1996 Philadelphia Eagles season

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1996 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coach Ray Rhodes
Owner Jeffrey Lurie
Home field Veterans Stadium
Results
Record 10–6
Division place 2nd NFC East
Playoff finish Lost Wild Card
Timeline
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< 1995 1997 >

The 1996 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 64th in the National Football League (NFL). The team matched their previous output of 10–6, and qualifying for the playoffs.

For the second time in three seasons, the Eagles were 7–2 at the nine-game mark, thanks to a thrilling win November 3 on the road against Dallas. The capper to that contest was a combined 104-yard interception return between James Willis and Troy Vincent in the final moments which turned a potential game-winning drive by the Cowboys into a Philadelphia victory.

As in 1994 under Rich Kotite, the Eagles wilted. This time, four losses in five games, including an embarrassing 27-point setback on national TV at Indianapolis, had the club scrambling in the playoff picture. However, wins against the lowly Jets and Cardinals managed to right the ship, and a wild-card berth was the reward.

The 1996 season was also the first season the Eagles debuted the midnight green, white, and black look, with new helmet designs and the logo and endzone font as well.

Offseason[edit]

The Eagles held training camp for the first year at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, home of the Lehigh Mountain Hawks.

The Eagles signed college free agent Hollis Thomas, a defensive tackle out of Northern Illinois.

NFL draft[edit]

The 1996 NFL Draft was held April 20–21, 1996. No teams elected to claim any players in the supplemental draft that year.

With a 10–6 record in 1995, and tying with 2 other teams, the Eagles would rotate picking between the 23rd pick to the 25th pick in the 7 rounds. They would choose 8 players in the 6 rounds they had picks. The Eagles would take with their 1st pick in the draft, Jermane Mayberry a Tackle out of Texas A&M-Kingsville

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.

1996 Philadelphia Eagles draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 25 Jermane Mayberry *  OT Texas A&M-Kingsville
2 54 Jason Dunn  TE Eastern Kentucky
2 61 Brian Dawkins *  FS Clemson Compensatory pick
3 85 Bobby Hoying  QB Ohio State
4 121 Ray Farmer  DB Duke
5 147 Whit Marshall  LB Georgia
6 194 Steve White  DE Tennessee
6 197 Tony Johnson  TE Alabama
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1996 Philadelphia Eagles staff
Front office
  • Owner/Chief Executice Officer – Jeffrey Lurie
  • Senior Vice President of Administration – Joe Banner
  • Director of Football Operations – Dick Daniels
  • Director of College Scouting – John Wooten
  • Director of Scouting – Chuck Banker

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Mike Wolf

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 1, 1996 at Washington Redskins W 17–14
53,415
2 September 9, 1996 at Green Bay Packers L 39–13
60,666
3 September 15, 1996 Detroit Lions W 24–17
66,007
4 September 22, 1996 at Atlanta Falcons W 33–18
40,107
5 September 30, 1996 Dallas Cowboys L 23–19
67,201
6 Bye
7 October 13, 1996 at New York Giants W 19–10
72,729
8 October 20, 1996 Miami Dolphins W 35–28
66,240
9 October 27, 1996 Carolina Panthers W 20–9
65,982
10 November 3, 1996 at Dallas Cowboys W 31–21
64,952
11 November 10, 1996 Buffalo Bills L 24–17
66,613
12 November 17, 1996 Washington Redskins L 26–21
66,834
13 November 24, 1996 at Arizona Cardinals L 36–30
36,175
14 December 1, 1996 New York Giants W 24–0
51,468
15 December 5, 1996 at Indianapolis Colts L 37–10
52,689
16 December 14, 1996 at New York Jets W 21–20
29,176
17 December 22, 1996 Arizona Cardinals W 29–19
63,658

Game summaries[edit]

Week 10[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
• Eagles 7 7 7 10 31
Cowboys 7 3 3 8 21

[1]

Standings[edit]

NFC East
W L T PCT PF PA
Dallas Cowboys 10 6 0 .625 286 250
Philadelphia Eagles 10 6 0 .625 363 341
Washington Redskins 9 7 0 .563 364 312
Arizona Cardinals 7 9 0 .438 300 397
New York Giants 6 10 0 .375 242 297

Playoffs[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Wild Card December 29, 1996 at San Francisco 49ers L 14–0
56,460

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2013-Dec-30.

External links[edit]