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10 glaring omissions from the Eagles Hall of Fame

10 glaring omissions from the Eagles Hall of Fame

Nobody’s asked me, but if I were on the panel that selects the annual inductees into the Eagles Hall of Fame?

Here are some of the people I would suggest.

There are a lot of qualified candidates and nobody really knows the criteria or who picks the inductees or if there even is a panel.

But if they're open to suggestions, I have some!

And I made up my own rules.

In picking 10 glaring omissions from the Eagles’ Hall of Fame, I stayed away from players who haven’t been retired for more than five years (Trent Cole, Brent Celek, Jeremy Maclin) and (for the most part) players who were outstanding Eagles but weren’t here very long (Ricky Watters, Harold Jackson, Keith Jackson).

Here’s a list of everybody who’s already in the Hall of Fame:

Here, listed alphabetically, are 10 more who should be:

Bud Carson: The architect of the legendary Steel Curtain defense in the 1970s spent 1991 through 1994 as Rich Kotite’s defensive coordinator. Hiring Bud was the smartest thing Richie ever did. The Eagles had three top-6 defenses in four years under Bud, and the 1991 team allowed 221.8 yards per game, fewest in NFL history in a 16-game season and fewest in any season since the 1974 Steelers – coached by Carson. From 1991 through 1994, no team in the NFL allowed fewer yards than the Eagles. Carson was the only thing that held that team together during that span.

Marion Campbell: Combine Swamp Fox’s years as Dick Vermeil’s defensive coordinator – five straight top-10 defenses and two straight No. 1 defenses – with his play on the field – two Pro Bowls, including the 1960 NFL Championship season – and he’s a no-brainer. Campbell did not have terrific success as the Eagles’ head coach, but no way that should overshadow his tremendous work as an assistant coach and a player.

Herm Edwards: In addition to the iconic Miracle at the Meadowlands, Edwards was a terrific cornerback for the Eagles for a decade. Including postseason, he had 38 INTs from 1977 through 1985 – 4th-most among NFL corners during that span and tied for most in franchise history. And what a big-time postseason player. His 5 playoff INTs are the most in Eagles history.

Charlie Johnson: A defensive stalwart on the Dick Vermeil teams, Johnson made three straight Pro Bowls and two straight all-pro teams as a defensive tackle. He was a first-team all-pro during the 1980 Super Bowl season and is one of only four defensive linemen in franchise history to make consecutive all-pro teams. The others are Reggie White, Clyde Simmons and Jerome Brown. 

Asante Samuel: He was only here four years, but Asante made a huge impact, picking off 20 passes, plus two more in the 2008 postseason. He led the NFL with 9 INTs in 2009 and made three Pro Bowls. From 2008 through 2011, he had the 2nd-most INTs in the NFL. Samuel and Troy Vincent are the only Eagles to lead the NFL in interceptions since 1972.

Buck Shaw: Shaw took over an Eagles team in 1958 that had gone 11-23-2 over the previous three years. He rebuilt the roster, acquired Norm Van Brocklin and within three years had led the Eagles to the NFC Championship. His 1960 team went 10-2, won the NFL Championship, handed legendary Vince Lombardi his only postseason loss, handed Bart Starr his only postseason loss and won the Eagles’ last NFL title until 2017. 

Duce Staley: How on Earth is Duce not in the Eagles’ Hall of Fame? Like Swamp Fox, he could be in there both as a player and as a coach. Staley had three 1,000-yard seasons, caught 275 passes and ranks 6th in franchise history in scrimmage yards. On top of that, he’s been a high-level assistant coach for nine years under three head coaches. The Eagles have the 7th-most rushing yards in the NFL during his seven years as running backs coach, and Duce did a phenomenal job during the Super Bowl season getting the most out of Jay Ajayi, LeGarrette Blount, Corey Clement and Wendell Smallwood.

