Philadelphia Eagles

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Philadelphia Eagles
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Established July 8, 1933;85 years ago (July 8, 1933) [1]
First season: 1933
Play in Lincoln Financial Field
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Headquartered in the NovaCare Complex
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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League/conference affiliations

National Football League (1933 present)

  • Eastern Division (1933–1949)
  • American Conference (1950–1952)
  • Eastern Conference (1953–1969)
    • Capitol Division (1967–1969)
  • National Football Conference (1970–present)
Current uniform
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Team colors Midnight green, silver, black, white [2] [3]
                
Fight song Fly, Eagles Fly
Mascot Swoop
Personnel
Owner(s) Jeffrey Lurie
ChairmanJeffrey Lurie
CEOJeffrey Lurie
PresidentDon Smolenski
General manager Howie Roseman (de facto)
Head coach Doug Pederson
Team history
  • Philadelphia Eagles (1933–1942; 1944present)
  • Phil-Pitt "Steagles" (1943)
Team nicknames
  • The Birds
  • The Iggles
Championships
League championships (4)
Conference championships (4)
Division championships (13)
Playoff appearances (26)
Home fields

The Philadelphia Eagles are a professional American football team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) East division. In the 2017 season the team won Super Bowl LII, their first Super Bowl win in franchise history and their fourth NFL title overall, after winning the Championship Game in 1948, 1949, and 1960.

American football Team field sport

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National Football League Professional American football league

The National Football League (NFL) is a professional American football league consisting of 32 teams, divided equally between the National Football Conference (NFC) and the American Football Conference (AFC). The NFL is one of the four major professional sports leagues in North America, and the highest professional level of American football in the world. The NFL's 17-week regular season runs from early September to late December, with each team playing 16 games and having one bye week. Following the conclusion of the regular season, six teams from each conference advance to the playoffs, a single-elimination tournament culminating in the Super Bowl, which is usually held in the first Sunday in February, and is played between the champions of the NFC and AFC.

National Football Conference one of two conferences in the National Football League

The National Football Conference (NFC) is one of the two conferences of the National Football League (NFL), the highest professional level of American football in the United States. This conference and its counterpart the American Football Conference (AFC), currently contain 16 teams organized into 4 divisions. Both conferences were created as part of the 1970 merger with the rival American Football League (AFL), with all ten of the former AFL teams and three NFL teams forming the AFC while the remaining thirteen NFL clubs formed the NFC. A series of league expansions and division realignments have occurred since the merger, thus making the current total of 16 clubs in each conference. The current NFC champions are the Los Angeles Rams, who defeated the New Orleans Saints in the 2018 NFC Championship Game for their fourth conference championship.

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The franchise was established in 1933 as a replacement for the bankrupt Frankford Yellow Jackets, when a group led by Bert Bell secured the rights to an NFL franchise in Philadelphia. Bell, Chuck Bednarik, Bob Brown, Brian Dawkins, Reggie White, Steve Van Buren, Tommy McDonald, Greasy Neale, Pete Pihos, Sonny Jurgensen, and Norm Van Brocklin have been inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Frankford Yellow Jackets

The Frankford Yellow Jackets were a professional American football team, part of the National Football League from 1924 to 1931, though its origin dates back to as early as 1899 with the Frankford Athletic Association. The Yellow Jackets won the NFL championship in 1926. The team played its home games from 1923 in Frankford Stadium in Frankford, a section in the northeastern part of Philadelphia, noted for the subway-elevated transit line that terminates there.

Bert Bell American football player, coach, executive

De Benneville "Bert" Bell was the National Football League (NFL) commissioner from 1945 until his death in 1959. As commissioner, he introduced competitive parity into the NFL to improve the league's commercial viability and promote its popularity, and he helped make the NFL the most financially sound sports enterprise and preeminent sports attraction in the United States (US). He was posthumously inducted into the charter class of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Chuck Bednarik American football player

Charles Philip Bednarik, nicknamed Concrete Charlie, was a professional American football player, known as one of the most devastating tacklers in the history of football and the last full-time two-way player in the National Football League (NFL). A Slovak American from the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania, Bednarik played for the Philadelphia Eagles from 1949 through 1962 and, upon retirement, was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967, his first year of eligibility.

The team has had an intense rivalry with the New York Giants. This rivalry is the oldest in the NFC East and is among the oldest in the NFL. It was ranked by NFL Network as the number one rivalry of all-time, Sports Illustrated ranks it as the fourth best rivalry in the NFL, [4] and according to ESPN, it is one of the fiercest and most well-known rivalries in the American football community. [5] They also have a bitter rivalry with the Dallas Cowboys, which has become more high-profile since the 1960s, as well as a historic rivalry with the Washington Redskins. Their rivalry with the Pittsburgh Steelers is another bitter rivalry known as the battle of Pennsylvania, roughly dating back to 1933. It mostly arises from the two teams' statuses as being from opposite ends of the same state. [6]

Eagles–Giants rivalry National Football League rivalry

The Eagles–Giants rivalry is a National Football League (NFL) rivalry between the Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants. The rivalry began in 1933 with the founding of the Eagles, and slowly strengthened when both teams came to relative prominence in the 1940s and 1950s. The two teams have played in the same division in the NFL every year since 1933. The ferocity of the rivalry can also be attributed to the geographic New York-Philadelphia rivalry, which is mirrored in Major League Baseball's Mets–Phillies rivalry and the National Hockey League's Flyers–Rangers rivalry. It is ranked by NFL Network as the number one rivalry of all-time and Sports Illustrated ranks it amongst the top ten NFL rivalries of all-time at number four, and according to ESPN, it is one of the fiercest and most well-known rivalries in the football community.

New York Giants National Football League franchise in East Rutherford, New Jersey

The New York Giants are a professional American football team based in the New York metropolitan area. The Giants compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's National Football Conference (NFC) East division. The team plays its home games at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, which it shares with the New York Jets in a unique arrangement. The Giants hold their summer training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center at the Meadowlands Sports Complex.

The National Football Conference – Eastern Division or NFC East is one of the four divisions of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). It currently has four members: the Dallas Cowboys, the New York Giants, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Washington Redskins.

The team consistently ranks among the best in the league in attendance and has sold out every game since the 1999 season. [7] [8] In a Sports Illustrated poll of 321 NFL players, Eagles fans were selected as the most intimidating fans in the NFL. [9]

Franchise history

NFL in Philadelphia (1899–1931)

The Frankford Athletic Association was organized in May 1899 in the parlor of the Suburban Club. The cost of purchasing a share in the association was $10. However, there were also contributing memberships, ranging from $1 to $2.50, made available to the general public. The Association was a community-based non-profit organization of local residents and businesses. In keeping with its charter, which stated that "all profits shall be donated to charity", all of the team's excess income was donated to local charitable institutions. The original Frankford Athletic Association apparently disbanded prior to the 1909 football season. Several of the original players from the 1899 football team kept the team together, and they became known as Loyola Athletic Club. In keeping with Yellow Jackets tradition, they carried the "Frankford" name again in 1912, to become the Frankford Athletic Association.

In the early 1920s, the Frankford Athletic Association's Yellow Jackets gained the reputation as being one of the best independent football teams in the nation. In 1922, Frankford absorbed the Philadelphia City Champion team, the Union Quakers of Philadelphia. That year, Frankford captured the unofficial championship of Philadelphia. During the 1922 and 1923 seasons the Yellow Jackets compiled a 6–2–1 record against teams from the National Football League. This led to the Association being granted an NFL franchise in 1924, thus becoming the Frankford Yellow Jackets. Midway through the 1931 season, the Yellow Jackets went bankrupt and were forced to cease operations. [10]

The 1931 NFL season was the 12th regular season of the National Football League. The league decreased to 10 teams due to financial hardships caused by the Great Depression. While the Cleveland Indians joined as an expansion team, the league lost the Minneapolis Red Jackets and the Newark Tornadoes. Even the Frankford Yellow Jackets had to fold midway through the season.

Birth of the Eagles (1933-1940)

After more than a year of searching for a suitable replacement, the NFL granted an expansion franchise to a syndicate headed by Bert Bell and Lud Wray and awarded them the franchise rights of the failed Yellow Jackets organization. The Bell-Wray group had to pay an entry fee of $3,500 (equal to $41,187 today) and assumed a total debt of $11,000 that was owed to three other NFL franchises. [11] Drawing inspiration from the Blue Eagle insignia of the National Recovery Administration—the centerpiece of President Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal [11] —Bell and Wray named the new franchise the Philadelphia Eagles. Neither the Eagles nor the NFL officially regard the two franchises as the same, citing the aforementioned period of dormancy. Furthermore, almost no Yellow Jackets players were on the Eagles' first roster. The Eagles, along with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the now-defunct Cincinnati Reds, joined the NFL as expansion teams. Lud Wray became the Eagles first head coach after being convinced by Bell to take the position.

Lud Wray American football player, coach, team owner

James R. Ludlow "Lud" Wray was a professional American football player, coach, and co-founder, with college teammate Bert Bell, of the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League. He was the first coach of the Boston Braves and of the Eagles. He also served as head coach at his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania.

National Recovery Administration

The National Recovery Administration (NRA) was a prime New Deal agency established by U.S. president Franklin D. Roosevelt (FDR) in 1933. The goal was to eliminate "cut-throat competition" by bringing industry, labor, and government together to create codes of "fair practices" and set prices. The NRA was created by the National Industrial Recovery Act (NIRA) and allowed industries to get together and write "codes of fair competition." The codes were intended to reduce "destructive competition" and to help workers by setting minimum wages and maximum weekly hours, as well as minimum prices at which products could be sold. The NRA also had a two-year renewal charter and was set to expire in June 1935 if not renewed.

Franklin D. Roosevelt 32nd president of the United States

Franklin Delano Roosevelt, often referred to by his initials FDR, was an American statesman and political leader who served as the 32nd president of the United States from 1933 until his death in 1945. A member of the Democratic party, he won a record four presidential elections and became a central figure in world events during the first half of the 20th century. Roosevelt directed the federal government during most of the Great Depression, implementing his New Deal domestic agenda in response to the worst economic crisis in U.S. history. As a dominant leader of his party, he built the New Deal Coalition, which realigned American politics into the Fifth Party System and defined American liberalism throughout the middle third of the 20th century. His third and fourth terms were dominated by World War II. Roosevelt is widely considered to be one of the most important figures in American history, as well as among the most influential figures of the 20th century. Though he has been subject to substantial criticism, he is generally rated by scholars as one of the three greatest U.S. presidents, along with George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

The Eagles played their first game on October 15, 1933, against the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds in New York City. They lost the game 56-0. [12] The Eagles struggled over the course of their first decade, never winning more than four games. Their best finish was in their second season, 1934, when they finished tied for third in the East. For the most part, the Eagles' early rosters were composed of former Penn, Temple and Villanova players who played for a few years before going on to other things.

In 1935, Bell proposed an annual college draft to equalize talent across the league. The draft was a revolutionary concept in professional sports. Having teams select players in inverse order of their finish in the standings, a practice still followed today, strove to increase fan interest by guaranteeing that even the worst teams would have the opportunity for annual infusions of the best college talent. [13] Between 1927 (the year the NFL changed from a sprawling Midwestern-based association to a narrower, major-market league) and 1934, a triopoly of three teams (the Chicago Bears, New York Giants and Green Bay Packers) had won all but one title since 1927 (the lone exception being the Providence Steam Roller of 1928). By 1936 the club had suffered significant financial losses and was sold through a public auction. Bert Bell was the only bidder and became the sole owner of the team. Wray refused a reduction in his salary and left the team. Bell assumed the head coaching position and led the team to a record of 1-11, for last place in the league.

