Wednesday, April 5, 2017

All Time Teams Part 7: The Philadelphia Eagles


Hello again everybody and welcome to All Time Teams Part 7: The Philadelphia Eagles. For those of you that missed earlier editions of this series, I've covered the Green Bay Packers, Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears, New York Giants, Detroit Lions, and Washington Redskins already. For those of you returning, I apologize for the delay in this edition. I had a back procedure done yesterday that kept me from being able to devote adequate time to this. I had about 40 or so of the players already together, I just didn't have any of the writeups completed, the formatting done, or the decisions on the fringe players and honorable mentions yet. I'll try to have a more reasonable turnaround when working on the upcoming Steelers.

If you're first joining me here, these are the rules that I decided to create these teams with.

I'm going to make an all-time roster for each of the 32 NFL teams. There will be a couple of rules. Firstly, if there's an all-time great like Peyton Manning who spent time with two different teams, Indianapolis and Denver, the team where he spent the most time gets dibs (Indy in this case). Secondly, if there's a player who spent the same amount of time at two teams (Eric Dickerson spent 4 and a half years with both the Colts and the Rams), the player goes to the team where he performed better (Dickerson was better for the Rams). Thirdly, there's the issue of athleticism and conditioning. A player from the 60s would not be nearly as athletic as a player from today. However, I'm going to assume if those players were playing today they'd have access to the same conditioning and resources as all players today. Plus it makes it more interesting. I'll also try to give reasoning for each player. I'll also go through the teams based on when the teams were founded.

I've since decided that once I complete all the rosters, I'm going to have them compete against each other in a standard NFL format. They're going to play a 16 game regular season followed by standard 12 team playoffs. I'll simulate them all the way through the regular season, the playoffs, and the Super Bowl. I'll also be compiling Power Rankings of these teams after I've completed the rosters.

Alright so let's begin. The Eagles were established as a member of the NFL in the 1933 season, as a replacement team for the Frankford Yellow Jackets. Historically, the team's greatest and oldest rival is the New York Giants, which is one of the oldest rivalries in the NFL. NFL Network once called the Eagles-Giants rivalry the number one NFL rivalry of all time. In 1937, the Eagles became playing in Shibe Park, home to the Philadelphia Atletics and the Philadelphia Phillies. The earliest days of Eagles history were marred by losing seasons, and an interesting relationship with the Pittsburgh Steelers. At one point in 1943, the Eagles and Steelers joined operations for a season due to manpower shortages caused by World War 2. The Eagles finally began having success in the mid to late 1940s, and reached 3 consecutive NFL Championship games, winning two of them. This was the only time that a team has won back to back championships by virtue of shutouts, winning 1948 7-0 over the Chicago Cardinals and 1949 14-0 over the LA Rams. The Eagles moved to Franklin Field in 1958, which had capacity for 60,000. They also were the first team whose stadium used AstroTurf, which was installed in 1969. The Eagles won a third championship in 1960, In 1980, the Eagles won their first NFC East title and marched their way to Super Bowl XV, beating the Dallas Cowboys along the way. However, once in the big game, they were felled by the Oakland Raiders. The Eagles won the division again in 1988, but failed to gather much playoff success. However, the Eagles' fortunes turned just past the start of the millenium, winning the NFC East 4 consecutive years (and 5 out of 6 total years), in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2006, led by star QB Donovan McNabb. In 2004, they reached Super Bowl XXXIX, which they lost to the New England Patriots. They gathered two more division titles since 2006, one in 2010 and one in 2013.

Alrighty, let's begin on the actual roster.

Head Coach: Andy Reid Reid is the winningest coach in Eagles history, amassing 130 regular season wins and 10 playoff wins. He also did so with a .583 regular season winning record, and the Eagles to 9 playoff berths in 14 years, along with a Super Bowl berth. He had only 3 losing seasons (8-8 in both 2007 and 2011). His team was known for its opportunistic offenses and he was named AP Coach of the Year in 2002. Sporting News and Maxwell Club named him Coach of the Year in 2000. 1999-2012, 130-93-1 Overall record, 10-9 Playoff record, Coach of the Year (2002)

Offensive Coordinator: Greasy Neale Neale had an eye for both offensive and defensive talent, and was also the only Eagles coach to ever lead the franchise to back to back titles. He led the Eagles to 3 consecutive NFL Championship appearances from 1947 to 1949, and the Eagles won two of them. He has the second most wins in franchise history with 63. 1941-1950, 63-43 overall record, 3-1 playoff record, 2x NFL Champion (1948, 1949)

