The Andy Reid Era in Philly

After 14 years and the most wins in franchise history, the Eagles let Andy Reid go. Take a look back at Big Red's ups and downs from his run as Eagles head coach.

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JACKSONVILLE, FL - FEBRUARY 1: Andy Reid, head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles greets the media at media day prior to the start of Super Bowl XXXIX at Alltel Stadium on February 1, 2005 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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After 14 years, six division crowns, nine winning seasons and one Super Bowl appearance, the Andy Reid Era came to an end in Philadelphia on New Year's Eve 2012. Take a look back at the little known Green Bay assistant who became a coaching legend in the City of Brotherly Love.
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A younger-looking Andy Reid took over the Eagles in 1999 after seven seasons (including a Super Bowl win) as an assistant with the Packers. Since then more than 100 coaches changed in the NFL.
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The player most synonymous with the Andy Reid Era in Philly is Donovan McNabb. He was Big Red's first draft pick and led the Eagles for most of 11 seasons.
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It was actually Doug Pederson, not McNabb, who started the first nine games of the Reid Era.
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The Eagles finished the season 5-11 but did wrap up the season with a win over the eventual Super Bowl-champion Rams.
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Reid was back with the Birds in 2000 to try and get the team to the playoffs.
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Reid quickly turned his 5-11 1999 celler-dweller team into an 11-5 wild-card team the next season.
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Reid even won his first playoff game in 2000 before losing to the Giants in the divisional round.
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You might recognize a couple of Andy Reid's early coaches as current NFL coaches. Like do you recognize the guy over his left shoulder?
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That's current Ravens head coach John Harbaugh who coached special teams and defensive backs under Reid. He is one of many branches of the Andy Reid coaching tree.
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Former defensive assistant Steve Spagnuolo went on to coach the Rams.
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Former quaterbacks coach Pat Shurmur coached the Browns (He was also fired Monday).
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Former Eagles offensive coordinator Brad Childress went on to coach the Vikings. Other assistants who would become head coaches include Leslie Frazier (also Vikings) and Ron Rivera (Carolina).
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By 2001 Reid's team was considered a favorite in the NFC East.
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Through the early years Reid had defensive coordinator Jim Johnson leading one of the best defensive units in football.
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And, McNabb was the on-field leader for Reid's offense.
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In 2001, Reid was already often rocking his classic black jumpsuit on the sideline.
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Back then (in 2001), Reid was winning by being fiery on the sidelines but calm in the press conference. That season Reid led the Birds to the first of seven NFC East crowns under his watch.
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He also had that seemingly endless menu of plays -- a sideline staple.
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What's on the menu Andy? Winning. Reid's Birds went 11-5 in 2001 and came within a few plays of a Super Bowl, losing in the NFC Championship game to the Rams.
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The Birds entered the 2002 season expected to win the division and possibly make it to a Super Bowl.
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Reid had a great crew of assistants back in 2002, including Juan Castillo as his offensive line coach. Castillo as defensive coordinator wasn't as good.
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Reid and the Birds finished 12-4 in 2002 and won another NFC East Crown. Reid had his eyes on a Super Bowl berth.
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The Eagles closed the season, and the Vet, with a 27-10 loss to the Tampa Bay Bucs in the NFC Championship Game.
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Reid and the Birds opened the 2003 season at Lincoln Financial Field but the inauguration of the new stadium ended much the same as the end of the old one as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers came in and defeated the Eagles 17-0. The Birds would start 0-2 but they quickly turned it around.
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The Eagles won nine straight at one point as they finished 12-4 and atop the NFC East again.
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Facing a 4th-and-26 and facing elimination against Brett Favre and the Packers, Freddie "Fred-Ex" Mitchell (No. 84 on Reid's left) caught a McNabb pass that will forever live in Eagles lore.
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For the second-straight year, Reid's team faced a southern team looking to make its first Super Bowl in Philly in the NFC Championship Game. And, for the third-straight year, the Eagles lost -- this time 14-3 to the Panthers.
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The biggest knock against Reid and Gold Standard owner Jeff Lurie was that they didn't surround McNabb with a top notch receiver...<br /> Enter Terrell Owens in the spring of 2004.
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T.O. gave Reid a top target... and gave Eagles fans hope that the team could finally get over the hump.
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Reid, T.O. and the Birds entered 2004 training camp as the favorites to win the NFC.
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McNabb would thrive with Owens on the field. And Reid even made a bet with T.O. that he would wear tights if Owens scored 15 times.
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Besides T.O. the team was jam packed with top defenders including Jeremiah "The Axe Man" Trotter.
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Having Owens and that D paid immediate dividends.
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Reid led the Eagles to an impressive 7-0 start.
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Reid never wore the tights because T.O. broke his leg Week 15 against the Cowboys.
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The Eagles lost their last two games as T.O. was on the mend. They didn't really need the wins since they had clinched the top seed in the NFL already.
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T.O. was still hurt but thanks to Brian Dawkins and the Eagles defense, Reid earned his first NFC Championship by beating Michael Vick and the Falcons 27-10 on a cold day at the Linc.
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It took six seasons, but Reid finally joined Dick Vermeil as the only Eagles coaches to take the team to a Super Bowl.
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Reid and the Eagles would face the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX.
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The week leading up to the game in Jacksonville even featured Andy chatting it up with the press.
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Reid's Super Bowl team came up short as they lost to the New England Patriots 24-21.
