1951 Philadelphia Eagles season

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1951 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coach Bo McMillin 2–0 and
Wayne Millner 2–8
Home field Shibe Park
Results
Record 4–8
Division place 5th NFL American
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1950 1952 >

The 1951 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 19th in the league. The team failed to improve on their previous output of 6–6, winning only four games.[1] The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

Off Season[edit]

The Eagle hired Bo McMillin who took on the challenge of returning the Philadelphia Eagles to their previous glory was hired on February 8, 1951. However, after just two games (both wins), McMillin underwent surgery for what was believed to be ulcer troubles. The verdict was far worse: stomach cancer, which ended his coaching career. Assistant coach Wayne Miller took over as head coach for the rest of the year. He would resign weeks before the 1952 season citing health as the reason for stepping down.

NFL Draft[edit]

The 1951 NFL Draft was held on January 18–19, 1951. This draft would be for players coming out of college and because Baltimore Colts folded after the 1950 season. The NFL placed their players in the 1951 NFL draft. The draft was 30 rounds with eleven teams picking. There was a total of 362 players drafted. 27 former Colts players were drafted including Y. A. Tittle by San Francisco 49ers.

The Eagles would rotate getting the 5th, 6th and 7th picks through the rounds as a results of their 6–6 record in 1950, tying them with Pittsburgh and Detroit.

With the lottery bonus pick as the #1 pick of the draft, the New York Giants choose Kyle Rote a Halfback from Southern Methodist University The 2nd pick in the draft was made by the Chicago Bears. This was the Baltimore Colts 1st round pick that would have had, that was earlier traded to Chicago. With this pick they choose Bob Williams a Quarterback from the Notre Dame.

With their 1st pick as the 7th selection in the 1st round the Eagles choose, Ebert Van Buren, brother of Steve Van Buren,[2] a Fullback/Halfback out of LSU.

Player Selections[edit]

The table 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 [3] = Hall of Famer
Rd Pick Player Position School Rd Pick Player Position School
1 7 Ebert Van Buren Back LSU 1 8 Chet Mutryn
(From Detroit Lions)
Back Xavier
2 21 Pick Taken by Washington Redskins 3 32 Al Bruno End Kentucky
4 43 Fran Nagle Back Nebraska 5 57 Jack Dwyer Back Loyola (CA)
6 68 Ken Farragut Center Mississippi 7 79 Frank Boydston Back Baylor
8 93 Jack Richards End Arkansas 9 104 Denny Doyle Guard Tulane
10 116 Louis Schaufele Back Arkansas 11 130 Bob Pope Tackle Kentucky
12 141 Henry Rich Back Arizona State 13 152 Pete Mastellone Center Miami (FLA)
14 166 Bobby Walston End Georgia 15 177 Bobby North Back Georgia Tech
16 188 Hal Hatfield End USC 17 202 Hal Waggoner Back Tulane
18 213 Bill Weeks Back Iowa State 19 224 Jack Bove Tackle West Virginia
20 238 John Glorioso Back Missouri 21 249 Neal Franklin Tackle SMU
22 260 Jack Rucker Back Mississippi State 23 274 Jack Bighead End Pepperdine
24 285 Tony Kotowski End Mississippi State 25 296 Glenn Drahn Back Iowa
26 310 Billy Stewart Back Mississippi State 27 321 Bob Winship Tackle Rice
28 332 Marv Stendel End Arkansas 29 346 Roscoe Hansen Tackle North Carolina
30 357 John "Model-T" Ford Quarterback Hardin-Simmons .

Regular Season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 30, 1951 at Chicago Cardinals W 17–14
16,129
2 October 6, 1951 San Francisco 49ers W 21–14
23,432
3 October 14, 1951 at Green Bay Packers L 37–24
18,489
4 October 21, 1951 at New York Giants L 26–24
28,656
5 October 28, 1951 Washington Redskins L 27–23
20,437
6 November 4, 1951 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 34–13
19,649
7 November 11, 1951 at Cleveland Browns L 20–17
36,571
8 November 18, 1951 Detroit Lions L 28–10
25,350
9 November 25, 1951 Pittsburgh Steelers L 17–13
15,537
10 December 2, 1951 at Washington Redskins W 35–21
23,738
11 December 9, 1951 New York Giants L 23–7
19,322
12 December 16, 1951 Cleveland Browns L 24–9
16,263

Game Recaps[edit]

Week 1 at[edit]

Week 2 vs SF 49ers[edit]

Week 1: Philadelphia Eagles (2–0–0) vs San Francisco 49ers (1–1–0)
1 2 3 4 Total
49ers 7 0 0 7 14
Eagles 7 0 7 7 21

at Shibe Park on Grass,

  • Date: October 6, 1951
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: degrees, wind mph
  • [1]
Game information
1st quarter
  • 49ers – Verl Lillywhite 60 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick), 49ers 3 – 0
  • Eagles – Jim Parmer 4 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick), Tied 7 – 7
2nd quarter
  • No Scoring
3rd quarter
  • Eagles – Clyde Scott 49 yard pass from Adrian Burk (Bobby Walston kick), Eagles 14 – 7
4th quarter
  • Eagles – Clyde Scott 28 yard pass from Adrian Burk (Bobby Walston kick), Eagles 21 – 7
  • 49ers – Verl Lillywhite 11 yard pass from Y.A. Tittle (Gordie Soltau kick), Eagles 21–14

