The Philadelphia Eagles
The Philadelphia Eagles are a professional American football team based in Philadelphia. They compete in the National Football League in the East division. They play their home games at Lincoln Financial Field in South Philadelphia. The Eagles have won three NFL championships, including a Super Bowl victory in 1988. They made two notable additions to their roster before the 1985 season.
Philly Eagles won three NFL championships
The Philadelphia Eagles are an American football team that started in 1933 and went on to win three NFL championships. However, their first season did not bring them a championship, and the team was not serious contenders until 1944. A syndicate led by Bert Bell helped the Eagles secure franchise rights in Philadelphia and they have enjoyed much success since. The team has won 14 division titles, including the NFC East, and has won three Super Bowls.
In 1988, the Philadelphia Eagles won the NFL Eastern division. During the following two seasons, the Philadelphia Eagles won at least ten games four times, including four straight seasons. The following season, the team finished 6-10, missing the playoffs again, but Andy Reid quickly got the team back on track. The 2008 season produced a division title, but the Eagles lost to the Cardinals in the NFC Championship game. Philadelphia missed the playoffs for seven years, and they did not win another playoff game until 2017.
The 1960 Philadelphia Eagles were led by quarterback Norm Van Brocklin, the diminutive Tommy McDonald, and linebacker Chuck Bednarik. These three players contributed to the Eagles’ third championship in franchise history. In the Super Bowl, the Eagles won their first Super Bowl, a win against the Green Bay Packers.
After drafting Don Shula in the 1970s, the Philadelphia Eagles went on to win two more championships in their first five seasons. In 1985, the Eagles signed Randall Cunningham, a running back who set a career record for rushing yards from a running back. They also added Reggie White, a dominant defensive end who retired as the NFL’s all-time sack leader. Unfortunately, these two players did not translate into postseason success, and the team missed the playoffs in both of these years.
Made two notable additions before 1985 season
The Philadelphia Eagles made two notable additions to their roster before the 1985 season. The team signed running back Randall Cunningham, who would go on to set the career rushing yardage record for a running back. They also added defensive end Reggie White, who would retire as the NFL’s all-time leading sacker. Unfortunately, neither of these additions translated into postseason success for the Eagles. In fact, the team went on to win just one playoff game between 1988 and 1992.
In a bid to improve their overall record, the Eagles made two notable additions to their roster. One was Hall of Fame running back Steve Van Buren. He led the Eagles to their first winning season and finished second in 1945 and 1946. In 1947, the Philadelphia Eagles reached the NFL title game, but ultimately fell to the Chicago Cardinals. Luckily, they won the following season, and finished first in the NFC.
Despite the success of their season, the Philadelphia Eagles never won a Super Bowl again. In 1979, the team finished with three straight NFC Divisional Playoff appearances, but their record was a disappointment. The 1981 season was the team’s most tragic in the franchise’s history. The Eagles were a favorite to win, but their quarterback, Chuck Jaworski, threw three interceptions and was eventually cut by head coach Buddy Ryan two months later. However, the team did not forget Allen’s greatness and drafted Marion Campbell instead.
After Vermeil departed the Eagles after the 1982 season, the team had a miserable run. They did not return to the playoffs until 1988. The team had similar problems to the Rams from the 1970s. They were also lacking star power, so they relied on the aging Eric Dickerson in the early 80s.
Lost to Brooklyn Football Dodgers in playoffs
This is not the first time that the Philadelphia Eagles have played the Brooklyn Football Dodgers. Three weeks ago, the two teams had a 0-0 tie. The game was broadcast to over 1000 TV sets in New York City, and the coverage area extended for 50 miles. Golden Gloves champion Allen “Skip” Walz served as the game’s commentator. He was paid $25 for the job.
The Philadelphia Eagles were founded in 1933 and played their first game against the New York Giants on October 15, 1933. The team didn’t have a winning record until 1943. In the first decade, they were often a bust, and their rosters were composed mostly of players from Villanova, Temple, and Penn.
