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Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Flash Points: Eagles' defining moment

By Jeffri Chadiha

What key event significantly changed the fortunes of the Eagles -- for better or worse? Give us your take and we’ll give you our definitive moment on May 27.

The Eagles, in many ways, are a franchise that was built for Philadelphia. They’ve known a thing or two about struggling over the years but they’ve also had a knack for reinventing and reviving themselves just when you think they’re never going to win.

They did it back in the late 1940s, when they went from being an irrelevant team to one that won back-to-back NFL championships in 1948 and 1949 (the Eagles also became the only team to win consecutive titles by shutting out both of their opponents).

By the time, the Eagles hired Dick Vermeil as head coach in 1976, they were right back in the NFL’s cellar. What nobody knew was how quickly that young, upstart leader fresh off the sidelines of UCLA would find his way in the league. Vermeil made up for his lack of experience with an energy and enthusiasm that helped lead the Eagles to their first Super Bowl in 1980. Though Vermeil eventually burned out in that city, he left a clear image of what Philadelphia needed in a head coach.

When Andy Reid came to town in 1999, he had a similar ability to turn things around in a hurry. He found his franchise quarterback in Donovan McNabb and those two enjoyed a tremendous run: eight playoff appearances, five NFC East championships, five NFC title game appearances and one Super Bowl.

That duo unfortunately didn’t last forever, as Reid traded McNabb to Washington last offseason. But it did remind Eagles fans of something they should never forget. Whenever this franchise has been down, it’s always found a way to work itself back into contention.

What is your Eagles defining moment? If you vote Other, give us your suggestion in the comments area below.