Defensive Coordinator: Jim Johnson Johnson was the defensive coordinator for the Eagles during the majority of Reid's tenure with the team. His defense was smothering, as he had been successful throughout his career in coaching various position groups on the defensive side of the ball. From 2000-2007, the Eagles allowed only 17.6ppg. 1999-2008, 7 Playoff appearances, Eagles Hall of Fame

QB1: Donovan McNabb [McNabb] was drafted 2nd overall by the Eagles in the 1999 NFL Draft, behind Tim Couch. He made his first NFL start in November of his rookie season against the Redskins, winning the game 35-28. He was the first Eagles rookie quarterback to win his first start since Mike Boryla in 1974. In his 2nd NFL season, he finished second in MVP voting behind Marshall Faulk. His 629 rushing yards in 2000 were (at the time) the 4th highest amount by a QB in a single season ever. In 2004, he became the first NFL quarterback to throw for more than 30 TDs and fewer than 10 interceptions. He also led the Eagles to 4 consecutive NFCCG, winning the fourth one. His best career performance came in the 2004 season against the Super Bowl contending Green Bay Packers, where McNabb threw for 464 yards and 5 TDs, all in the first half. He also completed his first 14 passes, an NFL record. Though relatively plagued by injuries. McNabb continued being a top shelf NFL QB throughout his Eagles tenure. He is also the Eagles all-time leading passer. 1999-2011 (1999-2009), 37,276 (32,873) Pass Yds, 234 (216) TDs, 3,459 (3,249) Rush Yds, 29 (28) Rush TDs, 6x Pro Bowl, NFC OPOY (2004), NFC Player of the Year (2004), Eagles Hall of Fame

QB2: Randall Cunningham Cunningham was one of the most athletic quarterbacks to ever play the game. He was drafted in the 1985 NFL draft, but did not gain the starting job until late in the 1986 season. Once he did, however, he quickly became one of the truly elite quarterbacks of his era. In the 1990 season, he rushed for 942 yards, 3rd most by a QB in NFL history. 1985-2001 (1985-1995), 29,979 (22,877) Pass Yds, 207 (150) TDs, 4,920 (4,482) Rush Yds, 35 (32) Rush TDs, 4x (3x) All Pro, 4x (3x) Pro Bowl, NFL Comeback Player of the Year (1992), NFC Player of the Year (1990), Eagles Hall of Fame

QB3: Ron Jaworski Jaworski is the Eagles 2nd all time leading passer in most categories, including passing yards and passing TDs. Traded to the Eagles in 1977, he was part of a movement that helped the Eagles reach the playoffs in 1978 and 1979 before winning the division and reaching the Super Bowl in 1980. Jaworski had a career season in 1980, earning his only Pro Bowl nod, as well as winning the Bert Bell Award and NFC Player of the Year honors. 1973-1989 (1977-1986), 28,190 (26,963) Pass Yds, 179 (175) Pass TDs, Pro Bowl 1980

HB1: Steve Van Buren Van Buren was perhaps the best halfback of his generation, as well as an otherwordly return specialist. He also has perhaps my favorite nickname for any player, due to his physical rushing style, "Moving Van". He led the NFL in rushing yards and rushing TDs 4 times each, including 3 consecutive years. He also was a major force in the Eagles winning two back to back NFL Championships in 1948 and 1949. He was also the first NFL player to rush for more than 10 TDs (on a 12 game schedule). His 15 single season Rushing TDs were a franchise record until 2011. He was also the first player to have multiple 1,000 yard rushing seasons. He retired as the NFL leader in rushing attempts, yards, and TDs. He is currently still the Eagles All Time leader in Rushing TDs. 1944-1951, 5,860 Rush Yds, 69 Rush TDs, 7x All Pro, 2x NFL Champion (1948, 1949), 4x Rushing Yds Leader (1945, 1947-1949), 4x Rushing TDs Leader (1945, 1947-1949), NFL Player of the Year 1949, NFL 1940s All Decade Team, Eagles Hall of Fame, Pro Football Hall of Fame

HB2: LeSean McCoy McCoy is one of the most elite running backs of the past decade. He is also the first current player to make this roster, though he plays for the Bills now, mostly due to what many would consider a mistake by Chip Kelley. The Eagles All Time rushing leader, as well as holding their single season record with over 1,600 rushing yards. He split time with Brian Westbrook in his rookie season, tallying 606 rushing yards as a rookie, an Eagles rookie franchise record. His sophomore year, he became the Eagles lead back and broke the 1,000 yard barrier. He would break the 1,000 yard barrier every other season that he played at least 13 games, including a dominant 2,146 scrimmage yard statement season in 2013. He also had 20 scrimmage TDs in 2011, a franchise record. McCoy is also considered one of the premier pass-catching backs in the NFL, as well as one of the most polished and well rounded runners. 2009-Present (2009-2014), 8,954 (6,792) Rush Yds, 2,930 (2,282) Rec. Yds, 60 (44) Rush TDs, 13 (10) Rec. TDs, 4x (3x) Pro Bowl, 2x All Pro, NFC OPOY 2013, NFL Rushing Yds Leader 2013, NFL Rushing TDs Leader 2011

