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Andy Reid: Quarterback Guru?

Andy Reid: Quarterback Guru?

Andy Reid: Quarterback Guru?

When Andy Reid arrived from Green Bay in January 1999, he came with the reputation as a quarterback guru, having helped steer soon-to-be Hall of Famer Brett Favre in his career. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
When Andy Reid arrived from Green Bay in January 1999, he came with the reputation as a quarterback guru, having helped steer soon-to-be Hall of Famer Brett Favre in his career. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

When Andy Reid arrived from Green Bay in January 1999, he came with the reputation as a quarterback guru, having helped steer soon-to-be Hall of Famer Brett Favre in his career.

But in 13-plus seasons, the Eagles’ passing numbers are just marginally better than the average NFL team in that span. In fact, it is the numbers of the Eagles’ passing defense that stand out more against the league averages.

Here are how the Eagles cumulative passing numbers since 1999 (and their opponents) compare to the averages of the other 30 NFL teams (Houston Texans not included, since they didn't come into existence until 2002):

   Eagles  Opps.  NFL Avg. 
 Completions  4428  4307  4321
 Attempts  7580  7386  7231
    Pct.  58.42%          58.31%          59.76%      
 Yards  48,810  44,446  46,571
    Yards/Att.  6.44  6.02  6.44
 Touchdowns  330  278  296
    TD Pct.  4.35%  3.76%  4.09%
 Interceptions  203  238  225
    Int. Pct.  2.68%  3.22%  3.11%
 Passer Rating              80.95  74.87  79.40
Bob Vetrone Jr.
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