Buddy Ryan still thinks he could have done it.
If he had just one more season leading the Eagles and had coached under current owner Jeffrey Lurie, he said, he believes he would have won that elusive Super Bowl that Philadelphia has chased for so long – and probably more than one.
“We just needed a little bit to go to the Super Bowl. We’d been very successful against the people in our division and should have continued that and went on one more year and would have been there,” Ryan said Sunday. “The sad thing is we didn’t get the chance to do it.”
He added, “If we’d have the owner they have there now, we’d probably have won five or six Super Bowls.”
Ryan will be honored tonight at halftime of the Eagles-Bears game featuring the team he coached for five years and the one whose defense he guided to historic greatness and a championship.
Ryan spoke glowingly of his time as the Eagles head coach but said he could have won a title if Norman Braman, the owner when Ryan was coach, hadn’t cut Ryan’s time short.
“We thought we had a great team. We needed one more draft to get there,” said Ryan, 77, the father of current Jets coach Rex and Dallas defensive coordinator Rob.
“I wish I’d got the opportunity. I know I could have got it done” with the Eagles, said Ryan.
Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin injured his left hamstring against the Seahawks on a 37-yard catch, and didn’t return. … The winless Colts could be without their top two tight ends. Dallas Clark (lower left leg) and Brody Eldridge (hand) both left early against Atlanta. … Three players were carted off the field during Arizona’s overtime victory against St. Louis. The most serious appeared to be Rams wide receiver Greg Salas, who has a broken leg and could be out for the season. Cardinals cornerback Michael Adams and St. Louis tight end Lance Kendricks were also taken off on carts. … Jets running back Shonn Greene did not finish the game against Buffalo after sustaining a head injury in the fourth quarter. Bills kicker Rian Lindell had tests after the game after he hurt his right shoulder while making a diving tackle on Joe McKnight’s kickoff return to open the second half. … Tampa Bay defensive tackle Gerald McCoy left the game with a biceps injury. … Titans safety Michael Griffin and cornerback Jason McCourty were hurt when they collided trying to cover Bengals receiver A.J. Green, knocking each other to the ground for a few minutes.