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The Hall of Fame QBs who were terrible vs. the Eagles

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The Hall of Fame QBs who were terrible vs. the Eagles

The Eagles are scheduled to face four slam-dunk Hall of Fame quarterbacks this fall, including three in a 14-day span late in the season.

It got us wondering how the Eagles have fared against Hall of Fame quarterbacks during the Jim Schwartz Era and also throughout franchise history.

The bottom line? Way better than you’d think.

Here’s what we learned:

• Active quarterbacks who are Hall of Fame slam dunks (Drew Brees, Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson) are a combined 8-3 vs. the Eagles since 2016 with 19 touchdown passes and four interceptions. The Eagles are scheduled to face all of them except Brady this year.

• Add Hall of Fame probables Matt Ryan, Eli Manning and Philip Rivers to the mix and those numbers become: 12-13 vs. the Eagles since 2016 with 45 TD passes and 19 INTs. (Peyton Manning last faced the Eagles in 2013.)

• Some 25 quarterbacks already in the Hall of Fame have faced the Eagles, and they’re a combined 106-61-4. 

• But going back to 1980, or the last 40 seasons, the Eagles have done relatively well against Hall of Famers, going 32-37 against 11 quarterbacks now in the Hall of Fame. 

• The eight Hall of Famers the Eagles have faced over the last 30 years have a combined record of 26-24 against the Eagles with 52 TD passes and 53 INTs. Seven of the eight have lower passer ratings against the Eagles than in their career and five of the eight have a double-digit disparity. The only one with a higher rating vs. the Eagles than for the rest of his career is Warren Moon, who only played one game vs. the Eagles (and lost).

• Five of the eight Hall of Famers who've faced the Eagles since 1980 had a passer rating at least 14 points lower vs. the Eagles than for their entire career, ranging from 13.4 for Jim Kelly, 14.4 for Kurt Warner, 14.9 for Troy Aikman, 19.7 for John Elway and 22.7 for Brett Favre.

Career Rating  —  Vs. Eagles. — Difference

Brett Favre: 86.2 — 63.5  — -22.7
John Elway: 79.9 — 60.2 — -19.7
Troy Aikman: 82.3 — 67.4 — -14.9
Kurt Warner: 79.3 — 93.7 — -14.4
Jim Kelly: 83.2 — 69.8 — -13.4
Steve Young: 90.5 — 95.9 — -5.4
Dan Marino: 86.4 — 84.3 — -2.1
Warren Moon: 80.9 — 92.0 — +11.1

• In the 20 years since Andy Reid became Eagles head coach, Hall of Famers are 20-23 against the Eagles with seven more INTs (50) than TD passes (43).

• The Hall of Famers who've been most successful against the Eagles are Roger Staubach (13-3), Sonny Jurgensen (10-2-2), Fran Tarkenton (8-3), Y.A. Tittle (8-3-1), Otto Graham (8-4), Bobby Layne (8-4-1) and Johnny Unitas (4-0).

• Hall of Famers with losing records against the Eagles include Favre (5-8), Warner (3-4), Elway (1-4) and Terry Bradshaw (1-2). Aikman was 10-11 in the regular season against the Eagles but 2-0 in the playoffs. 

• Only three Hall of Famers have a career passer rating of 100.0 or higher against the Eagles: Joe Montana (113.7), Ken Stabler (108.8) and Bart Starr (100.6). Nobody else is over 91.

• The lowest passer ratings among Hall of Famers vs. the Eagles are Sammy Baugh (40.1), Bob Griese (47.2), Norm Van Brocklin (58.8), Favre (63.5), Elway (64.0), Aikman (67.4), Bradshaw (68.2) and Kelly (69.8).

• Hall of Fame quarterbacks whose passer ratings against the Eagles were at least 10 points lower vs. the Eagles than for their career are Griese (-29.1), Favre (-22.7), Elway (-15.8) Sammy Baugh (-15.6), Van Brocklin (-15.0), Aikman (-14.9), Warner (14.4) and Kelly (-13.4).

• Those whose ratings were at least 10 points higher against the Eagles: Stabler (+31.6), Joe Montana (+21.1), Starr (+20.6), Joe Namath (+15.6), Jurgensen (+12.4), Tittle (+11.7) and Warren Moon (+10.8). Of that group, Namath and Moon only faced the Eagles once.

