ANDY REID TIMELINE
- Two weeks after firing Ray Rhodes, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie names former Green Bay quarterbacks coach Andy Reid as the 20th head coach in Eagles history on Jan. 11. Reid was one of four candidates to interview for the job, along with Pittsburgh defensive coordinator Jim Haslett, former Carolina coach Dom Capers and Oakland defensive coordinator Willie Shaw.
- Reid ignores the pleas of Eagles fans and uses the No. 2 overall pick in the NFL Draft to select Syracuse quarterback Donovan McNabb instead of Texas running back Ricky Williams.
- Reid punishes offensive lineman George Hegamin for leaving the team for two weeks by making him push a blocking sled around the practice field at Veterans Stadium with Reid aboard, then cuts him a week later.
- Reid's first game as Eagles coach ends with a 25-24 loss to Arizona at Veterans Stadium on Sept. 12. The game is blacked out on local TV. The Eagles blow a 21-0 lead. A month later, Reid cuts former Villanova wide receiver Brian Finneran, whose bobbled pass led to an interception that set up Arizona's game-winning field goal.
- Reid earns his first win as Eagles coach with a 13-10 victory over Dallas at Veterans Stadium on Oct. 10. Eagles fans draw national criticism for cheering when Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin suffered a neck injury. It was Irvin's final NFL game.
- The Eagles start the season by recovering an onsides kick and go on to notch a 41-14 win at Dallas. Running back Duce Staley rushes for 201 yards. Several Eagles battle the oppressive heat at Texas Stadium by drinking pickle juice on the sidelines.
- The Eagles make the playoffs for the first time since 1996 and win a playoff game for the first time since 1995 by beating Tampa Bay 21-3 at Veterans Stadium. Defensive end Hugh Douglas earns two of the Eagles' four sacks against the Buccaneers. They lose to Dallas the following week.
- After the season, Reid is named the NFL's Coach of the Year for leading the team to the biggest turnaround in franchise history.
- Reid drafts UCLA wide receiver Freddie Mitchell with the 25th overall pick in the NFL draft. Reid was swayed to take Mitchell in part due to a lunch meeting they had at an In-N-Out Burger in Los Angeles.
- The Eagles beat the New York Giants 24-21 on Dec. 30 to clinch their first NFC East title since 1988. The division crown is the first of six they would win under Reid between 2001 and 2010.
- After beating Tampa Bay and Chicago in the first two rounds of the playoffs, they reach the first of four straight NFC championship games, but lose at St. Louis 29-24. The Eagles lead 17-13 at halftime, but can't hold on. Rams running back Marshall Faulk scores a pair of touchdowns to rally the Rams.
- The Eagles suffer a major setback when quarterback Donovan McNabb suffers a broken leg against Arizona. However, backup A.J. Feeley helps the team win five of its last six games to win the NFC East and secure homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.
- Tampa Bay cornerback Ronde Barber returns a McNabb interception 92 yards for a touchdown in the Buccaneers' 27-10 victory over the Eagles in the NFC championship game. It is the final game played at Veterans Stadium. After the season, Reid is named Coach of the Year again.
- The Eagles open Lincoln Financial Field amid much fanfare, only to suffer a 17-0 loss to Tampa Bay on "Monday Night Football." Later in the month, new ESPN analyst Rush Limbaugh suggests McNabb has been built up by the NFL because he's African-American.
- Eagles running back Brian Westbrook scores on an 84-yard punt return in the final two minutes against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium for a 14-10 win that started a franchise-record nine-game winning streak.
- The Eagles rally for a 20-17 overtime win against Green Bay to reach the NFC championship game for the third straight year. McNabb and Mitchell combine for a 28-yard gain on their infamous "Fourth-and-26" play with 1:12 left in regulation to help force ovetime.
- The Eagles lose the NFC championship game for the third straight year, this time dropping a 14-3 decision to Carolina. Panthers cornerback Ricky Manning, Jr. intercepts McNabb three times.
- Reid, president Joe Banner and Lurie give McNabb the top-notch wide receiver he had been lacking by acquiring Terrell Owens via a three-way trade with San Francisco and Baltimore. They sign Owens to a a seven-year, $42 million contract.
- Owens suffers a broken right fibula against Dallas on Dec. 19. The Eagles win their last four regular-season games and two playoff contests without him to reach the Super Bowl for the first time since the 1980 season.
- The Eagles lose Super Bowl XXXIX 24-21 to New England in Jacksonville, Fla. Weeks later, Owens and Mitchell are among players who accused McNabb of being so sick during the final drive that he couldn't call the plays in the huddle. Mitchell never plays in the NFL again.
- Just before he was due to report to training camp at Lehigh University, defensive end Jerome McDougle is shot in the abdomen during a robbery attempt in his hometown of Miami.
- Owens shows up at training camp in camouflage and demands a new contract. Reid sends him home from training camp after Owens gets into a verbal altercation with assistant coach Brad Childress. Owens is spotted performing situps in the driveway of his Moorestown, N.J. home.
- The Eagles miss the playoffs with a 6-10 record. Owens gets into a fight in the trainer's room with former teammate Hugh Douglas. Reid suspends Owen for four games for conduct detrimental to the team, then deactivates him for the final five games. Owens signs with Dallas after the season.
