Extra Week Means Good Bye; under Coach Andy Reid, Eagles Are 9-0 in Games after Bye Weeks, Including 3-0 in Playoffs

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Byline: BART HUBBUCH, The Times-Union

No one can accuse Andy Reid of poor time management.

The Philadelphia Eagles are decided underdogs in Super Bowl XXXIX, but they do have one statistic heavily in their favor against the New England Patriots: Their coach has a career 9-0 record in games played after a bye week.

Considering the Super Bowl included an off week this year, the Eagles are liking their chances with Reid on the sideline Sunday.

"He's great with his time and how he uses it," Eagles center Hank Fraley said Monday. "He takes advantage of all of it, makes the most out of it, and that's why you see him having the record that he does."

Reid is almost as good with the bye week in the playoffs as he is during the regular season, compiling a 3-0 mark in the postseason when given extra time to prepare for an opponent.

That record includes a 27-14 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in the playoffs this year, which arguably was Reid's most impressive win of the entire streak because the Eagles' starters had not played in almost a month.

"We do a great job of not overdoing it or peaking too early during the bye week," Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb. "We just focus in on the game plan, and I don't expect that to change this time."

Since Reid was hired as coach in 1999, the Eagles are the best team in the league after a bye week. Minnesota, St. Louis and Green Bay are all at 5-1 in the regular season, but none can top the unbeaten mark of Reid and the Eagles.

The improvement also can be tied directly to Reid's arrival. The Eagles were just 3-4 in games after the bye week before Reid joined them after a lengthy stint as the Packers' quarterbacks coach. …


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