Quite a Staff

Posted: June 17th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: Philadelphia Eagles | 42 Comments »

I was doing a search on Twitter and stumbled across something that was posted several months ago. Somehow I never saw this, but I’m sure glad I found it.

Here is a pic of the NC State football staff from the early 1980’s. In the center is head coach Monte Kiffin. To his right is a very young Pete Carroll. At the far right is Rick Minter, the Eagles ILB coach.

Great set of defensive coaches, but those pants are…awful. Or maybe so bad that they are actually awesome?

Is it me or does Minter almost look like a future serial killer in that photo? That hair is something else.

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I’ll cover actual football stuff a bit later tonight. This was too good not to share.


42 Comments on “Quite a Staff”

  1. 1 Joe Minx said at 2:27 PM on June 17th, 2014:

    “Great set of defensive coaches, but those pants are…awful.”

    Well, they certainly don’t leave much to the imagination. Ugh.

  2. 2 A_T_G said at 2:27 PM on June 17th, 2014:

    Funny, from the title I thought this was going to be an article about Cox.

  3. 3 Ark87 said at 4:46 PM on June 17th, 2014:

    Judging by the picture, it kind of is.

  4. 4 A_T_G said at 2:30 PM on June 17th, 2014:

    If you are going to hire a guy who looks like he has serial killer potential, having him coach LBs is about as good as you can do.

  5. 5 GEAGLE said at 2:34 PM on June 17th, 2014:

    Let’s not forget about David “crazy eyes” Fipp and his death stare that has been known to make objects spontaneously combust…
    …I don’t know about ya’ll, but I’m in all my glory with all this eagles access these past few days. Our assistants and Coordinators spoke yesterday, and again today..Chip had a press conference, and I caught Maclins and Foles press conference gave me chills..my how our baby has grown! Nick has officially grabbed this franchise by the throat..

  6. 6 Ben said at 7:46 PM on June 17th, 2014:

    Yeah I watched them live as I work from home.
    I am just wondering what to tell my boss when he calls from NY tomorrow to ask me “what’s up with that 2 hour block of time”?
    “You didn’t get any work done” What’s going on?”
    I know, I’ll tell him I am practicing to be the greatest Eagle fan I can possibly be by failing to miss any live coverage of my beloved Eagles.
    That may not go over to well since he’s a giants fan…Ouch…lol

  7. 7 D3FB said at 8:45 PM on June 17th, 2014:

    Just tell him you had more important things to do, and attach a picture of manning face.

  8. 8 GEAGLE said at 7:21 AM on June 18th, 2014:

    No worries… I do it every other day lol

  9. 9 SteveH said at 2:34 PM on June 17th, 2014:

    I wasn’t alive when that photo was taken. The 70’s and 80’s must have been a glorious time to be alive.

  10. 10 P_P_K said at 4:40 PM on June 17th, 2014:

    Except for the wardrobes.

  11. 11 SteveH said at 5:00 PM on June 17th, 2014:

    I was thinking it was because of the wardrobes.

  12. 12 Anders said at 7:24 PM on June 17th, 2014:

    Like this?


  13. 13 Maggie said at 8:16 PM on June 17th, 2014:

    Like this?

  14. 14 Maggie said at 8:05 PM on June 17th, 2014:

    The 70’s were the best in many ways, the 80’s not bad, pretty much all downhill since then. When I go to YouTube to get a music fix, there are always 20-year-olds who wish they had been around when there was real music or movies being made.

  15. 15 ACViking said at 3:46 PM on June 17th, 2014:

    Pretty interesting group.

    The guy on the far left, Guy Ingles, won a (mythical) National Championship with the Nebraska Cornhuskers in 1970 as the starting Split End.

    Next in from the left is Dave Buckey — the QB half of the famous “Buckey Twins” QB-WR tandem at NC State from ’72-’75 under HC Lou Holtz. Both Dave and twin brother Don were drafted by the NYJets, on back-to-back picks, in the 12th Round of the 1976 draft . . . by none other than new Jets HC Lou Holtz, who quit after going 3-10 in his first season to return to college. (Dave didn’t make it out of camp, but brother Don lasted 1 year as a pro WR.)

    To the immediate left of Kiffin (his right) is a guy named Dick Kupec. He played at the University of Connecticut in the early ’70s when the Huskies were part of the old Yankee Conference. What’s remarkable about that group is on the Connecticut staff were 3 future NFL head coach: Rick Forzano (blind in one eye and never played college football), Lou Holtz, and the great Sam Rutigliano — who led the Cleveland Browns’ resurrection in late ’70s with cast-off QB Brian Sipe from San Diego State on a team known as the “Cardiac Kids.” [The ’80 Browns lost a home playoff game to the Raiders 14-12 because (i) PK Don Cockcroft missed 2 PATS, and Sipe was picked-off in the EZ on 3rd-and-goal from inside the 10 yard line with less than 30 seconds remaining . . . when a FG could have won it. The Raiders, of course, ran the table to a SB win over the Eagles.]

    The other guy of note is Greg Robinson, who served as NFL D.C. from ’95-’00 for Denver — winning 2 SBs with Shanahan — and then KC from ’01-’03 with Dick Vermeil. Robinson coached one of the statistically worst defenses in NFL history. First, for a an 11-5 Denver team. Then for a 13-3 Chiefs team, when the defense finished 29th in yards allowed and 19th in points allowed. By 2005, Robinson was the HC at Syracuse — where his teams never won more than 4 games and he was gone after 2008. To his credit, he’s been able find employment as a college D.C., even after his disastrous run at Syracuse.

    Seems like if you look back at coaching staffs from the past, you can find some interesting history mixed in with every coaching staff.