In 1937, the Eagles moved to Shibe Park (renamed Connie Mack Stadium in 1954) and played their home games at the stadium through 1957, except for during the 1941 season, which was played at Municipal Stadium, where they had played from 1936 to 1939. To accommodate football at Shibe Park during the winter, management set up stands in right field, parallel to 20th Street. Some 20 feet high, these "east stands" had 22 rows of seats. The goalposts stood along the first base line and in left field. The uncovered east stands enlarged capacity of Shibe Park to over 39,000, but the Eagles rarely drew more than 25,000 to 30,000. [14] The team finished the 1937 season 2-8-1 and would continue to struggle over the next three seasons.

Greasy Neale era (1941–1950)

In December 1940, Bell conciliated the sale of Art Rooney's Steelers to Alexis Thompson, [15] and then Rooney acquired half of Bell's interest in the Eagles. [16] In a series of events known as the Pennsylvania Polka, [15] Rooney and Bell exchanged their entire Eagles roster and their territorial rights in Philadelphia to Thompson for his entire Steelers roster and his rights in Pittsburgh. [17] Ostensibly, Rooney had provided assistance to Bell by rewarding him with a 20% commission on the sale of the Steelers. [18] Bell became the Steelers head coach and Rooney became the general manager. [19]

After assuming ownership, Thompson promptly hired Earle "Greasy" Neale as the team's head coach. In its first years under Neale, the team continued to struggle by finishing the 1941 season with a 2-8-1 record. The 1942 season showed no improvement as the team went 2-9.

"Steagles" (1943)

In 1943, when manpower shortages stemming from World War II made it impossible to fill the roster, the team merged with the Pittsburgh Steelers forming the "Phil-Pitt Eagles", known as the "Steagles." Greasy Neale coached the team along with Steelers head coach Walt Kiesling. The team finished the season with a 5–4–1 record. (The merger, never intended as a permanent arrangement, was dissolved at the end of the season.

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Steve Van Buren, Eagles halfback from 1944 to 1951

In 1944, led by head coach Greasy Neale and running back Steve Van Buren, the Eagles had their first winning season in team history. After two more second-place finishes in 1945 and 1946, the team reached the NFL Championship game for the first time in 1947. Van Buren, Pete Pihos, and Bosh Pritchard fought valiantly, but the young team fell to the Chicago Cardinals 28–21 at Chicago's Comiskey Park.

NFL champions (1948)

Undeterred, the young squad rebounded in 1948 and returned to the NFL Championship game to face the Cardinals. With home-field advantage (and a blinding snowstorm) on their side, the Eagles won their first NFL Championship 7–0. Due to the severity of the weather, few fans were on hand to witness the joyous occasion.

NFL champions (1949)

Before the start of the 1949 season,the team was sold by Thompson to a syndicate of 100 buyers, known as the "Happy Hundred", each of whom paid a fee of $3,000 for their share of the team. While the leader of the "Happy Hundred" was noted Philadelphia businessman James P. Clark, one unsung investor was Leonard Tose, a name that would eventually become very familiar to Eagles fans. [20] The team returned to the NFL Championship game for the third consecutive year. The Eagles were favored by a touchdown, [21] [22] [23] and won 14–0 for their second consecutive shutout in the title game. Running back Steve Van Buren rushed for 196 yards on 31 carries for the Eagles and their defense held the Rams to just 21 yards on the ground. [24]

Chuck Bednarik was selected as the first overall pick in the 1949 NFL Draft. An All-American lineman/linebacker from the University of Pennsylvania, Bednarik would go on to become one of the greatest and most beloved players in Eagles history.

With the turn of the decade came another turn in team fortunes. In 1950, the Eagles were slated to open the season against the AAFC champion Cleveland Browns, who had just (along with the other AAFC franchises) joined the NFL. The Eagles were expected to make short work of the Browns, who at the time were widely considered the dominant team in a lesser league. However, the Browns lit up the Eagles' vaunted defense for 487 total yards, including 246 passing yards, in a 35–10 rout. The Eagles never really recovered, and finished 6–6.

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Pete Pihos, Eagles tight end from 1947 to 1955

(1951-1957)

Greasy Neale retired after the 1950 season and was replaced by Bo McMillin. Two games into the 1951 season, McMillin was forced to retire due to terminal stomach cancer. Wayne Millner finished out the season before being replaced by Jim Trimble. While the remnants of the great 1940s teams managed to stay competitive for the first few years of the decade, and while younger players like Bobby Walston and Sonny Jurgensen occasionally provided infusions of talent, the team lacked the stuff of true greatness for most of the 1950s.

After the 1957 season, the Eagles moved from Connie Mack Stadium to Franklin Field at the University of Pennsylvania. Franklin Field would seat over 60,000 for the Eagles, whereas Connie Mack had a capacity of 39,000. [25] The stadium switched from grass to AstroTurf in 1969. It was the first NFL stadium to use artificial turf.

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Franklin Field was the Eagles home field from 1958 to 1970

Buck Shaw era (1958-1960)

In 1958, however, the franchise took key steps to improve, hiring Buck Shaw as head coach and acquiring Norm Van Brocklin in a trade with the Los Angeles Rams. During the 1959 season the team showed real flashes of talent, and finished in second place in the Eastern Division. Former Eagles owner and co-founder Bert Bell, who at the time was the commissioner of the NFL, attended a game on October 11th at Franklin Field. The Eagles were facing the Pittsburgh Steelers, a team who Bell also used to own. The Eagles had box seats reserved for him but Bell refused them and purchased his own tickets to sit with the fans. During the fourth quarter of the game while sitting behind the end zone, he had suffered a heart attack and died later that day.

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Chuck Bednarik, Eagles linebacker and center from 1949 to 1962

NFL champions (1960)

1960 remains the most celebrated year in Eagles history. Shaw, Van Brocklin and Chuck Bednarik (each in his last season before retirement) led a team more notable for its grit than its talent (one observer later quipped that the team had "nothing but a championship") to its first division title since 1949. The team was aided by their two Pro Bowl receivers, WR Tommy McDonald (who would later pen a short autobiography titled "They Pay Me to Catch Footballs") and TE Pete Retzlaff. On December 26, 1960, one of the coldest days in recorded Philadelphia history, the Eagles faced Vince Lombardi's Green Bay Packers in the NFL title game and dealt the mighty Lombardi the sole championship game loss of his storied career. Bednarik lined up at center on offense and at linebacker on defense. Fittingly, the game ended as Bednarik tackled a struggling Jim Taylor and refused to allow him to stand until the last seconds had ticked away. [26]

(1961–1975)

Van Brocklin had come to Philadelphia and agreed to play through 1960 with the tacit understanding that, upon his retirement as a player, he would succeed Shaw as head coach. Ownership, however, opted to promote assistant coach Nick Skorich instead, and Van Brocklin quit the organization in a fit of pique, instead becoming head coach of the expansion Minnesota Vikings. Back up quarterback Sonny Jurgensen became the starter for the 1961 season. The team finished just a half-game behind the New York Giants for first place in the Eastern Conference standings with a 10–4 record. Despite the on-the-field success, however, the franchise was in turmoil.

The 1962 team was decimated by injury, and managed only three wins and were embarrassed at home in a 49–0 loss against the Packers. The off-field chaos would continue through 1963, as the remaining 65 shareholders out of the original Happy Hundred sold the team to Jerry Wolman, a 36-year-old millionaire Washington developer who outbid local bidders for the team, paying an unprecedented $5,505,000 for control of the club. In 1964, Wolman hired former Cardinals and Washington Redskins coach Joe Kuharich to a 15-year contract. Over the next five seasons the team failed to make the playoffs each year.

In 1969, Leonard Tose bought the Eagles from Wolman for $16,155,000 [27] (equal to $110,372,954 today), then a record for a professional sports franchise. Tose's first official act was to fire Coach Joe Kuharich after a disappointing 24–41–1 record during his five-year reign. He followed this by naming former Eagles receiving great Pete Retzlaff as General Manager and Jerry Williams as coach.

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Veterans Stadium, Eagles home field from 1971 to 2002.

With the merger of the NFL and AFL in 1970, the Eagles were placed in the NFC East Division with their archrivals the New York Giants, the Washington Redskins, and the Dallas Cowboys. Their heated rivalry with the Giants is the oldest of the NFC East rivalries, dating all the way back to 1933 and is often named as one of the best rivalries in the NFL. [28] [29]

In 1971, the Eagles moved from Franklin Field to brand-new Veterans Stadium. In its first season, the “Vet” was widely acclaimed as a triumph of ultra-modern sports engineering, a consensus that would be short-lived. Equally short-lived was Williams' tenure as head coach. After a 3–10–1 record in 1970 and three consecutive blowout losses to Cincinnati, Dallas and San Francisco to open the 1971 season, Williams was fired and replaced by assistant coach Ed Khayat, a defensive lineman on the Eagles' 1960 NFL championship team. Williams and Khayat were hampered by Retzlaff's decision to trade longtime starting quarterback Norm Snead to the Minnesota Vikings in early 1971, leaving the Eagles a choice between journeyman Pete Liske and the raw Rick Arrington.

Khayat lost his first two games, but won six of the final nine in 1971 thanks to the exploits of the defense, led by All-Pro safety Bill Bradley, who led the NFL in interceptions (11) and interception return yardage (248). The team regressed in 1972, and Khayat was released after the Eagles finished 2–11–1. The two wins (both on the road) proved to be surprises, however. Philadelphia beat the Kansas City Chiefs (which had the best record in the AFC a year before) 21–20 and the Houston Oilers 18–17 on six field goals by kicker Tom Dempsey. The latter game became known as the "Johnny Rodgers Bowl", because the loser would finish with the worst record in the league and obtain the first overall draft pick of 1973, which was then assumed to be Nebraska wingback Johnny Rodgers. The Oilers ultimately got the first overall pick, which instead turned out to be University of Tampa defensive end John Matuszak (who would end up facing Philadelphia in the Super Bowl several years later). With the second pick, the Eagles selected USC tight end Charle Young.

Khayat was replaced by offensive guru Mike McCormick, for the 1973 season. Aided by the skills of Roman Gabriel and towering young receiver Harold Carmichael, they managed to infuse a bit of vitality into a previously moribund offense. New general manager Jim Murray also began to add talent on the defensive side of the line, most notably through the addition of future Pro Bowl linebacker Bill Bergey in 1974. Overall, however, the team was still mired in mediocrity. McCormick was fired after a 4–10 1975 season.

Vermeil and Campbell era (1976–1985)

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Dick Vermeil, Eagles head coach from 1976 to 1982

In 1976, Dick Vermeil was hired from UCLA to coach the Eagles, who had only one winning season from 1962 to 1975. [30]

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The Eagles playing against the Buccaneers in the 1979 NFC Divisional Playoff Game.

