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Philly-Aug-3-1967 - KOKOMO (M.) MORNING TIMES Tfc« 3. 1967 21...
KOKOMO (M.) MORNING TIMES Tfc« 3. 1967 21 'Philadelphia Sfory'-new bods, aerial EDITORS NOTE: This is the sixth in a series of preseason preseason simps on professional football teams. By ED McFALL PHILADELPHIA (UPI) - Coach Joe Kuharich believes no team in the National Football League is "head and shoulders" over the others this year but the Philadelphia Eagles may have acquired the bodies to be contenders. The Eagles, who tied for second in the NFL's Eastern Division in 1966 despite an ineffective passing attack, stengthen- ed themselves in that department this year with the off-season acqoisitionjof four-time All-Pro tight end Mike Ditka from the Chicago Bears and flanker · Gary'Ballman from the Pittsburgh Stealers. The two newcomers could provide an effective aerial punch if the Quarterback situation improves to add to the ground attack that was the fifth most productive in the league last year, and a young but continuingly improving defense. Norm Snead, now in his seventh year in the NFL, started the 1966 season as the No. 1 quarterback but gave way to veteran backup man King Hill and young Jack Concannon, a scampering signal caller who was traded to the Bears for Ditka. Kuharich, typically, won't say whether he will choose a No. 1 passer or coattwe the system that paced the Eagles' late season comeback in 1966 when they won their bst for far a 9-5 record, "At certain times we might feel either Hffl or Stead would go better against a particular ball el*," Knharich said, "or go to one if he is doing what he's expected to do." The Eagles' offensive line that win pave the way tor the running of halfback Timmy Brown and fullbacks Hal Woode- shicfc and Israel Lang will continue to be anchored by All- Pro tackle Bob Brown. A gaping hole has been left, however, by the retirement of veteran guard Ed Elaine. Veteran center Jim Ringo is returning along with offensive tackles Dave Graham and Lane Howefl and guard Jim Skaggs. Ditka was expected to ably step into the vacancy at tight end created by the retirement of several times All-Pro Pete Retzlaff,: Ray Poage, capable pass catcher who had to sit out all last year because of a knee operation, and third-year veteran Fred Hill were expected to battle it out for the open end position, position, although Ballman may alternate between there and flanker. The defensive rush was expected to be led by tackle Floyd Peters, outstanding lineman in the Pro Bowl game last year, ends Don Hulte and Gary Pettigrew and right tackle John Meyers. Kriorkh also called Frank MoUea, who also missed entire 1966scasonbecaweofaaiijiryafterbeing obtained from the Los Angeles Bams, "very OMB · the picture. be a very outstanding pro tackle." Veterans Dave Lloyd and Mike Morgan, who suffered knee injury last year, will be at the middle and left positions respectively while sophomore Harold Wells wffl continue at the right corner linebacker. Not a man over 26 patrols the secondary. Al Nelson Jimmy Nettles, both entering their third year in me will be at the left andright corners with Joe Scarpati Ramsey at the safeties. Kuharich rated as his best rookies flanker Chick from Texas Western; halfback Harry Wilson, third round choice from Nebraska; halfback Dan Berry from California and linebacker Mel Tom of San Jose Stat. Regarding the new NFL split into four divisions, said that "anybody wlio tries to come up with any regarding contenders is shooting in the dark." He said the split, which pots the Eagles in the Capitol Divison of the Eatern Conference along withDaUas, New and Washington, is "definitelygoingtohaveadifferent bearing" on the races.

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  1. The Kokomo Morning Times,
  2. 03 Aug 1967, Thu,
  3. Page 21

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