PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Whether they’re cellar-dwellers or Super Bowl contenders, the Philadelphia Eagles don’t lose after a bye.
Under coach Andy Reid, the Eagles are 13-0 after a week off since 1999. Stretching that streak to 14 won’t be easy, however. The Eagles (3-3) host Atlanta (6-0) on Sunday.
“I think the coaches use the bye to figure out what works and what doesn’t, what are we excelling at and what we can get better at,” quarterback Michael Vick said, trying to explain the team’s success. “That is just coaches and their philosophies and the way they think. It definitely helps and it’s something that you have to do. Hopefully, we can get this thing turned around and I’m optimistic that we will.”
While some coaches hold a few practices during the bye, Reid always give the Eagles the entire week off. Some players stick around the practice facility, work out and get treatment. Others stay away for the whole week, spend time with family or take a short vacation.
There’s no second-guessing Reid on his approach. His formula has certainly worked well through the years.