1971 Philadelphia Eagles season

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1971 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coach Jerry Williams
Ed Khayat
Owner Leonard Tose
Home field Veterans Stadium
Results
Record 6–7–1
Division place 3rd NFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1970 1972 >

The 1971 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 39th in the National Football League. They improved on their previous output of 3–10–1, winning six games.[1] Despite the improvement, the team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the eleventh consecutive season. This was the team's inaugural season in Veterans Stadium.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1971 NFL Draft

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 5 Richard Harris Defensive End Grambling
2 30 Pick Taken By
Detroit Lions
2 50 Hank Allison
Acquired Minn Vikings Pick
Guard San Diego State
3 55 Pick Taken By
San Francisco 49ers
4 83 Happy Feller Kicker Texas
5 108 Tom Shellabarger Tackle San Diego State
6 133 Jack Smith Defensive back Troy State
7 161 Harold Carmichael Wide receiver Southern
8 186 Leonard Gotschalk Center Humboldt State
9 211 Len Pettigrew Linebacker Ashland
10 239 Pick Taken By
New Orleans Saints
10 256 Tom Bailey Running back Florida State
11 264 Albert Davis Running back Tennessee State
12 289 Rich Saathoff Defensive end Northern Arizona
13 317 Danny Lester Defensive back Texas
14 342 Robert Creech Linebacker Texas Christian
15 367 Ed Fisher Guard Prairie View A&M
16 395 Bruce James Linebacker Arkansas
17 420 John Sage Linebacker Louisiana State

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 19, 1971 at Cincinnati Bengals L 37–14
55,880
2 September 26, 1971 Dallas Cowboys L 42–7
65,358
3 October 3, 1971 San Francisco 49ers L 31–3
65,358
4 October 10, 1971 Minnesota Vikings L 13–0
65,358
5 October 17, 1971 at Oakland Raiders L 34–10
54,615
6 October 24, 1971 New York Giants W 23–7
65,358
7 October 31, 1971 Denver Broncos W 17–16
65,358
8 November 7, 1971 at Washington Redskins T 7–7
53,041
9 November 14, 1971 at Dallas Cowboys L 20–7
60,178
10 November 21, 1971 St. Louis Cardinals W 37–20
48,658
11 November 28, 1971 Washington Redskins L 20–13
65,358
12 December 5, 1971 at Detroit Lions W 23–20
54,418
13 December 12, 1971 St. Louis Cardinals W 19–7
65,358
14 December 19, 1971 at New York Giants W 41–28
62,774

Standings[edit]

NFC East
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Dallas Cowboys 11 3 0 .786 406 222 W-7
Washington Redskins 9 4 1 .692 276 190 L-1
Philadelphia Eagles 6 7 1 .462 221 302 W-3
St. Louis Cardinals 4 9 1 .308 231 279 L-2
New York Giants 4 10 0 .286 228 362 L-5