Vermeil faced numerous obstacles as he attempted to rejuvenate a franchise that had not seriously contended in well over a decade. Despite the team's young talent and Gabriel's occasional flashes of brilliance, the Eagles finished 1976 with the same result—a 4–10 record—as in 1975. In 1977, the first seeds of hope begin to sprout. Rifle-armed quarterback Ron Jaworski was obtained by trade with the Los Angeles Rams in exchange for popular tight end Charlie Young. The defense, led by Bergey and defensive coordinator Marion Campbell, began earning a reputation as one of the hardest hitting in the league. By the next year, the Eagles had fully taken Vermeil's enthusiastic attitude, and made the playoffs for the first time since 1960. Young running back Wilbert Montgomery became the first Eagle since Steve Van Buren to exceed 1,000 yards in a single season. 1978 also bore witness to one of the greatest moments in Eagles history: "The Miracle at the Meadowlands," when Herman Edwards returned a late-game fumble by Giants' quarterback Joe Pisarcik for a touchdown with 20 seconds left, resulting in a 19–17 Eagles victory – the Eagles would edge into the playoffs that year with a 9–7 season.) In 1979, the Eagles tied for first place with an 11–5 record and Wilbert Montgomery shattered the team rushing records with a total of 1,512 yards

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The Eagles defeated the Cowboys in the 1980 NFC Championship Game and earned their first Super Bowl appearance.

In 1980, the team dominated the NFC, facing its chief nemesis, the Dallas Cowboys, in the NFC Championship. The game was played in cold conditions in front of the Birds' faithful fans at Veterans Stadium. Led by an incredible rushing performance from Montgomery, whose long cutback TD run in the first half is surely one of the most memorable plays in Eagles history, and a gutsy performance from fullback Leroy Harris, who scored the Eagles' only other TD that day, the Birds earned a berth in Super Bowl XV with a 20–7 victory.

The Eagles traveled to New Orleans for Super Bowl XV and were heavy favorites to knock off the Oakland Raiders, who were merely a wild card team. Things did not go the Eagles' way, beginning with the disastrous decision by Tose to bring comedian Don Rickles into the pregame locker room to lighten the mood. Jaworski's first pass was intercepted by Rod Martin, setting up an Oakland touchdown. Later in the first quarter, a potential game-tying 40-yard touchdown pass to Rodney Parker was nullified by an illegal motion penalty. The final score was 27–10. Veteran journeyman quarterback Jim Plunkett was named the game's MVP.

The team got off to a great start in the 1981 season, winning their first six games. They eventually ended up 10–6 and earned a wild card berth. However, they were unable to repeat as NFC champs when they were knocked out in the wild card round by the New York Giants, 27–21. After the Eagles finished 3–6 in the strike-shortened 1982 season, Vermeil quit the team, citing "burnout."

Defensive coordinator Marion Campbell, aka "the Swamp Fox" replaced Vermeil as the head coach. Campbell had helped to popularize the "bend-don't-break" defensive strategy in the 1970s. Philadelphia football struggled through the mid-1980s and was marked by a malaise in fan participation. The team could not produce the same success they once had and failed to make the playoffs in 1983 and 1984.

In 1985, Tose was forced to sell the Eagles to Norman Braman and Ed Leibowitz, highly successful automobile dealers from Florida, for a reported $65 million (equal to $151,418,626 today) to pay off his more than $25 million (equal to $58,237,933 today) in gambling debts at Atlantic City casinos. The team once again struggled during the 1985 season and Marion Campbell was fired after week 16 and replaced by assistant head coach/defensive backs coach Fred Bruney for the last game of the season.

At the 1985 Supplemental draft, the Eagles acquired the rights to Memphis Showboats' elite pass rusher Reggie White.

Ryan and Kotite era (1986–1994)

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Reggie White's jersey shown at Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio

In 1986, the arrival of head coach Buddy Ryan and his fiery attitude rejuvenated team performance and ignited the fan base. Immediately infusing the team with his tough, hard-as-nails attitude, the Eagles quickly became known for their tough defense and tougher personalities. Ryan began rejuvenating the team by releasing several aging players, including Ron Jaworski. Randall Cunningham took his place, and despite a 5–10–1 season, he began showing considerable promise. 1987 saw another strike, reducing the season by one game. The substitutes who were filling in for the strikers turned in a poor performance, being crushed 41–22 by the Dallas Cowboys. After the strike ended, the regular Eagles 1981 team won a 37–20 revenge game against Dallas. The season record was 7–8, three games having been played by substitutes. The Eagles would reach the playoffs in 1988, but lost to the Chicago Bears, which happened to be Ryan's former team that he helped lead to a Super Bowl XX victory as defensive coordinator. The game became known as the "Fog Bowl", due to the weather conditions during the game. The Eagles lost this game 20–12.

The following two years would see playoff appearances as well, but the team could not make it past the first round. This failure was very frustrating to many Eagles fans, as the team was commonly acknowledged as among the most talented in the NFL. On offense, the Eagles were led by quarterback Cunningham, one of the most exciting players of his generation; tight end Keith Jackson; and running back Keith Byars. The defense is commonly acknowledged as among the greatest in league history, and as the best to never win a championship.

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Jerome Brown, Eagles defensive end from 1987 to 1991

The two 1989 matches with Dallas were known as the Bounty Bowls. Both were won easily by the Eagles (the Cowboys finished 1–15 that year), and were marked by Ryan insulting new Cowboys coach Jimmy Johnson, putting a "bounty" on their kicker, and for Eagles fans throwing snowballs.

On November 12, 1990, during a Monday Night Football game at the Vet, the Eagles crushed the Washington Redskins by a score of 28–14, with the defense scoring three of the team's four touchdowns. More lopsided than its score would indicate, the game quickly acquired the sobriquet "the Body Bag Game", attesting to the physical damage inflicted by the tough Eagles squad. The Eagles knocked out the starting Washington quarterback, and then seriously injured his replacement as well. Running back Brian Mitchell, who would later be signed by the Eagles, was forced to play quarterback for the Redskins. Unfortunately, the Redskins returned to Veterans stadium in the first round of the playoffs and defeated the Eagles 20–6, ending their season. Ryan was fired on January 7, 1991, and was replaced by offensive coordinator Rich Kotite three days later.

After All Pro defensive tackle Jerome Brown was killed in an automobile accident, the team and fan base became dedicated to "bring it home for Jerome" in the 1992 season. Kotite did lead the Eagles to a playoff victory against the New Orleans Saints during the 1992 season, but they lost all-time sacks leader Reggie White to free agency in the off-season. Among the team's offensive stars during that period were quarterback Randall Cunningham, tight end Keith Jackson, and running back Herschel Walker. But the "Gang Green" defense is possibly what defined the team, led by Reggie White, Jerome Brown, Clyde Simmons, Seth Joyner, Wes Hopkins, Mike Golic, Byron Evans, Eric Allen, Andre Waters and Mark McMillian. In 1993 Kotite's Eagles would fall apart after initially a promising start, and missed the playoffs, going 8–8.

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Jeffrey Lurie has owned the Eagles since 1994

By this point, team owner Norman Braman had become unpopular among most local fans and a polarizing presence in the front office. Jeffrey Lurie bought the Eagles on May 6, 1994 for an estimated $185 million. The club is now estimated to be the 17th most valuable sports team, worth $1.314 billion, as evaluated in 2014 by Forbes. [31]

In Lurie's first season as the owner in 1994, the team went 7–9 and once again missed the playoffs. Rich Kotite was fired and was replaced by San Francisco 49ers Defensive Coordinator Ray Rhodes, who successfully lobbied 49ers star Ricky Watters to join the team as a free agent.

Ray Rhodes era (1995-1998)

In 1995, Rhodes's first season, the Eagles got off to a slow start by losing 3 out their first 4 games but subsequently rebounded, finishing with a 10–6 record and a playoff spot. In the Wild Card Round, the Eagles played at home and overwhelmed the Detroit Lions 58–37, with 31 of Philadelphia's points coming in the second quarter alone. Despite this dominant performance, the Eagles were eliminated in the next round by the Cowboys yet again by a score of 30–11. Ironically, this would be Randall Cunningham's last game as an Eagle. Cunningham would score the only touchdown of the game and the last Eagles postseason touchdown for six years.

1995 was the end of Cunningham's tenure as starting quarterback. Rhodes benched Cunningham in favor of Rodney Peete, leading to friction between the two. Before the benching, news reports circulated that Lurie and Rhodes tried to trade Cunningham to the Arizona Cardinals. However, no such trade was executed and Cunningham retired shortly after the season.

In 1996, the Eagles uniforms changed from the classic shade of Kelly Green to a darker midnight green. The team got off to a good start, winning three of their first four games. However, a Week 5 Monday night game at Veterans Stadium against the hated Cowboys would witness a season-ending knee injury to Peete, loss of the team's momentum, and the transition to an offense led by Ty Detmer and Watters. While Detmer played well and Watters rushed for 1,411 yards, the season followed an all-too-familiar pattern: 10–6 record, and early elimination (a 14–0 shutout by the 49ers) in the playoffs. In the 1996 NFL draft, future fan favorite and hall of famer Brian Dawkins was chosen in the 2nd round. The continued early playoff exits led to fans and local media blaming the high priced free agent signings (Irving Fryar, Watters, Troy Vincent, and Guy McIntyre) for not stepping up in big games, most notably the postseason. Rhodes gradually deteriorated under the stress of the job, and players were beginning to grow tired of his brash demeanor and often autocratic coaching style. [32] After an up-and-down 6–9–1 campaign in 1997, the bottom fell out in 1998. The Eagles suffered a 3–13 record—the worst in franchise history. They were ranked dead last in numerous offensive statistics. Home game attendance was declining, a quarterback controversy was deteriorating an already rudderless locker room, and the players had all but tuned out the embattled coaching staff. Left with little choice after a disastrous season, fan revolt and sagging team morale, Lurie fired Rhodes and hired Green Bay Packers quarterbacks coach Andy Reid as the new head coach. [33]

Andy Reid era (1999–2012)

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Andy Reid , Eagles head coach from 1999 to 2012

Resurgence would come under the leadership of new head coach Andy Reid, who began by drafting Syracuse quarterback Donovan McNabb with the second overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft. The Eagles would have had the first overall pick, but it was awarded to the rebooted Cleveland Browns. Despite clearing up roster space for new talent by releasing unpopular, aging veterans such as Watters and Irving Fryar, Reid was still a virtual unknown at the time of his selection as head coach, and his appointment was met with considerable skepticism in Philadelphia. McNabb was also not considered a good choice to draft by Eagles fans. When he was drafted, many Eagles fans booed the selection, believing that the Eagles should have drafted Ricky Williams. The choice proved wise, though: with Reid leading the way and McNabb emerging as one of the game's great players. However, 1999 was a rebuilding year, and the Eagles only won five games and game attendance was still looking stale: as two home games were not sold out – resulting in local TV blackouts- while the other six were only sold out due to several small business owners purchasing the remainder of the unsold tickets to spare TV viewers. The Week 5 game, on Sunday, October 10, 1999, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, saw Dallas wide receiver Michael Irvin suffer a career-ending spinal injury where Eagles fans stood up and cheered as he lay on the field. Even the TV commentators expressed their disgust at this behavior.

