1976 Philadelphia Eagles season

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The 1976 Philadelphia Eagles season was the team's 44th in the National Football League. It was the first year with the team for head coach Dick Vermeil, who would bring the Eagles to their first Super Bowl just four years later.

1976 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coach Dick Vermeil
Owner Leonard Tose
Home field Veterans Stadium
Results
Record 4–10
Division place 4th NFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1975 1977 >

Offseason[edit]

After coaching #12 UCLA (8–2–1) in a win over #1 Ohio State (11–0) in the 1976 Rose Bowl by the score of 23–10 Dick Vermeil was offered the Head coaching job of the Philadelphia Eagles Vermiel NFL head coaching career with the Philadelphia Eagles began before his first season. He decided to host open tryouts. Because of bad trades by past Eagles coaches, Vermeil did not have a 1st round draft pick until 1978, but Vermeil did big things with the talent he had inherited from previous coaches.

NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1976 NFL Draft

The 1976 NFL Draft was an annual player selection meeting held on April 8–9, 1976. It lasted 17 rounds, with the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks making the first two selections. The expansion teams were also given a pair of extra picks at the end of each of rounds 2–5.

The Philadelphia Eagles would pick 9th in the 17 rounds. They still had to overcome the traded away draft picks of the Mike McCormack era.

The draft began with first overall pick of Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon, Defensive End from Oklahoma, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Eagles had to wait until the fourth round and make a selection with the 111th pick.

Player Selections[edit]

The table [1] 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.

= Pro Bowler [2] = Hall of Famer
Rd PICK PLAYER POS COLLEGE
1 9 Pick Traded to Cincinnati Bengals
2 18 Pick Traded to Cincinnati Bengals
3 69 Pick Traded to Cincinnati Bengals
4a 101 Pick Traded to San Francisco 49ers
4b 111 Mike Smith DE Florida
4c Pick Acquired from New England Patriots
Pick Traded to Cleveland Browns
5 135 Greg Johnson DT Florida State
6 165 Kirk Johnson T Howard Payne
7 191 Carl Hairston DE Maryland-Eastern Shore
8 216 Richard LaFargue C Arkansas
9a 247 Mike Hogan
Pick Acquired from Chicago Bears
RB Tennessee-Chattanooga
9b 248 Richard Osborne TE Texas A & M
10 273 Herb Lusk RB Long Beach State
11 300 Mike Gilbert DT San Diego State
12 228 Pick Traded to New York Jets
13a 353 Terry Tautolo
Pick Acquired from New York Jets
LB UCLA
13b 358 Steve Ebbecke DB Villanova
14 385 Melvin Shy DB Tennessee State
15 412 Brett White Punter UCLA
16 439 Steve Campassi RB Kentucky
17 470 Anthony Terry DB California-Davis

Regular season[edit]

Vincent Papale[edit]

Vincent Papale, at 6-feet 2-inches (1.88 m) and 195 pounds (88.5 kg), was a long shot to make the Eagles roster. At age 30, Papale became the oldest rookie in the history of the NFL to play without the benefit of college football experience (other than kickers). He went on to play wide receiver and special teams for the Eagles.

Papale earned the nickname "Rocky" (after the 1976 Sylvester Stallone movie and character) while playing with Philadelphia. He is the subject of the Disney movie Invincible, starring Mark Wahlberg.

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 12, 1976 at Dallas Cowboys L 27–7
54,052
2 September 19, 1976 New York Giants W 20–7
66,005
3 September 27, 1976 Washington Redskins L 20–17
66,005
4 October 3, 1976 at Atlanta Falcons W 14–13
45,535
5 October 10, 1976 at St. Louis Cardinals L 33–14
44,933
6 October 17, 1976 at Green Bay Packers L 28–13
55,398
7 October 24, 1976 Minnesota Vikings L 31–12
56,233
8 October 31, 1976 at New York Giants W 10–0
68,690
9 November 7, 1976 St. Louis Cardinals L 17–14
65,505
10 November 14, 1976 at Cleveland Browns L 24–3
62,120
11 November 21, 1976 Oakland Raiders L 26–7
65,990
12 November 28, 1976 at Washington Redskins L 24–0
54,292
13 December 5, 1976 Dallas Cowboys L 26–7
55,072
14 December 12, 1976 Seattle Seahawks W 27–10
37,949

Game summaries[edit]

Week 2[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 0 0 0 7 7
Eagles 0 10 3 7 20

[3]


Standings[edit]

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Dallas Cowboys(2) 11 3 0 .786 6–2 9–3 296 194
Washington Redskins(4) 10 4 0 .714 6–2 9–3 291 217
St. Louis Cardinals 10 4 0 .714 5–3 9–3 309 267
Philadelphia Eagles 4 10 0 .286 2–6 4–8 165 286
New York Giants 3 11 0 .214 1–7 3–9 170 250

Roster[edit]

