1958 Philadelphia Eagles season

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1958 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coach Buck Shaw
Results
Record 2–9–1
Division place 5th NFL Eastern
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1957 1959 >

The 1958 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 26th in the league. They failed to improve on their previous output of 4–8, winning only two games.[1] The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season. In the offseason, Vince Lombardi was offered the Eagles head coaching position but he refused it. He opted to stay as the Offensive Coordinator of the New York Giants.[2]

Off Season[edit]

The Eagles hire the Air Force Academy's 1st head coach Buck Shaw. Shaw took over a last-place Eagles team and started rebuilding. He was also the 1st coach of the San Francisco 49ers when they formed in the AAFC in 1946. He immediately dealt Buck Lansford, Jimmy Harris, and a first-round draft choice to the Los Angeles Rams for 32-year old, nine-year veteran quarterback Norm Van Brocklin.

NFL Draft[edit]

The 1958 NFL Draft was held on December 2, 1957 (rounds 1–4) and January 28, 1958 (rounds 5–30). The draft was 30 rounds long with 12 teams making picks. A total of 360 players were selected.

With a 4–8 record in 1957 the Eagles made the 6th pick in the 1st round.

This was the last year in which the Lottery Bonus Pick was used. The Chicago Cardinals had the number 1 pick of the draft and the Bonus Pick. The used the picks to select as Lottery Bonus Pick King Hill a Quarterback out of Rice University. With the 2nd pick they chose 1957 Heisman Trophy winner John David Crow [3] a Halfback out of Texas A&M University

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.[4] 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 [5] = Hall of Famer
Rd Pick # Player Position College Rd Pick # Player Position College
1 6 Walt Kowalczyk Fullback Michigan State 2 17 Proverb Jacobs Tackle California
3 31 Pick Taken By
Washington Redskins
4 43 Frank Rigney Tackle Iowa
5 52 Bobby Mulgado Back Arizona State 6 64 John Kersey Tackle Duke
7 76 Len Mansfield Tackle Pittsburgh State 8 88 Bill Striegel Linebacker Pacific
9 100 Pick Taken By
Pittsburgh Steelers
10 112 Theron Sapp Back Georgia
11 124 Mel Dillard Back Purdue 12 136 Jack Crabtree Back Oregon
13 148 Mickey Trimarki Quarterback West Virginia 14 160 Bill Lapham Center Iowa
15 172 Stan Hinos Tackle Mississippi Valley State 16 184 Mike Meatheringham Tackle Georgia
17 196 Bill Van Buren Center Iowa 18 208 John Burroughs Tackle Iowa
19 220 Ron Sabal Guard Purdue 20 232 Kent Lovelace Back Mississippi
21 244 John Madden Offensive Tackle Cal Poly San Luis Obispo 22 256 George Sherwood End St. Joseph's (IN)
23 268 Billy Templeton End Mississippi 24 280 Jim Padget Center Clemson
25 292 Hal Divine Tackle Memphis State 26 304 Neil MacLean Back Wake Forest
27 316 Hindman Wall End Auburn 28 328 Gene Gossage Tackle Northwestern
29 340 Don McDonald Back Houston 30 351 Jim Thompson End Temple

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 28, 1958 Washington Redskins L 24–14
36,850
2 October 5, 1958 New York Giants W 27–24
23,178
3 October 12, 1958 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 24–3
23,153
4 October 19, 1958 San Francisco 49ers L 30–24
33,110
5 October 26, 1958 at Green Bay Packers L 38–35
31,043
6 November 2, 1958 at Chicago Cardinals T 21–21
17,486
7 November 9, 1958 Pittsburgh Steelers L 31–24
26,306
8 November 16, 1958 Chicago Cardinals W 49–21
18,315
9 November 23, 1958 at Cleveland Browns L 28–14
51,319
10 November 30, 1958 at New York Giants L 24–10
35,438
11 December 7, 1958 Cleveland Browns L 21–14
36,773
12 December 14, 1958 at Washington Redskins L 20–0
22,621

Standings[edit]

NFL Eastern
W L T PCT PF PA STK
New York Giants 9 3 0 .750 246 183 W-4
Cleveland Browns 9 3 0 .750 302 217 L-1
Pittsburgh Steelers 7 4 1 .636 261 230 W-1
Washington Redskins 4 7 1 .364 214 268 W-1
Chicago Cardinals 2 9 1 .182 261 356 L-6
Philadelphia Eagles 2 9 1 .182 235 306 L-4

Playoffs[edit]

1958 Roster[edit]

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

= 1958 Pro Bowl Selection [6] = Hall of Famer
  • + After name means 1st team selection
NO. Player AGE POS GP GS WT HT YRS College
Buck Shaw 61 COACH 1958
record