The team struggled through the 1950s. In 1952, the Eagles attempted to buy Temple Stadium, but Temple University claimed it to be worth $1 million. In 1958, they hired Buck Shaw as head coach and acquired Norm Van Brocklin in a trade with the Los Angeles Rams.
Adopted “Elite 51” style uniform in 2014
The Philadelphia Eagles have adopted Nike’s Elite 51 style uniform for the 2014 season. These uniforms are designed from the inside out to provide maximum protection. The new design includes a baselayer system and integrated padding in hit zones. It also features Flywire technology in the neckline to reduce weight and lock down the fit over the pads. A new color scheme is also featured in the uniforms. The team’s new look confidently positions the team for the future.
The new uniforms were designed by the players during the offseason. Instead of having the names of the players on the front, the players now have a new design on their collars and on the back of their jerseys. They also have a new logo on the chest.
In the past two seasons, most teams have made changes to their uniforms. Other teams have opted to stay the same or make minor changes. The Atlanta Falcons, Miami Dolphins, and Buffalo Bills have all made major changes. Since 2012, the vast majority of NFL teams have changed their uniforms only slightly. Only the Panthers, Falcons, and Eagles have remained faithful to their Reebok template. The Raiders, in contrast, have opted to adopt Nike’s Elite 51 style.
The Buffalo Bills will honor their late owner Ralph Wilson with a patch. They are not planning on implementing a full-on change to their uniforms this year. However, they will still have their throwbacks to honor Wilson’s legacy. A few other teams are also considering changing their uniforms, but it is unclear when they will do so.
Loss of Reggie White to free agency in 2011
The loss of Reggie White to free agency in 2011 was one of the most painful for the Eagles. He has many friends on the team and is loyal to the coaching staff. But he also wants to go elsewhere and sign with another team. The two sides began negotiations at nine a.m. on Monday and both sides came in and out of the negotiating rooms. Each side made a little progress at a time.
The Eagles and White had been in negotiations for 14 months, and any progress would be a major landmark. But the Eagles have been in the same situation before. They offered White a contract, but White declined. This sparked a legal battle between the team and his agent. The Eagles then hired Patrick Forte, a former player agent. During the negotiations, White turned down the money. In the end, White retired and signed with the Green Bay Packers.
Reggie White was a bargain at the time of his free agency. In 1988, he was the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL. He was the centerpiece of the Eagles’ defense under coach Buddy Ryan. Despite his free-agent defection, the Eagles should try to get White back on the field this season.
In addition to his outstanding performance on the field, White has also played college football at the University of Tennessee. He was an All-American in his senior year. As a career player, White had a total of 198 sacks. Only Bruce Smith has surpassed his total. The NFL’s Pro Bowl selections ranked him eighth all-time.
Chip Kelly’s personnel changes after the 2014 season
Chip Kelly’s personnel changes after the 2014 NFL season were not without controversy. The team’s personnel director was fired and Ed Marynowitz was promoted to oversee the department. John Kelly has detailed requirements for each position, and Lurie didn’t want to waste time training the staff he had.
The personnel decisions of Chip Kelly in Philadelphia were not a success. He made poor moves with wide receivers LeSean McCoy and DeSean Jackson, signed free agent DeMarco Murray and cut wideout Jeremy Maclin. In March 2014, he sent out wide receiver DeSean Jackson after determining that he didn’t fit into his philosophies. In addition, he didn’t re-sign the 2014 Pro Bowl wideout Jeremy Maclin. He also cut two-time Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis. Meanwhile, Kelly signed the veteran wide receiver Sam Bradford.
The Philadelphia Eagles had a turbulent offseason. The team’s owner, Jeffrey Lurie, gave Chip Kelly final say over all football decisions and fired general manager Howie Roseman. The team also cut several respected veterans and traded away a star running back in LeSean McCoy. It was the biggest free agent offseason in the NFL.
Despite these changes, Kelly was able to turn the Eagles’ fortunes around after taking over the team from a 4-12 team. He added a young quarterback and a veteran tight end, and the Eagles finished 10-6. The playoffs were missed, but Kelly and his staff made a huge impact on the franchise.