HB3: Brian Westbrook Westbrook was one of the smallest recent NFL running backs to be highly successful. He quickly proved his stature was a non-factor in his powerful rushing ability, and also showed himself to be a premier pass-catching back. He finished with just shy of 6,000 Eagles rushing yards. Given both his and McCoy's elite pass catching and pass blocking ability, either one could be used as a fullback or second halfback out of the backfield. He also holds the Eagles single season record for most receptions in a season, with 90 in 2007. 2002-2010 (2002-2009), 6,335 (5,995) Rush Yds, 3,940 (3,790 Rec. Yds, 71 (66) Scrimmage TDs, 10,275 (9,785) Scrimmage Yds, 2x All Pro, 2x Pro Bowl, Eagles Hall of Fame

HB4: Wilbert Montgomery Montgomery is the Eagles 2nd all time leading rusher with 6,538 franchise rushing yards. He also was a key member of the team that reached Super Bowl XV. He led the Eagles in rushing 6 times, and held almost all franchise rushing records at the time of his retirement in 1985. In 1979, he led the NFL in All Purpose Yards with 2,012 combined rushing, receiving, and return yards. 1977-1985 (1977-1984), 2x All Pro, 2x Pro Bowl, Eagles Hall of Fame

FB: Keith Byars Byars was the 10th overall pick out of Ohio State in the 1986 NFL Draft, and quickly became a very solid, underrated contributor for the Philadelphia Eagles. He was a superb runner and blocker, but an even better receiver. He was a vital piece of the Eagles offense throughout his 7 seasons on the team, though he didn't earn his only Pro Bowl nod until he began his tenure with the Dolphins in 1993. 1986-1998 (1986-1992), All Pro 1990

WR1: Tommy McDonald The Eagles have a very long history of wide receivers who are underappreciated by the general public and NFL fans in general. McDonald is perhaps the most underappreciated of the bunch. This HoF WR spent 7 seasons with the Eagles, hauling in 5,499 franchise receiving yards. He also led the NFL in receiving yards in 1961, and receiving TDs twice, in 1958 and 1961. He also was a major contributor to the Eagles NFL Championship win in 1960. He also averaged an outstanding 19.2 yards per reception, more than any other receiver to make the Eagles All Time Team. 1957-1968 (1957-1963), 8,410 (5,499) Rec. Yds, 84 (66) Rec TDs, 4x All Pro, 6x (5x) Pro Bowl, NFL Receiving Yards Leader 1961, 2x NFL Rec. TDs Leader (1958, 1961), NFL Champion 1960, Eagles Hall of Fame, Pro Football Hall of Fame

WR2: Mike Quick Of all eligible receivers for the All Time Eagles, only DeSean Jackson has more yards per game than Mike Quick, and Jackson had the benefit of playing under the high-volume passing era of more modern times. Quick played during the Ron Jaworski era of Eagles history, and was a top NFL receiver during his prime. He was a lifetime Eagle, and led the NFL in receiving yards in 1983 with 1,409 yards, which is still most in Eagles history during any single season. He also holds a share of the record for longest TD reception in NFL history at 99 yards. Quick also averaged a very healthy 17.8 yards per reception. 1982-1990, 6,464 Rec. Yds, 61 Rec. TDs, 2x All Pro, 5x Pro Bowl, NFL Rec. Yds Leader 1983

WR3: Pete Pihos Pihos was another Hall of Fame Eagle. He began his NFL career in 1947, and would be a lifetime Eagle. During 9 seasons, he only missed one game. He was a key contributor that allowed the Eagles to win their first divisional title in 1947, and then march on to three straight Championship appearances, winning two of them in 1948 and 1949. He led the NFL in receiving yards in 1953 and 1955, and was one of the most physically gifted receivers of his generation. 1947-1955, 5,619 Rec. Yds, 61 Rec. TDs, 5x All Pro, 6x Pro Bowl, 2x NFL Champion (1948, 1949), NFL 1940s All Decade Team, Eagles Hall of Fame, Pro Football Hall of Fame

