Philadelphia Eagles fans have seen a ton of passing yards over the years.
Over the course of the last ten seasons of Philadelphia Eagles football, there have been a lot of dynamic passing attacks under the three different coaching regimes that have coached here. If you were to guess, would you say Andy Reid‘s passing attack was the most efficient, or would you give that distinction to Chip Kelly, or Doug Pederson?
To a casual fan, when you think of Chip Kelly, you think of a fast-paced and high-flying offense. UCLA’s current head coach did a decent job but couldn’t decide on one signal-caller. In three seasons, he started Michael Vick, Nick Foles, Mark Sanchez, and Sam Bradford but wasn’t able to boast having the highest passing yards total of the three head coaches.
Longtime and passionate fans could tell you stories about the pass-happy offenses of the great Andy Reid and his mentee Doug Pederson, but believe it or not, from a numbers standpoint, if we just use the decade of 2010 to 2019 as a sample size, Reid surprisingly comes in third behind Pederson and Kelly in terms of passing yards.
Both Reid and Kelly did their fair share of quarterbacks shuffling, but as you might have guessed (and partially because four years of the 2010 decade belong to Pederson as opposed to consecutive three year-spans that belong to both Kelly and “Big Red”, it’s “Dougie P” that can lay claim to posting the highest yardage totals during a ten-year span that truly was one of the better decades of Eagles football.
For a team to have a great passing attack in the NFL, it obviously starts with the man under the center. Philly’s had some good ones, and Carson Wentz might be the best of Philly’s bunch by the time it’s all said and done. Let’s take a few moments to look back on one decade and three coaching regimes and take a guess on what the future holds.