1972 Philadelphia Eagles season

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1972 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coach Ed Khayat
Owner Leonard Tose
Home field Veterans Stadium
Results
Record 2–11–1
Division place 5th NFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 1971 1973 >

The 1972 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 40th in the league. They failed to improve on their previous output of 6–7–1, winning only two games.[1] The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the twelfth consecutive season.

Offseason[edit]

The Eagles will hold training camp at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania. This is the last year there, next year they would move camp to Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania only 7 miles from Veterans Stadium where they played their home games in Philadelphia.

NFL Draft[edit]

The 1972 NFL Draft was held on February 1–2, 1972. the draft was 17 rounds and a total of 443 players were chosen

The Eagle chose John Reaves a quarterback from the University of Florida with the 14th pick in the 1st round. They would have the to pick 14th in the 17 rounds. They chose 17 players in this year's draft.

The number 1 overall pick went to the Buffalo Bills who chose Walt Patulski a Defensive end out of the University of Notre Dame In the 2nd round with the 40th pick, Atlanta Falcons took 1971 Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan [2] a Quarterback out of Auburn 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. 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
1 14 John Reaves Quarterback Florida
2 37 Dan Yochum
Acquired Pick via Trade
Tackle Syracuse
2 40 Pick taken by Atlanta Falcons
3 66 Pick taken by New York Jets
3 68 Tom Luken
Acquired Pick via Trade
Guard Purdue
3 76 Bobby Majors Defensive back Tennessee
4 92 Po James Running back New Mexico State
5 118 Pick taken by Denver Broncos
6 144 Vernon Winfield Guard Minnesota
7 170 Will Foster Linebacker Eastern Michigan
8 196 Larry Ratcliff Running back Eastern Michigan
9 222 Pat Gibbs Defensive back Lamar University
10 246 John Bunting Linebacker North Carolina
11 274 Dennis Sweeney Defensive end Western Michigan
12 300 Don Zimmerman Wide receiver N.E. Louisiana
13 326 Preston Carpenter Defensive end Mississippi
14 352 Bill Overmeyer Linebacker Ashland
15 378 Tom Sullivan Running back Miami (FL)
16 404 Steve Bielenberg Linebacker Oregon State
17 430 Tom Nash Tackle Georgia

Pre-Season[edit]

Regular season[edit]

On November 12, Tom Dempsey kicked six field goals in one game.[4]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 17, 1972 at Dallas Cowboys L 28–6
55,850
2 September 24, 1972 Cleveland Browns L 27–17
65,720
3 October 2, 1972 New York Giants L 27–12
65,720
4 October 8, 1972 at Washington Redskins L 14–0
53,039
5 October 15, 1972 Los Angeles Rams L 34–3
65,720
6 October 22, 1972 at Kansas City Chiefs W 21–20
78,389
7 October 29, 1972 at New Orleans Saints L 21–3
65,664
8 November 5, 1972 St. Louis Cardinals T 6–6
65,720
9 November 12, 1972 at Houston Oilers W 18–17
34,175
10 November 19, 1972 Dallas Cowboys L 28–7
65,720
11 November 26, 1972 at New York Giants L 62–10
62,586
12 December 3, 1972 Washington Redskins L 23–7
65,720
13 December 10, 1972 Chicago Bears L 21–12
65,720
14 December 17, 1972 at St. Louis Cardinals L 24–23
34,872

Game Recaps[edit]

A recap of the scoring plays and the game scores by quarters during the year. The record after the team's name reflects this games outcome also.[5]

Week 1[edit]

Week 2[edit]

Week 3[edit]

Week 4[edit]

Week 5[edit]

Week 6[edit]

Week 7[edit]

Week 8[edit]

Week 9[edit]