WR4: Harold Carmichael Carmichael is the Eagles All Time leading receiver, with 8,978 franchise yards. He holds the franchise records for most receptions, most receiving yards, most receiving TDs, and most total TDs. He also has 3 1,000 yard seasons, a strong accomplishment for the 1970s and early 1980s. He also was one of the tallest receivers to ever play the game, at 6'8". 1971-1984 (1971-1983), 8,985 (8,978) Rec. Yds, 79 Rec. TDs, 3x All Pro, 4x Pro Bowl, NFL 1970s All Decade Team, Eagles Hall of Fame

WR5: DeSean Jackson DeSean Jackson is only the second current player to make this list, currently under contract for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He spent 6 seasons with the Eagles, and was released by Chip Kelly before signing with the Redskins. Jackson's peak was with the Eagles, and his extreme speed and athleticism allowed him to be an overwhelmingly dangerous deep threat and beat cornerbacks and safeties in coverage on streaking routes. 2008-Present (2008-2013), All Pro 2009, 3x Pro Bowl

TE1: Keith Jackson Jackson's tenure with the team was relatively short, only 4 seasons. However, during his tenure, he was selected All Pro and Pro Bowl 3 times each. He also won NFC Rookie of the Year with the Eagles in 1988. He set the (at the time) Eagles rookie receiving record with 81 receptions, 869 yards, and 6 TDs. 1988-1996 (1988-1991), 4x (3x) All Pro, 6x (3x) Pro Bowl

TE2: Pete Retzlaff Retzlaff was one of the most versatile players in Eagles history. He played tight end, halfback, fullback, slot receiver, and a role similar to what would become H-Back later on. He was most efficient at TE, however. He is the Eagles All Time receiving leader among tight ends, with 7,412 yards. This lifetime Eagle also hauled in 47 TDs over his career. 1956-1966, 4x All Pro, 5x Pro Bowl, Eagles Hall of Fame

TE3: Chad Lewis Lewis was one of the underrated TEs of the late 90s and early 2000s. He had a knack for making the big play at just the right time, and was a solid blocker as well as receiver. He primarily played for the Eagles over two stints, and had a short stint with the Rams where he picked up a Super Bowl ring. 1997-2005 (1997-1998, 2000-2005), All Pro 2000, 3x Pro Bowl

LT1: Jason Peters Peters is the third current player on this list, and the first current player who is currently a member of the Eagles. He was also a major steal coming into the NFL in 2004, being an UNFA signing by the Bills, which is impressive for somebody who has a solid chance at a HoF induction. He has been a completely dominant anchor on the left side of the offensive line for the Eagles, except for the 2012 season which he missed due to a nasty ACL injury. 2004-Present (2009-Present), 6x (4x) All Pro, 9x (7x) Pro Bowl

LT2: Tra Thomas Thomas was the predecessor to Peters. Towering at 6'7" and 317lbs, he was very physically imposing. He started an impressive 165 games for the Eagles over his career, of which he spent all but one season in Philadelphia. 1998-2009 (1998-2008), All Pro 2002, 3x Pro Bowl

LG1: Evan Mathis Mathis was a journeyman if there ever was one. He played with 6 total NFL teams over his 13 season career. He had stints with the Panthers, Dolphins, Bengals, Eagles, Broncos, and Cardinals before retiring in January 2017. His longest stint was 4 seasons with the Eagles, and it was also his peak performance. He is one of the better offensive guards of the last fifteen years or so, earning PFF All Pro honors 3 consecutive years, all with the Eagles. 2005-2016 (2011-2014), All Pro 2013, 2x Pro Bowl, 3x PFF All Pro

LG2: Todd Herremans Herremans was a fixture on the Eagles offensive line for 10 seasons starting in 2005. Drafted out of Saginaw Valley State, his strength was seemingly his ability to move around the offensive line and play both guard and tackle positions at a high level throughout his career. This ability to play at a high level on multiple positions leads to him being a very valuable reserve offensive lineman on this All Time Roster. 2005-2015 (2005-2014)

C1: Chuck Bednarik Bednarik is one of the most physically tough players to ever step onto a football field. He is credited with being the last truly two-way player to play 60 minutes a game. He was a concrete salesman in the offseason, leading to his nickname, Concrete Charlie, because he was as "hard as the concrete he sells". He also makes this list as a linebacker. In 1999, Sporting News ranked him as the 54th best player to ever play in the NFL. 1949-1962, 10 First Team All Pro, 8x Pro Bowl, 2x NFL Champion (1949, 1960), NFL 1960s All Decade Team, Eagles Hall of Fame, Pro Football Hall of Fame

C2: Jason Kelce The fourth current player on this list and the second current Eagle, Kelce was a bit of a steal in the draft, taken in the 6th round of the 2011 draft. He has started 78 games for the Eagles in the ensuing seasons, and remains one of the premier members of their slowly improving offensive line. 2011-Present, 2x Pro Bowl, PFF First Team All Pro 2013

