer
The Eagles have reached an agreement in principle to make Zeke Bratkowski their new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, the Daily News has learned. Bratkowski, 59, spent the weekend in Philadelphia, met formally with club president Harry Gamble and agreed informally to a three-year contract to run coach Rich Kotite's offense, sources said. Kotite and Bratkowski, who are good friends, met for several hours Friday and Saturday reviewing the Eagles' offense and philosophy.
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July 31, 1993 | by Kevin Mulligan, Daily News Sports Writer
They've traveled halfway around the globe, eaten with chopsticks, seen sumo wrestlers, spent major yen shopping in Ginza and done the nightclub scene in Rappongi. Oh, yes, the Eagles also banged heads with the New Orleans Saints for two days in preparation for the American Bowl preseason opener at the 54,000-seat Tokyo Dome tomorrow (Channel 6, ESPN, 10 o'clock tonight in Philadelphia). Coach Rich Kotite has more questions than he can wave a Japanese fan at entering tonight's contest, and even the Eagles veterans appear eager to see themselves - all the new parts - for the first time against NFL opposition.
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November 20, 1994 | By S.A. Paolantonio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Zeke Bratkowski, in his second year as the Eagles' offensive coordinator, is a bona fide pro football legend. With the Green Bay Packers in the championship years (1965-67), Bratkowski was the dependable field general backing up Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr. In relief of Starr, Bratkowski won 10 of 12 starts. Now 63, Bratkowski has been an assistant coach in the NFL for 23 years. But the last two years have been rough for the Eagles' offensive coordinator. In 1993, after Randall Cunningham suffered a broken leg, Bratkowski's offense stalled and head coach Rich Kotite assumed the play-calling duties.
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October 6, 1993 | by Mark Kram, Daily News Sports Writer
Whenever a veteran NFL player finds himself released and in search of a job, he starts watching the games each week and reading the newspapers differently. Instead of looking for which teams won and which ones climbed or dropped in the standings, he asks himself: "Who got hurt?" and "Does it create an opportunity for me?" Quarterback Ken O'Brien describes it as "an ugly way to sit around and watch football," but he knew when the Green Bay Packers released him this summer that it was probably his only route back to the NFL. When he heard that Randall Cunningham suffered a fractured left fibula in the second quarter against the New York Jets Sunday, the former Jets quarterback realized that the Eagles would be looking for a veteran backup to Bubby Brister and "expected" a call from them at his Sacramento home.
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March 16, 1993 | By Kevin Mulligan, Daily News Sports Writer
Eagles coach Rich Kotite has decided to promote quarterbacks coach Zeke Bratkowski to offensive coordinator, the Daily News has learned. An announcement on the move could come as early as today, sources said. Kotite declined to comment last evening. However, sources said Kotite finalized his decision over the weekend in the Bahamas. In a closely guarded organization secret, Kotite informed Bratkowski Saturday that, after failing to pry receivers coach Ray Sherman from the San Francisco 49ers, he decided to promote from within.
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April 4, 1993 | By S. A. Paolantonio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Randall Cunningham, the Eagles' elusive and enigmatic quarterback, returned to distressed East Camden yesterday to dedicate a $1.3 million community center and declare that - recent reports aside - he will be in Philadelphia playing high-performance football next season. "People have been calling and writing, asking, 'What's wrong with Randall?' " said Cunningham, who has been the subject of persistent trade rumors and front office concerns. "Regardless what you read in the papers, Randall Cunningham is going to be OK. " At St. John the Baptist Church, Cunningham told a crowd of about 4,000 that he had spent the past 10 days working out vigorously in Las Vegas and that his left knee, injured early in the 1991 season, was "all the way back.
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July 31, 1993 | By S.A. Paolantonio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
On the second day of practice in Tokyo yesterday, newly acquired free-agent quarterback Bubby Brister watched his teammates board a bus in the parking lot at Oda Field. Then he quietly walked into a corner of the end zone, shed his Eagles jersey and shoulder pads and flew through 25 wind sprints across the width of the field. Steam rose from the superheated practice field, which had been baking for hours in the post-monsoon season sun. Didn't bother Bubby. He took each sprint as if it were his first.
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November 20, 1994 | By S.A. Paolantonio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Zeke Bratkowski, in his second year as the Eagles' offensive coordinator, is a bona fide pro football legend. With the Green Bay Packers in the championship years (1965-67), Bratkowski was the dependable field general backing up Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr. In relief of Starr, Bratkowski won 10 of 12 starts. Now 63, Bratkowski has been an assistant coach in the NFL for 23 years. But the last two years have been rough for the Eagles' offensive coordinator. In 1993, after Randall Cunningham suffered a broken leg, Bratkowski's offense stalled and head coach Rich Kotite assumed the play-calling duties.
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November 15, 1994 | By S.A. Paolantonio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Zeke Bratkowski, the Eagles' offensive coordinator, arrived early at Veterans Stadium yesterday, looking for answers. He watched the film of the Eagles' 26-7 loss to the Cleveland Browns four times, analyzing each offensive play over and over, searching for the telltale signs of why his unit could not get anything going against one of the stingiest defenses in the NFL. Bratkowski saw a running game spinning its wheels. He saw a passing game grinding its gears. He saw penalties, blown assignments and missed opportunities.
