Eagles Wake-Up Call: Time For A Return To the Old School

Jim Schwartz. (USA Today)

Jim Schwartz. (USA Today)

Mike Ditka and Buddy Ryan didn’t always see eye-to-eye during their time together in Chicago, but on the day of Ryan’s passing, Ditka let it be known just how vital his old defensive coordinator was to that ’85 championship team.

“There’s no way the Bears win a  world championship without Buddy Ryan,” he told 97.5 the Fanatic. “I’d like to say, ‘Wow, I had a lot to [do with it].’ Listen, we had the best defense in football. And if you’re a head coach and you can’t figure out how to make your offense work if you’ve got the best defense in football, then you’re nuts. I finally figured that out.”

There’s a lesson to be pulled from that statement, about identifying your greatest strength and tailoring your approach to cater to it. Read more »

What They’re Saying About Buddy Ryan

Ryan on the sidlelines against the Chicago Bears during the 1988 NFC Divisional Playoff game at Solider Field. The Bears defeated the Eagles 20-12 in what was deemed to be the Fog Bowl. (USA Today Sports)

Ryan on the sidlelines against the Chicago Bears during the 1988 NFC Divisional Playoff game at Solider Field. (USA Today Sports)

After former Eagles head coach Buddy Ryan passed away at the age of 85, a slew of articles remembered the impact he had on the game of football and the lives he touched. Read more »

Remembering Eagles Coach Buddy Ryan

Randall Cunningham, quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles talks with head coach Buddy Ryan during a light training session, Aug. 5, 1989, at London's Wembley Stadium where they will take on the Cleveland Browns for the 1989 American Bowl. (AP Photo/Gillian Allen)

Randall Cunningham, quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles talks with head coach Buddy Ryan during a light training session, Aug. 5th, 1989. | Photo by Gillian Allen/AP

Buddy Ryan, the Eagles coach who built one of the greatest defenses in NFL history, has died. He was 82.

Ryan coached the Eagles for five seasons, winning one division title and making the playoffs three times. He never won a playoff game, but he is beloved in Philadelphia.

Take the Dallas Cowboys, perhaps the most hated team of Eagles fans. In 1987, with the Eagles about to win the game, Ryan faked a kneeldown and had Randall Cunningham throw a long pass downfield. On the next play, the last one of the game, the Eagles scored a meaningless touchdown to run up the score. It was in retaliation for Cowboys coach Tom Landry using players who crossed the picket line against the Eagles’ replacements earlier in the season. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Howie Roseman’s Plan

Howie Roseman. (Jeff Fusco)

Howie Roseman. (Jeff Fusco)

Since returning to his throne earlier this year, Howie Roseman has reshaped the Eagles in his vision. His desire to build around a core group of players has been well documented, and he clearly believes the team’s current path is the one that will lead them to the organization’s first Lombardi Trophy.

But the Eagles spending a lot of money in the offseason isn’t an entirely new concept. Five years after “The Dream Team” fiasco, fans still shudder at the mere mention of Vince Young’s words. More recently, the Byron Maxwell and DeMarco Murray deals serve as cautionary tales. According to Roseman, however, there’s a key difference in the Eagles’ approach, even if they have doled out hundreds of millions of dollars in guaranteed money. Read more »

Eagles Undrafted Free Agents To Keep An Eye On

Myke Tavarres. (Jeff Fusco)

Myke Tavarres. (Jeff Fusco)

Undrafted free agents often go overlooked, especially when a team invests a lot of resources into acquiring an early pick to get a potential franchise quarterback. But they make up a large portion of NFL rosters, as more than 28 percent of the Eagles’ initial 53-man roster last year included players who weren’t drafted coming out of college.

Sometimes rookie undrafted free agents, like Denzel Rice a year ago, unexpectedly make the roster but don’t contribute much, or they can eventually turn into a starter, as Cedric Thornton did. In the rarest of examples, they can follow Jason Peters’ path and become one of the game’s all-time greats.

Because of the Eagles’ current roster configuration, multiple undrafted free agents appear to have a pretty good shot at making the 53-man roster. Let’s take a look at some players to keep an eye on when training camp finally hits. Read more »

Eagles Wake-Up Call: Givens And the Bradford Appeal

Chris Givens. (Jeff Fusco)

Chris Givens. (Jeff Fusco)

Chris Givens said he considered signing with the Jets and Cowboys this offseason and drew interest from a handful of teams overall, but chose the Eagles in part because of the presence of Sam Bradford.

That may seem counterintuitive — a deep ball receiver gravitating towards a quarterback that isn’t exactly known for airing it out — but there’s a shared history, and perhaps an allure stemming from what might have been the first time around.
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