RG1: Shawn Andrews Andrews was a key member of the Eagles offensive line starting in 2004, after he was drafted 16th overall out of Arkansas. He quickly became integral to the Eagles line guarding McNabb and paving the way to the flashy Eagles offense during the mid to late 2000s. He earned 3 consecutive Pro Bowl nods from the team during this peak, starting in 2005. 2004-2010 (2004-2009), 2x All Pro, 3x Pro Bowl, NFC Champion 2004

RT1: Bob Brown Bob Brown was one of the most dominant offensive linemen of all time. He was drafted with the 2nd overall pick by the Eagles in the 1964 NFL Draft. He then went on to hold down the right side of their offensive line for the next 5 seasons, before being traded to the Rams, who eventually traded him to the Raiders. His longest tenure was with the Eagles, and his peak came during his final 1-2 seasons in Philadelphia, so he is awarded to their All Time Roster. 1964-1973 (1964-1968), 5x (3x) First Team All Pro, 6x (3x) Pro Bowl, NFL 1960s All Decade Team, Eagles Hall of Fame, Pro Football Hall of Fame

RT2: Al Wistert Wistert was a crucial piece of the Eagles roster during their back to back championship wins in 1948 and 1949. He was an anchor on their offensive line and was instrumental to their success in that era. He entered the league as a member of the Phil-Pitt Steagles in 1943, and was a lifetime Eagle until his retirement in 1951. 1943-1951, 8x Consecutive All Pro, Pro Bowl 1950, 2x NFL Champion (1948, 1949), NFL 1940s All Decade Team, Eagles Hall of Fame

RT3: Jerry Sisemore Sisemore was drafted with the 3rd overall pick out of Texas in 1973, and spent his whole career with the Eagles. He put in lots of hard work for a half a decade before the Eagles had improved enough to reach the playoffs in 1978. He was a key blocker throughout his Eagles tenure, and a major reason their offense was so proficient during the late 70s and early 80s. 1973-1984, 2x Pro Bowl, Eagles Hall of Fame

DE1: Reggie White One of the greatest defensive linemen to ever see the field of play, White is an absolute legend not just for the Eagles but also for the Packers. However, he earns his spot on the Eagles All Time Team by virtue of both spending longer in Philadelphia and having played even better in Philadelphia than Green Bay. In nearly all instances, even playing among only All Time Greats, Reggie White will still stand out as a whole different kind of beast. The Minister of Defense is the Eagles All Time sacks leader with 124 in his 8 seasons with the franchise. He retired with 198 total sacks, second all time in NFL history. 1985-1998, 2000 (1985-1992), 198 (124) Sacks, 1,112 (794) tackles, 33 (18) Forced Fumbles, 13x (7x, all First Team) All Pro, 13x (7x) Pro Bowl, 2x (1x) NFL DPOY (1987 with Eagles, 1998 with Packers), 3x (2x) NFC DPOY (1987, 1991 with Eagles, 1995 with Packers), 2x NFL Sacks Leader (1987, 1988), NFL 1980s All Decade Team, NFL 1990s All Decade Team, Eagles Hall of Fame, Pro Football Hall of Fame

DE2: Clyde Simmons Clyde Simmons was drafted in the 9th round of the 1986 NFL Draft by the Eagles. He quickly became a key contributor to the Eagles defense and was a dominant pass rusher. He holds the franchise record (tied with Hugh Douglas) for most sacks in a single game with 4.5 (set against Dallas in 1991). He also had a fantastic 19 sack performance in 1992, which led the NFL. He is 3rd on the Eagles All Time Sack List. 1986-2000 (1986-1993), 121.5 (76) sacks, 4x (2x) All Pro, 4x (3x) Pro Bowl, NFL Sacks Leader 1992

DE3: Hugh Douglas Douglas had two stints with the Eagles, totalling 6 seasons. He was drafted in the 1st round of the 1995 NFL Draft by the Jets, but found his way to the Eagles for the 1998 season. His peak came during that first 5 year tenure in Philadelphia, where he was selected to 3 Pro Bowls and 2 All Pro teams. He is 4th on the Eagles All Time sack list with 54.5. 1995-2004 (1998-2002, 2004), 2x All Pro, 3x Pro Bowl, 80 (54.5) Sacks

DE4: Trent Cole Cole is a more consistent performer than either Douglas or Simmons, but his peak didn't reach as high as either of those two players, thus he is placed here at DE4. However, Cole is still one of the best linemen in Eagles franchise history, and is 2nd all time on their sacks leaderboard with 85.5 franchise sacks. Cole was a highly consistent performer, topping 10 sacks with the Eagles on four different seasons. He also amassed 569 tackles with the team. He is currently a free agent at 34 years old. 2005-2016 (2005-2014), All Pro 2009, 2x Pro Bowl

