Examining the Eagles recent Super Bowl hangovers, ideas for avoiding another

  • The Eagles finished 6-10 after landing in Super Bowl XXXIX.
  • They had a nice run in 2018 after struggling early.
  • Let's hope they avoid the Super Bowl hangover in 2023.
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The run to Super Bowl XXXIX was a dream come true, but the 2005 season was a nightmare.

After a 13-3 regular season led to the second Super Bowl appearance in franchise history, Philly was excited to run in it back one year later. Unfortunately, 2005's campaign resulted in a 6-10 record and a fourth-place finish in the NFC East.

The 2005 offseason foretold a drama-filled and chaotic season. Brian Westbrook didn't show up for training camp. Terrell Owens demanded a new deal and his relationship with Donovan McNabb deteriorated until 81 was eventually suspended in November and did an impromptu interview while doing sit-ups in his driveway.

The Birds started the season with a 3-1 record, but the winning ways wouldn't last. As time went on, they lost major pieces on the offensive and defensive side of the ball, and they didn't have the depth to overcome the losses.

How bad was Philly's depth? Well... Does anybody remember Mike McMahon? He was the starter for seven games when McNabb went down with an injury. Terrell Owens was released during the next offseason.