Ryan 99 percent certain he'll be back with Eagles


December 25, 1990

Philadelphia Eagles coach Buddy Ryan said yesterday that he's 99 percent certain he'll be back with the team next season. Eagles management, meanwhile, remains 100 percent noncommittal, at least in public, though Ryan's teams have won 64 percent of their regular-season games the past three seasons.

Ryan, in the final year of a five-year contract, said other teams are interested in his services.

"The Eagles are going to have the first shot, because I built this team to where it is," Ryan said. "I'm not going to walk off and let somebody else take all the bows for the next five years."

Even as his team reached the playoffs for the third consecutive season, Eagles owner Norman Braman has said he would evaluate the coach after the season.

* REDSKINS: Defensive back Sidney Johnson, defensive lineman Eric Williams and running back Kelvin Bryant, injured in Washington's 35-28 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Saturday, are likely to miss Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills, coach Joe Gibbs said.

Gibbs said he might activate running back Gerald Riggs and defensive lineman Tracy Rocker from injured reserve to replace Bryant, who sprained a knee, and Williams, who sprained an arch. Gibbs said he'll wait until later in the week to decide.

Johnson was hospitalized in Indianapolis after suffering a concussion in the first quarter of the Colts game. He'll be held out of this week's game with Buffalo as a precaution.

* CHARGERS: Quarterback Billy Joe Tolliver has been benched, and rookie John Friesz will start in Sunday's last regular-season game, against the Los Angeles Raiders.

* BROWNS: Cleveland's 12 assistant coaches have been told they should begin looking for other jobs.

Interim head coach Jim Shofner, who replaced Bud Carson on Nov. 5, avoided saying "fired" when referring to the assistants. But owner Art Modell said the Browns will be hiring a new head coach.

* DOLPHINS: Miami's team bus was pelted with rocks, bottles and eggs while the Dolphins tried to leave the Rich Stadium parking lot after Sunday's loss to Buffalo, but there were no injuries.

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