DT1: Fletcher Cox Cox was drafted number 12 overall by the Eagles in 2012, and quickly developed into one of the top defensive linemen in the NFL. He is one of the better pass-rushing defensive tackles in the NFL, and is also able to play defensive end with high effectiveness. He is also adept at stopping the run, and is overall a solid contributor on the current Eagles roster. 2012-Present, 2x All Pro, 2x Pro Bowl, All Rookie Team 2012

DT2: Charlie Johnson Johnson had a short NFL career, lasting only 8 seasons. His Eagles career was even shorter, lasting only 5. However, during his 5 seasons with the team, he gave the defensive line that extra push it needed to turn the Eagles into a playoff team. Drafted in 1977, he quickly became key to the Eagles success on the defensive side of the ball. He was a solid run stuffer and adept at pressuring the QB up the middle, and was selected to 3 consecutive Pro Bowls, as well as helping propel the Eagles all the way to a Super Bowl XV appearance at the end of the 1980 NFL season. 1977-1984 (1977-1981), 3x Pro Bowl

DT3: Jerome Brown Brown is one of the key defensive linemen in Eagles history. He was one of the brightest stars on the Eagles roster during his tenure, before his tragic death at the young age of 27 in a car accident. He was phenomenal as a pass rusher and a run stuffer, and was a fantastic complement to teammate Reggie White. 1987-1991, 2x All Pro, 2x Pro Bowl, Eagles Hall of Fame

DT4: Floyd Peters Drafted in the 8th round of the 1958 NFL Draft, Peters turned into a bit of a journeyman throughout his career. He played for five different NFL teams, though his longest and most successful tenure by far was with the Eagles, where he earned all 3 of his Pro Bowl nods over 6 seasons. 1958-1970 (1964-1969), 3x Pro Bowl

DT5: Bucko Kilroy Undrafted coming out of Temple, Kilroy was brought into the Phil-Pit Steagles (Steelers/Eagles cooperative team for the 1943 Season only) to be both an offensive guard and a defensive tackle. In 1944 when the teams split again, he remained with the Eagles and became a solid contributor. He truly peaked later in his career when he was moved to play almost exclusively defensive line, and was one of the best middle defensive linemen in the history of the Eagles. He missed only one of 203 games due to injury, and played in an (at the time) record 147 consecutive games. He was a member of both the consecutive championship winning Eagles teams, and was a major contributor for them on both sides of the ball. In a pinch, he could also substitute in on offensive line. 1943-1955, 3x Pro Bowl, NFL 1940s All Decade Team

LB1: Bill Bergey Bergey was drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2nd round of the 1969 Common Draft. After 5 seasons with the Bengals, before being traded to the Eagles before the start of the 1974 season. In Philadelphia, Bergey truly thrived. He was named All Pro 5 consecutive years, and was a major force in causing the Eagles to again become championship contenders in the late 1970s and early 1980s. 1969-1980 (1974-1980), 5x All Pro, 4x All Star, Eagles Hall of Fame

LB2: Maxie Baughan Braughan was arguably the best linebacker in Eagles history. He was a key starting member of the 1960 Championship team, but grew frustrated as the Eagles slowly declined after that victory. By the end of the 1965 season, he was looking to leave Philadelphia, and was traded to the Rams. However, much of his peak was spent in Philadelphia, and he was tenured longer with the Eagles than anywhere else, so he is an All Time Eagle for our purposes. 1960-1974 (1960-1965), 6x (2x) All Pro, 9x (5x) Pro Bowl, NFL Champion 1960, Eagles Hall of Fame

LB3: Jeremiah Trotter Trotter had 3 stints with the Eagles, separated by stints with the Redskins and Buccaneers, respectively. His career had a dual peak, and both peaks came during his tenures with the Eagles. He was a solid tackler and adept against both the run and the pass, and is one of the better linebackers in Eagles history. 1998-2009 (1998-2001, 2004-2006, 2009), 2x All Pro, 4x Pro Bowl, Eagles Hall of Fame

LB4: Chuck Bednarik (See starting Center)

LB5: Seth Joyner Joyner was one of the most athletically gifted linebackers of his era. He was fast and strong, and capable of covering lots of ground quickly. He is a member of the 20/20 club, and was the 1991 runner up for NFL DPOY honors. 1986-1998 (1986-1993), 3x (2x) All Pro, 3x Pro Bowl

