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1999 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coach Andy Reid
Home field Veterans Stadium
Results
Record 5-11
Place 5th NFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
Previous season Next season
1998 2000

The 1999 Philadelphia Eagles season was Donovan McNabb’s rookie season. The Eagles hired Andy Reid away from the Green Bay Packers to be their new head coach.

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Offseason

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NFL Draft

Round Pick # Player Position College
1 2 Donovan McNabb Quarterback Syracuse

Regular season

The quality of Andy Reid's work with the Packers attracted considerable notice throughout the league, leading to his being hired as the head coach of the Eagles on January 11, 1999. At the time, many in the local media in Philadelphia criticized the hiring, citing the availability of other candidates who had past records of success as head coaches. The Eagles, under former coach Ray Rhodes, finished in a three-way tie for the NFL's worst record at 3-13 the season before he took over. They improved two games in 1999 to finish at 5-11 (including the team's first road victory in 19 games, a 20-16 win over the Bears at Chicago on October 17, which was the first time the Philadelphia franchise had won an away game over the Bears since 1933).

Donovan McNabb was drafted second overall by the Eagles in the 1999 NFL Draft, a choice which was famously booed by Philadelphia fans present at the draft, most of whom were pushing for their team to draft University of Texas running back Ricky Williams. McNabb saw his first NFL regular season action in the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a 19-5 home loss on September 19. He made his first career start at home against Washington on November 14, completing eight of 21 passes for 60 yards in a 35-28 win. He also had nine carries for 49 rushing yards and led the team to a pair of successful two-point conversions (1 rush and 1 pass). With the win, he became the first Eagles rookie QB to win his first NFL start since Mike Boryla (December 1, 1974 vs. Green Bay) and the first Eagle QB to win his first start since Ty Detmer (October 13, 1996 at NYG).

McNabb threw the first TD pass of his career (6 yards to tight end Chad Lewis) vs. Indianapolis in a 44-17 home loss on November 21. McNabb went on to start six of the Eagles' final seven contests (missing the December 19 home game against New England, a 24-9 victory, due to injury) as he became the first Philadelphia Eagles rookie to start in the quarterback position since Brad Goebel on October 13, 1991, and the first Eagles rookie draft pick to start since John Reaves in 1972.

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result
1 September 12, 1999 Arizona Cardinals L 25-24
2 September 19, 1999 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 19-5
3 September 26, 1999 at Buffalo Bills L 26-0
4 October 3, 1999 at New York Giants L 16-15
5 October 10, 1999 Dallas Cowboys W 13-10
6 October 17, 1999 at Chicago Bears W 20-16
7 October 24, 1999 at Miami Dolphins L 16-13
8 October 31, 1999 New York Giants L 23-17
9 November 7, 1999 at Carolina Panthers L 33-7
10 November 14, 1999 Washington Redskins W 35-28
11 November 21, 1999 Indianapolis Colts L 44-17
12 November 28, 1999 at Washington Redskins L 20-17
13 December 5, 1999 at Arizona Cardinals L 21-17
14 December 12, 1999 at Dallas Cowboys L 20-10
15 December 19, 1999 New England Patriots W 24-9
16 Bye
17 January 2, 2000 St. Louis Rams W 38-31

Standings

NFC East
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Washington Redskins 10 6 0 .625 443 377 W-2
Dallas Cowboys 8 8 0 .500 352 276 W-1
New York Giants 7 9 0 .438 299 358 L-3
Arizona Cardinals 6 10 0 .375 245 382 L-4
Philadelphia Eagles 5 11 0 .313 272 357 W-1

Roster

Awards and honors

References

AFC East Central West East Central West NFC
Buffalo Baltimore Denver Arizona Chicago Atlanta
Indianapolis Cincinnati Kansas City Dallas Detroit Carolina
Miami Cleveland Oakland NY Giants Green Bay New Orleans
New England Jacksonville San Diego Philadelphia Minnesota St. Louis
NY Jets Pittsburgh Seattle Washington Tampa Bay San Francisco
Tennessee
1999 NFL DraftNFL PlayoffsPro BowlSuper Bowl XXXIV

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