Sunday, November 12, 1968

Played at Houston Astrodome on AstroTurf in 72F degrees indoors

1 2 3 4 Total
Philadelphia Eagles (2–6–1) 6 9 0 3 18
Houston Oilers (1–8–0) 0 3 7 7 17
SCORING PLAYS PHI HOU
1st Eagles Tom Dempsey 33-yard field goal 3 0
Eagles Tom Dempsey 52-yard field goal 6 0
2nd Oilers Skip Butler 38-yard field goal 6 3
Eagles Tom Dempsey 22-yard field goal 9 3
Eagles Tom Dempsey 12-yard field goal 12 3
Eagles Tom Dempsey 38-yard field goal 15 3
3rd Oilers Dan Pastorini 1-yard rush (Skip Butler kick) 15 10
4th Eagles Tom Dempsey 20-yard field goal 18 10
Oilers Paul Robinson 30-yard rush (Skip Butler kick) 18 17

Week 10[edit]

Week 11[edit]

Sunday, November 26, 1968

Played at Yankee Stadium on grass in 50F degrees with a 15 MPH wind

1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q Total
Philadelphia Eagles (2–8–1) 3 7 0 0 10
New York Giants (7–4–0) 14 24 10 14 62
SCORING PLAYS PHI NYG
1st Giants Bob Tucker 15-yard pass from Norm Snead (Pete Gogolak kick) 0 7
Giants Ron A. Johnson 35-yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick) 0 14
Eagles Tom Dempsey 13-yard field goal 3 14
2nd Giants Joe Orduna 5-yard pass from Norm Snead (Pete Gogolak kick) 3 21
Giants Pete Gogolak 25-yard field goal 3 24
Giants Bob Tucker 29-yard pass from Norm Snead (Pete Gogolak kick) 3 31
Eagles Harold Jackson 77-yard pass from John Reaves (Tom Dempsey kick) 10 31
Giants Ron A. Johnson 1-yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick) 10 38
3rd Giants Pete Gogolak 29-yard field goal 10 41
Giants Don Herrmann 32-yard pass from Randy Johnson (Pete Gogolak kick) 10 48
4th Giants Don Herrmann 63-yard pass from Randy Johnson (Pete Gogolak kick) 10 55
Giants Randy Johnson 2-yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick) 10 62

Week 12[edit]

Week 13[edit]

Week 14[edit]

Standings[edit]

NFC East
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Washington Redskins 11 3 0 .786 336 218 L-2
Dallas Cowboys 10 4 0 .714 319 240 L-1
New York Giants 8 6 0 .571 331 247 W-1
St. Louis Cardinals 4 9 1 .321 193 303 W-2
Philadelphia Eagles 2 11 1 .179 145 352 L-5

