The franchise was established in 1933 as a replacement for the bankrupt Frankford Yellow Jackets, when a group secured the rights to an NFL franchise in Philadelphia. The team has an intense rivalry with the New York Giants. This rivalry is the oldest in the NFC East and is among the oldest in the NFL. It was ranked by NFL Network as the number one rivalry of all-time. The team consistently ranks in the top three in attendance and has sold out every game since the 1999 season. In a Sports Illustrated poll of 321 NFL players, Eagles fans were selected the most intimidating fans in the NFL.
Although the Eagles officially finished bottom of the NFC East last year, that was only due to the strength of the division, as they still managed to finish with a respectable record of 7-9. Considering it was the first year for the duo of Doug Pederson at Head Coach, and rookie QB Carson Wentz leading the team, it's nothing to be ashamed off. Rather, a lot of people are intrigued to see how the pair deal with their second season, with expectations being very high.
Head Coach: Doug Pederson
After finding their franchise quarterback last year, the Eagles aggressively sought and successfully added pieces to address multiple concern areas found throughout the roster. Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith upgraded a subpar wide receiver corps. Timmy Jernigan should provide more pressure than Bennie Logan along the defensive interior. Plus, the team flipped a pick to acquire a top corner in Ronald Darby. These moves complete a roster already capable of winning seven games under head coach Doug Pederson. This year, the Eagles hope to swoop in and win the NFC East.
The Eagles didn't have the most explosive offence last year, but that was always to be expected considering they were being led by a rookie QB in Carson Wentz, who didn't have too many good options to throw to. The team finished 22nd in total offense, but that number should improve this season. Not only does Wentz now have better receivers in former Bears star Alshon Jeffrey, but he should also have a better running game to help him out. The Eagles added Patriots powerback Legarrette Blount to the mix, known for his punishing runs. This unit could be line to have a great year.
The Eagles finished above average in every defensive category last term. They have quietly assembled a good young group. They produce great pressure up front with rushing specialist Brandon Graham and DT Fletcher Cox. However all eyes will be on 1st round pick Derek Barnett to see if he can replicate his college tape to the next level. Malcolm Jenkins has turned into one of the better safeties in the league after his transition from cornerback. And the linebacking core seems very strong with Jordan Hicks and Mychal Kendricks leading the way.
Carson Wentz, QB
When Philly traded a bunch of picks to select Carson Wentz with the second overall pick, a lot of people were scratching their head. Although there was a lot of hype around Wentz, people questioned whether his game would transition to the NFL due to him only playing at a lowly ranked school in college. Most players from North Dakota State don't exactly make it to the NFL, especially not at QB. But boy has Wentz proved his doubters wrong.
Wentz has shown he has all the poise, leadership and arm talent to make it in this league. Plus he's tough as nails. Wentz was thrown into the fire early last year once the Eagles traded presumed starting QB Sam Bradford to the Vikings. Wentz has taken everything in his stride and Eagles fans must be jubilant to know they have found their next franchise QB.
Other notable players: RB - Legarrette Blount. WR - Alshon Jeffrey. TE - Zach Ertz. DT - Fletcher Cox. DE- Brandon Graham. S - Malcolm Jenkins.
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Lincoln Financial Field
Lincoln Financial Field was opened in 2003, and is located in South Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Thanks to the passionate home fans, it's been sold out every season. It's also home to the Temple Owls football team of Temple University.
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s largest city, is notable for its rich history, on display at the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall (where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed) and other American Revolutionary sites. Also iconic are the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, immortalised by Sylvester Stallone’s triumphant run in the film "Rocky."
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NFL Eastern - 1
NFC Champions - 2
NFL East - 4
1947, 1948, 1949, 1960
NFC East - 9
1980, 1988, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2010, 2013
Playoff Appearances - 24
1947, 1948, 1949, 1960, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013, 2017
All Time Record
(Since end of 2016 Season)
Wins: 555 Losses: 591 Ties: 26
Wins: 19 Losses: 21
Wins: 574 Losses: 612 Ties: 26
Hall of Famers - 9
Bert Bell, Admin/Owner - Class of 1963
Steve Van Buren, HB - Class of 1965
Chuck Bednarik, LB - Class of 1967
Earle Neale, Coach - Class of 1969
Pete Pihos, E - Class of 1970
Sonny Jurgensen, QB - Class of 1983
Tommy McDonald, WR - Class of 1998
Bob Brown, T - Class of 2004
Reggie White, DE - Class of 2006