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What AFC Championship means for Former Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid

What AFC Championship means for Former Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid

Big Red is going back to the Big Game.

Some 15 years after the Patriots beat the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX in Jacksonville, Andy Reid finally has another chance to end more than two decades of ignominy and win his first Super Bowl as a head coach.

With 207 regular-season wins as a head coach, Reid is the winningest coach in NFL history without a championship on his resume.

The Chiefs beat the Titans 35-24 Sunday in the AFC Championship Game in Kansas City and will play in Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 2 in Miami against the winner of the NFC Championship Game between the Packers and 49ers.

Let's take a look at what this win means for Reid, who spent the 1999 through 2012 seasons with the Eagles and took a 1-5 all-time record in conference championship games into Sunday's game.

TWO TEAMS IN THE SUPER BOWL: Reid is only the seventh coach in NFL history to take two teams to a Super Bowl. Among the others is Dick Vermeil, who coached the Eagles in 1980, when they lost to the Raiders in New Orleans, then won it with the Rams in 1999 in Atlanta. The other coaches to take two teams to a Super Bowl are Don Shula (one with Colts, five with Dolphins), Bill Parcells (two with Giants, one with Patriots), Dan Reeves (four with Broncos, one with Falcons), Mike Holmgren (three with Packers, one with Seahawks) and John Fox (one with Panthers, one with Broncos. Only Reeves and Fox didn't win one.

AFC-NFC DAILY DOUBLE: Reid joins Parcells, Reeves and Fox as only the fourth head coach in NFL history to lead an AFC team and an NFC team to the Super Bowl.

LONGEST DROUGHT EVER: The 15-year span from Reid’s first Super Bowl to his second is the second-longest ever, behind Vermeil’s 19-year span. But Vermeil only coached four years in between Super Bowl appearances. In terms of actual coaching seasons, Reid’s 15-year span — 14 seasons without a Super Bowl appearance between his first and second — is the longest ever.

ELITE COMPANY: Reid is now one of only four coaches in NFL history with 200 regular-season wins and 14 postseason wins. The others are Bill Belichick, Tom Landry and Don Shula.

MOVING PAST 5 TITLE GAME LOSSES: On Sunday, Reid became the 24th coach in NFL history to win two conference title games, and he improved his all-time record in conference title games to 2-5.

GETTING CLOSE AGAIN: Reid has coached 28 playoff games - 4th-most in history behind Belichick (43), Landry (36) and Shula (36). He's the only one in that group without a Super Bowl win. The only other coaches to coach 20 postseason games without a Super Bowl win are Grant (22) and Reeves (20)

WHICH WAY WILL IT GO? Looking ahead to Miami, Big Red has the most career postseason wins in NFL history without a championship at 14. Of the 23 head coaches in NFL history with at least nine postseason wins only Dan Reeves (11), Marv Levy (11) and Bud Grant (10) also haven’t won a title.

DON'T WANT TO BE IN A CLUB WITH SCHOTTENHEIMER: Reid’s 207 career wins with the Eagles and Chiefs are 7th-most in NFL history and most by a coach without a championship. Next on that list is Marty Schottenheimer with 200 and then Dan Reeves (190), Chuck Knox (186) and Jeff Fisher (173).

EVENING HIS RECORD: Reid got back to .500 in his postseason career at 14-14. At 13-14 going into the game,  of  28 NFL head coaches who’ve coached at least 14 playoff games, Reid was one of only six with a career postseason losing record. The others were Tony Dungy (.474), Grant and Fisher (.455), Knox (.389) and Schottenheimer (.278).

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1980 Super Bowl tickets and more in Roob's 10 Random Eagles Points

1980 Super Bowl tickets and more in Roob's 10 Random Eagles Points

Inflated Super Bowl ticket prices, your favorite Eagle who wore No. 21, an Eagles draft trend and much more in this weekend's edition of Roob's 10 Random Offseason Eagles Points!

1. Maybe he’ll be another Byron Maxwell, another Nnamdi, another DRC. I have a good feeling about Darius Slay, though. I think the Eagles may have nailed this one. The price in draft picks wasn’t too high, and his contract is big but it’s also smart and along the lines of what top corners are getting and has an out after three years. Maybe he’ll be another cornerback bust. There’ve been enough of those. But with his personality and his confidence and his playmaking ability, he reminds me of Asante Samuel, who was the last elite corner the Eagles have had. I remember the day the Eagles drafted Tra Thomas in 1998, he shouted into the phone during a conference call, “I’m not going to be another Eagles first-round bust!” Slay all but guaranteed the same thing. I could be wrong, but I think this time they got it right.

2. Doing some research this week I found a preview story on Super Bowl XV between the Eagles and Raiders from Jan. 25, 1981, by a legendary sports writer and cartoonist Murray Olderman that included this line: “Defense makes all coaches salivate but doesn’t do much to excite the guy paying that inflated $40 ticket (up from $10 last year).” Imaging having to pay an inflated $40 for a Super Bowl ticket! Outrageous.

