CSNPhilly.com: Why Eagles are like 1994 49ers

August 6, 2011, 7:58 pm
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Aug. 6, 2011

Ray DidingerCSNPhilly.com
Amid all the excitement surrounding the Eagles, Craig Nussbaum has a worry. A loyal reader of CSNPhilly.com, Craig looks at all the glossy new additions and wonders what the front office has wrought.

Most Eagles fans see a Super Bowl, but Craig sees the Washington Redskins.

I have laughed at owner Dan Snyders Redskins for years now, trying to put every high-priced super ego free agent together to win, Craig wrote in an e-mail. They havent done anything. I love all the Eagles moves, but Im worried with the short off-season and not much player leadership, were going to be a huge bust.

Talk me down, please.

OK, Craig, Ill give it a try.

When I see what is happening with the Eagles, Im reminded of another team, but it is not the perpetually underachieving Redskins. Rather, it is the 1994 San Francisco 49ers who won Super Bowl XXIX.

Those were the post-Montana 49ers. Steve Young was the quarterback and while the team was winning big in the regular season, it could not get over the hump in the postseason, much like the Eagles. Two years in a row, the 49ers were smacked down in the NFC championship game by Dallas.

So in 1994, the 49ers let it be known they were going all-out to win the Super Bowl. They sent a powerful message by signing cornerback Deion Sanders as a free agent. Then they stole linebacker Ken Norton, Jr., away from the Cowboys. Soon, other players were at the door, asking if they could join the party. Linebackers Gary Plummer and Rickey Jackson and defensive ends Richard Dent and Charles Mann all signed with the 49ers.


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