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The best Eagles defensive players and specialists to never make a Pro Bowl

The best Eagles defensive players and specialists to never make a Pro Bowl

Yesterday, we took a look at the best Eagles offensive players to never make a Pro Bowl.

Today, we move on to the defense and special teams.

Some interesting decisions to make, especially at safety and outside linebacker.

Here's Part 2 of the Never-Made-a-Pro-Bowl all-time Eagles team!

Defensive tackles 

Andy Harmon, Mike Patterson 
Harmon should have made at least one Pro Bowl, but he did record 39 1/2 sacks as an interior lineman during his seven seasons with the Eagles, and he also had a non-Pro Bowl season with 10 1/2 sacks.

Patterson spent the last eight years of the Andy Reid Era with the Eagles and was just a solid, no-nonsense run stuffer who was part of three top-10 defenses and four playoff teams.

Kenny Clark, a terrific pass rusher and solid against the run for most of the 1980s, could easily have made the team.

Defensive ends

Brandon Graham, Greg Brown
Graham has the most sacks in Eagles history without a Pro Bowl — 51 1/2 — and the fourth-most among active players.

Greg Brown had 50 1/2 sacks as an Eagle in the mid-1980s, including seasons with 13 and 16 sacks without a Pro Bowl. He's one of only 11 players in NFL history with two 13-sack non-Pro Bowl seasons.

Outside linebackers

John Bunting, Carlos Emmons
Bunting is a lock for the first spot, and Emmons edges Mychal Kendricks for the second. 

Bunting spent his entire 11-year career with the Eagles, starting 116 games, including the 1980 Super Bowl, and Emmons was a vastly underrated player on the early Jim Johnson defenses.

Inside linebacker

Byron Evans 
Evans was overshadowed by all the Pro Bowl talent around him, but he was a very solid and productive middle linebacker during his eight-year career spanning the Buddy Ryan and Rich Kotite years. Tough against the run and solid in coverage.  

Safety

Randy Logan, Don Burroughs 
This is the toughest position to call. 

Logan, Joe Scarpati, Don Burroughs and Andre Waters were all very good safeties. But there are only two spots. 

Logan spent his entire 11-year career with the Eagles, playing on the 1980 Super Bowl team, starting 154 games and intercepting 23 passes. Nobody in franchise history has started more games without making a Pro Bowl.

Scarpati had an incredible non-Pro Bowl season in 1966 with eight interceptions and had 25 INTs in his six seasons with the Eagles in the 1960s.

Burroughs’ 50 interceptions (29 with the Eagles) are the most in NFL history by a safety who never made a Pro Bowl. From 1960 through 1962, his first three years with the Eagles, he had nine, seven and seven INTs, making him one of only seven players in NFL history with seven or more INTs in three straight years, and he still didn’t make a Pro Bowl.

Waters was one of the NFC’s top safeties in the late 1980s and early 1990s and should have made the Pro Bowl after his six-interception 1986 season.

And we didn't even mention Nate Ramsey or Brenard Wilson, who also had some very good years here without ever getting a Pro Bowl nod.

We've got to go with Logan and Burroughs.

Cornerback

Sheldon Brown, Herm Edwards
Edwards and Brown were both very solid corners who spent most of their careers with the Eagles. They rank No. 1 and 2 in Eagles history among non-Pro Bowl corners with 33 and 19 INTs, respectively, and nobody else is really close.

Specialists

Jake Elliott, Donnie Jones, Al Nelson, Larry Marshall
Elliott’s 84.1 percent career accuracy is sixth-highest in NFL history among non-Pro Bowlers. Jones’ 45.4 average is No. 13 in NFL history among non-Pro Bowl punters, and he’s punted more than any other non-Pro Bowler. 

Marshall averaged 10.6 yards per punt return during his three full seasons with the Eagles — 1975 through 1977 — highest in the NFC during that span, but still never got a Pro Bowl invite. And Nelson’s 26.0 kick return average as an Eagle from 1965 through 1973 is ninth-highest in NFL history by a non-Pro Bowler.

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Eagles draft bust Scott Peters, who became MMA champ, lands coaching job

Eagles draft bust Scott Peters, who became MMA champ, lands coaching job

Ever wonder what happened to Eagles 2002 4th-round draft pick Scott Peters?

No?

Anybody?

The 2002 draft was one of the Eagles’ best ever, with Lito Sheppard in the 1st round, Michael Lewis and Sheldon Brown in the 2nd and Brian Westbrook in the 3rd. 

Their next pick was Peters, a guard out of Arizona State. 

Crickets … 

Wait … this is a cool story!

Peters spent his entire rookie on the Eagles' active roster playing for O-line coach Juan Castillo but was inactive for all but two early-season games against the Redskins and Cowboys in which he didn't play.

After training camp in 2003, the Eagles released him (along with Tim Hasselbeck, Jamaal Jackson, Rashard Cook and Jeremy Slechta).

Peters wound up with the Giants and played seven games in 2003 and then bounced around the league — without playing another snap — until 2009.