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Donovan McNabb, Eagles quarterback from 1999 to 2009

The 2000 regular season opener in Dallas (September 3), became known in NFL lore as the "Pickle Juice Game". Kickoff temperature in Texas Stadium was 109 degrees Fahrenheit and soared to nearly 120, making it the hottest game in league history, beating a previous record set during a 1997 Cowboys-Cardinals match in Arizona. The nickname came about because an Eagles trainer had been preparing for the projected high temperatures by having the players drink the juice from jars of dill pickles in order to retain body moisture and stave off cramps and heat exhaustion. The experiment proved a success as the Eagles won the game 44–14 and the Cowboys had multiple players benched for inability to handle the brutal temperatures (the Eagles had no players benched). The game also had significance because it marked the beginning of Philadelphia's domination of the NFC East and the end of the Cowboys' dominance. The team finished the season at 11–5, reaching the playoffs as a wildcard team, which rejuvenated the fan base and optimism. After brushing aside the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 21–3, the Eagles moved to the second round of the playoffs, only to lose a 20–10 game against the New York Giants.

After compiling an 11–5 record in 2001, the Eagles reached the playoffs again, this time at the top of their division. In a near-rerun of the previous year, they disposed of the Buccaneers in a 31–9 game. In the second round, the Eagles defeated the Bears 33–19 at Soldier Field. Reaching the NFC Championship game, they were unable to stop the St. Louis Rams, who defeated them 29–24

Despite injuries, McNabb led the Eagles to a 12–4 season in 2002. Once again, they reached the NFC Championship, but lost at home 27–10 to the eventual Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the last game at Veterans Stadium.

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Lincoln Financial Field has been the Eagles home field since 2003

The 2003 team lost its first two games, both at their new home. In the opening game of the season, the Eagles were shut out 17–0 by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first regular season game ever played at Lincoln Financial Field. Once again, the team went 12–4 for the season. By reaching the conference championship game in the same year as this defeat, they became the first team in modern history to get that far in the postseason after having been shut out at home in its first game. They achieved that distinction despite getting only five touchdown catches all year from their wide receivers, which tied the league low since the regular season schedule was lengthened to its present 16 games in 1978 (this record would be broken in 2004 when the New York Giants' wide receivers caught only two touchdown passes). The Eagle receivers went through both September and October without a TD catch — the last time an NFL team had done that was in 1945.

The Eagles actively pursued premier wide receiver Terrell Owens, and acquired him in a controversial three-way deal with the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers, on March 16, 2004. [34] The 2004 season began with a bang as Owens caught three touchdown passes from McNabb in their season opener against the New York Giants. Owens would end up with exactly 1,200 receiving yards and 14 touchdown receptions, although his season ended prematurely with an ankle injury a on December 19 game, against the Dallas Cowboys. Their 12–7 victory in this game gave them home field advantage throughout the conference playoffs for the third year in a row. The Eagles tied a record by clinching the NFC East division crown (their fourth straight) after only their eleventh game of the season, matching the mark set by the 1985 Chicago Bears and the 1997 San Francisco 49ers. Their final two regular season games thus rendered meaningless, the Eagles sat out most of their first-string players in these games and lost them both, yet still finished with a 13–3 record, their best 16-game season ever.

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Brian Dawkins, Eagles safety from 1996 to 2008

McNabb had his finest season to date, passing for 3,875 yards and 31 touchdowns, with only eight interceptions. This made him the first quarterback in NFL history to throw 30 or more TD passes and fewer than 10 interceptions in a single regular season. They then began their playoff run with the Divisional round at home against the sixth-seeded Minnesota Vikings. The Eagles led from the start and never looked back, as McNabb led a very efficient passing attack (21 of 33 for 286 yards and 2 TDs), Brian Westbrook dominated on the ground with 70 rushing yards, and Freddie Mitchell performed very well on the receiving corps (5 receptions for 65 yards and a TD), as Philadelphia won 27–14, setting up their fourth-straight NFC Championship appearance. Facing the Atlanta Falcons, McNabb threw for 180 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing for 32 yards. Westbrook rushed for 96 yards and caught five passes for 39. Winning the game 27–10, the Eagles advanced to Super Bowl XXXIX, where they faced the New England Patriots. Although McNabb threw 3 touchdown passes and 357 yards in the game, and the score was tied 14–14 going into the fourth quarter, the Patriots outscored the Eagles with ten straight points. McNabb completed a 30-yard touchdown pass, and the Eagles defense held the Patriots to a 3 and out, but a crucial interception with 46 seconds left on the clock secured their fate. The Patriots won 24–21.

Brian Dawkins was one of the premier safeties in the NFL, and earned him the role of Eagles' defensive captain, and a mainstay on the Eagles. [35]

The team took a step back in 2005 with a 6–10 record. McNabb had played with a sports hernia and a broken thumb, starting 4–2 but losing three in a row, before he finally succumbed to injury and missed the rest of the season. For obnoxious behavior and a feud with McNabb, Owens was suspended after 7 games, eventually being cut. In 2006, the team lost McNabb 10 games in and went into turmoil. However, Westbrook stepped up, and the Eagles earned their fifth NFC East title under coach Reid, with a 10–6 record. They won the Wild Card game, but lost in the Divisional Round. In 2007, they finished 8-8. In 2008, the team won their 500th game, and drafted DeSean Jackson, a receiving threat when paired with McNabb. [36]

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Andy Reid speaks with Jeff Garcia in a game against the Redskins.

On January 11, 2009, the team defeated the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants 23–11 en route to their sixth NFC Championship Game. In the NFC Championship, the Eagles made a rally, going from down 24–6 at halftime to up 25–24 with three minutes left in the fourth quarter, but they lost to the Arizona Cardinals by a score of 32–25 after quarterback Kurt Warner scored a last minute touchdown.

Entering the 2009 season, the Eagles signed quarterback Michael Vick. [37] On December 6, 2009, Andy Reid became only the fifth coach in NFL history to win 100 or more games with a single team in a single decade (the other four are Tom Landry, Don Shula, Tony Dungy, and Bill Belichick. [38] McNabb finally had a complete receiving corps, between first round draft pick Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson's 1,000 yard season, and Brent Celek ranking among the top 5 tight ends in the league. Without Brian Dawkins, defensive end Trent Cole stepped up and became the dominant force on defense with 12 sacks, earning him his second trip to the Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors. In 2009, the Eagles started 5–4, and then won six straight games. After a shutout against the Dallas Cowboys in week 17, the Eagles failed to secure a first-round bye, and with a record of 11–5, they were the NFC's sixth seed. In their January 2010 wild card game, the Eagles played against their divisional foes for the second consecutive week, losing 34–14 to hand Dallas their first of three playoff wins since December 1996.

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LeSean McCoy, Eagles running back from 2009 to 2014

On January 11, 2010, General Manager Tom Heckert, Jr. was hired by the Cleveland Browns and was replaced by Howie Roseman, who was promoted from Vice President of Player Personnel. On March 5, 2010, Brian Westbrook was cut from the Eagles after eight seasons with the team. On April 4, 2010, the team traded long-time starting quarterback Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins in exchange for a second round draft pick. [39] Kevin Kolb was immediately named the starter for the 2010 season, but after suffering a concussion in week 1 against the Packers, Vick took over as the starter. Week 4 saw the return of McNabb to Philadelphia. The Redskins got a touchdown early in the first quarter. After that, both offenses sputtered and the Eagles had to settle for two field goals. But things rapidly fell apart when Vick injured his ribs and chest late in the first quarter when two Redskins defensive backs crushed him from both sides while running near the end zone. Kolb was once again brought out to play, but delivered an uninspiring performance. He did manage a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter, but it wasn’t enough. A two-point conversion attempt after the touchdown failed, and Washington won 16–12. In Week 15, the Eagles beat New York in a shocking upset by overcoming a 21-point deficit in the second half. In the closing seconds of the game, DeSean Jackson returned a punt 65 yards for a touchdown to win 38–31. This became known as the Miracle at the New Meadowlands . [40] Vick led the Eagles to their sixth NFC East division title in ten seasons. With a record of 10–6 the Eagles clinched the third seed. In the wild card round, the Eagles lost 21–16 to the eventual Super Bowl XLV champion Green Bay Packers.

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DeSean Jackson played for the Eagles in 2008–2013 and then returned to the team in 2019

The 2011 season for the Eagles was a major disappointment. The off-season was marred by a lockout that began in March after the NFL's collective bargaining agreement expired, making practices, trades, and free agency impossible. During the draft, the Eagles did comparatively little. After the lockout ended in July, the team embarked on a rash of high-profile FA signings, including Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha, Dolphins RB Ronnie Brown, Giants WR Steve Smith, Packers TE Donald Lee, Titans DE Jason Babin, and Packers DT Cullen Jenkins. Meanwhile, Kevin Kolb, displeased at losing the starting quarterback job to Michael Vick in 2010, was traded to Arizona for Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. Replacing him as 2nd-stringer was ex-Titans quarterback Vince Young. Vince Young created a lot of hype by calling Philadelphia the "Dream Team". [41] The team only managed to finish 8–8 and miss the playoffs. In 2012, the Eagles started off winning three out of their four first games, but lost their next eight, and were eliminated from the playoff hunt. They only won one out of their last four games. After a loss to the New York Giants on December 30, 2012, longtime head coach Andy Reid was fired after fourteen seasons with the team. [42]

Chip Kelly era (2013–2015)

On January 16, 2013, the Eagles brought in University of Oregon head coach Chip Kelly to succeed Reid as head coach after a 4–12 season. [43] The Philadelphia Eagles named Michael Vick the starting quarterback going into the 2013 season with much promise running Chip Kelly's fast-paced spread offense.

The 2013 season proved to be very successful for the Eagles. A hamstring injury took Michael Vick out after a 1–3 start, but his backup Nick Foles led the team to a 10–6 regular season record, and its seventh NFC East title in 13 seasons. Before throwing his first interception in Week 14, Foles threw 19 touchdowns, which was just one shy of the all-time NFL record of consecutive touchdowns without an interception to start a season, set earlier in the season by Peyton Manning. Foles also tied Manning for most touchdown passes in a single-game, with seven, against the Oakland Raiders, which also made him the youngest player in NFL history to throw for that many touchdowns in a game. Foles finished the regular season with 27 touchdown passes and only 2 interceptions, giving him the then-best TD-INT ratio in NFL history. (That record was later broken by Tom Brady, in the 2016 season.) He also finished with a 119.0 passer rating, third highest in league history behind only Aaron Rodgers in 2011 and Peyton Manning in 2004. He was also only the second quarterback in NFL history to have a game in which he topped 400 passing yards and a perfect passer rating. LeSean McCoy finished his Pro Bowl season as the league's top rusher with 1,607 rushing yards (also a franchise record) and 2,146 total yards from scrimmage, also best in the NFL. As a whole, the Eagles offense scored 51 touchdowns, most in franchise history, passing the previous season high set back in 1948. Following the 2013 season, the Eagles released Pro-Bowl wide receiver DeSean Jackson due to his poor "work ethic and attitude", as well as speculation of his involvement in gang related activities. [44]

The Eagles opened the 2014 season winning their first three games and making NFL history as the only team ever to trail by ten or more points in their first three games and come back to win. [45] Nick Foles struggled with turnovers, but ultimately did well and led the Eagles to a 6–2 record, before breaking his collarbone, resulting in his job getting taken over by Mark Sanchez, who outplayed Foles. The Eagles held the divisional title from Week 1 to Week 15. After going 9–3 with a crucial win over Dallas, the Eagles lost their next three, and a week after losing the NFC East title, they lost an upset against the 3–11 Redskins and were eliminated from playoff contention with the Cowboys' win over the Indianapolis Colts.

