CSNPhilly.com: Why Eagles are like 1994 49ers


CSNPhilly.com: Why Eagles are like 1994 49ers

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.


Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Kirk Cousins watches Kyle Shanahan's offense carve up Packers

Washington quarterback Kirk Cousins is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent. His uncertain status has led to speculation presumptive 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan will be interested in acquiring him in the offseason.

On Sunday, Cousins got a first-hand look at his former coach’s offense.

Cousins posted a photo on Instagram from the stands at the Georgia Dome, where the Atlanta Falcons and their high-octane offense blasted the Green Bay Packers, 44-21, in the NFC Championship game.

Cousins wrote the caption, “Watching two of the best in the world do what they do & taking notes to make it to this game next year -score a lot of points!”

Washington finished third in the NFC East and out of the playoffs with an 8-7-1 record.

Shanahan, the Falcons’ offensive coordinator, coached Cousins for the first two seasons of his NFL career with Washington on the staff of his father, Mike Shanahan. Cousins appeared in just eight games with four starts in 2012 and ’13.

Cousins' career has taken off in the past two seasons while starting all 32 regular-season games. He completed 67 percent of his passes this season with 25 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and a passer rating of 97.2.

Washington placed the franchise tag on Cousins this season at nearly $20 million. He franchise tag is expected to be approximately $24 million in 2017.

If Washington places the non-exclusive franchise tag on Cousins, a team could sign him to an offer sheet at the cost of two first-round draft picks or negotiate a trade with Washington for a lesser amount.

Conflicting reports over Tomsula to Washington

Conflicting reports over Tomsula to Washington

Former 49ers head coach Jim Tomsula reportedly might be back in the NFL after a one-year hiatus.

Tomsula, who spent his first eight NFL seasons as a defensive line coach, could be returning to that job with Washington, Carol Maloney of NBC4 reported on Sunday. But according to the Washington Post, a deal is not done between the two sides.

If the deal were to happen Tomsula would be rejoining Washington defensive coordinator Greg Manusky and general manager Scot McCloughan, both of whom he worked with while members of the 49ers organization.

Tomsula was promoted to the head-coaching job over finalist Adam Gase two years ago after the 49ers' “mututal parting” with coach Jim Harbaugh. Tomsula was fired after the 49ers went 5-11 in 2015. Chip Kelly was hired to replace Tomsula. Kelly was fired after the 49ers went 2-14, including a franchise-worst 13-game losing streak.