EAGLES GO 11-5, LOSE TO COWBOYS BACK TO BACK WEEKS( WEEK 17, & WILDCARD PLAYOFF ROUND):
In August, the team stirred up controversy by signing ex-Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, who had recently been released from prison for federal dogfighting charges. On the regular season opener against Carolina, McNabb sustained a broken rib and sat out the next two games, with Kevin Kolb taking his place as starter. Afterwards, Philadelphia endured a bad loss to New Orleans, but then beat Kansas City the following week. McNabb returned, and Vick also began playing (as he had been barred from the first two games). He got off to a slow start and was used sparingly for much of the season. After a 13-9 loss in Oakland, the Eagles defeated the Redskins 27-17 on Monday Night Football. During this game, running back Brian Westbrook suffered a severe concussion and was knocked unconscious. He returned to play in the Week 10 game against San Diego, but was felled by a second concussion. Afterwards, Philadelphia went on a five-game winning streak and clinching a playoff berth after defeating the Broncos in Week 16, which marked Brian Westbrook’s return to action after an absence of five weeks. However, the season ended with a whimper, as they were shut out by a resurgentCowboys squad the following week. This put Dallas at the top of the NFC East and giving the Eagles a wild card spot. The two teams then had to play again the following week, but Philadelphia went down to defeat a second time, the score being 34-14.
#12 - LB Jeremiah Trotter – The failures of Bruce Smith and Deion Sanders never even made Daniel Snyder flinch in 2002 when he gave Trotter – a linebacker who’s knees were so bad he couldn’t run anymore – a seven-year, $36 million deal. Two years later … you know the story.