LB6: William Thomas Thomas is one of the premier pass coverage linebackers in Eagles history. He was one of the brightest spots on the franchise's roster during the 1990s, and is a member of the elusive 20/20 club. He was an Eagle for 9 seasons before signing with the Raiders for the final 2 seasons of his career. 1991-2001 (1991-1999), 2x Pro Bowl, 27 interceptions

LB7: Byron Evans Evans was one of the most overlooked defensive players in Eagles history. He was truly one of the most capable defensive players in the NFL at the linebacker position during his era, but played alongside teammates Reggie White, Jerome Brown, Clyde Simmons, and Seth Joyner, who got most of the glory. However, Evans was a highly proficient middle linebacker who was equally effective at defending both the pass and the run. 1987-1994

CB1: Troy Vincent Vincent was drafted as the 7th overall pick out of Wisconsin by the Dolphins in 1992. He spent 4 seasons with them before becoming an Eagle in 1996, where his career would peak spectacularly. He received 5 consecutive Pro Bowl nods and 3 consecutive All Pro honors with the Eagles, where he would help anchor their secondary as a star performer around the turn of the century. He was truly a shutdown corner, and had 47 career interceptions. 1992-2006 (1996-2003), 3x All Pro, 5x Pro Bowl, Eagles Hall of Fame

CB2: Eric Allen Allen was the predecessor shutdown corner to Vincent. He was drafted by the Eagles in the 2nd round of the 1988 NFL Draft, and quickly became one of the premier cornerbacks in the NFL. He is the only NFL player in history to run back 3+ interceptions for TDs in two different seasons. His prime and longest tenure are both with the Eagles, and he leads them in all time interceptions with 34. 1988-2001 (1998-1994), 3x All Pro, 6x (5x) Pro Bowl, Eagles Hall of Fame

CB3: Lito Sheppard Drafted by the Eagles in the 1st round of the 2002 NFL Draft, Sheppard quickly became a solid contributor to the Eagles during their Donovan McNabb years. He was one of the top cornerbacks in the NFL, but had an injury riddled career. In 2006 he became the first player in NFL history to have 2 interception returns of more than 100 yards. Both came against the Cowboys. 2002-2011 (2002-2008), All Pro 2004, 2x Pro Bowl

CB4: Tom Brookshier Brookshier was a powerful defensive back for the Eagles during the 1950s and into the 1961 season. He took two years off to serve in the Air Force during what could have very easily been his athletic prime. He was a key member of the 1960 Championship winning Eagles team, and spent his whole career with the Eagles. He is one of only 8 Eagles to have his number retired by the team. 1953, 1956-1961, 2x Pro Bowl, NFL Champion 1960, Eagles Hall of Fame

CB5: Bobby Taylor Taylor was a key contributor to the Eagles around the turn of the century, playing alongside Troy Vincent. He was a major part of the shutdown Eagles secondary at the time, and played a total of 9 seasons with the Eagles. He started a total of 109 games in his career. 1995-2004 (1995-2003), All Pro 2002, Pro Bowl 2002

S1: Brian Dawkins If the Eagles had a Mount Rushmore of their best all time players, Dawkins would be on it. He is one of the best safeties to ever play the game of football. He was one of the best energizers on the football field, as well as being simultaneously one of the best tackling safeties and deep coverage safeties in the game. In one of the greatest crimes against NFL fans everywhere, Dawkins was not a first ballot Hall of Famer. However, he is most assuredly a lock to get in, as he did things that nobody else could ever do in the history of the game. He is also tied with Bill Bradley and Eric Allen with 34 franchise interceptions. 1996-2011 (1996-2008), 6x (5x) All Pro, 9x (7x) Pro Bowl, 1,131 tackles, 37 Interceptions, 36 Forced Fumbles, NFL 2000s All Decade Team, Eagles Hall of Fame

S2: Bill Bradley Bradley was drafted by the Eagles in 1969, and quickly became a key member of their defense during the relatively unheralded years of the early 1970s. He led the NFL in interceptions in 1971 and 1972, and was the first player to lead the NFL in consecutive seasons, which has since only been matched once. He is tied with Eric Allen and Brian Dawkins with 34 franchise interceptions. 1969-1977 (1969-1976), 3x All Pro, 3x Pro Bowl, 2x NFL Interceptions Leader (1971, 1972), Eagles Hall of Fame

S3: Wes Hopkins Hopkins was an anchor on the back end of the Eagles defense for a decade, his only NFL stop. He totaled 30 interceptions with the franchise, only 4 less than the franchise high. He also earned 2 All Pro nods and 2 Pro Bowl berths. 1983-1993, 2x All Pro, 2x Pro Bowl

