NFL News of January 19, 2004

The questions directed at Troy Vincent Monday were mostly about his future, but the Philadelphia Eagles’ five-time Pro Bowl cornerback was thinking more about the present and the recent past.

“We went from being heroes one week to being zeroes the next week,” Vincent said. “That’s life in the NFL.”

In the coming months, Vincent, Bobby Taylor and Duce Staley figure to go from being Eagles to something else.

That, too, is life in the NFL these days.

Now that another season has come to a screeching halt one victory shy of the Super Bowl, Eagles coach Andy Reid must take off his coaching hat and put on his player personnel thinking cap.

Reid did his best to steer the conversation away from player personnel decisions as he went through another difficult postmortem with the media Monday after the team’s third straight NFC championship game loss Sunday.

The coach, however, conceded that change is inevitable. He said he had already talked to Taylor before his news conference, and he planned to have conversations with Vincent and Staley before the end of the day.

Vincent, who lives in Yardley, said that there would be no hometown discount for the Eagles and that he believes he is still at the top of his game.

—Bob Brookover, The Philadelphia Inquirer “Changes ahead for Eagles”

Vincent, Taylor and Staley each left the Eagles after the 2003 season. Troy Vincent signed with the Buffalo Bills. Bobby Taylor for the Seahawks in 2004 before retiring. Duce Staley signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers where he spent the last 3 years of his career.

The Eagles went to the NFC Championship for the fourth season in a row following the 2004 season.

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