    EXAMPLE? The 1970 New Orleans Saints under HCs Tom Fears and (former Marine) J.D. Roberts. The Saints finished 2-11-1 and 26th and last in defense.

    New Orleans’ last-ranked 1970 defense had a DL coach named Eddie Khayat. Name familiar?

    It should be.

    Khayat became the Eagles D.C. in ’71. But just 3 games into the season, Khayat became the Eagles interim HC, going 6-4-1 [all six wins against teams with losing records].

    Then before the ’72 season, when Khayat lost the “interim” tag, he hired his former boss in New Orleans, Tom Fears, to be the Eagles’ OC.

    The Eagles went 2-11-1. The offense? Fears turned the 22nd-ranked offense into the NFL’s 26th, and last, ranked offense in points and 2nd-from-last in yards.

    Remember the ’98 Eagles with OC Dana Bible and QB Bobby Hoying? They were Kelly-esque compared to the ’72 version

    Yes, the Eagles have certainly changed in the past 43 years.

  16. 16 A_T_G said at 6:25 PM on June 17th, 2014:

    You are an absolute wealth of knowledge. By comparison, I read the caption and thought, “Hmm, Greg Robinson, that sounds familiar.”

  17. 17 D3FB said at 8:44 PM on June 17th, 2014:

    “Hmmm, I really hope the Rams clarified they wanted the one from Auburn”.

  18. 18 GEAGLE said at 3:47 PM on June 17th, 2014:

    BEST QUOTE EVER floating around twitter today: Eagles hold their joint training camps with the Patriots, Dallas holds theirs with the raiders….sort of speaks for itself…..bwahaha that’s just GOLD

  19. 19 GEAGLE said at 3:48 PM on June 17th, 2014:

    Word is fan favorite Momah has drastically improved.. Don’t start wetting your pants yet, won’t be easy to make this roster

  20. 20 Insomniac said at 4:44 PM on June 17th, 2014:

    He might just make it to the practice squad this year!!! TIME TO BUY HIS JERSEY.

  21. 21 SuPaFrO said at 7:48 PM on June 17th, 2014:

    I got mine last year!
    (.___. )

  22. 22 Neil said at 3:52 PM on June 17th, 2014:

    Pretty firmly in awesome territory.

  23. 23 A_T_G said at 9:44 PM on June 17th, 2014:

    Luckily for all of us, not too firmly.

  24. 24 Clyderightside said at 4:05 PM on June 17th, 2014:

    Rick Minter has had the following coaches on his staff at different times: Mike Tomlin, Rex Ryan, and John Harbaugh. Minter was an excellent head coach–and he was defensive coordinator at Notre Dame when they led the nation in defense. CHIP KELLY has put together a hell of a staff.

  25. 25 Dominik said at 4:50 AM on June 18th, 2014:

    Are Tomlin, Ryan and Harbaugh part of the Rick Minter coaching tree? 😉

  26. 26 Clyderightside said at 7:06 AM on June 18th, 2014:

    Look it up.

  27. 27 Dominik said at 7:20 AM on June 18th, 2014:

    It wasn’t supposed to be very serious, since Minter is an assistant coach in the NFL, while two of the guys you named won a Superbowl as HC and the other one reached two CCGs as HC.

    Doesn’t mean that Minter isn’t a great assistant coach, of course.

  28. 28 Maggie said at 5:43 PM on June 18th, 2014:

    Actually Tomlin is part of the Chuck Noll tree. As is Lovie Smith. Through Tony Dungy.

  29. 29 BobSmith77 said at 7:14 PM on June 17th, 2014:

    Those pants definitely made it easy to stuff some tube socks down and get the ‘well-endowed’ look for this picture.

  30. 30 Anders said at 7:21 PM on June 17th, 2014:

    That picture kind of reminds me of this:


    Yes it has nothing to do with football, but just the amount of great knowledge assembled in 1 place.

  31. 31 A_T_G said at 8:35 PM on June 17th, 2014:

    After reading other comments, and noting the developing theme, I actually physically recoiled as I reached to touch “view” while reading that the picture above reminded you of something.

    Glad I followed through, that is quite a group of accomplished minds, and square footage of forehead. What was the occasion?

  32. 32 Anders said at 8:07 AM on June 18th, 2014:

    It was this

  33. 33 D3FB said at 8:43 PM on June 17th, 2014:

    There was a cat, but then Schrodinger showed up and they thought better of it.

  34. 34 Nicodemus_09 said at 7:27 PM on June 17th, 2014:

    lol Minter TOTALLY looks like Son of Sam in this. Also, my plans to toss some Kielbasa on the grill tonight or maybe ever, just went straight out the window.

  35. 35 GEAGLE said at 7:35 PM on June 17th, 2014:

    I didn’t know who Bob Grotz was(not sure why) but holy crap, probably one of the best and most accurate media members I have heard talk about this eagles defense since Chip arrived …. It’s almost like he reads my posts 🙂

  36. 36 jshort said at 7:36 PM on June 17th, 2014:

    Too bad the codpiece was out of style.

  37. 37 jshort said at 7:52 PM on June 17th, 2014:

    Think I like this one

  38. 38 McNabbulousness said at 9:33 PM on June 17th, 2014:

    everybody’s talkin’ about my tight pants, i got my tight pants on…

  39. 39 Eagles_Fan_in_San_Fran said at 12:00 AM on June 18th, 2014:

    At least they were wearing long pants.
    On the other hand:

  40. 40 Anders said at 8:06 AM on June 18th, 2014:

    The 80’s was a different time


  41. 41 Eagles_Fan_in_San_Fran said at 12:07 AM on June 18th, 2014:

    Now you may never look at Phil Jackson quite the same way after seeing this:

  42. 42 Charlie Kelly said at 4:45 AM on June 18th, 2014:

    looking like ted bundy…. with red pants on