The best of the best under Andy Reid. The guys that would be good enough to win us our first Super Bowl. The guys that would have us at 10-0 and in first place in the NFC East this year. We've seen and probably remember all of these years. If only they could be on one team.
Quarterback: Donovan McNabb, 2000
Donovan's first full season was even better than 2004. Consider the fact that his supporting cast included Darnell Autry, Charles Johnson, Torrance Small, and Stanley Prichett. His leading receiver was Chad Lewis. Still, McNabb tossed 3365 yards and 21 touchdowns, ran for 629 yards and seven touchdowns, and led the Eagles to an 11-5 record. He finished second in the MVP voting.
Running Back: Brian Westbrook, 2007
Westbrook's best year resulted in a team-record 2104 yards from scrimmage, as well as 12 total touchdowns. He became the first Eagles running back to catch 90 passes and ranked second in the NFL in total touches (372).
Fullback: Jon Ritchie, 2003
Andy Reid has never really believed in the position of fullback. Jon Ritchie is about as good as Eagles fans have seen. He caught 17 passes for 86 yards, but more importantly, three touchdowns. This was as many touchdown receptions as the Eagles' top two wide receivers...combined! Ritchie was also a notorious good blocker.
Wide Receiver: Terrell Owens, 2004
It's no coincidence that McNabb's greatest statistical season came in T.O.'s only full season with the team. Owens caught 77 passes for 1200 yards. He ranked third in the NFL with fourteen touchdown catches. He led the Eagles to the Super Bowl for the first time in 24 years, where he caught nine passes for 122 yards.
Wide Receiver: Kevin Curtis, 2007
As McNabb's number one offensive weapon, Curtis caught 77 passes for 1110 yards. He scored six touchdowns in the air and also became the first player in the history of the NFL to recover a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown in consecutive weeks.
Tight End: Chad Lewis, 2000
Chad Lewis was the most dangerous 'receiver' on the Eagles for a couple of seasons. He made his first of three consecutive Pro Bowls in 2000, after catching 69 passes for 735 yards and three touchdowns.
Tackles: Jon Runyan, 2002
Although consistently one of the NFL's premier offensive tackles, Runyan's only Pro Bowl appearance came in 2002. The 330-pound right tackle played all 16 games, as usual, for an offense that set a franchise-record with 415 points. He helped the Eagles rush for over 150 yards in a game six times, including 295 yards in a Monday Night win against the Giants.
Tackles: Tra Thomas, 2004
In 2004, Thomas started all 16 games, while leading the Eagles to their first Super Bowl appearance in 24 years. He was selected to his third Pro Bowl and earned All-Pro honors for the second time. Thomas helped the Eagles total over 5800 yards of offense.
Guards: Shawn Andrews, 2006
Andrews played well enough in 2006 to be rewarded with a seven-year contract extension. He started all sixteen games and was selected to his first Pro Bowl. He helped Brian Westbrook rush for 1217 yards.
Guards: Jermane Mayberry, 2002
One of three Eagles' offensive linemen to go to the Pro Bowl in 2002, Mayberry started all 16 games. The right guard also earned All-Pro honors, as he helped the Eagles score 415 points and rush for over 2200 yards.
Center: Hank Fraley, 2004
Fraley led the Eagles to the Super Bowl after starting all sixteen games. He helped the Birds pass for a team-record 4208 yards and score 386 points, the third-most in franchise history.
Defensive End: Hugh Douglas, 2000
Douglas helped anchor an Eagles' defense that allowed only 245 points all year, reminiscent of the Buddy Ryan days. He totaled 15 sacks and forced two fumbles. He registered 44 tackles and returned an interception for nine yards, while earning his first of three consecutive Pro Bowl appearances.
Defensive End: Trent Cole, 2007
Finally in the starting lineup, Cole recorded 12.5 sacks, the most by an Eagle since Hugh Douglas. He forced four fumbles, recovered one, and registered 49 tackles.
Defensive Tackle: Corey Simon, 2000
He didn't make the Pro Bowl, like he did in 2003, but Simon registered 9.5 sacks, the most by an Eagles defensive tackle under Andy Reid. He forced two fumbles and recovered one, and recorded 38 tackles. More importantly, the 23 year-old started all 16 games.
Defensive Tackle: Mike Patterson, 2007
Patterson helped anchor the massive defensive line for the Eagles. He recorded 50 tackles and four sacks. He also returned a fumble for 12 yards. The Eagles allowed the seventh-fewest rushing yards in the league.
Linebacker: Jeremiah Trotter, 2000
The 23 year-old middle linebacker had his best season in 2000. He recorded exactly 100 tackles. He contributed three sacks and returned an interception 27 yards for a touchdown. Trotter earned his first of four Pro Bowl selections and the first of two All-Pro appearances.