Following the 2014 season, Chip Kelly was given total control and made some controversial moves. He traded LeSean McCoy, who had become the team's all-time leading rusher after the 2014 season, for linebacker Kiko Alonso, a player Kelly coached at Oregon who had missed the entire 2014 season. [46] He also cut ten-year veteran and starter, Trent Cole, who was still a consistent threat on defense and was second only to legend Reggie White on the Eagles all-time sack list. [47] He also made traded the highly successful Nick Foles for Sam Bradford, who had missed the entire 2014 season with an ACL tear. [48] Kelly tried to re-sign Jeremy Maclin, who had stepped up as the team's leading wide receiver, but he signed with the Kansas City Chiefs instead. However, the Eagles also acquired league leading rusher DeMarco Murray, [49] which not only helped the Eagles, but hurt their rivals, the Dallas Cowboys. They also obtained Super Bowl champion Byron Maxwell, [50] who left the Seattle Seahawks in free agency to sign a six-year, $63 million contract. The first two games of the 2015 season were disastrous, as they started 0–2. Bradford had a 2–4 TD-INT ratio, Maxwell was constantly beaten by Falcons receiver Julio Jones, and Murray was held to 11 yards on 21 carries. After Murray was injured, Ryan Mathews rushed for over 100 yards in a Week 3 win against the New York Jets. Kelly made Murray the unquestioned starter and although Murray's play improved over the season, he never regained his dominant form and was held to a career low 3.6 average yards per carry.

On December 29, 2015, with one game left in the season, head coach Chip Kelly was released by the Eagles after a 6–9 record. Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur was named interim head coach for the final game against the rival New York Giants, which Shurmur won 35–30. [51]

Doug Pederson era (2016–present)

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Doug Pederson has been head coach of the Eagles since 2016
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Carson Wentz was selected second overall in the 2016 NFL Draft.

The Eagles hired the Kansas City Chiefs' offensive coordinator Doug Pederson as their next head coach on January 18, 2016. Pederson had been with the Chiefs for the preceding three years after spending the four seasons previous to those with the Eagles. He served as a quality control assistant coach for the Eagles in 2009 and 2010 before being promoted to quarterbacks coach for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. He was praised for his work with Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith over the preceding few seasons, particularly 2015, as the Chiefs moved into the top 10 in scoring offense. [52] [53]

At the end of the 2015 season, the Eagles had the 13th pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. They traded Byron Maxwell, Kiko Alonso, and their pick to the Miami Dolphins for the eighth overall pick. Later, they traded the eighth overall pick, their third-round pick, their fourth-round pick, a 2017 first-round pick, and a 2018 second-round pick to the Cleveland Browns for the second overall pick and a 2017 fourth-round pick. They used the second overall pick to draft North Dakota State quarterback Carson Wentz. On September 3, 2016, the Eagles traded starting quarterback Sam Bradford to the Minnesota Vikings, who had lost Teddy Bridgewater for the season, for a 2017 first-round pick and a 2018 fourth-round pick. Following the trade, the Eagles named Wentz the starting quarterback for Week 1 of the 2016 season. [54] First-time head coach Pederson led the Eagles to a 3–0 start to the season. His rookie quarterback started with five touchdowns, no interceptions and over 255 yards per game. After a Week 4 bye, they lost four out of the next five games, including a loss to every team in their division. They also lost right tackle Lane Johnson to a 10-game suspension following the Week 5 loss against the Lions, which damaged Carson Wentz's hot start. In those four games, their average margin of loss was just under 5 points. [55] Pederson and the Eagles won only three of their last seven games. Although Wentz started off the season well, he finished with a TD–INT ratio of 8:7. The rookie head coach and rookie quarterback tandem led the Eagles to a 7–9 record, last in the division.

Super Bowl LII champions (2017)

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Nick Foles was named as Super Bowl LII's most valuable player.

The Eagles had a 13–3 record in 2017, including six- and nine-game winning streaks. In a week 14 game against the Los Angeles Rams, starting quarterback Carson Wentz left the game with a torn ACL, and backup Nick Foles, who was re-signed in the off season, took over for the rest of the season.

Foles' first start was a comeback from a 20–7 deficit against the New York Giants where he scored four touchdowns and won the game 34–29. Foles struggled in the last two games of the season against the Oakland Raiders and the Dallas Cowboys, and threw a touchdown and two interceptions in those two games. Despite this, the Eagles clinched home-field advantage after the win against Oakland in week 16. Foles led the Eagles past the Atlanta Falcons in the Divisional Round 15–10. In the NFC Championship, the Eagles beat the Minnesota Vikings 38–7, despite being betting underdogs for the game. Foles had his best game since week 15 and threw for 352 passing yards and three touchdowns. The Eagles traveled to Minneapolis to compete in Super Bowl LII, their third attempt at a title, against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in a rematch of Super Bowl XXXIX from 2005.

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Zach Ertz after catching a touchdown in Super Bowl LII

With Foles at the helm, the game's first touchdown was scored by the Eagles taking only three plays: a short pass from Foles to Nelson Agholor, a 36-yard run up the middle by LeGarrette Blount, and a 34-yard touchdown pass from Foles to Jeffery on the left side of the field. The ensuing extra point attempt from Elliott was missed wide right, which made the score 9–3 in favor of the Eagles. The Patriots responded by advancing the ball to the Philadelphia 11-yard line on their next drive, which was set up by a 50-yard completion from Brady to Danny Amendola, where the quarter ended. [56]

In the second quarter Philadelphia faced fourth-and-goal on the 1-yard line with 38 seconds left on the clock. Deciding to go for the touchdown, they attempted a similar trick play to the one that had failed for the Patriots earlier. It would become the most memorable play of the game. As Foles stepped up to the running back position, Clement took a direct snap and pitched the ball to tight end Trey Burton, who then threw the ball to Foles, who was wide open in the right side of the end zone. Foles caught the ball, making him the first quarterback ever to catch a touchdown pass in a Super Bowl, and the ensuing extra point was good, giving the Eagles a 22–12 lead, which was taken into the locker room after a short drive by the Patriots. The play came to be known as the Philly Special. [56] . The Eagles won their first Vince Lombardi Trophy in franchise history, [56] and their first league championship since 1960, ending the third-longest active championship drought in the NFL at 57 years.

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Vince Lombardi Trophy presentation after the game.

New England's only lead was by one point in the fourth quarter, 33–32. The Eagles rallied back and scored an 11-yard touchdown to tight end Zach Ertz. The last score of the game was a 46-yard field goal by Jake Elliott to make the final score 41–33. The franchise won their first Super Bowl ever and their first championship since 1960. Foles won Super Bowl MVP going 28 for 43 with 373 passing yards, three passing touchdowns, one interception, and one receiving touchdown. Foles became the first backup quarterback to start and win a Super Bowl since his opponent Tom Brady won as the backup for Drew Bledsoe in 2002's Super Bowl XXXVI.

The combined 74 points scored was one point shy of the Super Bowl record of 75, set in Super Bowl XXIX in 1995; this game marked only the second time in the history of the Super Bowl where the teams combined for 70+ points. [57] The game also set a record for most yardage by both teams (combined) with 1,151 yards, the most for any single game, regular season or postseason.[ citation needed ] The game set many other Super Bowl records as well, including fewest punts from both teams (one), most yards gained by a team (613 for New England) and most points scored by a losing team (33).[ citation needed ]

Before the 2018 season started, many injuries plagued the team, including quarterback Carson Wentz, who was still recovering from the ACL injury that he sustained the previous season. Nick Foles would be the starting quarterback to begin the season and helped the team win their opening game against the Atlanta Falcons by a score of 18-12. Throughout the 2018 season many injuries plagued the team, especially in their secondary. Jalen Mills, Ronald Darby, and Rodney McLeod all went down with injuries during the season. The Eagles had a 4–6 record in their first 10 games and looked to have very little chance of making the playoffs, but the Eagles managed to win 5 of their last 6 games, including upset victories over the Rams and Texans to go 9–7 and make the playoffs as the sixth seed.

In the Wild Card game against the Chicago Bears Nick Foles threw 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions in a 16–15 win. Bears kicker Cody Parkey missed a game winning field goal that hit left post and the crossbar. The kick was tipped slightly by Treyvon Hester. This sent the Philadelphia Eagles to a NFC Divisional matchup against the New Orleans Saints. In the NFC Division match with the Saints, the Eagles ended the first quarter with a 14–0 lead. However, the offense was unable to get any more points as the Saints defense got pressure on Nick Foles and the Eagles ended up losing by a score of 20–14, ending their opportunity to defend their Super Bowl victory.

Logo and uniforms

See also: Uniform (American football) and footnote about Eagles' uniform numbers. [58]

For several decades, the Eagles' colors were kelly green, silver, and white. In 1954, the Eagles, along with the Baltimore Colts, became the second team ever in the NFL to put a logo on their helmets, with silver wings on a kelly green helmet. In 1969, the team wore two helmet versions: Kelly green with white wings in road games, and white with kelly green wings at home. From 1970 to '73, they wore the white helmets with Kelly green wings exclusively before switching back to Kelly green helmets with silver wings. By 1974, Joseph A. Scirrotto Jr. designed the silver wings took on a white outline, and this style on a kelly green helmet became standard for over two decades.

From 1948 to 1995, the team logo was an eagle in flight carrying a football in its claws, although from '69–72, the eagle took on a more stylized look. As the design was similar to the Apollo 11 emblem, and its moon-landing craft was dubbed Eagle. Players wore the flight's mission patch on their jerseys during 1969.[ citation needed ]

In 1973, the team's name was added below the eagle, returning to its pre-1969 look.

However, both the logo and uniforms were radically altered in 1996. The primary kelly green color was changed to a darker shade, officially described as "midnight green." Silver was practically abandoned, as uniform pants moved to either white or midnight green. The traditional helmet wings were changed to a primarily white color, with silver and black accents. The team's logo combination (the eagle and club name lettering) also changed in 1996, with the eagle itself limited to a white (bald eagle) head, drawn in a less realistic, more cartoon-based style, and the lettering changing from calligraphic to block letters.

Since the 1996 alterations, the team has made only minor alterations, mostly relating to jersey/pant combinations worn during specific games. For example, in 1997, against the San Francisco 49ers, the team wore midnight green jerseys and pants for the first of only two occasions in team history. The second occasion was in 2002, during the final regular season game at Veterans Stadium, a win over the division-rival Washington Redskins. A year later, in the first two games of the 2003 season (both home losses, to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New England Patriots), the Eagles wore white jerseys with white pants. Since 2003, the white jerseys along with white pants have been worn during preseason games.

The 2003 season also saw the first (though only subtle) change to the 1996-style uniform. On both white and green jerseys, black shadows and silver trim were added to both the green and white numbering. The stripe on the pants changed from black-green-black to black-silver-green on the white pants, and from a solid black stripe to one stripe of black, another of silver, with one small white stripe in between for the midnight blue pants. The 2003 season also saw the team debut black alternate jerseys, with a green (instead of black) shadow on white numbers, and silver trim. These black jerseys have been worn for two selected home games each season (usually the first home game after a bye week and the season finale). In the 2003 and 2004 regular season home finales, the team wore the green road pants with the black alternate jerseys, but lost both games. Since then, the Eagles have only worn the black jerseys with the white pants. However, due to the special 75th anniversary uniforms serving as the "alternates" for one game in 2007, the Eagles could not wear the alternate black jersey that season per league rules (alternate uniforms are permitted twice per season but only one can be used). The black jerseys with white pants, however, re-appeared for the 2008 Thanksgiving night game against the Arizona Cardinals. The black jerseys were most recently used in a December 21, 2016 game against the New York Giants, which they won 24–19. From 2006 to 2013, the Eagles have only worn the alternate black jerseys once a season and for the last November home game, but did not use them in 2007, 2010, and 2011. For the 2007 and 2010 seasons, the Eagles used throwback uniforms in place of the black alternates for their anniversary to commemorate past teams. The team also started wearing black cleats exclusively in 2004. Since 2014, the Eagles have worn black jerseys twice per season. In 2016, they wore black jerseys three times.