Along the way, Peters began serious training in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and opened up an MMA gym, “The Lion’s Den,” in Scottsdale, Ariz. After he retired, he began competing in martial arts and, according to his website - tipofthespearfootball.com — he won two world championships in submission grappling and for a while trained Brock Lesnar.

Peters also founded a program called Safe Football, where he teaches youth, high school and college football programs how to use fundamental martial arts principles to help young football players avoid concussions. Safe Football at some point morphed into Tip of the Spear.

According to his website: 

“Tip of the Spear in no way means ‘soft football.’ With his program, the integrity and physicality of the game remain fully intact while also protecting players from career-ending and life-compromising injuries.”

Peters has been out of organized football since finishing his career in Arizona Cardinals training camp in the summer of 2009.

But on Thursday, the 41-year-old Peters was hired by the Cleveland Browns as their assistant offensive line coach, his first full-time job in football. The Browns’ offensive line coach is Bill Callahan, who worked with Castillo with the Eagles when he was on Ray Rhodes’ staff.

Browns coach Kevin Stefanski, who played at Penn, said Peters’ background in martial arts is one of the reasons the Browns hired him.

"I think his unique experience as a technician and how he comes at it from a different angle, from a Jiu-Jitsu angle, really is a unique way to coach the players in terms of hand placement and hip movement,” Stefanski said on the team’s website.

According to the Browns’ website, Peters and Callahan have known each other for years through Jim McNally, who was on Tom Coughlin’s staff when Peters played for the Giants in 2003 and was on Rex Ryan's Jets staff in 2010 with Callahan.

You never know. Peters was a bust as a player, but it seems like he’s been pretty successful in everything else.

So who knows? Maybe there’s hope for Danny Watkins yet!

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Hey Reggie Bush, YOU'VE GOT THE WRONG EAGLES CORNERBACK!

Hey Reggie Bush, YOU'VE GOT THE WRONG EAGLES CORNERBACK!

Reggie Bush vividly remembers every detail of the hardest hit he ever took.

Except who hit him.
 
Bush, a co-host of FOX Sports’ College Game Day, was asked on Monday’s show by a Twitter viewer what was the hardest he was ever hit during his 11-year NFL career.
 
Every Eagles fan knows the answer to that question. 
 
My hardest hit is well-documented,” Bush said. “You can probably go look it up on YouTube right now. It happened in 2006 in the NFC Championship Game, and we’re taking about quarterbacks leading their receivers into bad throws, and the great Drew Brees almost got my head tooken off. Well, he did get my head tooken off. Thankfully I’m here to live and tell about it. It was a very interesting experience. I would not recommend it for the average person and I’m lucky to be alive. It was Lito Sheppard.”
 
OK, first of all, it wasn’t the NFC Championship Game, it was the conference semifinal round a week earlier.
 
But … LITO SHEPPARD?????
 
Reggie, does the name SHELDON BROWN RING A BELL?
 
With all due respect to Lito, who was a Pro Bowler that year and spent seven years playing cornerback alongside Brown, let’s just say he wasn’t exactly the type to unleash thunderous hits on anybody.
 
Lito was the speedy corner who loved to jump routes, Brown was the physical guy who could cover but loved to support the run and deliver big hits.
 
And actually, Sheppard didn’t even play in that Saints game. He suffered a dislocated elbow a week earlier in the playoff win over the Giants and didn’t dress.

Even though the Eagles lost that game 27-24, Brown’s hit on Bush made the cover of Sports Illustrated.
  
“That was a beastly, beastly hit,” Brian Dawkins said in the book, The 50 Greatest Plays in Eagles History, co-written by yours truly with long-time Eagles writer Mark Eckel. “He just demolished him. It may have been the hardest hit I ever saw.”
 
Brown's hit came on the second play of the game, and Bush, after getting laid out, missed just one snap before returning to the game.

"I couldn't believe he came back in," Eagles radio analyst Mike Quick said in The 50 Greatest Plays in Eagles History. "I would have taken my ball and gone home. And nobody would have complained if I did."

Bush wound up rushing for 52 yards and a TD and catching three passes, all after the Brown hit.
 
Today, he wouldn’t have been allowed back in the game.
 
What did it feel like?
 
“Cancel Christmas, cancel all the holidays, it was bad,” Bush said Monday. “I remember laying on the field, and it wasn’t the hit that initially put me down, it was when my back hit the ground. It knocked the wind out of my stomach. For anybody who’s ever had the wind knocked out of them, it’s probably the closest experience to dying without dying. And it was very painful. I remember looking up into the stands, started going blurry, I was gasping for air. People were trying to talk to me, I couldn’t hear anything. I was just trying to breathe.”
 
Brown said years later in The 50 Greatest Plays in Eagles History that thanks to film study, he knew what play was coming, so he was able to time his hit on Bush perfectly.
 
“I was thinking, ‘Oh my God, this is exactly how it looked in practice,” he said. “You don’t see that happen too often.”

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