Team Stats

  • First downs – SF 14 – Phila 13
  • Rush-yards-TDs – SF 37–174–1 – Phila 34–97–1
  • Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT – SF 11–24–109–1–2 – Phila 14–28–239–2–2
  • Sacked-yards – SF 2–20 – Phila 1–11
  • Net pass yards – SF 89 – Phila 228
  • Total yards – SF 263 – Phila 325
  • Fumbles-lost – SF 3–2 – Phila 3–1
  • Turnovers – SF 4 – Phila 3
  • Penalties-yards – SF 3–35 – Phila 5–35
American Conference Standing
  • Philadelphia (2–0–0)
  • New York (1–0–1)
  • Chicago Cards & Cleveland Browns (1–1–0)
  • Pittsburgh (0–1–1)
  • Washington (0–2–0)

Week 9 vs Pitt Steelers[edit]

Week 1: Philadelphia Eagles (3–6–0) vs Pittsburgh Steelers (3–5–1)
1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 10 7 0 0 17
Eagles 0 6 0 7 13

at Shibe Park on Grass,

  • Date: November 25, 1951
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: degrees, wind mph
  • [2]
Game information
1st quarter
  • Steelers – Joe Geri 24 yard field goal, Steelers 3 – 0
  • Steelers – Fran Rogel 1 yard rush (Joe Geri kick), Steelers 10 – 0
2nd quarter
  • Eagles – Pete Pihos 16 yard pass from Adrian Burk (kick failed) Steelers 10 – 6
  • Steelers – Lynn Chandnois 37 yard pass from Chuck Ortmann (Joe Geri kick) Steelers 17 – 6
3rd quarter
  • No Scoring
4th quarter
  • Eagles – Jim Parmer 15 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick), Steelers 17 – 13

Team Stats

  • First downs – Pitt 17 – Phila 18
  • Rush-yards-TDs – Pitt 38–156–1 – Phila 46–164–1
  • Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT – Pitt 13–29–167–1–3 – Phila 11–28–145–1–4
  • Sacked-yards – Pitt 0–0 – Phila 1–9
  • Net pass yards – Pitt 167 – Phila 136
  • Total yards – Pitt 323 – Phila 300
  • Fumbles-lost – Pitt 1–0 – Phila 2–1
  • Turnovers – Pitt 3 – Phila 5
  • Penalties-yards – Pitt 4–30 – Phila 5–57
American Conference Standing
  • Cleveland Browns (8–1–0)
  • New York (6–2–1)
  • Washington (4–5–0)
  • Pittsburgh (3–5–1)
  • Philadelphia (3–6–0)
  • Chicago Cards (2–7–0)

Week 11[edit]

Week 12 vs Cleve Browns[edit]

The Eagles lost for the 4th time to the former AAFC member. They were out played by the American Conference champions Cleveland Browns, as they could only manage a net passing yard total of 8 yards for the game on 9 completions. The Eagles forced the Browns to turn the ball over 4 times, and sacked Otto Graham in the end zone for a safety as the only bright points of the game for the Eagles.

Week 1: Philadelphia Eagles (4–8) vs Cleveland Browns (11–1)
1 2 3 4 Total
Browns 7 3 7 7 24
Eagles 0 0 2 7 9

at Shibe Park on Grass,

  • Date: December 16, 1951
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: degrees, wind mph
  • [3]
Game information
1st quarter
  • Browns – Dante Lavelli 12 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick), Browns 7 – 0
2nd quarter
  • Browns – Lou Groza 21 yard field goal Browns 10 – 0
3rd quarter
  • Browns – Carl Taseff 1 yard rush (Lou Groza kick) Browns 17 – 0
  • Eagles – Safety, Graham tackled in end zone by Stickel Browns 17 – 2
4th quarter
  • Browns – Rex Bumgardner 18 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick) Browns 24 – 2
  • Eagles – Bobby Walston 11 yard pass from Adrian Burk (Bobby Walston kick), Browns 24 – 9

Team Stats

  • First downs – Cleve 15 – Phila 9
  • Rush-yards-TDs – Cleve 32–96–1 – Phila 30–65–0
  • Comp-Att-Yd-TD-INT – Cleve 12–29–179–2–1 – Phila 9–24–96–1–0
  • Sacked-yards – Cleve 4–32 – Phila 10–88
  • Net pass yards – Cleve 147 – Phila 8
  • Total yards – Cleve 243 – Phila 73
  • Fumbles-lost – Cleve 3–3 – Phila 5–2
  • Turnovers – Cleve 4 – Phila 2
  • Penalties-yards – Cleve 8–74 – Phila 2–10
American Conference Standing
  • Cleveland Browns (8–1–0)
  • New York (6–2–1)
  • Washington (4–5–0)
  • Pittsburgh (3–5–1)
  • Philadelphia (3–6–0)
  • Chicago Cards (2–7–0)