  • 66 Bill Bergey MLB 243 6-04 Arkansas St. Cin 2nd Rnd. / 31st pick / 1969
  • 67 Jeff Bleamer T 253 6-04 Penn St. Phi 8th / 198th pick / 1975
  • 10 Mike Boryla QB 200 6-03 Stanford Cin 4th / 87th pick / 1974
  • 28 Bill Bradley FS 190 5–11 Texas Phi 3rd / 69th pick / 1969
  • 23 Cliff Brooks DB 190 6-01 Tennessee St. Cle 2nd / 45th pick / 1972
  • 95 John Bunting RLB 220 6-01 North Carolina Phi 10th / 248th pick / 1972
  • 29 Mark Burke DB 175 6-01 West Virginia Undrafted – Played in 1 game (Punt Returner)
  • 37 Tommy Campbell DB 188 6-00 Iowa St. Atl 7th / 170th pick / 1973
  • 17 Harold Carmichael WR 225 6-08 Southern Phi 7th / 161st pick / 1971
  • 21 Al Clark RCB 185 6-00 Grambling St. Det 3rd / 72nd pick / 1971
  • 61 Bill Dunstan DT 250 6-04 Utah St. SF 14th / 361st pick / 1971
  • 59 Tom Ehlers LB 218 6-02 Kentucky Phi 13th / 324th pick / 1975
  • 53 Dennis Franks C 241 6-01 Michigan Undrafted – No game data available for 1976
  • 5 Roman Gabriel QB 220 6-05 North Carolina St. Oak 1st / 1st pick / 1962
  • 68 Blenda Gay LDE 254 6-05 Fayetteville St. Oak 1st / 1st pick / 1973 Supp
  • 64 Ed George RT 270 6-04 Ferrum, Wake Forest Pit 4th / 80th pick / 1970
  • 78 Carl Hairston RDT 260 6-03 Md-Eastern Shore Phi 7th / 191st pick / 1976
  • 34 Dave Hampton RB 210 6-00 Wyoming GB 9th / 220th pick / 1969
  • 35 Mike Hogan FB 213 6-02 Tenn-Chattanooga Phi 9th / 247th pick / 1976
  • 6 Spike Jones P 197 6-02 Georgia Hou 4th / 92nd pick / 1970
  • 72 Wade Key LG 245 6-05 Texas,Texas St. Phi 13th / 314th pick / 1969
  • 84 Keith Krepfle TE 227 6-03 Iowa St. Phi 5th / 115th pick / 1974
  • 73 Pete Lazetich RDT 245 6-03 Stanford SD 2nd / 36th pick / 1972
  • 55 Frank LeMaster LLB 232 6-02 Kentucky Phi 4th / 89th pick / 1974
  • 41 Randy Logan SS 195 6-01 Michigan Phi 3rd / 55th pick / 1973
  • 32 Herb Lusk RB 190 6-00 Long Beach St. Phi 10th / 273rd pick / 1976
  • 54 Drew Mahalic LB 225 6-04 Notre Dame Den 3rd / 69th pick / 1975
  • 26 Art Malone RB 211 5–11 Arizona St. Atl 2nd / 39th pick / 1970
  • 22 Larry Marshall KR 195 5–10 Maryland KC 15th / 387th pick / 1972
  • 43 James McAlister RB 205 6-01 UCLA Oak 6th / 148th pick / 1974
  • 50 Guy Morriss C 255 6-04 TCU Phi 2nd / 28th pick / 1973
  • 16 Horst Muhlmann K 215 6-01 N/A Undrafted
  • 77 Dennis Nelson T 260 6-05 Illinois St. Bal Colts / 3rd / 77th pick / 1969
  • 38 Bill Olds RB 224 6-01 Nebraska Bal Colts / 3rd / 61st pick / 1973
  • 88 Richard Osborne TE 230 6-03 Texas A & M Phi 9th / 248th pick / 1976
  • 20 John Outlaw LCB 180 5–10 Jackson St. Boston Patriots / 10th / 249th pick / 1968
  • 83 Vince Papale WR 195 6-02 St. Joseph's (PA) Undrafted
  • 24 Artimus Parker DB 208 6-03 USC Phi 12th / 297th pick / 1974
  • 82 Bob Picard WR 195 6-01 East. Washington Phi 6th / 132nd pick / 1973
  • 76 Jerry Sisemore RG 265 6-04 Texas Phi 1st / 3rd pick / 1973
  • 79 Manny Sistrunk LDT 269 6-05 Ark-Pine Bluff Was 5th / 114th pick / 1970
  • 85 Charlie A. Smith WR 185 6-01 Grambling St. Undrafted
  • 25 Tom Sullivan RB 190 6-00 Miami (FL) Phi 15th / 378th pick / 1972
  • 58 Terry Tautolo LB 232 6-02 UCLA Phi 13th / 353rd pick / 1976
  • 75 Stan Walters LT 275 6-06 Syracuse Cin 9th / 210th pick / 1972
  • 11 John Walton QB 210 6-02 Elizabeth City St. Undrafted
  • 71 Will Wynn RDE 245 6-04 Tennessee St. Phi 7th / 159th pick / 1973
  • 86 Charle Young TE 234 6-04 USC Phi 1st / 6th pick / 1973
  • 80 Don Zimmerman WR 195 6-03 Ark-Pine Bluff Phi 12th / 300th pick / 1972[4]

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.philadelphiaeagles.com/pdf/Y_B_Y_DRAFT_06.pdf
  2. ^ Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
  3. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com
  4. ^ http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/phi/1976.htm