Linebacker: Shawn Barber, 2002
Barber started all sixteen games at outside linebacker. He returned an interception 80 yards for a touchdown against the Cowboys. He forced two fumbles, deflected ten passes, and totaled 71 tackles.
Linebacker: Stewart Bradley, 2008
Bradley has become a beast at linebacker. He leads the team with 64 tackles and projects to top 100. Bradley has a sack, forced fumble, and fumble recovery to his credit. The Eagles have allowed the eighth-fewest points in the NFL this season.
Cornerback: Troy Vincent, 2003
He only started in thirteen games, but Vincent earned his fifth consecutive Pro Bowl selection in 2003. Vincent didn't allow a passing touchdown all season, while intercepting three passes and recovering a fumble. He helped lead the Eagles to a third consecutive division title.
Cornerback: Lito Sheppard, 2006
He only started in 13 games, due to injury, but led the Eagles with six interceptions for 157 yards and a touchdown. His game-winning 102 yard interception return against the Dallas Cowboys came with sixteen seconds remaining and clinched the team's fourth win of the season.
His interception in the end zone on Monday Night Football against the Carolina Panthers with under a minute remaining helped put the Eagles back on track for a playoff spot. He also intercepted Tony Romo in the Christmas Day Massacre and deflected a team-high 19 passes.
Free Safety: Brian Dawkins, 2002
Picking the best season of future Hall of Fame free safety Brian Dawkins is no easy selection. But in 2002, BDawk started all 16 games for an Eagles team that reached the NFC Championship game. He forced five fumbles, recovered four, and intercepted two passes. He also totaled three sacks and registered 66 tackles.
In a win against the Houston Texans, Dawkins became the first and only player in NFL history to record a sack, interception, fumble recovery, and touchdown reception in the same game. In the divisional round of the playoffs, he delivered a vicious blow to quarterback Michael Vick that left the quarterback on the ground for a couple of minutes.
Strong Safety: Michael Lewis, 2003
The 23 year-old Lewis started all sixteen games in 2003. He totaled 67 tackles and forced two fumbles. He also picked off three passes, deflected eleven others, and sacked two quarterbacks.
Kicker: David Akers, 2000
Akers has had better statistical years, but in 2000 he proved to be the surprise of the NFL. The former NFL Europe kicker, Akers won the job in training camp. He converted 29 of 33 field goals and set a team-record with 121 points. He also earned a reputation as a clutch kicker for back-to-back game-winning field goals in overtime against the Dallas Cowboys and the Pittsburgh Steelers. He was named the NFC Special Teams Player of the Month for September 2000.
Punter: Sean Landeta, 2001
The 39-year-old Landeta started all 16 games for the NFC East champions in 2001. He punted 97 times for 4221 yards, an average of 43.5 yards per punt. His longest punt was 64 yards.
Kick Returner: Brian Mitchell, 2002
Mitchell returned a kick for a touchdown in both 2000 and 2001, but in 2002, he averaged 27 yards per return, a career-high. His longest return was only 57 yards, proving that the 34-year-old Mitchell was one of the more consistent returners in the NFL. He opened the NFC Championship Game against Tampa Bay with a 70-yard kickoff return to set up the Eagles' first touchdown 52 seconds into the game.
Punt Returner: Brian Westbrook, 2003
The signature play of Brian Westbrook's career came against the Giants, when he returned a punt 84 yards for a game-winning touchdown with 1:16 remaining. He also returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown against the 49ers. Overall, Westbrook returned 20 punts for 306 yards and two touchdowns.
Head Coach: Andy Reid, 2002
Reid earned NFL Coach of the Year honors in 2002. The Eagles started the season 7-3, before losing Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb to a broken ankle. An injury to backup Koy Detmer forced Reid to start AJ Feeley for the remainder of the season. Expectations for the playoffs were virtually gone, but Feeley rallied the Eagles to four wins in five starts. The Eagles earned home-field advantage, thanks to a record-setting offense and a defense that ranked second in the NFL.
Offensive Coordinator: Brad Childress, 2002
Childress helped the Eagles set a team-record with 415 points. After Donovan McNabb broke his ankle, Koy Detmer and AJ Feeley stepped in, helping the Eagles win five of their last six games.
Defensive Coordinator: Jim Johnson, 2001
Jim Johnson anchored an Eagles' defense that allowed just 208 points all season, second in the NFL, and an average of just 13 per game. The Eagles forced nine turnovers in their two blowout wins against Dallas and didn't allow a touchdown in five games. Four defensive players went to the Pro Bowl, from four different positions: defensive end Hugh Douglas, middle linebacker Jeremiah Trotter, cornerback Troy Vincent, and free safety Brian Dawkins.