1969 Philadelphia Eagles season

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1969 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coach Jerry Williams
Owner Leonard Tose
Home field Franklin Field
Results
Record 4–9–1
Division place 4th NFL Capitol
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1968 1970 >

The 1969 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 37th in the National Football League. They improved on their previous output of 2–12, winning four games.[1] Despite the improvement, the team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season.

The Eagles wore both green (for road games) and white (for home games) helmets during the season. [2] The white helmets would become part of the Eagles' permanent uniform for the subsequent four seasons.[3]

Offseason[edit]

1969 NFL Draft[edit]

The 1969 National Football League Draft was part of the Common Draft, the third and final year in which the NFL and American Football League (AFL) held a joint draft of college players. The draft took place on January 28–29, 1969. The Philadelphia Eagles would alternate with the Atlanta Falcons in picking 2nd and 3rd in the 17 rounds.

The draft began with first overall pick of O. J. Simpson, the Heisman-Trophy winning running back from USC, by the American Football League's Buffalo Bills. In a 14-game 1968 season the Eagles would have no wins until Nov 28 in week 12 when they defeated the Detroit Lions (4–8–2) in Detroit 12–0, and on Dec 8 in week 13 the New Orleans Saints (4–9–1) in Philadelphia 29–17. This gave the Eagles a better record than the Buffalo Bills (1–12–1) by half a game, and equaled the record of the Atlanta Falcons (2–12) who would win the coin flip for the rights to the second pick in the draft, George Kunz offensive tackle from Notre Dame. Future Hall of Famer "Mean "Joe Greene, defensive tackle from North Texas would go as a 4th pick, by the Pittsburgh Steelers (2–11–1).

Player Selections[edit]

Round Pick Player Position School
1 3 Leroy Keyes RB Purdue
2 28 Ernest Calloway LB Texas Southern
3 55 Pick Traded to Cleveland Browns
3 69 Bill Bradley DB Texas
4 80 Bob Kuechenberg G Notre Dame
5 107 Jim Anderson G Missouri
6 132 Richard Barnhorst TE Xavier
7 159 Mike Schmeising RB St. Olaf
8 184 Bill Hobbs LB Texas A&M
9 211 Kent Lawrence WR Georgia
9 218 Lynn Buss LB Wisconsin
10 236 Sonny Wade QB Emory & Henry
10 243 Donnie Shanklin RB Kansas
11 263 Jim Marcum DB Texas-Arlington
12 288 Gary Adams DB Arkansas
13 314 Wade Key TE Southwest Texas State
14 340 James Ross T Bishop
15 367 Leon Angevine WR Penn State
16 392 Tom McClinton DB Southern
17 419 Bob Haack T Linfield (Ore.)

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 21, 1969 Cleveland Browns L 27–20
60,658
2 September 28, 1969 Pittsburgh Steelers W 41–27
60,658
3 October 5, 1969 Dallas Cowboys L 38–7
60,658
4 October 13, 1969 at Baltimore Colts L 24–20
56,864
5 October 19, 1969 at Dallas Cowboys L 49–14
71,509
6 October 26, 1969 New Orleans Saints W 13–10
60,658
7 November 2, 1969 at New York Giants W 23–20
62,912
8 November 9, 1969 at Washington Redskins T 28–28
50,502
9 November 16, 1969 Los Angeles Rams L 23–17
60,658
10 November 23, 1969 at St. Louis Cardinals W 34–30
45,512
11 November 30, 1969 at New Orleans Saints L 26–17
72,805
12 December 7, 1969 Washington Redskins L 34–29
60,658
13 December 14, 1969 Atlanta Falcons L 27–3
60,658
14 December 21, 1969 at San Francisco 49ers L 14–13
25,391

Standings[edit]

NFL Capitol
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Dallas Cowboys 11 2 1 .846 6–0 9–1 369 223 W3
Washington Redskins 7 5 2 .583 3–2–1 6–3–1 307 319 L1
New Orleans Saints 5 9 0 .357 1–5 4–6 311 393 W1
Philadelphia Eagles 4 9 1 .308 1–4–1 4–5–1 279 377 L4

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

References[edit]