I’ve watched enough Eagles football in the Reid era to realize that coach’s style can be termed, “Inadvertant Trial and Error.”
Despite having led Philadelphia into the playoffs in nine of his first 13 seasons, Reid’s record on opening day is 6-7.
Among those six wins, the Eagles didn’t beat a single playoff team (2000 Cowboys, 2004 Giants, 2006 Texans, 2008 Rams, 2009 Panthers, 2011 Rams).
In those seven losses, the Eagles lost to four playoff teams (2001 Rams, 2002 Titans, 2007 and 2010 Packers), all of which made it at least to their championship games that season.
They also lost to three teams that missed the postseason entirely: the 1999 Cardinals, 2003 Buccaneers, and 2005 Falcons.
The yin and the yang of the Eagles’ playoff runs is that, while the Birds are capable of busting off hot streaks to solidify their berths (2000, 2006, and 2008 come to mind), the dual reality is that, if not for those streaks, a playoff run may not have happened.
They had to go undefeated in...