Thursday, December 25, 2014

The Eagles' Starting Nine

The first starts for the nine quarterbacks that have started under Andy Reid.

The Eagles' Starting Nine

Eagles head coach Andy Reid speaks with reporters during the day after<br />the game press conference at the NovaCare Complex in Philadelphia on<br />November 12, 2012. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
Eagles head coach Andy Reid speaks with reporters during the day after the game press conference at the NovaCare Complex in Philadelphia on November 12, 2012. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

Let's face it, I have a better chance of starting at quarterback for the Eagles Sunday at Washington than Michael Vick does.

Vick, suffering from a "pretty significant concussion" according to Eagles' head coach Andy Reid, will give way to Nick Foles, who finished off the Cowboys game Sunday (right). He will become the 10th quarterback to start for the Eagles during the Andy Reid era.

The Birds are 5-4 in those nine first starts, but have generated a 100-yard game out of a running back five times in those nine games. Duce Staley did the honors for Doug Pederson and Donovan McNabb, Brian Westbrook for Jeff Garcia, and LeSean McCoy for Vick and Vince Young.

The nine "first starts" by Eagles' quarterbacks during the Andy Reid era:







 Sept. 12, 1999    Doug Pederson  Cardinals  L  24-26    12-26    191   2   2
 Nov. 14, 1999  Donovan McNabb    Redskins  W 35-28    8-21    60   0   0
 Dec. 19, 1999  Koy Detmer  Patriots  W 24-  9  10-29  181   3   2
 Dec. 1, 2002  A.J. Feeley  Rams  W 10-  3  14-30  181   0   0
 Nov. 20, 2005  Mike McMahon  at Giants  L  17-27  18-39  298   1   1
 Nov. 26, 2006  Jeff Garcia  at Colts  L  21-45  19-23  140   2   0
 Sept. 20, 2009  Kevin Kolb  Saints  L  22-48  31-51  391   2   3
 Sept. 19, 2010  Michael Vick  at Lions  W 35-32  21-34  284   2   0
 Nov. 20, 2011  Vince Young  at Giants  W 17-10  23-36  258   2   2
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