Tommy Thompson: In an era before the development of the modern passing game, Thompson threw for over 10,000 yards with 90 touchdowns, led the NFL with 25 touchdowns in 1948, led the NFL in passer rating in both 1948 and 1949 and quarterbacked back-to-back NFL Championship Game victories. He remains the only Eagle QB to lead the NFL in passer rating in back-to-back seasons.

Wes and Andre: Last names not needed. Wes and Andre are listed as one entry because every Eagles true fan link Wes and Andre together. They were teammates from 1983 through 1993 and started at safety together for most of the period from 1986 through 1993, terrorizing opposing backs and receivers with thunderous hits and setting the tone for some of the toughest, most physical defenses we’ve ever seen around here. Wes and Andre. Andre and Wes. They spent their careers here, and they have to go in together. Sadly, it will be posthumously. 

Norm Willey: Nobody kept track of sacks until 1982, but legend has it that Norm “Wild Man” Willey once tackled Giants quarterback Charley Cornerly behind the line of scrimmage 17 times in one game. Willey was a two-time Pro Bowler and an all-pro in his eight years with the Eagles. Football historians say that if sacks were an official stat in the 1950s, Willey would have been among the all-time NFL leaders.

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A lost opportunity for Sidney Jones in Roob's 10 Observations

A lost opportunity for Sidney Jones in Roob's 10 Observations

A lost opportunity for Sidney Jones, an unbelievable Sam Bradford stat and the continuing saga of Reb Russell.

It's all right here in this weekend's Roob's 10 Eagles Observations! 

1. I keep trying to convince myself, "This will be the year we see the real Sidney Jones." And coming out of last year, I really believed Jones, going into Year 4, had a chance to really get his legs healthy this spring and then show everybody in minicamps, OTAs, training camp and the preseason games that he could hold down the CB2 opposite Darius Slay. But if the curtailed offseason and preseason hurts anybody the most, it's Jones. The Eagles have made it clear Avonte Maddox is the projected starter, and as long Maddox stays healthy I don't see how Sidney can win the job. Without any spring workouts or preseason games? Can Jones do enough just in a few weeks of training camp practice to beat out Maddox? I don't think so.

2. Who has the highest 4th-quarter passer rating among Eagles quarterbacks? Going back to 1994, as far back as the Pro Football Reference database logs quarter-by-quarter stats, here's the surprising answer (minimum of 100 4th-quarter attempts):

95.9 ... Sam Bradford

88.4 ... Michael Vick

84.5 ... Carson Wentz

83.6 ... Donovan McNabb

81.9 ... Nick Foles

76.9 ... Rodney Peele

76.7 ... Mark Sanchez

70.3 ... Ty Detmer

64.1 ... Bobby Hoying

62.7 ... Randall Cunningham

59.0 ... Koy Detmer 

(Remember, this only includes Randall's last two years with the Eagles) 

3. As good as T.O. was in 2004, he was on his way to an even bigger season in 2005 before he imploded and got himself suspended. Owens was 47-for-763 with 6 TDs after seven games, which put him on pace for 107 catches and 1,744 yards with 13 TDs. The only players in NFL history to reach those plateaus in a season are Jerry Rice and Isaac Bruce. T.O.'s 93.5 yards per game as an Eagle is 23 yards per game more than any other WR in franchise history. DeSean Jackson (69.7), Mike Quick (64.0), Irving Fryar (63.9) and Jeremy Maclin (63.6) are next.

4. If the NFL does wind up reducing rosters from 90 to 75 because of the curtailed or eliminated preseason and for social distancing purposes, the league needs to give each team the opportunity to retain the rights of some or all of the players they're forced to release. Maybe pay them a weekly reduced salary and let them participate in virtual meetings and remain part of the team without actually being at practice. It would be a shame to see the Eagles forced to cut ties with promising kids like Adrian Killians Jr., Grayland Arnold, Raequan Williams, Mike Warren, Sua Opeta or Deontay Burnett because of the current circumstances. The league and the NFLPA need to find a way to make sure that doesn't happen.

