1970 Philadelphia Eagles season

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1970 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coach Jerry Williams
Owner Leonard Tose
Home field Franklin Field
Results
Record 3–10–1
Division place 5th NFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 1970 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 38th in the league. They failed to improve on their previous output of 4–9–1, winning only three games.[1] The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the tenth consecutive season.

The Eagles did have victories over the playoff-bound Dolphins and the cross-state rival Steelers, as well as a 23–20 victory on Monday Night Football over the Giants, ending New York's six-game winning streak and helping deny Big Blue a playoff berth.

Offseason[edit]

Draft[edit]

Main article: 1970 NFL Draft
1970 Philadelphia Eagles draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 6 Steve Zabel  TE Oklahoma
2 34 Ray Jones  CB Southern
3 59 Lee Bouggess  RB Louisville
7 158 Terry Brennan Jr.  OT Notre Dame Pick from CHI
8 190 Ira Gordon  OT Kansas State
9 215 David King  LB Stephen F. Austin
10 240 Steve Jaggard  DB Memphis State
11 268 Bill Walik  DB Villanova
12 293 Robert Jones  DT Grambling
13 318 Richard Stevens  OT Baylor
14 346 Mark Moseley *  K Stephen F. Austin
15 371 John Carlos  WR San Jose State
16 396 Tuufuli Uperesa  OT Montana
17 424 Mike Sizelove  TE Idaho
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Regular Season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 20, 1970 Dallas Cowboys L 17–7
59,728
2 September 27, 1970 at Chicago Bears L 20–16
53,463
3 October 4, 1970 Washington Redskins L 33–21
60,658
4 October 11, 1970 at New York Giants L 30–23
62,820
5 October 18, 1970 St. Louis Cardinals L 35–20
59,002
6 October 25, 1970 at Green Bay Packers L 30–17
48,022
7 November 1, 1970 at Dallas Cowboys L 21–17
55,736
8 November 8, 1970 Miami Dolphins W 24–17
58,171
9 November 15, 1970 Atlanta Falcons T 13–13
55,425
10 November 23, 1970 New York Giants W 23–20
59,117
11 November 29, 1970 at St. Louis Cardinals L 23–14
46,581
12 December 6, 1970 at Baltimore Colts L 29–10
60,240
13 December 13, 1970 at Washington Redskins L 24–6
50,415
14 December 20, 1970 Pittsburgh Steelers W 30–20
55,252

Game Recaps[edit]

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Week 1[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cowboys 0 7 7 3 17
Eagles 7 0 0 0 7

Week 2[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 6 3 0 7 16
Bears 7 10 0 3 20

The game got off to bad start when Chicago Bears kickoff returner Cecil Turner had a 96-yard game opening kickoff return for a touchdown. Mark Moseley would miss the extra point when the Eagles answered with a touchdown of their own later in the 1st quarter meaning that they were not losing the game only from the opening kickoff to the time it took Turner to return it. Three times during the game the Bears would lead the Eagles by one point.

Week 8[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 0 0 0 17 17
Eagles 0 17 7 0 24
  • Date: November 8
  • Location: Franklin Field • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Referee: Tommy Bell

In week 8 the Eagles marked their first time playing a former AFL team in the regular season by winning 24–17 for their 1st win of the 1970 season. The defense of Philadelphia would force the Miami quarterbacks (Bob Griese 3 and John Stofa 1) to throw 4 interceptions. Miami kick returner Mercury Morris would average over 26 yards on 4 kickoff returns.

Week 9[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Falcons 7 3 0 3 13
Eagles 3 3 0 7 13
  • Date: November 15
  • Location: Franklin Field • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Referee: Bob Finley
  • Television network: CBS

The Eagles did not score an offensive touchdown, but an aggressive defense harassed Atlanta quarterback Bob Berry for most of the game and scored a touchdown of its own when Steve Preece returned a fumble 21 yards after Gary Pettigrew blindsided Harmon Wages on an attempted halfback option pass. Philadelphia had a chance to win the game in the closing seconds, but Mark Moseley blew a chip shot field goal attempt.

Week 10[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Giants 3 10 7 0 20
Eagles 0 9 7 7 23

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Week 14[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Steelers 7 7 3 3 20
Eagles 6 14 0 10 30
  • Date: December 20
  • Location: Franklin Field • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Referee: Bob Finley
  • Television network: NBC

In week 14 the Eagles played the cross state rival Pittsburgh Steelers. Frenchy Fuqua had two long runs for touchdowns, one for 72 yards and another for 85 yards, both in the first half. Mark Moseley would miss his 3rd extra point of the year. His 14th field goal of the year, out of 25 attempted, in the 4th quarter gave the Eagles the lead for good. He would be cut during the 1971 training camp, play for the Houston Oilers for 13 games over two years, then settle in Washington for 10 years becoming the last straight on kicking style kicker left in the NFL. He won the Most Valuable Player Award during the strike-shortened 1982 season. He is the only placekicker to win the award.