1972 Roster[edit]

= 1972 Pro Bowl Selection [6] = Hall of Famer
  • + After name means 1st team selection
NO. Player AGE POS GP GS WT HT YRS College
Ed Khayat 37 Head Coach 2 Tulane University
53 Dick Absher 28 K-LB 8 0 230 6–4 5 Maryland
39 Kermit Alexander 31 DB 7 0 187 5–11 9 UCLA
21 Chuck Allen 33 LB 12 8 225 6–1 11 Washington
21 Jackie Allen 25 DB 1 0 190 6–1 3 Baylor
65 Hank Allison 25 G-T 6 0 255 6–3 1 San Diego State
75 Houston Antwine 33 DT-DE 14 0 270 6–0 11 Southern Illinois
11 Rick Arrington 25 QB 1 4 200 6–2 2 Georgia
31 Tom Bailey 23 RB 14 0 211 6–2 1 Florida State
38 Tony Baker 27 RB 13 0 229 5–11 4 Iowa State
85 Gary Ballman 32 FL-TE-SE-WR 8 4 215 6–1 10 Michigan State
28 Bill Bradley*+ 25 DB 14 0 190 5–11 3 Texas
95 John Bunting 22 LB 14 3 220 6–1 Rookie North Carolina
77 Ernie Calloway 24 DT-DE 5 0 255 6–6 3 Texas Southern
17 Harold Carmichael 23 WR-TE 13 5 225 6–8 1 Southern
66 Bill Cody 28 LB 11 0 230 6–2 6 Auburn
8 Al Coleman 28 DB 12 0 183 6–1 5 Jackson State
58 Bob Creech 23 LB 13 0 236 6–3 1 TCU
47 Larry Crowe 22 RB 1 0 198 6–1 Rookie Texas Southern
19 Tom Dempsey 25 K 14 0 255 6–2 3 Palomar College
81 Larry Estes 26 DE 7 0 255 6–6 2 Alcorn State
59 Mike Evans 26 C 12 0 250 6–5 4 Boston College
45 Pat Gibbs 22 DB 2 0 188 5–10 Rookie Lamar
84 Richard Harris 24 DE-DT 14 0 260 6–5 1 Grambling State
18 Ben Hawkins 28 WR-SE-FL 14 0 180 6–1 6 Arizona State
80 Clark Hoss 23 TE 4 0 235 6–8 Rookie Oregon State
83 Don Hultz 32 DE-DT 14 0 241 6–3 9 Southern Miss
29 Harold Jackson 26 WR-FL 14 14 175 5–10 4 Jackson State
27 Po James 23 RB 14 0 202 6–1 Rookie New Mexico State
72 Wade Key 26 G-T 13 0 245 6–5 2 Texas,Texas State
20 Leroy Keyes 25 DB-RB 14 0 208 6–3 3 Purdue
87 Kent Kramer 28 TE 14 8 235 6–4 6 Minnesota
14 Pete Liske 29 QB 14 7 200 6–3 8 Penn State
63 Tom Luken 22 G 12 8 253 6–3 Rookie Purdue
78 Wayne Mass 26 T 3 0 240 6–4 4 Clemson
36 Tom McNeill 30 P 2 0 195 6–1 5 Stephen F. Austin
26 Al Nelson 29 DB 14 0 186 5–11 7 Cincinnati
68 Mark Nordquist 27 G-C 14 0 246 6–4 4 Pacific
56 Bill Overmyer 23 LB 6 0 220 6–3 Rookie Ashland
88 Gary Pettigrew 28 DT-DE 13 0 255 6–5 6 Stanford
50 Ron Porter 27 LB 14 0 232 6–3 5 Idaho
33 Steve Preece 25 DB 1 0 195 6–1 3 Oregon State
24 Nate Ramsey 31 DB 14 0 200 6–1 9 Indiana State
6 John Reaves 22 QB 11 7 210 6–3 Rookie Florida
70 Jim Skaggs 32 G-T 10 6 250 6–3 9 Washington
74 Steve Smith 28 T-DE 14 0 250 6–2 6 Michigan
96 John Sodaski 24 LB-DB 4 0 222 6–2 2 Villanova
73 Dick Stevens 24 T 7 0 240 6–4 2 Baylor
55 Jerry Sturm Illinois
25 Tom Sullivan Miami (Fla)
49 Jim Thrower Texas A&M-Commerce
99 Mel Tom 30 DE 14 0 249 6–4 5 Hawaii
9 Billy Walik 25 WR-DB 10 0 180 5–11 2 Villanova
34 Larry Watkins 26 RB 14 0 230 6–2 3 Alcorn State
67 Vernon Winfield 23 G 9 0 248 6–2 Rookie Minnesota
35 Adrian Young 26 LB 1 0 232 6–1 4 USC
89 Steve Zabel 24 LB-TE 7 6 235 6–4 2 Oklahoma
56 Players
Team Average
26.4 14 223.1 6–2.3 3.8

Post Season[edit]

At the 1972 season end Head Coach Ed Khayat is fired. Mike McCormack an Washington Redskins assistant coach from 1965–1972 was hired in his place

Awards and Honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1972 Philadelphia Eagles
  2. ^ Pat Sullivan, 1971 Heisman Trophy winner "Heisman Trophy". Retrieved August 4, 2008. [dead link]
  3. ^ Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
  4. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p.134
  5. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/phi/1972.htm
  6. ^ Players are identified as a 1972 Pro Bowl.