Standings[edit]

NFL American
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Cleveland Browns 11 1 0 .917 331 152 W-11
New York Giants 9 2 1 .818 254 161 W-4
Washington Redskins 5 7 0 .417 183 296 L-1
Pittsburgh Steelers 4 7 1 .364 183 235 W-1
Philadelphia Eagles 4 8 0 .333 234 264 L-2
Chicago Cardinals 3 9 0 .250 210 287 W-1

Playoffs[edit]

The Philadelphia eagles finished with a 4–8–0 record and failed to make it to the 1951 NFL Championship Game. The game was played between the Cleveland Browns and Los Angeles Rams in Los Angeles on December 23, 1951, with an attendance of 59,475.

1951 Roster[edit]

(All time List of Philadelphia Eagles players in franchise history)

= 1951 Pro Bowl [4] = Hall of Famer
NO. Player AGE POS GP GS WT HT YRS College
Bo McMillin 56 Coach 2 record
2–0
163 5–9 1st Centre[5]
Wayne Millner 38 Coach 10 record
2–8
189 6–1 1st Notre Dame
80 Neill Armstrong 25 E-DB 12 189 6–2 4 Oklahoma State
74 Walt Barnes 33 G 12 238 6–1 3 LSU
60 Chuck Bednarik+ 26 LB-C 12 233 6–3 2 Pennsylvania
10 Adrian Burk 24 QB-Punter 12 12 190 6–2 1 Baylor
36 Gerry Cowhig 30 LB-FB-DB 11 215 6–2 4 Notre Dame
33 Russ Craft 32 DB-HB 12 178 5–9 5 Alabama
53 Ken Farragut 23 C-LB 11 240 6–4 Rookie Mississippi
64 Mario Giannelli 31 MG-G 10 265 6–0 3 Boston College
86 Bud Grant 24 E-DE 12 199 6–3 Rookie Minnesota
89 John Green 30 DE-E 1 0 192 6–1 4 Tulsa
73 Roscoe Hansen 22 T-DT 9 215 6–3 Rookie North Carolina
78 Mike Jarmoluk 29 DT-T-MG 12 232 6–5 5 Temple
76 Bucko Kilroy 30 G-MG-T-DT 12 243 6–2 8 Notre Dame
Temple
52 Vic Lindskog+ 37 C 11 203 6–1 7 Stanford
88 Jay MacDowell 32 T-DE 12 217 6–2 5 Washington
39 Bill Mackrides 26 QB 6 182 5–11 4 Nevada-Reno
67 John Magee 28 G 12 220 5–10 3 La-Lafayette,
Rice
49 Pat McHugh 32 DB-HB 8 166 5–11 4 Georgia Tech
81 Red O'Quinn 26 DB-E 5 195 6–2 1 Wake Forest
43 Jim Parmer 25 FB-HB 11 193 6–0 3 Oklahoma State,
Texas A&M
35 Pete Pihos 28 E-DE 12 210 6–1 4 Indiana
21 Al Pollard 23 HB-FB 6 196 6–0 Rookie Army,
Loyola Marymount
30 Bosh Pritchard 32 HB 6 164 5–11 9 Georgia Tech,VMI
11 John Rauch 24 QB-DB 4 195 6–1 2 Georgia
40 Frank Reagan 32 B 12 182 5–11 10 Pennsylvania
68 Ray Romero 24 G 7 213 5–11 Rookie Kansas State
31 Dan Sandifer 24 DB-HB 12 190 6–1 3 LSU
27 Clyde Scott 27 HB-DB 12 174 6–0 2 Arkansas,Navy
79 Vic Sears 33 T-DT 12 223 6–3 10 Oregon State
72 Dick Steere 24 G 5 240 6–4 Rookie Drake
75 Walt Stickel 29 T-DT 11 247 6–3 5 Pennsylvania
Tulsa
45 Joe Sutton 27 DB-HB 11 180 5–11 2 Temple
17 Ebert Van Buren 27 DB-LB-FB-HB 12 210 6–2 Rookie LSU
15 Steve Van Buren 31 HB 10 200 6–0 7 LSU
83 Bobby Walston 23 E-HB-K 12 190 6–0 Rookie Georgia
44 Norm Willey 24 DE-G-E 11 224 6–2 1 Marshall
70 Al Wisert 31 G-T-DT 12 214 6–1 8 Michigan
41 Frank Ziegler 28 HB-DB 12 0 175 5–11 2 Georgia Tech
38 Players
Team Average
27.8 12 206.1 6–1.0 3.4

Post Season[edit]

  • Wayne Millner resigns before 1952 season after training camp

Awards and Honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1951 Philadelphia Eagles
  2. ^ ISBN 978-1-59213-449-6 The Eagles Encyclopedia
  3. ^ Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
  4. ^ Players are identified as a 1951 All-Star.
  5. ^ http://www.collegefootball.org/famer_selected.php?id=20006%7CCollege Hof F