- McNabb tears the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against Tennessee and is lost for the rest of the season. Reid decides to name Jeff Garcia as the starting quarterback for the rest of the year instead of A.J. Feeley.
- Rookie defensive tackle Broderick Bunkley pays his own way to Indianapolis for a game against the Colts after missing the team flight. Bunkley tells Reid he was late because he had to stop to buy fried chicken for the rest of the defensive line. Reid deactivates him for the game.
- Garcia leads the Eagles to a 21-7 win over Owens and the Cowboys at Dallas on Christmas Day that clinches a playoff spot for the Eagles. Garcia celebrates by shouting "Merry Christmas, Philadelphia!"
- The Eagles knock off the Giants in the first round of the playoffs, then get eliminated with a 27-24 loss at New Orleans. Guard Scott Young is called for a controversial false start in the fourth quarter that erases a big pass from Garcia to wide receiver Hank Baskett.
- A few weeks after the season ends, Garcia attends a function at the former Atlantic City Hilton Casino and Resort with his future wife, 2004 Playboy Playmate of the Year Carmella Descare. Garcia gets the bigger ovation.
- Reid takes a leave of absence for a month during the offseason to deal with the drug problems of older sons Garrett and Britt. A judge refers to the Reid household as a "drug emporium."
- As soon as free agency starts, Garcia signs with Tampa Bay after Reid and the Eagles refuse to give him a long-term contract. The Eagles sign linebacker Takeo Spikes, who says he is looking forward to playing with Jeremiah Trotter. Reid cuts Trotter just before the start of the regular season.
- The Eagles open the season with a 16-13 loss at Green Bay. Reid decides to use Greg Lewis and J.R. Reed as punt returners, though neither has ever done it. Their mistakes cost the Eagles a potential win. The Eagles go on to finish 8-8 and miss the playoffs for the second time in three years.
- Eagles Pro Bowl guard Shawn Andrews, the team's first-round pick in 2004, misses the first 12 days of training camp and reveals that he is being treated for depression. Reid does not excuse the absence and fines him $15,000 per day. Andrews hurts his back early in the season, goes to California to have surgery and rehabilitate, and never plays for the Eagles again.
- Reid pulls a stunning move by benching McNabb for the first time in his career at halftime of a game at Baltimore in favor of Kevin Kolb. McNabb is reinstated a few days later and winds up leading the Eagles to the NFC championship game, which they lose to Arizona. A few weeks later, defensive coordinator Jim Johnson reveals he has cancer.
- Safety Brian Dawkins, one of the most popular players in franchise history, ends his 13-year tenure with the Eagles by signing a five-year, $17 million contract with the Denver Broncos.
- Johnson turns the defense over to Sean McDermott while undergoing cancer treatment in April, then passes away just before the start of training camp.
- Reid, president Joe Banner and Lurie pull off a stunning move in August by signing free agent quarterback Michael Vick. Vick had been out of the league for two seasons while serving a 22-month federal prison sentence after being convicted of dogfighting-related charges.
- The Eagles earn an 11-5 record, but lose to Dallas 24-0 in the final game of the regular-season, then suffer a 34-14 defeat to the Cowboys in the first round of the playoffs six days later. It is McNabb's last game as an Eagle
- Reid trades McNabb to Washington on Easter Sunday in exchange for some draft picks, thus ending McNabb's 11-year stint with the team.
- New starting quarterback Kevin Kolb suffers a concussion in the opening game against Green Bay and is replaced by Michael Vick. Vick leads the team to a win the next week at Detroit. Reid initially says Kolb will be his starter when healthy, but changes his mind and names Vick the starter.
- Vick enjoys and outstanding season and helps the Eagles win the NFC East with a 10-6 record. They fall in the first round of the playoffs, however, losing 21-16 to Green Bay and Lincoln Financial Field.
- Reid fires McDermott after two seasons and pulls a surprise by naming offensive line coach Juan Castillo to replace him. Before hiring Castillo, he brings in Howard Mudd and Jim Washburn to coach the offensive and defensive lines.
- Once the NFL lockout ends, the Eagles trade Kolb to Arizona in exchange for cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie. They also add big-name free agents such as cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, defensive end Jason Babin, defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins and backup quarterback Vince Young.
- When asked at training camp what he thought about the Eagles' acquisitions, Young utters the now-infamous phrase "Dream Team."
- Reid trades Brown to the Detroit Lions, but the deal is voided when it's discovered that running back Jerome Harrison has a brain tumor.
- Reid deactivates wide receiver DeSean Jackson for a game after Jackson misses a team meeting.
- Cornerback Asante Samuel stirs up controversy by accusing Banner and general manager Howie Roseman of playing "fantasy football with the owner's money."
- The Eagles win their final four games of the season, but still miss the playoffs with an 8-8 record.
- Just before the draft, the Eagles trade Samuel to the Atlanta Falcons.
- Vick arrives at training camp and announces that the Eagles have a chance to become a dynasty.
- Vick suffers a concussion on Nov. 11 against Dallas and doesn't play the rest of the season. Reid annoints rookie Nick Foles as the starting quarterback.
- Reid releases Babin, who winds up signing with Jacksonville. A week later, Reid fires Washburn and brings in former assistant Tommy Brasher.
- After a 3-1 start, the Eagles finish the season at 4-12 and with a losing record for the first time since 2007. After the season, Lurie fires Reid after 14 seasons.