5. I just remembered the Eagles paid Nelson Agholor $9.387 million last year.

6. The Frankford Yellow Jackets won the 1926 NFL Championship, but by the early 1930s, they may have been the worst professional sports team in Philadelphia history. They won only 3 of their last 24 games and scored 7 or fewer points in 20 of those 24 games. 

7. What are the odds that the Eagles' two recent Hall of Famers — Brian Dawkins and Harold Carmichael — went to the same high school? Both graduated from Raines High in Jacksonville. Raines has produced numerous other NFL players, including Lito Sheppard, Shawn Jefferson and Ken Burrough, along with baseball's Vince Coleman. Surprisingly, 16 high schools produced multiple Hall of Famers, including one — George Washington in L.A. — that produced three (James Lofton, Hugh McElhenny, Bill Walsh). 

8. Carson Wentz's 32 wins are 15th-most in NFL history by a quarterback in his first four seasons. He's also one of only five of the top 20 that didn't win a playoff game during those four years. The others are Matt Ryan, Andy Dalton, Steve Grogan, Peyton Manning and Carson Palmer. Ryan won one in his 5th season, Manning in his 6th and Palmer in his 14th. Dalton and Grogan never did win one. One of these years, Wentz will win one. Right?

9. Donovan McNabb had already won four playoff games and reached two NFC Championship Games by the end of his fourth season.

10. Everyone seemed to enjoy last week's excerpt from newspaper coverage of the Eagles' first game in franchise history in 1933, so here's an excerpt from the Inquirer story reporting the first win in franchise history, 6-0 over the Reds later in 1933: 

"Tall, slab-sided, loose-limbed Swede Hanson, the new Galloping Ghost of the commercial gridiron, raced over the last white stripe today, as the Philadelphia Eagles achieved their first conquest of the season, 6-0. Hanson, lean and lank and lantern jawed, was the hero of this game, as he has starred in all of the frays in which the Eagles have been a part. For two periods, the Birds and their Red foes battered away at the line or sought the air but all in vain. In the third quarter, however, the Wraymen turned into a devastating horde." 

The story goes on to describe Hanson's touchdown, the game's only score: 

"It was fourth down now and the goal line beckoning in tantalizing fashion straight ahead. Then Hanson and (Reb) Russell outwtitted their foes. Reb came tearing in as if to shoot off tackle. The Reds tumbled through upon the former Purple hero, however, who was ready for this emergency. As the gang tried to pile up, Russell flipped a lateral, straight and unerring, right into Hanson's arms. Like a flash, the Swede lighted out for the end, slipped past two tackles and went over the line."

Wraymen? Really? Remember, that team's coach was Lud Wray. Guess I should start calling the Eagles the Dougmen?

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Report: NFLPA board unanimously recommends to cancel entire preseason 

Report: NFLPA board unanimously recommends to cancel entire preseason 

Just two days after we learned the NFL’s plan to cut the 2020 preseason in half, the NFL Players Association is reportedly recommending that the league cancel the entire preseason. 

The NFLPA’s board of representatives voted unanimously on the recommendation, according to ESPN. 

On Wednesday, ProFootballTalk reported that the NFL was cutting the preseason in half because of the coronavirus pandemic, keeping Weeks 2 and 3 but eliminating Weeks 1 and 4. Other reports indicated that those preseason games would be pushed back later into August. 

If the Eagles end up playing the original Weeks 2 and 3 of their preseason schedule, they will face the Dolphins on the road and the Patriots at home. They were originally scheduled to be at Indianapolis in Week 1 and at home against the Jets in Week 4, but those games have already been canceled. 

The NFL is still planning for training camps to begin on July 28 with rookies and select vets allowed to report earlier. 

Eagles head coach Doug Pederson said earlier this offseason that his team will need the entire five-to-six-week training camp to get ready for the 2020 season, especially after missing the entire spring workout schedule because of the pandemic. 

The Eagles are scheduled to begin their 2020 regular season in Washington on Sept. 13. 

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