Throwback Thursday - Coaches
Former Philadelpia Eagles head coach Andy Reid is coming to town this weekend to lead his Kansas City Chiefs against our Eagles. Andy is the Philadelphia Eagles all time winningest coach with 130 games won and holds a .583 win percentage with the club. To honor his homecoming, I thought it would be fun to use Throwback Thursday to take a look at some of the great Eagles coaches of the decades.
Let’s start with whom many consider to be the greatest Eagles coach of all time, Earle “Greasy” Neale. Coach Neale took a 1-10 Eagle team in 1940 and was able to record a 63-43-5 record from 1941 to 1950. Even more impressive were the back to back championships in 1948 and 1949, setting a high standard for coaches to come.
One contender who nearly lived up to job was Buddy Ryan. Prior to joining the Eagles in 1986, Ryan was responsible for leasing one of the best defenses of all time, the 1985 Chicago Bears. To no ones surprise, the Eagles defense would lead them to a 43-35-1 record during his tenure. Led my stars Reggie White, Eric Allen and Seth Joyner. However postseason struggles would tarnish his legacy, having won 0 of his 3 playoff games.
Finally, there was HC Dick Vermeil who led the Philadelphia Eagles to their first Super Bowl appearance in 1981. Unfortunately, the Eagles would not go on to win Super Bowl XV, supporting another trend of playoff struggles. Vermeil would lead the Eagles to a 54-47 record from 1976 to 1982.
Let us know who your favorite Eagles Head Coach is!