1994 Philadelphia Eagles season

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1994 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coach Rich Kotite
Owner Jeffrey Lurie
Home field Veterans Stadium
Results
Record 7–9
Division place 4th NFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1993 1995 >

The 1994 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 62nd in the league. On May 6, 1994, the NFL approved the transfer of majority interest in the club from Norman Braman to Jeffrey Lurie.[1] The team failed to improve upon their previous output of 8–8, winning only seven games[2] and failing to qualify for the playoffs.

Rich Kotite's fate as Eagles head coach was sealed after a seven-game losing streak to end the season knocked Philly from the top of the NFC at 7–2 all the way to fourth place in the Eastern Division. One key injury was the season-ending broken leg suffered by linebacker Byron Evans, who was lost in game #10 against Cleveland.

The epitome of this collapse came on Christmas Eve at Cincinnati, when the 2–13 Bengals scored six points in the final seconds – thanks in part to the recovery of a fumbled kick return – to steal a win.

The high point of the '94 season occurred on October 2 at Candlestick Park, when the Eagles steamrolled the eventual Super Bowl winning 49ers by a 40–8 count.

Off Season[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

The 1994 NFL Draft was held April 24–25, 1994. The league also held a supplemental draft after the regular draft and before the regular season. This was the first draft in which the rounds were reduced to seven in total.

Player Selections[edit]

= Pro Bowler[3] = Hall of Famer
Rnd Pick Name Pos College
1 14 Bernard Williams Tackle Georgia
2 37 Bruce Walker Defensive Tackle UCLA
2 42 Charlie Garner Running Back Tennessee
3 77 Joe Panos Guard Wisconsin
3 103 Eric Zomalt Defensive Back California
5 144 Marvin Goodwin Defensive Back UCLA
6 174 Ryan McCoy Linebacker Houston
6 193 Mitch Berger Punter Colorado
7 206 Mark Montgomery Running Back Wisconsin

Regular Season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 4, 1994 at New York Giants L 28–23
76,130
2 September 12, 1994 Chicago Bears W 30–22
64,890
3 September 18, 1994 Green Bay Packers W 13–7
63,922
4 Bye
5 October 2, 1994 at San Francisco 49ers W 40–8
64,843
6 October 9, 1994 Washington Redskins W 21–17
63,947
7 October 16, 1994 at Dallas Cowboys L 24–13
64,703
8 October 24, 1994 Houston Oilers W 21–6
65,233
9 October 30, 1994 at Washington Redskins W 31–29
53,530
10 November 6, 1994 Arizona Cardinals W 17–7
64,952
11 November 13, 1994 Cleveland Browns L 26–7
65,233
12 November 20, 1994 at Arizona Cardinals L 12–6
62,779
13 November 27, 1994 at Atlanta Falcons L 28–21
60,008
14 December 4, 1994 Dallas Cowboys L 31–19
65,974
15 December 11, 1994 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 14–3
55,474
16 December 18, 1994 New York Giants L 16–13
64,540
17 December 24, 1994 at Cincinnati Bengals L 33–30
39,923

Game Recaps[edit]

Week 1[edit]

Sunday, September 4, 1994 - Kickoff 1:01 PM Eastern Played at Giants Stadium with 68F degrees and 11 MPH wind

'1st Quarter Highlights QB Dave Brown intercepted by Mark McMillian of the Eagles. KR Jeff Snyder fumbles and the Giants recover. Giants RB Rodney Hampton 1 yard TD run. (7-0 Giants) Giants PR Dave Meggett returns punt 68 yard TD (14-0 Giants)


Week 16[edit]

Saturday, December 24, 1994 Kickoff 1:00 PM Eastern

Played at Riverfront Stadium on an AstroTurf playing surface in 38F degrees with a 12 MPH wind

1 2 3 4 Final
Philadelphia Eagles (7–9) 3 17 7 3 30
Cincinnati Bengals (3–13) 7 3 10 13 33
SCORING PLAYS PHIL CIN TIME
1st Bengals Carl Pickens 14 yard pass from Jeff Blake (Doug Pelfrey kick) 0 7
Eagles Eddie Murray 34 yard field goal 3 7
2nd Bengals Doug Pelfrey 18 yard field goal 3 10
Eagles Herschel Walker 94 yard kickoff return (Eddie Murray kick) 10 10
Eagles James Joseph 7 yard pass from Bubby Brister (Eddie Murray kick) 17 10
Eagles Eddie Murray 23 yard field goal 20 10
3rd Eagles Mike Zordich 18 yard interception return (Eddie Murray kick) 27 10
Bengals Harold Green 5 yard rush (Doug Pelfrey kick) 27 17
Bengals Doug Pelfrey 36 yard field goal 27 20
4th Eagles Eddie Murray 35 yard field goal 30 20
Bengals Tony McGee 8 yard pass from Jeff Blake (Doug Pelfrey kick) 30 27
Bengals Doug Pelfrey 22 yard field goal 30 30
Bengal Doug Pelfrey 54 yard field goal 30 33

Standings[edit]

NFC East
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Dallas Cowboys 12 4 0 .750 414 248 L1
New York Giants 9 7 0 .563 279 305 W6
Arizona Cardinals 8 8 0 .500 235 267 L1
Philadelphia Eagles 7 9 0 .438 308 308 L7
Washington Redskins 3 13 0 .188 320 412 W1

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1994 Playoffs[edit]

With a record of 7 and 9, and despite starting the season at 7 and 2, the Eagles failed to make the 1994 NFL Playoffs.

