For SB Nation Philly, I decided to rank the best Eagles pass rushers of the last 25 years. I explain in the column why I chose that time frame.
I enjoyed writing the piece. Memory Lane is a fun place to visit, especially because the Eagles have had so many great sack artists over the years. We really are spoiled in this regard. Someone posted the stat last year that since 1982 when the sack became an official stat, the Eagles are first or second in getting to the QB. That shows you that this wasn’t one coach, one star player, or one good era. Rushing the passer is a way of life for the Eagles.
The hard part was choosing between certain players. I love pass rushers and so not making them all No. 2 to Reggie was difficult. Trent Cole vs Hugh Douglas was very tough. That’s like choosing my favorite Megan Fox picture. Is is the one in the bikini? Is it the one in the lingerie and high heels? Is is the one with the glasses and pouty facial gesture? Is it the one where she’s laying on PBR cans and wearing an Eagles Super Bowl Champion t-shirt? How is a man supposed to choose?
One player that didn’t make the rankings and also didn’t get mentioned elsewhere is Darwin Walker. In 2002 he had 7.5 sacks. Some came from DT, some from DE. He was very quick off the ball. He was incredibly strong. I thought we might have a special pass rusher on our hands. Nope.
Darwin never was able to take the next step. I often blamed this on off-field issues. No, he never got in trouble. Darwin ran his own engineering firm. That’s a serious pursuit for an active NFL player. I could be completely wrong on this, but it just felt like that was as much a part of his life as football.
Darwin remained a good player. He had 27.5 sacks over a 5-year span. That’s good production from a DT. I was just disappointed that 2002 was his peak, rather than a launching point for a special career.
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Bill Bergey is up for the honor of making it into the Hall of the Very Good, something put together by the Pro Football Researchers Association. They want to honor those who might not be HOF material, but still deserve recognition for a special career. Here’s the PE.com story on the whole thing.
I never got to watch Bergey play with any regularity. He’s certainly good in highlights, but anyone can look good in that setting. Those of you who are older fans…how would you describe him as a player? How would be stack up vs Byron Evans or Jeremiah Trotter?
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As I mentioned recently, Jimmy Bama and I are in the planning stages of starting a podcast. One thing we need is a good title. We’re kicking around some ideas between us, but I thought I’d open the floor to you. Is there some great idea you guys have that we’re overlooking?
Right now Jimmy’s preference is the Jimmy Bama Podcast, featuring Tommy what’s his name. I’m not totally sold, but Jimmy swears it will make us billionaires. And he’s never lied to me. Except for a few minor business deals.