American Football Database
1999 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head Coach Andy Reid
Home Field Veterans Stadium
Record 5–11
Place 5th NFC East
Playoff Finish did not qualify
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The 1999 Philadelphia Eagles season was Donovan McNabb’s rookie season. The Eagles hired Andy Reid away from the Green Bay Packers to be their new head coach. As of the start of the 2011 season, he is the longest tenured coach in the league.


NFL Draft

The 1999 NFL Draft was held April 17–18, 1999. The league also held a supplemental draft after the regular draft and before the regular season.

The Eagles, with a record of 3–13 in 1998, equal the record of the Cincinnati Bengals and the Indianapolis Colts and would normally have a chance at the number 1 pick in the draft but the new Cleveland Browns franchise will have it. The Eagles do win the 2nd pick in the Draft and select Donovan McNabb a Quarterback out of University of Syracuse. The Eagles, Bengals and Colts will rotate in each round picking 2nd, 3rd, or 4th after the Browns.

Player Selections

The table[1] shows the Eagles selections and what picks they had that were traded away and the team that ended up with that pick. It is possible the Eagles' pick ended up with this team via another team that the Eagles made a trade with. Not shown are acquired picks that the Eagles traded away.

= Pro Bowler [2] = Hall of Famer
Rd Pick # Player Position College
1 2 Donovan McNabb Quarterback Syracuse
2 35 Barry Gardner Linebacker Northwestern
3 64 Doug Brzezinski Guard Boston College
4 97 John Welbourn Guard California
4 128 Damon Moore
Free Agent Compensation Pick
Safety Ohio State
4 130 Na Brown
Free Agent Compensation Pick
Wide receiver North Carolina
5 137 Pick Traded to Detroit Lions
6 172 Cecil Martin Fullback Wisconsin
6 201 Troy Smith
Pick Acquired from Denver Broncos
Wide receiver East Carolina
7 208 Jed Weaver Tight end Oregon
7 251 Pernell Davis
Free Agent Compensation Pick
Defensive tackle Alabama-Birmingham
  • A Compensation Pick is a pick awarded by the NFL to a team that loses a Free Agent the year before



1999 Philadelphia Eagles staff
Front office
  • Owner/Chief Executive Officer – Jeffrey Lurie
  • Executive Vice President – Joe Banner
  • Director of Football Operations – Tom Modrak
  • Director of College Scouting – John Goeller
  • Director of Pro Personnel – Mike McCartney

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Mike Wolf
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Tom Kanavy

Regular season

The quality of Andy Reid's work with the Packers attracted considerable notice throughout the league, leading to his being hired as the head coach of the Eagles on January 11, 1999. At the time, many in the local media in Philadelphia criticized the hiring, citing the availability of other candidates who had past records of success as head coaches. The Eagles, under former coach Ray Rhodes, finished in a three-way tie for the NFL's worst record at 3–13 the season before he took over. They improved two games in 1999 to finish at 5–11 (including the team's first road victory in 19 games, a 20–16 win over the Bears at Chicago on October 17, which was the first time the Philadelphia franchise had won an away game over the Bears since 1933).

Donovan McNabb was drafted second overall by the Eagles in the 1999 NFL Draft, a choice which was famously booed by Philadelphia fans present at the draft, most of whom were pushing for their team to draft University of Texas running back Ricky Williams. McNabb saw his first NFL regular season action in the second half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in a 19–5 home loss on September 19. He made his first career start at home against Washington on November 14, completing eight of 21 passes for 60 yards in a 35–28 win. He also had nine carries for 49 rushing yards and led the team to a pair of successful two-point conversions (1 rush and 1 pass). With the win, he became the first Eagles rookie QB to win his first NFL start since Mike Boryla (December 1, 1974 vs. Green Bay) and the first Eagle QB to win his first start since Ty Detmer (October 13, 1996 at NYG).

McNabb threw the first TD pass of his career (6 yards to tight end Chad Lewis) vs. Indianapolis in a 44–17 home loss on November 21. McNabb went on to start six of the Eagles' final seven contests (missing the December 19 home game against New England, a 24–9 victory, due to injury) as he became the first Philadelphia Eagles rookie to start in the quarterback position since Brad Goebel on October 13, 1991, and the first Eagles rookie draft pick to start since John Reaves in 1972.


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 12, 1999 Arizona Cardinals L 25–24
2 September 19, 1999 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 19–5
3 September 26, 1999 at Buffalo Bills L 26–0
4 October 3, 1999 at New York Giants L 16–15
5 October 10, 1999 Dallas Cowboys W 13–10
6 October 17, 1999 at Chicago Bears W 20–16
7 October 24, 1999 at Miami Dolphins L 16–13
8 October 31, 1999 New York Giants L 23–17
9 November 7, 1999 at Carolina Panthers L 33–7
10 November 14, 1999 Washington Redskins W 35–28
11 November 21, 1999 Indianapolis Colts L 44–17
12 November 28, 1999 at Washington Redskins L 20–17
13 December 5, 1999 at Arizona Cardinals L 21–17
14 December 12, 1999 at Dallas Cowboys L 20–10
15 December 19, 1999 New England Patriots W 24–9
16 Bye
17 January 2, 2000 St. Louis Rams W 38–31


NFC East
view · talk · edit W L T PCT PF PA
Washington Redskins 10 6 0 .625 443 377
Dallas Cowboys 8 8 0 .500 352 276
New York Giants 7 9 0 .438 299 358
Arizona Cardinals 6 10 0 .375 245 382
Philadelphia Eagles 5 11 0 .313 272 357

1999 Roster

= 19 Pro Bowl [3] = Hall of Famer
NO. Player AGE POS GP GS WT HT YRS College
Andy Reid 42 Head Coach 1

Post Season

Awards and honors


  2. Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
  3. Players are identified as a 1953 All-Star.
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