- Andy Reid: That Super Bowl appearance ended up being the peak of Reid’s tenure in Philly. The next year, the Eagles crashed to 6-10, before rebounding and making the playoffs four of the next five years. After the infamous “Dream Team” fell apart in 2011 and 2012, Reid got fired following a 4-12 campaign. He has since resurfaced with the Kansas City Chiefs, taking them to the playoffs in four of five years. Fittingly enough, Reid continues his trend of disappointing playoff losses in K.C.
- Offensive coordinator Brad Childress: Chilly spent one more year as Philly’s OC before taking the head coaching job with the Minnesota Vikings. He went 39-35 in five years, including an NFC Championship appearance in 2009. They fired him in the middle of 2010. He was an assistant head coach with Reid in Kansas City, but retired this year.
- Defensive coordinator Jim Johnson: The legendary Johnson continued serving as the Eagles’ DC until 2009, when increasing health problems forced him into retirement. He passed away later that year, and is fondly remembered today as one of the sport’s best defensive minds.
- Other notable coaches: Reid has a long and winding coaching tree, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that most of his 2004 assistants — John Harbaugh, Sean McDermott, Pat Shurmur, Steve Spagnuolo — went on to future head coaching jobs.
Players of note
- Donovan McNabb: 2004 marked McNabb’s peak, when he set career highs with touchdown passes (31) and QB Rating (104.7) while making his fourth straight Pro Bowl. Injuries and locker room drama marred the second half of his career, and in 2010 Philadelphia traded him to Washington. After a forgettable run there, he was traded once again, this time to the Vikings. McNabb started just six games before getting benched for Christian Ponder and released a few weeks later. He officially retired after spending 2012 out of the league. McNabb holds nearly all Eagles franchise records as a quarterback.
- Terrell Owens: Despite his great Super Bowl performance, TO’s relationship with the Eagles went south in a hurry. A contract dispute turned into a ridiculous circus that dominated the headlines all offseason. He ultimately reported to training camp instead of holding out, but the damage was done — the Eagles suspended him four games in 2005 and released him the following offseason. He signed with the Dallas Cowboys and had several more productive years before running out of chances in 2011. TO is undoubtedly a Hall of Fame talent, but his tumultuous off-field personality led to the voters snubbing him two straight years. Will the third time be the charm in 2018? We’ll have to wait and see.
- Brian Westbrook: An undersized but versatile running back, Westbrook wound up being a perfect fit in Reid’s offense. His best year came in 2007, where he had 2,104 yards from scrimmage and made the All-Pro first team. Injuries cut his career short, but he’s remembered as one of the better pass-catching backs of his era, with 10,275 scrimmage yards and 71 touchdowns in nine seasons.
- Brian Dawkins: The hard-hitting safety was smack in the middle of his prime in 2004, getting named to his third of four career All-Pro teams. He was probably the best player on an Eagles defense that allowed the second-fewest points in the league that year. Dawkins stayed with the Eagles until 2008 and spent his final years with the Denver Broncos. This is his second year on the Hall of Fame ballot, and he has a good shot of getting in sooner rather than later.
- Jeremiah Trotter: 2004 was a nice little homecoming for Trotter, who was drafted by the Eagles in 1998 and spent his first four years there. He signed a free agent contract with Washington in 2002, but that didn’t go so well and he was released after just two years. The Eagles brought him back in the middle of 2004 to stabilize the run defense, and he ended up making the Pro Bowl for a third time. Trotter remains a fan favorite to this day and was inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame in 2016.
- Todd Pinkston: I only put him here because at one point he had the greatest Pro Football Reference page of all time.
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