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November 23, 1993 | By S.A. Paolantonio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Like many Eagles fans, Rich Kotite has seen enough and is ready for a change. No, he said yesterday, he's not resigning as head coach of the 4-6 team. Instead, he said, he will become "more involved" in the Eagles' offense. Actually, Kotite left little doubt that he was taking over for offensive coordinator Zeke Bratkowski. There was no change in titles, no demotion. There didn't have to be. In addition to scoring just a field goal in the Eagles' 7-3 loss to the Giants on Sunday, the offense at times could not field the right number of men, call the right play or snap the ball at the right time.
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November 14, 1993 | By S.A. Paolantonio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Offense 101 is in session. Zeke Bratkowski, the Eagles' offensive coordinator, points to a chicken- scratch pattern of X's and O's on a sheet of white paper. Rookie wide receiver Victor Bailey looks puzzled. He wrinkles his brow. The smile disappears from his face. Bailey argues with Bratkowski a moment. Bratkowski persists. Bailey's eyes at last widen. The professor laughs, and the pupil suits up for practice. You have just witnessed something that should not be happening this late in the Eagles' season.
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October 8, 1993 | by Kevin Mulligan, Daily News Sports Writer
Zeke Bratkowski, the Eagles' offensive coordinator, threw for 65 touchdowns and more than 10,000 yards during a 14-year NFL career, and was one of the most productive backup quarterbacks in NFL history. Someday, he wants to write a book on life as a No. 2 QB. It might be required summer reading for every NFL quarterback. As Bart Starr's backup on three Green Bay Packers championship teams (1965 to '67), there wasn't much Bratkowski didn't experience. He was forced into action without warming up. When Starr was sidelined by injuries, he was called on to protect leads, to pull out big games, and to start 12 games (winning 10)
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October 6, 1993 | by Mark Kram, Daily News Sports Writer
Whenever a veteran NFL player finds himself released and in search of a job, he starts watching the games each week and reading the newspapers differently. Instead of looking for which teams won and which ones climbed or dropped in the standings, he asks himself: "Who got hurt?" and "Does it create an opportunity for me?" Quarterback Ken O'Brien describes it as "an ugly way to sit around and watch football," but he knew when the Green Bay Packers released him this summer that it was probably his only route back to the NFL. When he heard that Randall Cunningham suffered a fractured left fibula in the second quarter against the New York Jets Sunday, the former Jets quarterback realized that the Eagles would be looking for a veteran backup to Bubby Brister and "expected" a call from them at his Sacramento home.
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September 23, 1993 | by Kevin Mulligan, Daily News Sports Writer
Randall Cunningham was asked to time-travel back to March 16 and put himself in Zeke Bratkowski's shoes and coaching shorts. Bratkowski's sweet, 6-handicap golf swing was not included. "I'm Zeke? OK," Cunningham said, with a slight grin as he played along. "You have just been elevated from quarterbacks coach to offensive coordinator," Cunningham is told. "What is your biggest challenge?" "Oooh, man," Cunningham said. He reverses a half-step in his locker stall and lowers his head, his mind on pause for a couple seconds.
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July 31, 1993 | By S.A. Paolantonio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
On the second day of practice in Tokyo yesterday, newly acquired free-agent quarterback Bubby Brister watched his teammates board a bus in the parking lot at Oda Field. Then he quietly walked into a corner of the end zone, shed his Eagles jersey and shoulder pads and flew through 25 wind sprints across the width of the field. Steam rose from the superheated practice field, which had been baking for hours in the post-monsoon season sun. Didn't bother Bubby. He took each sprint as if it were his first.
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July 31, 1993 | by Kevin Mulligan, Daily News Sports Writer
They've traveled halfway around the globe, eaten with chopsticks, seen sumo wrestlers, spent major yen shopping in Ginza and done the nightclub scene in Rappongi. Oh, yes, the Eagles also banged heads with the New Orleans Saints for two days in preparation for the American Bowl preseason opener at the 54,000-seat Tokyo Dome tomorrow (Channel 6, ESPN, 10 o'clock tonight in Philadelphia). Coach Rich Kotite has more questions than he can wave a Japanese fan at entering tonight's contest, and even the Eagles veterans appear eager to see themselves - all the new parts - for the first time against NFL opposition.
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April 4, 1993 | By S. A. Paolantonio, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Randall Cunningham, the Eagles' elusive and enigmatic quarterback, returned to distressed East Camden yesterday to dedicate a $1.3 million community center and declare that - recent reports aside - he will be in Philadelphia playing high-performance football next season. "People have been calling and writing, asking, 'What's wrong with Randall?' " said Cunningham, who has been the subject of persistent trade rumors and front office concerns. "Regardless what you read in the papers, Randall Cunningham is going to be OK. " At St. John the Baptist Church, Cunningham told a crowd of about 4,000 that he had spent the past 10 days working out vigorously in Las Vegas and that his left knee, injured early in the 1991 season, was "all the way back.
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