The End of the Andy Reid Era

After 14 seasons with the Eagles, Andy Reid was fired on January 31, 2012.

After 14 seasons with the Eagles, Andy Reid was fired on January 31, 2012 after a 4-12 season.

In 1998, the Philadelphia Eagles finished 3-13, the worst mark in the league, and Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie turned to Green Bay Packers assistant coach Andy Reid to lead the Eagles. Reid led the Eagles to one of the most successful periods in franchise history, coaching superstar players such as Donovan McNabb, Brian Dawkins, Jeremiah Trotter, and Terrell Owens. Today, the Eagles announced they have fired Reid after 14 seasons as head coach, ending the longest tenure in the NFL. Reid has had his fair share of notable moments with the Eagles, both good and bad.

The Good

  • Led the Eagles to eight seasons with 10 wins or more, including three 12+ win seasons
  • Won six NFC East division championships, including four straight from 2001-04
  • Made 5 NFC Championship Game appearances
  • Led the Eagles to Super Bowl XXXIX in 2004 against the New England Patriots
  • Coached 19 different players to 44 combined Pro Bowl appearances
  • Holds Eagles records for wins (130), winning percentage (.585), and playoff victories (10) by a coach
  • Also led the Eagles’ front office as General Manager from 2001-05, and made all final football decisions from 2001-12
  • Won 2002 AP NFL Coach of the Year award

The Bad

  • Lost three consecutive NFC Championship Games from 2001-03, twice at home
  • Lost Super Bowl XXXIX to the New England Patriots in 2004, during which he was criticized for poor clock and game management in the 4th quarter
  • Led four teams to last place finished in the NFC East
  • Suspended WR Terrell Owens for conduct detrimental to the team in 2005 (and dealt with the media frenzy surrounding Owens), and released Owens in 2006
  • Finished his final two seasons in Philadelphia 12-16, including a 4-12 record this year (worst in the NFC)

Reid’s tenure in Philadelphia was perhaps the most successful in Philadelphia Eagles’ history. He finishes with a career record of 130 wins, 92 losses, and one tie (.585 win percentage). Reid was also named the head coach of the Eagles’ 75th Anniversary Team in 2007, a team that also featured nine of his players. Yet while Reid was very successful, he never won a Super Bowl in Philadelphia, which will linger in the minds of Eagles fans. Wherever Coach Reid ends up, his legacy in Philadelphia will always be remembered.

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