On the plane ride out west, I finally finished reading Mark Maske's book: War Without Death: A Year of Extreme Competition in Pro Football's NFC East.
I realize I'm about three years late on the review with this one, but I really enjoyed the month-by-month look at the Eagles, Cowboys, Giants and Redskins during the 2006 calendar year.
You'll remember that season as the one in which Jeff Garcia led the Birds to five straight wins down the stretch to take the division with a 10-6 record.
It got me to thinking about Andy Reid and his performance against the NFC East. Almost all of the offseason chatter has been about the Eagles' back-to-back season-ending losses to the Cowboys in 2009, which directed the team's offseason moves. It's easy to forget about a time (2000-2004) when the Eagles went 9-1 against Dallas.
Here's a look at Reid's record against the NFC East teams during his career:
|TOTAL||14-9 (.609)||14-8 (.636)||13-12 (.520)||41-29 (.586)|
Some notes here:
* Since the Super Bowl season (when the Eagles went undefeated in the division), the Birds are 15-18 (.455) against NFC East teams, and they've had a losing record in the division in two of the last three seasons and three of the last five.
* The Eagles' record in the last five seasons against the Cowboys is 4-7. The Birds are 2-5 in their last seven meetings against Dallas.
* The Eagles and Redskins rarely split. In seven of the past eight seasons, one team has swept the two meetings (that team being the Eagles five times).
* From 2001-2004, the Eagles went 21-3 against division opponents. I doubt we'll ever see them put together a four-year stretch that impressive during our lifetime.
* During the time Reid has been here, the other three teams have had a combined 13 head coaches. Four for the Cowboys, two for the Giants and seven for the Redskins.
* Salt Lake Tribune BYU reporter Jay Drew predicts that the Eagles will end up with RB Harvey Unga in the fifth round of today's supplemental draft.
* SI.com's Ross Tucker weighs in on the Michael Vick situation, calling the signing an "abject failure" up to this point.