S4: Andre Waters Perhaps the most underrated player on this team, Waters was one of the hardest hitting safeties in franchise history. His hard hits actually caused rule changes about allowable hits on quarterbacks still in the pocket. Some called him dirty, but nobody could call him bad. He was a key part of the Eagles defense across from Hopkins. 1984-1995 (1984-1993)

K: David Akers Akers spent the majority of his illustrious career with the Eagles. He was one of the top kickers in NFL history, and a major boon to both the offense and special teams units on this All Time Eagles squad. He holds the NFL record for most points scored by a kicker in one season with 166, as well as the single season record for most field goals with 44. 1997-2013 (1999-2010), 6x All Pro 6x (5x) Pro Bowl, NFL 2000s All Decade Team

P: Sam Baker Baker was an amazing punter and kicker for the Eagles, and was also a decent rusher as well. He led the NFL in field goals made twice, and punting average once. 1953-1969 (1964-1969), 4x (2x) Pro Bowl

KR/PR: Timmy Brown Brown was the first NFL player (and one of 9 ever) to return two kickoffs for TDs in the same game. He also holds the Eagles franchise record for longest return at 105 yards. He was a member of the 1960 NFL Championship team. He also can play RB in an emergency situation. 1959-1968 (1960-1967), 3x All Pro, 3x Pro Bowl, Eagles Hall of Fame

And that concludes the roster. There are a total of 127 combined All Pros and 168 Pro Bowl berths. The schemes are below:

Schemes and Game Plans:

Offensively the scheme will be to develop as many creative plays as possible, attempting to fully utilize the mobility of McNabb and the pass catching ability/flexibility of the backs and the tight ends. A fast paced offense with lots of short passes out of the backfield and into the slot and the occasional deep bomb will make up the vast majority of this offense, that will primarily be run out of the shotgun to fully complement the mobile QBs that this offense runs. Lots of option plays, quarterback scrambles, and no huddle offenses with the potential to go spread with 5 WRs/TEs/Backs split out wide are all on the table in the playbook.

Defensively, the team thrives on the big plays. Two of the best energizing players to ever play the game are on defense in Dawkins and White. Expect lots of lockdown coverage from the secondary with perhaps the most feared defensive lineman of all time wreaking havoc every snap of the game. The defense runs out of a base 4-3 set but can switch to 3-4 very easily with versatile players along the line on defense.

Special Teams has the luxury of having multiple quality backup kickers and punters, as Cunningham can also punt, and Baker, the punter, can also kick. Baker and Akers are both some of the best in their position, and will make sure that the field position is properly taken care of on this all time team. Additionally, when kick returner Brown has a big game, he'll have a very big game. He could put up 14 points on a good game instead of just 7.

Honorable Mentions: Norm Snead (QB), Tommy Thompson (QB), Timmy Brown (HB), Tom Woodeshick (FB), Jeremy Maclin (WR), Bobby Walston (WR), Fred Barnett (WR), Brent Celek (TE), Stan Walter (LT), Jon Runyan (RT), Bennie Logan (DT), Roynell Young (CB), Irv Cross (CB)

Condensed Roster:

QB: Donovan McNabb, Randall Cunningham, Ron Jaworski

HB: Steve Van Buren, LeSean McCoy, Brian Westbrook, Wilbert MontgomerY

FB: Keith Bryars

WR: Tommy McDonald, Mike Quick, Pete Pihos, Harold Carmichael, Desean Jackson

TE: Keith Jackson, Pete Retzlaff, Chad Lewis

LT: Jason Peters, Tra Thomas

LG: Evan Mathis, Todd Herremans

C: Chuck Bednarik, Jason Kelce

RG: Shawn Andrews

RT: Bob Brown, Al Wistert, Jerry Sisemore

DE: Reggie White, Clyde Simmons, Hugh Douglas, Trent Cole

DT: Fletcher Cox, Charlie Johnson, Jerome Brown, Floyd Peters, Bucko Kilroy

LB: Bill Bergey, Maxie Baughan, Jeremiah Trotter, Chuck Bednarik, Seth Joyner, William Thomas, Byron Evans

CB: Troy Vincent, Eric Allen, Lito Sheppard, Tom Brookshier, Bobby Taylor

S: Brian Dawkins, Bill Bradley, Wes Hopkins, Andre Waters

K: David Akers

P: Sam Baker

KR/PR: Timmy Brown

Alright everybody, that concludes this edition of All Time Teams. Sorry again about the delay. The next two up to bat are the Pittsburgh Steelers (our first AFC team) and then the Los Angeles Rams. The whole order can be found here. Thank you everybody for the support so far, and I look forward to seeing you all next time :)



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