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Going into the 2005 season, Reid needed to find a way to keep the good times rolling for his team considering the loser of the Super Bowl in recent years had trouble even getting back to the playoffs the next season.
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Things were still looking up as Andy brought his team to Lehigh.
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What could go wrong with T.O. back, right?
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Looking for a new deal, T.O. seemingly did more sit-ups in his front yard that training in Lehigh and by the start of the season things looked like they were unraveling.
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There were also rumors of a rift between McNabb and Owens.
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By mid season Owens was shown the door...
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...and McNabb got injured just a few weeks later.
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Without his two biggest offensive stars, Reid and the Birds appeared lost despite starting 4-2.
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The Eagles, with Mike McMahon under center, stumbled to a 6-10 record. It was Reid's first losing season since his first year.
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Reid and the Eagles entered the spring of 2006 no longer looking like the team to beat.
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In 2006, Reid brought in former Lions head coach Marty Morhinweg to run the offense. Marty and Andy would become known for their pass-happy offensive schemes.
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The 2006 Eagles would show resilience overcoming losses, including losing McNabb again, to get back to the playoffs.
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Reid doesn't look very amused by his QB, but having McNabb back for 2006 would bring him joy...
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Maybe Andy does dance? Y-M-C-A!
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The 2006 Eagles got off to a 4-1 start and looked back on track to compete for the Super Bowl.
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The Eagles struggled after that, falling to 5-6 after losing McNabb for the season in Week 12.
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Then came Jeff Garcia.
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With Garcia in the fold the Eagles went on a five-game winning streak. That's reason to smile.
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Reid took the Eagles to a fifth NFC East Crown as they finished 10-6 in 2006.
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Reid's team though lost in the Big Easy as they fell short of the Super Bowl, yet alone the NFC Championship Game.
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Andy Reid off the field in 2007.
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Reid with his wife Tammy and Eagles owner Christina Lurie during the 2007 off-season.
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The challenge flag wasn't always Reid's friend as his seemingly confused take on challenges at times frustrated fans.
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Entering 2007, McNabb was back and Reid was hoping for a good year.
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The 2007 season was perplexing.
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Yes, 2007 was a forgettable season but at least the team got to wear these crazy throwbacks.
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The Eagles fell to 5-8 making a second-straight winning season an impossibility.
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The 2007 team finished 8-8 as fans started to become fed up with the Reid regime.
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Entering the 2008 season Reid and McNabb both appeared to be on the hot seat.
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The season included some strange moments including a tie against the Bengals.
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The week after, the the Ravens defeated the Eagles 36-7 and it looked like the beginning of the end.
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Reid benched McNabb in that Baltimore game.
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The 2008 Eagles won five of six down the stretch.
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The Birds finished at 9-6-1 and got into the playoffs in one of the more improbable scenarios including blowing out the Cowboys 44-6 on the final day of the season.
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Reid had one last run in his team.
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Rocking a playoff beard, Reid's Birds lost to the Cardinals 32-25 in the NFC Championship Game.
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During Reid's run in Philly, Tom Coughlin twice led the rival Giants to two Super Bowl wins.
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And Bill Belichek led the Patriots to three championships (including the win over Reid's Eagles). With Reid leaving, Belichek is now the longest-tenured coach in the NFL.
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An honor Reid had more times than he would have liked was as head coach of the NFC Pro Bowl team in Hawaii, a job given to the losing coach of the league championship game.
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In 2009 it looks like Reid found himself a secret weapon.
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Reid and the Eagles took a chance on Michael Vick after Vick's release from prison.
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Reid took on Vick despite the QB's conviction for dogfighting.
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With Vick in the fold, Reid's card expanded to include some wildcat options.
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With a crowded backfield of Vick and McNabb, Reid pointed the Birds to 11 wins.
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A fired up Reid had the Birds back near the top of the NFC East.
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The Birds lost back-to-back games to the Cowboys to end the 2009 season without a playoff win. Reid would never lead the Eagles to another playoff win.
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2010 was a season of change for Reid and the Eagles.
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McNabb was shipped off to Washington.
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...Leaving QB duties to Kevin Kolb. The Kolb Era lasted less than a game. He got hurt and Vick became the starter.
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Vick took the Eagles to a higher level. He looked nearly unstoppable at points including a 59-point performance against McNabb's Redskins on Monday Night Football.
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Reid's 2010 team got out to a 10-4 record before falling back to 10-6, which still won the NFC East.
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The Birds would lose to the Packers in the first-round of the playoffs. It would be Reid's last playoff game with the team.
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Reid's 2011 Eagles came out of the lockout a "Dream Team" that seemed poised for a deep playoff run.
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We have to throw a flag on that one Andy.
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Vick wasn't the same player and due to injury, Reid once again had to hand over the QB duties to another player.
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This time "Dream Team" declarer Vince Young took over... going 1-2 in relief.
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The 2011 Birds fell to 4-8.
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The 2011 Birds finished 8-8 - and owner Jeff Lurie said another non-winning season wouldn't be acceptable.
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Reid would only be safe after 2012 if he got his team back on track.
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He led the team to a 3-1 start.
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But from there on they would only win one game.
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Vick had trouble holding onto the ball and trouble staying on the field, again.
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With Vick out of action, the Nick Foles Era began.
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The 2012 Eagles finished at an NFC worst 4-12 (Reid's worst record of his career).
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Reid's run in Philly: 130-93-1 (10-9 in playoffs)
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And this was as close as Andy Reid got to the Lombardi Trophy.
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Reid now hopes he can take the Chiefs to the Super Bowl.
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