Standings[edit]

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Dallas Cowboys 10 4 0 .714 5–3 7–4 299 221 W5
New York Giants 9 5 0 .643 6–2 6–5 301 270 L1
St. Louis Cardinals 8 5 1 .615 5–3 6–5 325 228 L3
Washington Redskins 6 8 0 .429 3–5 4–7 297 314 W2
Philadelphia Eagles 3 10 1 .231 1–7 1–9–1 241 332 W1

Note: Tie games were not officially counted in the standings until 1972.

Playoffs[edit]

The Eagles failed to make the playoffs for the 1970 season.

1970 Roster[edit]

= 1970 Pro Bowl [5] = Hall of Famer
  • Pro Bowl Selection       + Pro Bowl Starter
NO. Player AGE POS GP GS WT HT YRS College
Jerry Williams 42 Head Coach 3 Washington State
11 Rick Arrington 23 QB 6 1 200 6–2 Rookie Georgia
Tulsa
85 Gary Ballman 30 FL-TE-SE-WR 14 8 215 6–1 8 Michigan State
46 Lee Bouggess 22 RB 14 0 210 6–2 Rookie Louisville
28 Bill Bradley 23 DB 12 0 190 5–11 1 Texas
80 Don Brumm 29 DE 7 0 245 6–3 7 Purdue
77 Ernie Calloway 22 DT-DE 14 0 255 6–6 1 Texas Southern
76 Joe Carollo 30 T 14 0 265 6–2 8 Notre Dame
64 Norman Davis 25 G 14 0 245 6–2 3 Grambling State
62 Mike Dirks 24 DT-G 12 0 246 6–2 2 Wyoming
59 Mike Evans 24 C 14 0 250 6–5 2 Boston College
69 Carl Gersbach 23 LB 6 0 230 6–1 Rookie Duke
West Chester
71 Dick Hart 27 G 14 0 253 6–2 3 none
41 Richard Harvey 25 DB 4 0 190 6–2 Rookie Jackson State
18 Ben Hawkins 26 WR-SE-FL 14 0 180 6–1 4 Arizona State
47 Ed Hayes 24 DB 4 0 185 6–1 Rookie Morgan State
86 Fred Hill 27 TE-SE-WR 14 0 215 6–2 5 USC
56 Bill Hobbs 24 LB 12 0 218 6–0 1 Texas A&M
83 Don Hultz 30 DE-DT 12 0 241 6–3 7 Southern Miss
54 Calvin Hunt 23 C 7 0 245 6–3 Rookie Baylor
29 Harold Jackson 24 WR 14 14 175 5–10 2 Jackson State
48 Jay Johnson 25 LB 5 0 230 6–3 1 Texas A&M-Commerce
23 Harry Jones 25 RB 2 0 205 6–2 3 Arkansas
21 Ray Jones 23 DB 12 0 187 5–11 Rookie Southern
51 Ike Kelley 26 LB 11 0 225 5–11 4 Ohio State
72 Wade Key 24 G-T 14 0 245 6–5 Rookie Texas
Texas State
20 Leroy Keyes 23 DB-RB 3 0 208 6–3 1 Purdue
52 Dave Lloyd 34 LB-C 12 5 247 6–3 11 Georgia
Texas Tech
45 Ron Medved 26 DB-LB 12 0 210 6–1 4 Washington
74 Denis Moore 26 DT-DE 2 0 255 3 6–5 USC
3 Mark Moseley 22 K 14 0 202 5–11 Rookie Stephen F. Austin
Texas A&M
26 Al Nelson 27 DB 13 0 186 5–11 5 Cincinnati
68 Mark Nordquist 25 G-C 14 0 246 6–4 2 Pacific
88 Gary Pettigrew 26 DT-DE 14 0 255 6–5 4 Stanford
22 Cyril Pinder 24 RB 14 0 210 6–2 2 Illinois
50 Ron Porter 25 LB 14 0 232 6–3 3 Idaho
33 Steve Preece 23 DB 14 0 195 6–1 1 Oregon State
24 Nate Ramsey 29 DB 11 0 200 6–1 7 Indiana State
82 Tim Rossovich 24 LB-DE 14 8 240 6–4 2 USC
70 Jim Skaggs 30 G-T 14 0 250 6–3 7 Washington
16 Norm Snead 31 QB 14 13 215 6–4 9 Wake Forest
73 Dick Stevens 22 T 14 0 240 6–4 Rookie Baylor
49 Jim Thrower 23 DB 5 0 195 6–2 Rookie Texas A&M-Commerce
99 Mel Tom 29 DE 14 0 249 6–4 3 Hawaii
San Jose State
9 Billy Walik 23 WR-DB 14 0 180 5–11 Rookie Villanova
34 Larry Watkins 24 RB 11 0 230 6–2 1 Alcorn State
41 Harry Wilson 26 RB 1 0 204 5–11 3 Nebraska
37 Tom Woodeshick 29 RB 6 0 225 6–0 7 West Virginia
35 Adrian Young 24 LB 14 0 232 6–1 2 USC
89 Steve Zabel 22 LB-TE 14 6 235 6–4 Rookie Oklahoma
49 Players
Team Average
25.4 14 222.2 6–2.0 2.8

References[edit]