Fletcher Cox honored by all-decade nod that will help his HOF chances

Fletcher Cox honored by all-decade nod that will help his HOF chances

Fletcher Cox has been a Pro Bowler, he’s been an All-Pro, he’s won a Super Bowl and he’s signed a $100 million contract. 

The Eagles’ defensive tackle has received a lot of accolades during his eight-year NFL career, but the latest might be the most impressive. 

Earlier this offseason, Cox was one of four Eagles named to the NFL’s all-decade teams for the 2010s. 

It means a lot, man. I don’t think they just throw players up there. To me it means a lot. I sure can appreciate that. Gotta thank the coaching staff, my teammates and everybody who helped me get to this point to be able to be on there. It’s such an honor. And I’m truly blessed to be on there.

I got the sense that this truly is an honor that means a lot to Cox, and it should. For a lot of his career he’s been overlooked by many and overshadowed by other great interior defensive linemen. 

Cox was one of four defensive tackles to make the all-decade team, along with Aaron Donald, Ndamukong Sun and Geno Atkins. 

While Donald has arguably been the best defensive player in the league for the last six years, Cox has the chance, with a few more dominant seasons, to become the second-best player at his position of his era and make a real run at the Hall of Fame. 

Take a look at Cox’s career accomplishments so far: 

• Member of the all-decade team for the 2010s

• Five-time Pro Bowler (2015-19), third-longest streak in Eagles history 

• First-team All-Pro in 2018, second-team All-Pro in 2014, 2015, 2017

• Super Bowl LII champion 

• NFC Defensive Player of the Month (September 2016) 

• Two-time NFC Defensive Player of the Week (Oct. 11, 2015, Dec. 30, 2018)

• Signed a six-year, $102 million contract extension in 2016 

• 48 sacks, 121 QB hits, 62 TFLs, 11 FFs, 11 FRs, 2 TD 

Cox is 29 and won’t turn 30 until December, so there’s no reason to think he won’t continue to play a dominant brand of football for at least the next few years. 

Last year, my colleague Reuben Frank looked at Cox’s Hall of Fame candidacy. If Cox ends up being a Pro Bowler for two more seasons, and there’s no reason to think he won’t be, that would give him seven in his career. Roob dug out this pretty incredible stat: Of the 15 defensive tackles in NFL history who have been seven-time Pro Bowlers, 13 of the 14 eligible are in the Hall of Fame. 

Cox is putting together a serious case to be enshrined in Canton and being a member of the all-decade team will only help his case. 

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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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Eagles legend Harold Carmichael is headed to Pro Football Hall of Fame

Eagles legend Harold Carmichael is headed to Pro Football Hall of Fame

Long-time Eagles great Harold Carmichael, snubbed by the Pro Football Hall of Fame for decades, finally got the call he's been waiting for on Saturday.

Carmichael is going into the Hall of Fame.

Carmichael learned of the honor in a phone call from Hall of Fame President David Baker.

The Hall tweeted out a video of that phone call:

“Oh wow. Oh boy," Carmichael said. "This is so much of an honor, oh gosh. Never thought this would happen. But thank you, God. Thank you for telling me this, David. Appreciate you. I feel like I’m dreaming. I don’t know what to feel. I feel so numb.”

The Hall of Fame announced its 10 senior inductees on Wednesday morning in conjunction with the NFL's 100th anniversary.

"Congratulations to Harold Carmichael on being selected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame," Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said. "Our entire organization is so proud to see Harold earn this well-deserved honor. Harold revolutionized the wide receiver position and became one of the most productive players of his era and in the history of our franchise. He was inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame in 1987 and his records will always rank among the all-time greats, but Harold's true contributions to our game extend far beyond his on-field accomplishments.”

Carmichael is only the 7th player who spent more than half his career with the Eagles to make it to Canton.

Brian Dawkins, Chuck Bednarik, Reggie White, Pete Pihos, Tommy McDonald and Steve Van Buren are the others.

Carmichael spent the 1971 through 1983 seasons with the Eagles after getting drafted in the 7th round out of Southern University. He was named a wide receiver on the NFL’s 1980s all-decade team and is also on the Eagles' 75th anniversary team named in 2007.

During his 12 seasons with the Eagles, he caught 589 passes for 8,978 yards and 79 touchdowns. He led the NFL in catches and yards in 1973 and made four Pro Bowls.

During the 11-year period from 1973 through 1983, Carmichael led the NFL with 549 catches, 8,414 yards and 77 touchdowns. 

Carmichael was also a very productive postseason player. He had 9 catches for 203 yards and three TDs in two playoff games in 1979 and was 13-for-174 with a TD during the 1980 super Bowl run.

In all, he was 29-for-465 with 6 TDs in seven playoff games.

"Harold has served as a role model, mentor, and friend to so many during his four-plus decades in Philadelphia as a player, executive, and ambassador,” Lurie said. “He is a one-of-a-kind person who loves this organization, who loves this city and its fans, and who treats everyone with dignity and respect. We are excited to celebrate this honor with Harold and his family."

Carmichael finished his career playing two games for the Cowboys in 1984. 

When he retired after the 1984 season, Carmichael ranked 5th in NFL history in receptions, seventh in yards and seventh in TDs.

Every player who had more catches than Carmichael at that point — Charlie Joiner, Charley Taylor, Don Maynard and Raymond Berry — is a Hall of Famer.

Carmichael still holds Eagles franchise records for catches, yards and touchdowns. Zach Ertz is second with 521 receptions, Pete Retzlaff is second with 7,412 yards and Tommy McDonald is second with 66 TDs.

This is the first time Carmichael has been a finalist.

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