To celebrate the team's 75th anniversary, the 2007 uniforms featured a 75th-season logo patch on the left shoulder. In addition, the team wore "throwback" jerseys in a 2007 game against the Detroit Lions. The yellow and blue jerseys, the same colors found on Philadelphia's city flag, are based on those worn by the Philadelphia Eagles in the team's inaugural season, and were the same colors used by the former Frankford Yellow Jackets franchise prior to their suspension of operations in 1931. The Eagles beat Detroit, 56–21. [59]

The Eagles wear their white jerseys at home for preseason games and daytime games in the first half of the regular season from September to mid-October when the temperature is warmer. In night contests in the first half of the regular season, the Eagles do not need to wear white at home since the temperature is cooler. However, there have been exceptions, such as the home opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2003 and the Washington Redskins in 2007 that were played at night. In late October or beginning in November, the Eagles start to wear their colors at home (although they had done it earlier), be it the midnight green jerseys or a third jersey. On one occasion, the Eagles wore white at home after October in a meeting against the Dallas Cowboys on November 4, 2007, in order to make the Cowboys wear their blue road jerseys. Since moving to Lincoln Financial Field in 2003, the Eagles have worn white at home for at least their home opener, with the exceptions being the 2010 home opener (see next paragraph), the 2011 home opener against the New York Giants, the 2016 home opener against the Cleveland Browns, and the 2017 home opener against the Giants.

In the 2010 season against the Green Bay Packers, on September 12, 2010, the Eagles wore uniforms similar to the ones that were worn by the 1960 championship team in honor the 50th anniversary of that team. [60] In weeks 4 and 6 of the 2010 season, the Eagles wore their white jerseys in a match-up against the Washington Redskins and Atlanta Falcons, respectively, before reverting to their midnight green jerseys for the rest of their home games. For the 2011 season, the Eagles did not wear white for any of their home games.

For the 2012 season, Nike took over from Reebok as the NFL's official apparel licensee, but the Eagles decided that they would not be adopting Nike's "Elite 51" uniform technology. Aside from the Nike logo replacing the Reebok logo, the only other change is the league-wide revision of the NFL shield on the uniform (replacing the NFL Equipment logo). Other than that the uniforms essentially remain unchanged. The Eagles also revived their black alternate jersey.

For the 2013 season, the Eagles started to wear white pants, as an alternate to their green pants, with their white jerseys, in the regular season.

For the 2014 season, the Eagles officially adopted the "Elite 51″ style uniform from Nike. Recently the team has discussed bringing back the "Kelly Green" uniforms similar to the uniforms worn in the 1960 NFL Championship season, which were last worn in the 2010 season opener vs. Green Bay. Traditionally, kelly green, silver and white had been the official team colors, until the 1996 season when it changed to the current "Midnight Green" uniforms. NFL rules and restrictions require that teams go through a waiting period before any major uniform changes and alterations can be made, which means it would likely be quite some time before any uniform changes are officially made.

In Week 6 of 2014 against the New York Giants, the team introduced black pants to complement their black jerseys, giving them a blackout uniform set. The Eagles won the game 27–0. The victory was their first shutout in 18 years. The blackout uniform was most recently worn in a Week 16 victory, 19–10, against the Raiders in 2017. The Eagles are 6–3 in their blackout uniforms: winning three times against the Giants and once against each of the Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos, and Oakland Raiders, and losing against the Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals, and Green Bay Packers.

Rivalries

Dallas Cowboys

The Cowboys have been one of the Eagles' biggest rivals. The Eagles won the first game in this rivalry 27–25 on September 30, 1960. Dallas leads the all-time series 63–51. They have been close in recent years, with both teams winning 12 games since 2006. There is a lot of hostility between the two teams' fan bases, with incidents such as the 1989 Bounty Bowl. The rivalry has even spilled over into Draft Weekend, with Cowboys legend Drew Pearson and Eagles legend David Akers exchanging insults at the opposing franchise in 2017 and 2018, respectively. [61] [62]

New York Giants

The rivalry began in 1933 with the founding of the Eagles, and slowly strengthened when both teams came to relative prominence in the 1940s and 1950s. The two teams have played in the same division in the NFL every year since 1933. The ferocity of the rivalry can also be attributed to the geographic New York-Philadelphia rivalry, which is mirrored in Major League Baseball's Mets–Phillies rivalry and the National Hockey League's Flyers–Rangers rivalry. It is ranked by NFL Network as the greatest rivalry of all-time,[ citation needed ]Sports Illustrated ranks it as the fourth best NFL rivalry of all time, [63] and according to ESPN, it is one of the fiercest and most well-known rivalries in the football community. [64]

Washington Redskins

Although it’s not as big as the rivalries with the Giants and Cowboys, the rivalry with division foes Washington Redskins is still fierce. It started in 1934, when the Washington Redskins were known as the Boston Redskins; the Redskins defeated the Eagles 6–0. The Redskins lead the all-time series 85–76–6. Since 2010, the rivalry has been very even overall.

Pittsburgh Steelers

The Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers are both located in Pennsylvania and began play in 1933. From that season through 1966, this was a major rivalry for both teams, as both were part of the same division. In 1967, they were placed in separate divisions, but remained in the same conference for three years. In 1970, the Steelers (along with the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Colts) moved to the American Football Conference, while the Eagles stayed with the rest of the old-line NFL teams in the National Football Conference. As a result, the Eagles and Steelers no longer played each other every year; instead, they are scheduled to meet once every four years in the regular season, the most recent meeting being in 2016 at Lincoln Financial Field, with the Eagles winning 34–3. The Steelers have lost nine straight games on the road against the Eagles dating back to 1966, which was also the start of the Super Bowl era. The Eagles lead the all-time series 47–28–3.

Players

Current roster

Philadelphia Eagles roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists
  • Currently vacant


Rookies in italics

Roster updated May 28, 2019
Depth chartTransactions
90 active, 0 inactive

AFC rostersNFC rosters

Awards and honors

Retired numbers

Philadelphia Eagles retired numbers
No.PlayerPositionYears playedRetired
5 Donovan McNabb QB 1999–2009September 20, 2013
15 Steve Van Buren HB 1944–19511951
20 Brian Dawkins S 1996–2008September 30, 2012
40 Tom Brookshier CB 1953–19611962
44 Pete Retzlaff RB, WR, TE 1956–19661965
60 Chuck Bednarik LB, C 1949–1962
70 Al Wistert OT 1943–19511952
92 Reggie White (*) DE 1985–1992December 5, 2005
99 Jerome Brown (*) DT 1987–1991September 6, 1992

Notes:

Pro Football Hall of Famers

Eagles in the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Players
No.NamePositionsSeasonsInductedNo.NamePositionsSeasonsInducted
15 Steve Van Buren HB 1944–1951196525 Tommy McDonald WR 1957–19631998
60 Chuck Bednarik CLB 1949–1962196780 James Lofton WR 19932003
53 Alex Wojciechowicz CDT 1946–1950196876 Bob Brown OT 1964–19682004
35 Pete Pihos TEDE 1947–1955197092 Reggie White DE 1985–19922006
11 Norm Van Brocklin QB 1958–1960197185 James Arthur "Art" Monk WR 19952008
56 Bill Hewitt End-FB 1937–1939, 1943197195 Richard Dent DE 19972011
33 Ollie Matson RB 1964–1966197280 Cris Carter WR 1987–19892013
54 Jim Ringo C 1964–1967198187 Claude Humphrey DE 1979–19812014
9 Sonny Jurgensen QB 1957–1963198320 Brian Dawkins S 1996–20082018
89 Mike Ditka TE 1967–1968198881 Terrell Owens WR 2004-20052018
86 Bud Grant WRDE 1951–19521994
Coaches and executives
NamePositionsSeasonsInducted
Bert Bell Owner/Founder1933–19401963
Wayne Millner Assistant coach19511968
Earle "Greasy" Neale Head coach1941–19501969
Mike McCormack Head coach1973–19751984

Eagles Hall of Fame

In 1987, the Eagles Honor Roll was established. Every Eagles player who had been elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame at that point was among the inaugural induction class. By 2012, the Honor Roll had been retitled as the Eagles Hall of Fame. [69] Players are considered for induction three years after their retirement from the NFL, and there have been 41 inductees into the Eagles Hall of Fame as of 2015. [70]

Eagles Hall of Fame
YearNo.NamePosition(s)Tenure
198760 Chuck Bednarik CLB 1949–1962
Bert Bell Founder-Owner1933–1940
17 Harold Carmichael WR 1971–1983
56 Bill Hewitt TEDE 1936–1939, 1943
9 Sonny Jurgensen QB 1957–1963
33 Ollie Matson RB 1964–1966
31 Wilbert Montgomery RB 1977–1984
Earle "Greasy" Neale Head coach1941–1950
35 Pete Pihos TEDE 1947–1955
54 Jim Ringo C 1964–1967
11 Norm Van Brocklin QB 1958–1960
15 Steve Van Buren HB 1944–1951
53 Alex Wojciechowicz CDT 1946–1950
198866 Bill Bergey LB 1974–1980
25 Tommy McDonald WR 1957–1963
198940 Tom Brookshier CB 1954–1961
44 Pete Retzlaff TE 1956–1966
199022 Timmy Brown RB 1960–1967
199176 Jerry Sisemore OT 1973–1987
75 Stan Walters OT 1975–1983
19927 Ron Jaworski QB 1977–1986
199328 Bill Bradley SP 1969–1976
1994 Dick Vermeil Head coach1976–1982
1995Jim GallagherTeam Executive1949–1995
82 Mike Quick WR 1982–1990
199699 Jerome Brown DT 1987–1991
1999 Otho Davis Head Trainer1973–1995
1948 NFL Championship team
1949 NFL Championship team
200476 Bob Brown OT 1964–1968
200592 Reggie White DE 1985–1992
200970 Al Wistert OT 1943–1951
12 Randall Cunningham QBP 1985–1995
201121 Eric Allen CB 1988–1994
Jim Johnson Defensive Coordinator1999–2008
2012Leo CarlinTicket Manager1960–2015
20 Brian Dawkins S 1996–2008
23 Troy Vincent CB 1996–2003
20135 Donovan McNabb QB 1999–2009
201536 Brian Westbrook RB 2002–2009
55 Maxie Baughan LB 1960–1965
201654 Jeremiah Trotter LB 1998–2001, 2004–2006, 2009
Merrill Reese Radio Play by Play1977–Present
20172 David Akers K 1999– 2010
201859 Seth Joyner LB 1986–1993
96 Clyde Simmons DE 1986–1993

