1970 Philadelphia Eagles season

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1970 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coach Jerry Williams
Owner Leonard Tose
Home field Franklin Field
Results
Record 3–10–1
Division place 5th NFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 1969 1971 >

The 1970 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 38th in the league. They failed to improve on their previous output of 4–9–1, winning only three games.[1] The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the tenth consecutive season.

The Eagles did have victories over the playoff-bound Dolphins and the cross-state rival Steelers, as well as a 23–20 victory on Monday Night Football over the Giants, ending New York's six-game winning streak and helping deny Big Blue a playoff berth.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1970 NFL Draft

In the 1970 NFL Draft, the Eagles made 14 choices, starting with Steve Zabel, a linebacker from Oklahoma.

Player selections[edit]

The table[2] 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 POS COLLEGE
1 6 Steve Zabel Linebacker/Tight End Oklahoma
2 34 Ray Jones Cornerback Southern
3 59 Lee Bouggess Running back Louisville
4 84 Pick Acquired by
Atlanta Falcons
5 112 Pick Acquired by
Atlanta Falcons
6 137 Pick Acquired by St. Louis Cardinals
via Trade with Chicago Bears
7 158 Terry Brennan Jr.
Pick Acquired from Chicago Bears
Tackle Notre Dame
7 162 Pick Acquired by
Los Angeles Rams
8 190 Ira Gordon Tackle Kansas State
9 215 David King Linebacker Stephen F. Austin
10 240 Steve Jaggard Defensive back Memphis State
11 268 Bill Walik Defensive back Villanova
12 293 Robert Jones Defensive tackle Grambling
13 318 Richard Stevens Tackle Baylor
14 346 Mark Moseley Kicker Stephen F. Austin
15 371 John Carlos Wide receiver San Jose State
16 396 Tuufuli Uperesa Tackle Montana
17 424 Mike Sizelove Tight end Idaho

Regular Season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 20, 1970 Dallas Cowboys L 17–7
59,728
2 September 27, 1970 at Chicago Bears L 20–16
53,463
3 October 4, 1970 Washington Redskins L 33–21
60,658
4 October 11, 1970 at New York Giants L 30–23
62,820
5 October 18, 1970 St. Louis Cardinals L 35–20
59,002
6 October 25, 1970 at Green Bay Packers L 30–17
48,022
7 November 1, 1970 at Dallas Cowboys L 21–17
55,736
8 November 8, 1970 Miami Dolphins W 24–17
58,171
9 November 15, 1970 Atlanta Falcons T 13–13
55,425
10 November 23, 1970 New York Giants W 23–20
59,117
11 November 29, 1970 at St. Louis Cardinals L 23–14
46,581
12 December 6, 1970 at Baltimore Colts L 29–10
60,240
13 December 13, 1970 at Washington Redskins L 24–6
50,415
14 December 20, 1970 Pittsburgh Steelers W 30–20
55,252

Game Recaps[edit]

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Week 1[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 0 7 7 3 17
Eagles 7 0 0 0 7


Week 2[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 6 3 0 7 16
Bears 7 10 0 3 20

The game got off to bad start when the Chicago Bears Kick off returner, Cecil Turner had 96 yard game opening kickoff return for a touchdown. Mark Moseley would miss the extra point when the Eagles answered with a touchdown of their own later in the 1st quarter making it that they only were not losing the game only from the opening kickoff to the time it took Turner to return it. Three times during the game the Bears would lead the Eagles by one point.

Week 8[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 0 0 0 17 17
Eagles 0 17 7 0 24
  • Date: November 8
  • Location: Franklin Field • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST

In week 8 the Eagles mark their 1st time playing a former AFL team in the regular season by winning 24–17 for their 1st win of the 1970 season. The defense of Philadelphia would have the Miami quarterbacks (Bob Greise 3 and John Stofa 1) throw 4 interceptions. Miami kick returner, Mercury Morris would avg over 26 yrds on 4 kickoff returns


Week 9[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 7 3 0 3 13
Eagles 3 3 0 7 13
  • Date: November 15
  • Location: Franklin Field • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Referee: Bob Finley
  • Television network: CBS

The Eagles did not score an offensive touchdown, but an aggressive defense harassed Atlanta quarterback Bob Berry for most of the game and scored a touchdown of its own when Steve Preece returend a fumble 21 yards after Gary Pettigrew blindsided Harmon Wages on an attempted halfback option pass. Philadelphia had a chance to win the game in the closing seconds, but Mark Moseley blew a chip shot field goal attempt.

Week 10[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 3 10 7 0 20
Eagles 0 9 7 7 23
  • Date: November 23
  • Location: Franklin Field • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Game start: 9:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 59,117
  • Game weather: 46°F • Wind 16
  • Referee: Jack Vest
  • TV announcers (ABC): Keith Jackson, Howard Cosell, and Don Meredith

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Week 14[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 7 3 3 20
Eagles 6 14 0 10 30
  • Date: December 20
  • Location: Franklin Field • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Referee: Bob Finley
  • Television network: NBC

In week 14 the Eagles play cross state rival Pittsburgh Steelers. Frenchy Fuqua had two long runs for touchdowns. One for 72 yards and another for 85 yards, both in the first half. Mark Moseley would miss his 3rd extra point of the year. His 14th field goal of the year, out of 25 attempted, in the 4th quarter gave then lead for good. He would be cut during the 1971 training camp, play for the Houston Oilers for 13 games over two years, then settle in Washington for 10 years becoming the last straight on kicking style kicker left in the NFL. He won the Most Valuable Player Award during the strike-shortened 1982 season. He is the only placekicker to win the award.