• Here’s a look at every Hall of Fame or likely Hall of Fame quarterback and his career W-L record, TDs, INTs and passer rating in regular season and postseason games vs. the Eagles:

Hall of Famers vs. Eagles

W-L — TD-INT — Rating

Troy Aikman: 12-11 — 18-20 — 67.4   
Brett Favre: 5-8 — 14-21 — 63.5   
Steve Young: 4-2 — 6-3 — 90.5    
Kurt Warner: 3-4 — 11-9 — 79.3   
Jim Kelly: 3-1 — 5-6 — 69.8  
Dan Marino: 3-0 — 6-2 — 90.9  
Joe Montana: 1-1 — 5-2 — 113.7  
Ken Stabler: 2-0 — 2-1 — 108.8  
Bart Starr: 3-1 — 4-2 — 100.6  
Sonny Jurgensen: 10-2-2 — 33-16 — 94.3  
Warren Moon: 0-1 — 3-0 — 92.0  
Y.A. Tittle: 8-3-1 — 18-14 — 84.1  
Johnny Unitas: 4-0 — 5-4 — 83.8  
Otto Graham: 8-4 — 19-14 — 82.3  
Joe Namath: 1-0 — 2-1 — 81.1  
Fran Tarkenton: 8-3 — 14-11 — 79.6  
Roger Staubach: 13-3 — 17-18 — 79.2  
Dan Fouts: 2-1 — 3-4 — 74.1  
Len Dawson: 0-1 — 1-1 — 72.2  
Terry Bradshaw: 1-2 — 2-2 — 68.2  
John Elway: 1-4 — 5-6 — 64.0  
Norm Van Brocklin: 3-1— 3-5 — 58.8  
Bobby Layne: 8-4-1 — 20-24 — 56.7  
Bob Griese: 1-1 — 1-3 — 47.2  
Sammy Baugh: 1-3 — 1-4 — 40.1  

Hall of Fame locks

Roethlisberger: 2-2 — 3-3 — 73.1
Wilson: 5-0 — 8-1 — 100.8
Brees: 7-3 — 20-10 — 99.8
Rodgers: 4-2 — 12-3 — 103.9
Brady: 5-2 — 15-2 — 96.3
Peyton Manning: 4-1 — 12-3 — 114.6

Hall of Fame possibles 

Eli Manning: 10-23 — 56-37 — 83.4
Philip Rivers: 2-1 — 7-0 — 120.2
Matt Ryan: 4-5 — 18-12 — 83.5

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He said he would never do it.

"We'll never change the name of the team," Dan Snyder told USA Today in 2013. "It's that simple. Never. You can use caps."

Now, amid an increased national focus on racism and social justice and mounting pressure from million-dollar sponsors, his tune has suddenly changed.

The Redskins' owner said in a statement Friday that the franchise will review the team's name, seen by many as racist and offensive to Native Americans and others.

Protests against the Redskins' name and logo have been ongoing for decades, but when companies like FedEx and Nike join those protests, things can change very quickly.

Considering the growing pressure now on the franchise, it would be surprising at this point if the franchise elects not to change its name.

"In light of recent events around our country and feedback from our community, the Washington Redskins are announcing the team will undergo a thorough review of the team's name," the statement read. "This review formalizes the initial discussions the team has been having with the league in recent weeks."

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, who has consistently supported Snyder's decision to keep the team name, released a statement saying only, "In the last few weeks we have had ongoing discussions with Dan and we are supportive of this important step."

FedEx, which paid $205 million for the naming rights for the Redskins' stadium in 1998, asked the Redskins earlier Friday to change the team name. And Nike, the NFL's official uniform supplier, on Thursday removed all Redskins gear from its website while continuing to allow customers to order merchandise from all 31 other teams.

In the statement released by the team, Snyder said: "This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but also input from our alumni, the organization, sponsors, the National Football League and the local community it is proud to represent on and off the field."

First-year Redskins head coach Ron Rivera, a former Eagles assistant coach and one of three Latin American head coaches in NFL history, indicated in the statement that he favors a name change.

"This issue is of personal importance to me and I look forward to working closely with Dan Snyder to make sure we continue the mission of honoring and supporting Native Americans and our Military."

The team's current name dates back 87 years.

The NFL Boston Braves franchise was founded in 1932 and one year later moved to Fenway Park, which it shared with the baseball franchise of the same name. To avoid confusion, owner George Preston Marshall changed the name to Redskins. The franchise moved to Washington in 1937 and kept the name.

Marshall, who owned the franchise until his death in 1969, refused to allow black players on the roster until 1962, which made the team the last in the NFL to integrate. 

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Last month, team officials removed Marshall's name from the Redskins Ring of Honor at FedEx Field, and a statue of Marshall was removed from RFK Stadium by city officials after it was vandalized.

Protests against sports teams and logos perpetuating stereotypes of Native Americans and their culture have grown more widespread in recent years but have been held for decades.

In 1991 — nearly 30 years ago — there were organized protests against the Atlanta Braves and Redskins over their team names and logos, according to an Associated Press story. The story quoted Clyde Bellecourt, director of a group called the American Indian Movement, which organized protests outside Braves and Redskins games.

"It's a racist term," Bellecourt told the AP in October of 1991. "We're not thin-skinned, this just makes a mockery of uses a people and of our culture."

And now, it looks like the franchise is finally going to do something about it.

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