75th anniversary team

Franchise records

Source:pro-football-reference.com Eagles Franchise Page

Passing

StatisticRegular seasonPlayoffsRookie
CareerSeasonGameCareerSeasonGameSeasonGame
Completions2801
Donovan McNabb
379
Carson Wentz
2016
37
Mark Sanchez
2014-12-20 @WAS
Sam Bradford
2015-12-26 WAS
341
Donovan McNabb
73
Donovan McNabb
2008
30
Donovan McNabb
2005-02-06 NNWE
379
Carson Wentz
2016
36
Carson Wentz
2016-12-04 @CIN
Pass Attempts4746
Donovan McNabb
607
Carson Wentz
2016
62
Randall Cunningham
1989-10-02 @CHI
Nick Foles
2014-10-26 @ARI
577
Donovan McNabb
121
Donovan McNabb
2008
54
Randall Cunningham
1988-12-31 @CHI
607
Carson Wentz
2016
60
Carson Wentz
2016-12-04 @CIN
Passing Yards32873
Donovan McNabb
3916
Donovan McNabb
2008
471
Nick Foles
2018-12-23 Hou
3752
Donovan McNabb
892
Donovan McNabb
2008
407
Randall Cunningham
1988-12-31 @CHI
3782
Carson Wentz
2016
381
Nick Foles
2012-12-09 @TAM
Passing TDs216
Donovan McNabb
33
Carson Wentz
2017
7
Nick Foles
2013-11-03 @OAK
24
Donovan McNabb
7
Donovan McNabb
2004
3
Ron Jaworski
1979-12-23 CHI
Rodney Peete
1995-12-30 DET
Donovan McNabb
2005-02-06 NNWE
2009-01-18 @ARI /> Nick Foles
2018-01-21 MIN
2018-02-04 NNWE
16
Carson Wentz
2016
3
Scott Tinsley
1987-10-11 @DAL
Donovan McNabb
2000-01-02 STL
Intercepted151
Ron Jaworski
26
Sonny Jurgensen
1962
6
Bobby Thomason
1956-10-21 CRD
Pete Liske
1971-09-26 DAL
17
Donovan McNabb
7
Ron Jaworski
1980
3
Ron Jaworski
1981-01-25 NOAK
Randall Cunningham
1988-12-31 @CHI
Donovan McNabb
2004-01-18 CAR
2005-02-06 NNWE
17
Davey O'Brien
1939
4
Randall Cunningham
1985-09-15 RAM
Scott Tinsley
1987-10-18 @GNB
Brad Goebel
1991-10-13 NOR
Passer Rating94.2+
Nick Foles
119.2#
Nick Foles Adrian Burk
2013
158.3*
Donovan McNabb
2007-09-23 DET
Nick Foles
2013-11-03 @OAK
83.6#
Jeff Garcia
132.4*
Rodney Peete
1995
143.3*
Rodney Peete
1995-12-30 DET
79.3#
Carson Wentz
2016
131.7*
Scott Tinsley
1987-10-11 @DAL
Sacked422
Randall Cunningham
72
Randall Cunningham
1986
12
Donovan McNabb
2007-09-30 @NYG
48
Donovan McNabb
12
Donovan McNabb
2003
8
Donovan McNabb
2004-01-11 GNB
38
John Reaves
1972
7
Randall Cunningham
1985-09-29 NYG
Yds/Pass Att8.71+
Sonny Jurgensen
9.12#
Nick Foles
2013
16.29*
Sonny Jurgensen
1962-11-25 DAL
6.5#
Donovan McNabb
Randall Cunningham
10.2*
Norm Van Brocklin
1960
10.8*
Rodney Peete
1995-12-30 DET
6.73#
John Reaves
1972
12.47*
Randall Cunningham
1985-09-22 @WAS
Pass Yds/Game266.1+
Sam Bradford
278.6#
Donovan McNabb
2005
-234.5#
Donovan McNabb
407*
Randall Cunningham
1988
-242.7#
Nick Foles
2012
-

+ = min. 500 attempts, # = min. 100 attempts, ∗ = minimum 15 attempts,

Rushing

StatisticRegular seasonPlayoffsRookie
CareerSeasonGameCareerSeasonGameSeasonGame
Rush Attempts1465
Wilbert Montgomery
353
Ricky Watters
1996
35
Heath Sherman
1990-11-12 WAS
141
Wilbert Montgomery
68
Wilbert Montgomery
1980
26
Wilbert Montgomery
1979-12-23 CHI
1981-01-03 MIN
1981-01-11 DAL
182
Po James
1972
28
Charlie Garner
1994-10-09 WAS
Rush Yards6792
LeSean McCoy
1607
LeSean McCoy
2013
217
LeSean McCoy
2013-12-08 DET
591
Brian Westbrook
312
Wilbert Montgomery
1980
194
Wilbert Montgomery
1981-01-11 DAL
637
LeSean McCoy
2009
178
Bryce Brown
2012-11-26 CAR
Rush Yds/Att6.62
Randall Cunningham
7.98
Randall Cunningham
1990
11.63
Timmy Brown
1965-11-07 @CLE
5.86
Donovan McNabb
7.79
Brian Westbrook
2006
7.46
Wilbert Montgomery
1981-01-11 DAL
4.9
Bryce Brown
2012
9.37
Bryce Brown
2012-11-26 CAR
Rushing TDs69
Steve Van Buren
17
LeSean McCoy
2011
3
Wilbert Montgomery
1979-10-07 WAS
1982-12-19 HOU
LeSean McCoy
2010-09-19 @DET
6
Wilbert Montgomery
3
Wilbert Montgomery
1980
Brian Westbrook
2006
2
Wilbert Montgomery
1981-01-03 MIN
1981-12-27 NYG
4
Ken Keller
1956
LeSean McCoy
2009
Bryce Brown
2012
2
Wilbert Montgomery
1977-12-18 NYJ
James Joseph
1991-11-04 NYG
Charlie Garner
1994-10-02 @SFO
Bryce Brown
2012-11-26 CAR
2012-12-02 @DAL
Rush Yds/Game79
Ricky Watters
100.4
LeSean McCoy
2013
-74
Wilbert Montgomery
128.5
Brian Westbrook
2006
-70.1
Mike Hogan
1976
-

∗ = minimum 15 attempts, # = min. 100 attempts, + = min. 500 attempts

Receiving

StatisticRegular seasonPlayoffsRookie
CareerSeasonGameCareerSeasonGameSeasonGame
Receptions589
Harold Carmichael
116
Zach Ertz
2018
14
Zach Ertz
2018-11-11 DAL
38
Chad Lewis
19
Brent Celek
2008
10
Brent Celek
2009-01-18 @ARI
81
Keith Jackson
1988
11
Junior Tautalatasi
1986-11-09 NYG
Receiving Yds8,978
Harold Carmichael
1409
Mike Quick
1983
237
Tommy McDonald
1961-12-10 NYG
465
Harold Carmichael
219
Alshon Jeffery
2018
146
Jeremy Maclin
2010-01-09 @DAL
912
DeSean Jackson
2008
177
Hank Baskett
2006-12-31 ATL
Yds/Rec19.16+
Tommy McDonald
21.44#
Ben Hawkins
1967
52.5*
DeSean Jackson
2010-12-12 @DAL
16.03#
Harold Carmichael
23.5*
Donte' Stallworth
2006
30.5*
Kevin Curtis
2009-01-18 @ARI
21.09
#Hank Baskett
2006
28.5*
Fred Barnett
1990-10-15 MIN
Receiving TDs79
Harold Carmichael
14
Terrell Owens
2004
4
Ben Hawkins
1969-09-28 PIT
6
Harold Carmichael
3
Harold Carmichael
1979
Brent Celek
2008
Alshon Jeffery
2018
2
Harold Carmichael
1979-12-23 CHI
Fred Barnett
1993-01-03 @NOR
Chad Lewis
2005-01-23 ATL
Brent Celek
2009-01-18 @ARI
Alshon Jeffery
2018-01-21 MIN
9
Calvin Williams
1990
2
(9 times)
Rec Yds/Game70.3+
DeSean Jackson
90.4#
Ben Hawkins
1967
-66.4#
Harold Carmichael
146*
Jeremy Maclin
2009
-64.3#
Don Looney
1940
-

∗ = minimum 4 receptions, # = min. 20 receptions, + = min. 200 receptions

Other

StatisticRegular seasonPlayoffsRookie
CareerSeasonGameCareerSeasonGameSeasonGame
Total TDs79
Harold Carmichael
20
LeSean McCoy
2011
4
Ben Hawkins
1969-09-28 PIT
Wilbert Montgomery
1978-09-10 @WAS
1979-10-07 WAS
Brian Westbrook
2008-11-27 ARI
6
Brian Westbrook
Wilbert Montgomery
Harold Carmichael
3
Harold Carmichael
1979
Wilbert Montgomery
1980
Duce Staley
2001
Brian Westbrook
2006
Brent Celek
2008
Alshon Jeffery
2018
2
(8 times)
9
Calvin Williams
1990
3
Corey Clement
2017-11-05 DEN
Yds from Scrimmage9,785
Brian Westbrook
2146
LeSean McCoy
2013
249
Timmy Brown
1962-12-16 @STL
925
Brian Westbrook
443
Wilbert Montgomery
1980
208
Wilbert Montgomery
1981-01-11 DAL
878
Charle Young
1973
189
Bryce Brown
2012-11-26 CAR
All Purpose Yds12,049
Timmy Brown
2428
Timmy Brown
1963
341
Timmy Brown
1962-12-16 @STL
953
Brian Westbrook
443
Wilbert Montgomery
1980
208
Wilbert Montgomery
1981-01-11 DAL
940
Steve Van Buren
1944
231
Kevin Bowman
1987-10-11 @DAL

Returning

StatisticRegular seasonPlayoffs
CareerSeasonGameCareerSeasonGame
Kick Returns169
Timmy Brown
54
Allen Rossum
1999
8
Derrick Witherspoon
1996-11-24 @ARI
Allen Rossum
1999-11-21 IND
Quintin Demps
2008-11-09 NYG
22
Brian Mitchell
11
Brian Mitchell
2001
6
Brian Mitchell
2002-01-27 @STL
Kick Ret Yds4,483
Timmy Brown
1347
Allen Rossum
1999
253
Derrick Witherspoon
1996-11-24 @ARI
522
Brian Mitchell
239
Brian Mitchell
2001
128
Brian Mitchell
2002-01-27 @STL
Yds/KR27.74
Josh Huff
33.25
Steve Van Buren
1944

61

Jake Elliott
2017-09-24

25.29
J.R. Reed
26.8
Brian Mitchell
2002
31.25
Brian Mitchell
2003-01-19 TAM
Kick Ret TDs5
Timmy Brown
2
Timmy Brown
1966
Derrick Witherspoon
1996
2
Timmy Brown
1966-11-06 DAL
0
Punt Returns148
Wally Henry
54
Wally Henry
1981
9
Larry Marshall
1977-09-18 TAM
16
Brian Mitchell
8
Wally Henry
1979
John Sciarra
1980
6
John Sciarra
1981-01-11 DAL
Punt Ret Yds1369
Brian Mitchell
567
Brian Mitchell
2002
140
Alvin Haymond
1968-10-06 @WAS
174
DeSean Jackson
122
DeSean Jackson
2008
109
DeSean Jackson
2009-01-04 @MIN
Yds/PR14.71
Ernie Steele
20.44
Ernie Steele
1942
33
Brian Mitchell
2002-11-25 @SFO
15.82
DeSean Jackson
17.43
DeSean Jackson
2008
21.8
DeSean Jackson
2009-01-04 @MIN
Punt Ret TDs4
DeSean Jackson
Darren Sproles
2
Brian Westbrook
2003
DeSean Jackson
2009
Darren Sproles
2014, 2015
1
(8 times)
0
Total Return Yds4,997
Timmy Brown
1729
Brian Mitchell
2002
234
Vai Sikahema
1992-11-22 @NYG
657
Brian Mitchell
296
Brian Mitchell
2001
159
Brian Mitchell
2003-01-19 TAM

