7 longest tenured head coaches in Eagles history: Who lands behind Andy Reid?

We know Andy Reid tops this list, but where does everyone else fall?
Donovan McNabb (L), Andy Reid (R), Philadelphia Eagles
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Andy Reid (14 seasons)

Tenure: 1999 - 2012

Philadelphia sports fans aren't known for their patience, but we've all learned over time that the premier NFL franchises employ consistency. Jeffrey Lurie hired Andy Reid to repair his Eagles team on January 11, 1999. The Birds have never enjoyed more consistency than when he was at the helm.

There's only one knock on his resume. He never won a Super Bowl, but he's the only head coach in NFL history to win 100 games, appear in four consecutive conference championships, and coach a Super Bowl for two different franchises.

Greasy Neale (10 seasons)

Tenure 1941 - 50

Earl 'Greasy Neale' led the Philadelphia Eagles to the franchise's first two NFL Championships (1948, 1949) during a stretch where he led the organization to three straight NFL Championship appearances. Overall, he stacked a 63-43-5 regular-season win-loss total and he tallied an impressive 3-1 postseason record.

He also led the Steagles (the Phil-Pitt Combine) alongside Walt Kiesling. This was a combined Eagles-Steelers roster formed because both had lost so many players to military service during World War II.

Greasy is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, the Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Fame, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Dick Vermeil (7 seasons)

Tenure: 1976 - 82

Richard Albert Vermeil is one of the most beloved figures in Eagles history. Rarely seen without a smile, he's a two-time Sporting News and Pro Football Weekly NFL Coach of the Year. He's also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Vermeil took over an Eagles franchise in 1976 that crafted a 4-10 record the year prior. Trades that had occurred prior to his arrival would ensure he wouldn't have a first-round pick until 1979.

Two losing seasons to begin his run led to Philly's first postseason appearance in 18 seasons to cap the 1978 campaign. He also led Philly to a Super Bowl XV appearance. He has been immortalized in two films, Invincible (2006) and American Underdog (2021).

Doug Pederson (5 seasons)

Four Eagles head coaches led Philly from the sideline for five seasons. The longest-tenured of the four also led them to their first Super Bowl win. Doug Pederson crafted a 42-37-1 record during 80 regular-season games. He notched a 4-2 win-loss total during the postseason.

Buddy Ryan (5 seasons)

Goshm we love Buddy Ryan. No championships... No playoff wins... But, he was a mean son of a gun that talked a lot of trash and built some stout Eagles defenses.

43-35-1... That's the result of 79 regular-season games in Philly.

Joe Kuharich (5 seasons)

Tenure: 1964 - 68

Add Joe Kuharich's name to the list of guys who led Philly from the sidelines four five seasons. Unfortunately, he's largely forgotten because he led the team during one of its dark eras.

70 games as head coach... 28-41-1 is his record. He might be most remembered for making an All-Pro Team as a member of the Chicago Cardinals and for trading away Hall of Fame and perennial Pro-Bowlers Sonny Jurgensen and Tommy McDonald for quarterback Norm Snead and defensive back Jimmy Carr (and for the clips we have seen of the 'Joe Must Go' banners at Franklin Field.

His final run in Philly also doubles as the season where fans threw snowballs at Santa Claus when they realized they wouldn't be getting the first-overall draft pick in 1969

Three months after the1969 NFL Draft (May 1, 1969), Jerry Wolman sold the Eagles to trucking millionaire Leonard Tose.

Bert Bell (5 seasons)

Tenure: 1936 - 40

Bert Bell, the second head coach in Eagles history, took over for Lud Wray in 1936. He led Philly to a 10-44-2 record over five seasons. His frustration in being unable to build a consistent winner due to an imbalance in talent leaguewide led to him helping birth the first NFL Draft in 1936.

Bell also served as Eagles owner from 1933-1935 and as the franchise's owner, president, and general manager from 1936-40. He's a member of the Eagles Hall of Fame. He is also a Penn University alum who hails was born in Philly (February 28, 1895) and passed away there (October 11, 1959). Make no mistake about it. He's a Philadelphian through and through.

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