Roster[edit]

= 1994 Pro Bowler[3]
  • + After name = 1st-team All-Pro
NO. Player AGE POS GP GS WT HT YRS College
72 David Alexander 30 C-G-T 16 16 275 6–3 7 Tulsa
21 Eric Allen* 29 DB 16 16 184 6–2 6 Arizona State
82 Victor Bailey 24 WR 16 0 196 6–2 1 Missouri,Texas-El Paso
4 Bryan Barker 30 P 11 * 202 6–1 4 Santa Clara
86 Fred Barnett 28 WR 16 16 204 6–0 4 Arkansas State
84 Mark Bavaro 31 TE 12 11 245 6–4 9 Notre Dame
17 Mitch Berger 22 P 5 0 220 6–4 Rookie Colorado
6 Bubby Brister 32 QB 7 2 205 6–3 8 La-Monroe,Tulane
12 Randall Cunningham 31 QB 14 14 212 6–4 9 UNLV
78 Antone Davis 27 T-G 16 14 330 6–4 3 Tennessee
56 Byron Evans 30 LB 10 10 235 6–2 7 Arizona
96 Mike Flores 28 DE 15 2 256 6–3 3 Louisville
23 Derrick Frazier 24 DB 12 0 178 5–11 Rookie Texas A&M
95 William Fuller* 32 DE 16 16 271 6–3 8 North Carolina
25 Charlie Garner 22 RB 10 8 190 5–10 Rookie Tennessee
69 Burt Grossman 27 DE 14 2 270 6–4 5 Pittsburgh
54 Britt Hager 28 LB 16 5 231 6–1 5 Texas
91 Andy Harmon 25 DT-DE 16 16 272 6–4 3 Kent State
45 Vaughn Hebron 24 RB 16 1 195 5–8 1 Virginia Tech
73 Lester Holmes 25 G 16 16 315 6–4 1 Jackson State
66 John Hudson 26 G-C 16 0 270 6–2 3 Auburn
26 Al Jackson 23 DB 11 0 182 6–0 Rookie Georgia
47 Greg Jackson 28 DB 16 16 217 6–1 5 LSU
98 Tommy Jeter 25 DT 14 0 285 6–5 2 Texas
87 Maurice Johnson 27 TE 16 10 242 6–2 3 Temple
52 Vaughan Johnson 32 LB 4 0 235 6–3 8 North Carolina State
32 James Joseph 27 RB 14 6 222 6–2 3 Auburn
68 Tom McHale 31 G 13 2 290 6–4 7 Cornell,Maryland
29 Mark McMillian 24 DB 16 16 15 5–7 2 Alabama
38 Rich Miano 32 DB 16 0 200 6–1 9 Hawaii
3 Eddie Murray 38 K 16 0 177 5–10 14 Tulane
31 Brian O'Neal 24 FB 14 0 233 6–0 Rookie Penn State
58 Derrick Oden 24 LB 11 0 230 5–11 1 Alabama
63 Joe Panos 23 G-C 16 2 300 6–3 Rookie Wisconsin
90 William Perry 32 DT-DE 16 16 325 6–2 9 Clemson
42 Mike Reid 24 DB 3 0 218 6–1 1 North Carolina State
94 Leonard Renfro 24 DT 9 0 291 6–2 1 Colorado
53 Bill Romanowski 28 LB 16 15 245 6–4 6 Boston College
55 Ken Rose 32 LB 16 0 215 6–1 7 UNLV
75 Rob Selby 27 G-T 2 0 290 6–4 3 Auburn
30 Otis Smith 29 DB 16 2 198 5–11 3 Missouri,Southern
85 Jeff Sydner 25 WR 16 0 177 5–6 2 Hawaii
51 William Thomas 26 LB 16 16 223 6–2 3 Texas A&M
76 Broderick Thompson 34 T-G 14 14 295 6–5 9 Kansas
93 Greg Townsend 33 DE-LB-DT-NT 16 12 264 6–3 11 TCU
34 Herschel Walker 32 RB 16 14 225 6–1 8 Georgia
14 Jeff Wilkins 22 K 6 0 205 6–2 Rookie Youngstown State
74 Bernard Williams 22 T 16 16 317 6–8 Rookie Georgia
89 Calvin Williams 27 WR 16 14 187 5–11 4 Purdue
57 Marc Woodard 24 LB 16 0 238 6–0 Rookie Mississippi State
27 Eric Zomalt 22 DB 12 0 201 5–11 Rookie California
36 Mike Zordich 31 DB 16 16 207 6–1 7 Penn State

Post Season[edit]

Shortly after the season ended Head coach Rich Kotite was fired. There was rumors that the Eagles new owner, Jeffrey Lurie would not keep him on as coach. His fate was sealed when after a 7 and 2 start the Eagles lost the last 7 games off the season and missed the playoffs.

During the few weeks the Eagles would interview outside the organization for a replacement. They had to wait to until the Super Bowl was played to talk to candidates from the teams in the playoffs. Less than a week after Super Bowl XXIX won by the San Francisco 49ers the Eagles hired their Defensive Coordinator, Ray Rhodes.

Honors and Awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 978-0-7611-2480-1, p.287
  2. ^ 1994 Philadelphia Eagles
  3. ^ a b Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
  4. ^ 2010 NFL Record and Fact Book (PDF). National Football League. p. 378. Retrieved August 7, 2011.