Standings[edit]

NFC East
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Dallas Cowboys 10 4 0 .714 299 221 W-5
New York Giants 9 5 0 .643 301 270 L-1
St. Louis Cardinals 8 5 1 .615 325 228 L-3
Washington Redskins 6 8 0 .429 297 314 W-2
Philadelphia Eagles 3 10 1 .231 241 332 W-1

Playoffs[edit]

The Eagles failed to make the playoffs for the 1970 season.

1970 Roster[edit]

= 1970 Pro Bowl [6] = Hall of Famer
  • Pro Bowl Selection       + Pro Bowl Starter
NO. Player AGE POS GP GS WT HT YRS College
Jerry Williams 42 Head Coach 3 Washington State
11 Rick Arrington 23 QB 6 1 200 6–2 Rookie Georgia
Tulsa
85 Gary Ballman 30 FL-TE-SE-WR 14 8 215 6–1 8 Michigan State
46 Lee Bouggess 22 RB 14 0 210 6–2 Rookie Louisville
28 Bill Bradley 23 DB 12 0 190 5–11 1 Texas
80 Don Brumm 29 DE 7 0 245 6–3 7 Purdue
77 Ernie Calloway 22 DT-DE 14 0 255 6–6 1 Texas Southern
76 Joe Carollo 30 T 14 0 265 6–2 8 Notre Dame
64 Norman Davis 25 G 14 0 245 6–2 3 Grambling State
62 Mike Dirks 24 DT-G 12 0 246 6–2 2 Wyoming
59 Mike Evans 24 C 14 0 250 6–5 2 Boston College
69 Carl Gersbach 23 LB 6 0 230 6–1 Rookie Duke
West Chester
71 Dick Hart 27 G 14 0 253 6–2 3 none
41 Richard Harvey 25 DB 4 0 190 6–2 Rookie Jackson State
18 Ben Hawkins 26 WR-SE-FL 14 0 180 6–1 4 Arizona State
47 Ed Hayes 24 DB 4 0 185 6–1 Rookie Morgan State
86 Fred Hill 27 TE-SE-WR 14 0 215 6–2 5 USC
56 Bill Hobbs 24 LB 12 0 218 6–0 1 Texas A&M
83 Don Hultz 30 DE-DT 12 0 241 6–3 7 Southern Miss
54 Calvin Hunt 23 C 7 0 245 6–3 Rookie Baylor
29 Harold Jackson 24 WR 14 14 175 5–10 2 Jackson State
48 Jay Johnson 25 LB 5 0 230 6–3 1 Texas A&M-Commerce
23 Harry Jones 25 RB 2 0 205 6–2 3 Arkansas
21 Ray Jones 23 DB 12 0 187 5–11 Rookie Southern
51 Ike Kelley 26 LB 11 0 225 5–11 4 Ohio State
72 Wade Key 24 G-T 14 0 245 6–5 Rookie Texas
Texas State
20 Leroy Keyes 23 DB-RB 3 0 208 6–3 1 Purdue
52 Dave Lloyd 34 LB-C 12 5 247 6–3 11 Georgia
Texas Tech
45 Ron Medved 26 DB-LB 12 0 210 6–1 4 Washington
74 Denis Moore 26 DT-DE 2 0 255 3 6–5 USC
3 Mark Moseley 22 K 14 0 202 5–11 Rookie Stephen F. Austin
Texas A&M
26 Al Nelson 27 DB 13 0 186 5–11 5 Cincinnati
68 Mark Nordquist 25 G-C 14 0 246 6–4 2 Pacific
88 Gary Pettigrew 26 DT-DE 14 0 255 6–5 4 Stanford
22 Cyril Pinder 24 RB 14 0 210 6–2 2 Illinois
50 Ron Porter 25 LB 14 0 232 6–3 3 Idaho
33 Steve Preece 23 DB 14 0 195 6–1 1 Oregon State
24 Nate Ramsey 29 DB 11 0 200 6–1 7 Indiana State
82 Tim Rossovich 24 LB-DE 14 8 240 6–4 2 USC
70 Jim Skaggs 30 G-T 14 0 250 6–3 7 Washington
16 Norm Snead 31 QB 14 13 215 6–4 9 Wake Forest
73 Dick Stevens 22 T 14 0 240 6–4 Rookie Baylor
49 Jim Thrower 23 DB 5 0 195 6–2 Rookie Texas A&M-Commerce
99 Mel Tom 29 DE 14 0 249 6–4 3 Hawaii
San Jose State
9 Billy Walik 23 WR-DB 14 0 180 5–11 Rookie Villanova
34 Larry Watkins 24 RB 11 0 230 6–2 1 Alcorn State
41 Harry Wilson 26 RB 1 0 204 5–11 3 Nebraska
37 Tom Woodeshick 29 RB 6 0 225 6–0 7 West Virginia
35 Adrian Young 24 LB 14 0 232 6–1 2 USC
89 Steve Zabel 22 LB-TE 14 6 235 6–4 Rookie Oklahoma
49 Players
Team Average
25.4 14 222.2 6–2.0 2.8

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1970 Philadelphia Eagles
  2. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1970.htm
  3. ^ Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
  4. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/phi/1970.htm
  5. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  6. ^ Players are identified as a 1970 Pro Bowl selelection.