3. Zero interest in Brandin Cooks. 

4. The last Eagles quarterback to throw the first pass of the regular season and the last pass of the postseason was Michael Vick in 2010. The last Eagles quarterback to start and finish 16 regular-season games and finish a playoff game was Donovan McNabb in 2003. Only 17 years ago.

5. It’s just weird to me that Halapoulivaati Vaitai gets a five-year, $45 million contract just a few hours into free agency, and here we are three weeks later and Jason Peters is still unsigned. I get that Big V is younger, but he’s started four games over the last two years and as we’ve all seen, he isn’t the world’s most consistent lineman. J.P. has been banged up, and he’s 38, but he has started 32 of 35 game the last two years. And let’s be honest: Even at 38 he’s way better than Big V. I wrote the other day about some of the reasons Peters is still on the street. But I’m still surprised. It might not be till after the draft till he finds a home, but I still feel like he’ll be playing somewhere next season.

6. The Eagles have drafted nine Pro Bowlers in the first round since 1990, and six of them were linemen — Fletcher Cox and Corey Simon on defense, and Lane Johnson, Tra Thomas, Jermane Mayberry and Shawn Andrews on offense. The exceptions are Lito Sheppard, Donovan McNabb and Carson Wentz.  

7. I’m fine with the Eagles not landing a receiver in free agency. But, man, they better land the right guy in the first round of the draft. And the second or third round. They simply can't afford to mess this up.

8. The first-round running back trend really tells you a lot about the way the NFL game is changing. As more and more running backs fail to be productive over a number of years and limp out of the game at a young age, first-round running backs have become more and more rare. Only 16 were drafted in the first round this past decade, less than a third of the number taken in the first round during the 1980s and half as many as the previous decade. In the last seven drafts, only nine of 223 first-round picks were running backs.  


2010-2019: 16

2000-2009: 32

1990-1999: 34

1980-1989: 50

9. Interesting to compare Dallas Goedert’s first two seasons in the NFL with Zach Ertz’s:

Ertz: 94-for-1,171, 7 TDs

Goedert: 91-for-941, 9 TDs

10. On our last Eagle Eye podcast, Dave Zangaro and I were talking about Ronald Darby, and Dave asked what player I think of when I see jersey No. 21. I immediately answered … Joselio Hanson. But in all seriousness, it’s Eric Allen. My theory is that we associated jersey numbers with the first player that stuck out to us when we first started watching the Eagles. I think of 55 as Mike Reichenbach, not Brandon Graham. I think of 96 as Clyde and not Derek Barnett. And I even see No. 20 and think of Andre Waters and not Dawk. If there’s nobody significant that wore that number in the 1980s, it’s different. No. 36 is definitely Brian Westbrook (and not Robert Drummond, Stanley Pritchett or Michael Zordich). And No. 27 will always be Malcolm Jenkins (and not Siran Stacy, Eric Zomalt or Norman LeJeune. But for all the numbers that were worn by key guys the last few years of the Buddy Era, that’s where my brain goes. I can’t help it.

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Former Eagles kicker Tom Dempsey dies after battle with coronavirus

Former Eagles kicker Tom Dempsey dies after battle with coronavirus

Former Eagles kicker Tom Dempsey died on Saturday of complications from the coronavirus. Dempsey was 73.

Dempsey contracted the coronavirus in March at the Lambeth House, a retirement home in New Orleans, and is one of at least 15 residents to die from the virus, according to The Times-Picayune.

Dempsey was an Eagle from 1971-1974, but also played for the Saints, Rams, Oilers and Bills.

Born without fingers on his right hand and toes on his right foot, Dempsey was known for his small flat kicking shoe. That shoe now resides in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio.

“Tom's life spoke directly to the power of the human spirit and exemplified his resolute determination to not allow setbacks to impede following his dreams and aspirations,” Saints owner Gayle Benson said in a statement. “He exemplified the same fight and fortitude in recent years as he battled valiantly against illnesses but never wavered and kept his trademark sense of humor. He holds a special place in the hearts and minds of the Saints family."

The year before he joined the Eagles, Dempsey gained fame by kicking a 63-yard field goal to give the Saints a last-second 19-17 win over the Lions at Tulane Stadium in 1970. It broke the previous NFL record for longest field goal by 7 yards.

That was the NFL record for 43 years until Matt Prater hit a 64-yarder in 2013. Others had tied the record but it took over four decades to beat it.

In his four seasons with the Eagles, for whom he played the longest, Dempsey kicked in 47 games and made 66 of 108 field goals (61.1%). He also made 84 of 90 point-after attempts. Dempsey is 18th on the Eagles’ list of all-time scorers with 282 points.

Dempsey retired to New Orleans where he began his NFL career as an undrafted free agent in 1969. He had been battling dementia since 2012. 

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