Defense

StatisticRegular seasonPlayoffs
CareerSeasonGameCareerSeasonGame
Interceptions34
Bill Bradley
Brian Dawkins
Eric Allen
11
Bill Bradley
1971
3
Don Burroughs
1961-12-03 @PIT
Nate Ramsey
1965-11-28 @STL
Jim Nettles
1965-12-12 @PIT
Joe Scarpati
1966-10-23 @NYG
5
Herm Edwards
3
Roynell Young
1980
Damon Moore
2001
2
Herm Edwards
1981-01-03 MIN
Roynell Young
1981-01-03 MIN
Eric Allen
1993-01-03 @NOR
Damon Moore
2002-01-12 TAM
Int Ret Yds536
Bill Bradley
248
Bill Bradley
1971
114
Frank LeMaster
1975-12-21 @WAS
77
Damon Moore
77
Damon Moore
2001
59
Damon Moore
2002-01-12 TAM
Int Ret TDs5
Eric Allen
4
Eric Allen
1993
2
Eric Allen
1993-12-26 NOR
1
(6 times)
Sacks (since 1982)124
Reggie White
21
Reggie White
1987
4.5
Clyde Simmons
1991-09-15 @DAL
Hugh Douglas
1998-10-18 @SDG
4
Derrick Burgess
Hugh Douglas
Carl Hairston
Reggie White
3
Carl Hairston
1980
Derrick Burgess
2004
2
Carl Hairston
1981-01-03 MIN
Hugh Douglas
2000-12-31 TAM
Derrick Burgess
2005-01-23 ATL
Darwin Walker
2007-01-13 @NOR

Exceptional performances

StatisticCareerSeasonPlayoff GamesRookie Games
300+ yard passing games30
Donovan McNabb
6
Donovan McNabb
2004
3
Donovan McNabb
4
Carson Wentz
2016
100+ yard rushing games26
Wilbert Montgomery
8
Wilbert Montgomery
1981
Brian Westbrook
2006
2
Brian Westbrook
2
Don Johnson
1953
Mike Hogan
1976
Charlie Garner
1994
Bryce Brown
2012
100+ yard receiving games23
Pete Retzlaff
8
Terrell Owens
2004
2
Fred Barnett
Keith Jackson
4
Charle Young
1973
Games with 1+ TD scored69
Harold Carmichael
13
LeSean McCoy
2011
5
Harold Carmichael
Duce Staley
Brian Westbrook
9
Calvin Williams
1990
Games with 2+ TD scored18
Brian Westbrook
6
LeSean McCoy
2011
2
Wilbert Montgomery
2
Bryce Brown
2012
Jordan Matthews
2014
Games with 3+ TD scored7
Brian Westbrook
2
Pete Retzlaff
1965
Wilbert Montgomery
1982
Terrell Owens
2004
Brian Westbrook
2007, 2008

Coaches

Current staff

Philadelphia Eagles staff
Front office
  • Chairman/CEO – Jeffrey Lurie
  • President – Don Smolenski
  • Executive Vice President of Football Operations – Howie Roseman
  • Senior Football Advisor – Tom Donahoe
  • Vice President of Player Personnel – Joe Douglas
  • Director of Player Personnel – Andy Weidl
  • Vice President of Football Operations – Andrew Berry
  • Vice President of Football Operations and Strategy – Alec Halaby
  • Vice President of Football Operations and Compliance – Jon Ferrari
  • Senior Director of College Scouting – Anthony Patch
  • Director of College Scouting – Ian Cunningham
  • Assistant Director of College Scouting – Alan Wolking
  • Director of Pro Scouting – Dwayne Joseph
  • Assistant Director of Pro Scouting – Brandon Brown
  • Vice President of Football Administration – Jake Rosenberg
  • Director of Team Travel & Football Logistics – Dan Ryan
  • Player Personnel Executive – T.J. McCreight
  • National Scout – Patrick Stewart
  • Assistant Director of Football Analytics – Taylor Rajack
  • Advanced projects coordinator – Jeremiah Washburn
Head coaches
Offensive coaches
 
Defensive Coaches
Special teams coaches
Team Development
  • Director of team development - Joe Pannunzio
  • Coaches assistant – Nick Williams
Strength and conditioning
  • Head strength coach – Josh Hingst
  • Assistant strength coach – Keith Gray
  • Performance nutrition coordinator – Michael Minnis
  • Strength assistant – Ben Wagner
  • Director of high performance – Shaun Huls

Coaching staff
Management
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Eagles radio affiliates

From 2008 through 2010, Eagles games were broadcast on both rock-formatted WYSP and sports-talk Sports Radio 610 WIP, as both stations are owned and operated by CBS Radio. In 2011, CBS dropped the music on WYSP, renaming it WIP-FM and making it a full simulcast of WIP. Later, 610 AM became a CBS Sports Radio national broadcast, and 94 WIP was broadcast on WIP FM. The Eagles extended their broadcasting contract with WIP-FM through 2024.[ citation needed ]

Merrill Reese, who joined the Eagles in 1976, is the play-by-play announcer, and former Eagles wide receiver Mike Quick, who replaced offense lineman Stan Walters beginning in 1998, is the color analyst. The post-game show, which has consisted of many Philadelphia sports personalities, as of the 2014 season is hosted by Kevin Riley, a former Eagles linebacker and special-teamer, and Rob Ellis. Riley was the former post-game host for the show on 94 WYSP before the WIP change over; Rob Ellis hosts a weekly show nightly from 6–10 on 94.1 WIP-FM.

In 2015, the preseason games were being televised on WCAU, the local NBC owned and operated station.

During the regular season, games are governed by the NFL's master broadcasting contract with FOX, CBS, NBC, and ESPN. Most games can be seen on FOX-owned WTXF-TV. When hosting an AFC team, those games can be seen on CBS-owned KYW-TV.

Training camp

The Eagles previously held their preseason training camp from the end of July through mid-August each year at Lehigh University in Bethlehem in the Lehigh Valley. [71] In 2013, with the addition of head coach Chip Kelly, the Eagles moved their training camp to the NovaCare Complex in Philadelphia. [72] [73] Training camps were previously held at Chestnut Hill Academy in 1935, Saint Joseph's University in 1939 and 1943, Saranac Lake from 1946 to 1948, Hershey from 1951 to 1967, Albright College from 1968 to 1972, Widener University from 1973 to 1979, and West Chester University from 1980 to 1995. [73]

Fight song

This fight song is heard during Eagles' home games after touchdowns and before the team is introduced prior to kickoff.

Eagles' cheerleaders

Eagles' cheerleaders doing a routine in 2008. Eagles-Cheerleaders-Unison-June-7-08.JPG
Eagles' cheerleaders doing a routine in 2008.

The Eagles have their own cheerleading squad, which performs a variety of dance moves for the fans and the Eagles on the sideline. [74] The squad also releases a swimsuit calendar each year, and is the first squad in the league to release the calendar on the Android and iOS mobile systems. [75] [76]

Fans

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Full house at "The Linc" for a playoff game in January 2011
An Eagles fan in attendance at U.S. Bank Stadium celebrates following the team's victory at Super Bowl LII. An Eagles fan celebrates as confetti falls on the field at Super Bowl 2018, Minneapolis MN (40074198602).jpg
An Eagles fan in attendance at U.S. Bank Stadium celebrates following the team's victory at Super Bowl LII.
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Eagles fans celebrating along Benjamin Franklin Parkway at the Super Bowl victory parade

Devotion

Although the method may vary, studies that attempt to rank the 32 fan bases in the NFL consistently place Eagles fans among the best in the league, noting their "unmatched fervor." [77] Eagles fans have numerous dedicated web communities, ranking the Eagles just behind the Phillies as the dominant Philadelphia sports presence on the web. [78]

The American City Business Journals, which conducts a regular study to determine the most loyal fans in the NFL, evaluates fans based primarily on attendance-related factors, [79] and ranked Eagles fans third in both 1999 [80] and 2006. [81] The 2006 study called the fans "incredibly loyal", noting that they filled 99.8% of the seats in the stadium over the previous decade. [82] Forbes placed the Eagles fans first in its 2008 survey, [83] which was based on the correlation between team performance and fan attendance. [84] ESPN.com placed Eagles fans fourth in the league in its 2008 survey, citing the connection between the team's performance and the mood of the city. [85] The last home game that was blacked out on television in the Philadelphia market as a result of not being sold out was against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, September 12, 1999, which was Andy Reid's first home game as new head coach of the Eagles.[ citation needed ]

The studies note that—win or lose—Eagles fans can be counted on to pack their stadium. As of August 2008, the team had sold out 71 consecutive games, and 70,000 were on the team's waiting list for season tickets. [85] Despite finishing with a 6–10 record in the 2005 season, the Eagles ranked second in the NFL in merchandise sales, and single-game tickets for the next season were sold out minutes after phone and Internet lines opened. [86]

Eagles fans have also been known to chant the famous, "E-A-G-L-E-S – Eagles!" at Flyers, Phillies, and 76ers games when the team is getting blown out late in a game and a loss is inevitable, signifying their displeasure with the given team's performance, and that they are instead putting their hope into the Eagles.

Bad behavior

Along with their fierce devotion, Eagles fans have a reputation for bad behavior and sports-related violence, especially when the team plays its rivals. [87] In If Football's a Religion, Why Don't We Have a Prayer?, Jereé Longman described the fans of the 700 Level of Veterans Stadium as having a reputation for "hostile taunting, fighting, public urination and general strangeness." [88] So many incidents occurred at a 1997 game against the 49ers that at the following home game, Judge Seamus McCaffery began presiding over a temporary courtroom at the stadium; 20 suspects came before him that day. [87] Fan behavior improved after the team's move to Lincoln Financial Field, and "Eagles Court" ended in December 2003. [89]

Media and cultural reference

In the book MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors , the character Captain Oliver Wendell "Spearchucker" Jones fictionally played for the Philadelphia Eagles, though in the movie this was changed to San Francisco.

The 1976 draw was the subject of the movie Invincible . The movie stars Mark Wahlberg as Vince Papale, a 30-year-old bartender and part-time school teacher, and also a diehard Eagles fan who became an Eagles player. The film differs slightly from true events as the selection process was invitation only, and Papale had at least some previous playing experience. [90] The film Silver Linings Playbook highlights the 2008 Philadelphia Eagles season. The film was critically acclaimed and nominated for several awards including 8 Academy Awards.

In the 1978 Academy Award-winning movie The Deer Hunter , the Eagles are referenced when Nick talks to Stan in the bar, saying: "Hey, I got a hundred bucks says the Eagles never cross the fifty in the next half and Oakland wins by 20!" Stan responds; "And I got an extra twenty says the Eagles' quarterback wears a dress!" [91]

The award-winning comedy series It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia , starring Danny DeVito, makes several references to the Philadelphia Eagles, most notably Season 3, Episode 2 – "The Gang Gets Invincible," the title being a reference to the Wahlberg film. [92]

See also

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