2–9–1
Eagles
Lifetime

2–9–1
NFL
Lifetime

73–48–5
1 Notre Dame
33 Billy Ray Barnes 23 HB 12 0 201 5–11 1 Wake Forest
60 Chuck Bednarik 33 LB-C 12 0 233 6–3 9 Pennsylvania Quakers
81 Eddie Bell 27 DB-LB 12 0 212 6–1 3 Pennsylvania Quakers
36 Dick Bielski 26 E-FB 12 0 224 6–1 3 Maryland Terrapins
65 Harold Bradley 29 G 12 12 230 6–2 4 Iowa Hawkeyes
40 Tom Brookshier 27 DB 11 0 196 6–0 5 Colorado Buffalos
78 Marion Campbell 29 DE-DT-MG-G-T 11 0 250 6–3 4 Georgia Bulldogs
86 Ed Cooke 23 DE-LB 7 0 250 6–4 Rookie Maryland Terrapins
42 Bob Hudson 28 DB-LB-E 11 0 225 6–4 7 Clemson Tigers
63 Ken Huxhold 29 G 12 0 226 6–1 4 Wisconsin Badgers
67 Proverb Jacobs 23 T-DT 12 0 258 6–4 Rookie California Golden Bears
9 Sonny Jurgensen 24 QB 12 0 202 5–11 1 Duke Blue Devils
73 Ed Khayat 23 DT-DE-T 5 0 240 6–3 1 Tulane Green Wave
68 Bill Koman 24 LB 12 12 229 6–2 2 North Carolina Tarheels
43 Walt Kowalczyk 23 FB-DB 12 0 208 6–0 Rookies Michigan State Spartans
64 Galen Laack 26 G 8 0 230 6–0 Rookie Pacific Tigers
61 Tom Louderback 25 LB-C-G 12 0 235 6–2 Rookie San Jose State Spartans
25 Tommy McDonald 24 FL-HB-SE-WR 10 0 178 5–9 1 Oklahoma Sooners
66 Ed Meadows 26 DE-E 12 0 221 6–2 4 Duke Blue Devils
80 Gene Mitcham 26 E 2 0 206 6–2 Rookie Arizona State Sun Devils
46 Brad Myers 29 B-E 9 0 197 6–1 5 Bucknell Bison
87 Andy Nacrelli 25 E 2 0 190 6–1 Rookie Fordham Rams
41 Jerry Norton 27 DB-HB 9 0 195 5–11 4 SMU Mustangs
70 Don Owens 26 DT-T 12 0 255 6–5 1 Southern Miss Golden Eagles
26 Clarence Peaks 23 FB 11 0 218 6–1 1 Michigan State Spartans
53 Bob Pellegrini 24 LB-G 12 0 233 6–2 2 Maryland Terrapins
76 Volney Peters 30 DT-T-DE 10 0 237 6–4 6 USC Trojans
44 Pete Retzlaff 27 E-HB-TE 12 0 211 6–1 2 South Dakota St. Jackrabbits
72 Jess Richardson 28 DT 12 0 261 6–2 5 Alabama Crimson Tide
22 Lee Riley 26 DB 12 0 192 6–1 3 Univ. of Detroit Mercy Titans
45 Rocky Ryan 26 DB-E 3 0 202 6–1 2 Illinois
82 Tom Scott 28 DE-LB 12 0 218 6–2 5 Virginia
64 John Simerson 23 C-T 4 0 257 6–3 1 Purdue Boilermakers
79 Lum Snyder 28 T 12 0 228 6–5 6 Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets
74 Len Szafaryn 30 T-G-LB-DT 7 0 226 6–2 9 North Carolina Tarheels
11 Norm Van Brocklin 32 QB 12 12 190 6–1 9 Oregon Ducks
83 Bobby Walston 30 E-HB-K 12 0 190 6–0 7 Georgia Bulldogs
27 Billy Wells 27 HB 12 0 180 5–9 4 Michigan State Spartans
73 Sid Youngelman 27 DT-DE 5 0 257 6–3 3 Alabama Crimson Tide
35 Players
Team Average
26.5 12 220.3 6–1.5 3.2

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Post Season[edit]

Honors and Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1958 Philadelphia Eagles
  2. ^ Giants Among Men, Jack Cavanaugh, p.138, 2008, Random House, ISBN 978-1-4000-6717-6
  3. ^ John David Crow, 1957 Heisman Trophy winner "Heisman Trophy". Retrieved August 4, 2008. [dead link]
  4. ^ http://www.profootballhof.com/history/release.aspx?release_id=1448
  5. ^ Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
  6. ^ Players are identified as a 1958 Pro Bowl selections.