1971 Roster[edit]

= 1971 Pro Bowl Selection [4] = Hall of Famer
  • + After name means 1st team selection
NO. Player AGE POS GP GS WT HT YRS College
Jerry Williams 37 Head Coach Fired after
0–3 Start
2nd Washington State
Ed Khayat 37 Head Coach Finished season
with 3–7–1
1st Tulane University
65 Henry Allison 24 G-T 14 0 255 6–3 Rookie San Diego State
11 Rick Arrington 24 QB 10 4 200 6–2 1 Georgia
31 Tom Bailey 22 RB 13 0 211 6–2 Rookie Florida State
38 Tony Baker 26 RB 5 0 229 5–11 3 Iowa State
85 Gary Ballman 31 FL-TE-SE-WR 6 6 215 6–1 9 Michigan State
46 Lee Bouggess 23 RB 10 0 210 6–2 1 Louisville
28 Bill Bradley*+ 24 DB 14 0 190 5–11 2 Texas
80 Don Brumm 30 DE 9 0 245 6–3 8 Purdue
47 Ronnie Bull 31 RB 13 0 200 6–0 9 Baylor
77 Ernie Calloway 23 DT-DE 14 8 255 6–6 2 Texas Southern
17 Harold Carmichael 22 WR-TE 9 6 225 6–8 Rookie Southern
58 Bob Creech 22 LB 3 0 236 6–3 Rookie TCU
43 Sonny Davis 23 RB 14 0 215 5–11 Rookie Tennessee State
16 Vern Davis 22 DB 3 0 208 6–4 Rookie Western Michigan
19 Tom Dempsey 24 K 5 0 255 6–2 2 Palomar College
62 Mike Dirks 25 DT-G 5 0 246 6–2 3 Wyoming
59 Mike Evans 25 C 14 0 250 6–5 3 Boston College
1 Happy Feller 22 K 9 0 185 5–11 Rookie Texas
84 Richard Harris 23 DE-DT 14 0 260 6–5 Rookie Grambling State
18 Ben Hawkins 27 WR-SE-FL 14 0 180 6–1 5 Arizona State
86 Fred Hill 28 TE-SE-WR 7 0 215 6–2 6 USC
56 Bill Hobbs 25 LB 11 0 218 6–0 2 Texas A&M
83 Don Hultz 31 DE-DT 14 0 241 6–3 8 Southern Miss
29 Harold Jackson 25 WR-FL 14 14 175 5–10 3 Jackson State
51 Ike Kelley 27 LB 14 0 225 5–11 5 Ohio State
72 Wade Key 25 G-T 14 0 245 6–5 1 Texas,Texas State
20 Leroy Keyes 24 DB-RB 14 0 208 6–3 2 Purdue
87 Kent Kramer 27 TE 10 3 235 6–4 5 Minnesota
14 Pete Liske 29 QB 14 10 200 6–3 7 Penn State
36 Tom McNeill 29 P 14 0 195 6–1 4 Stephen F. Austin
26 Al Nelson 28 DB 14 0 186 5–11 6 Cincinnati
68 Mark Nordquist 26 G-C 14 0 246 6–4 3 Pacific
88 Gary Pettigrew 27 DT-DE 13 6 255 6–5 5 Stanford
50 Ron Porter 26 LB 12 0 232 6–3 4 Idaho
33 Steve Preece 24 DB 7 0 195 6–1 2 Oregon State
24 Nate Ramsey 30 DB 14 0 200 6–1 8 Indiana State
82 Tim Rossovich 25 LB-DE 13 0 240 6–4 3 USC
70 Jim Skaggs 31 G-T 10 0 250 6–3 8 Washington
32 Jack Smith 24 DB 5 0 204 6–4 Rookies Memphis,Troy
74 Steve Smith 27 T-DE 14 0 250 6–2 5 Michigan
73 Dick Stevens 23 T 14 0 240 6–4 1 Baylor
49 Jim Thrower 24 DB 14 0 195 6–2 1 Texas A&M-Commerce
99 Mel Tom 30 DE 14 0 249 6–4 4 Hawaii
75 Tuufuli Uperesa 23 G 2 0 254 6–3 Rookie Montana
9 Billy Walik 24 WR-DB 8 0 180 5–11 1 Villanova
7 Jim Ward 27 QB 2 0 196 6–2 4 Gettysburg
34 Larry Watkins 25 RB 12 0 230 6–2 2 Alcorn State
81 Jim Whalen 28 TE 2 0 210 6–2 5 Boston College
53 Fred Whittingham 32 LB-G 4 0 240 6–1 7 BYU,
37 Tom Woodeshick 30 RB 11 0 225 6–0 8 West Virginia
35 Adrian Young 25 LB 2 0 232 6–1 3 USC
89 Steve Zabel 23 LB-TE 14 0 235 6–4 1 Oklahoma

Awards and Honors[edit]

Records Breakers

  • Al Nelson 102 yard missed field goal return, Eagles vs Dallas on September 26, 1971

Pro Bowl

  • Bill Bradley named Pro Bowl starter

League Leaders

  • Bill Bradley leads league with 11 interceptions.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1971 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. ^ Players are identified as a 1972 Pro Bowl.