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The decision comes at a critical time for the Eagles. Though struggling at 3-3, the division race is tight and still up for grabs. The Giants (4-2) lead the NFC East, but New York is already 0-2 in the division, and Philadelphia already defeated the Giants at home. The bye perhaps comes at a good time, as Reid and Bowles have time to set their strategy and move forward. The Eagles meet the Falcons (6-0) on Oct. 28.

Bowles was 2-1 as the interim head coach for Miami last season. The former Temple star is in his 13th season as an assistant. He began his NFL coaching career with the New York Jets in 2000 as a secondary coach, spent four years in Cleveland, four in Dallas and three in Miami.

“I didn’t talk to coaches, players,” Reid said. “I made the decision.”