Reid drafted Donovan McNabb with the No. 2 pick in the 1999 draft and developed him into a six-time Pro Bowl quarterback. Reid and McNabb guided the Eagles to five straight playoff appearances from 2000-04. They went to the NFC title game four consecutive years, finally winning one in January 2005 over the Atlanta Falcons. But the Eagles lost to the New England Patriots 24-21 in the Super Bowl, and have missed the playoffs in four of the last eight years.
Reid’s tenure in Philadelphia included several controversial decisions. He brought in star wide receiver Terrell Owens here in 2004, finally giving McNabb a legitimate target. T.O. had an outstanding year, overcame a late-season injury and returned to have an excellent game in the Super Bowl. But Owens feuded with management and McNabb the next season and Reid kicked him off the team in November 2005.
In 2009, Reid and Lurie gave Vick a second chance in the NFL after the former star quarterback had spent 18 months in federal prison for dogfighting charges. Vick took over as the starter in 2010, had a remarkable season and led the Eagles to the NFC East title.
The decision to switch Castillo from offense to defense may have been Reid’s worst mistake. The unusual move was heavily criticized and contributed to the defense’s collapse.
‘‘I'll always put it on the players,’’ Jenkins said. ‘‘Coaches can only do so much. Players have to step up and make plays.’’
Reid’s stoic personality and bland news conferences annoyed fans and even some members of the media. He refused to call out players and always took the blame after each loss, saying he had to ‘‘do a better job’’ and ‘‘put players in better position to perform.’’
While that didn’t make him popular outside the locker room, Reid was respected by his players. They supported him to the end.
‘‘He’s a great coach, a great person. I love the guy,’’ safety Kurt Coleman said.
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