1972 St. Louis Cardinals (NFL) season

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1972 St. Louis Cardinals season
Head coach Bob Hollway
Owner Bill Bidwill
Home field Busch Memorial Stadium
Results
Record 4–9–1
Division place 4th NFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 1972 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 53rd year with the National Football League and thirteenth in St. Louis. On September 2, Bill Bidwill purchased the stock of his brother Charles "Stormy" Bidwill to become sole owner of the Cardinals.[1][2] The adopted sons of Charles and Violet Bidwill,[3][4] the two had co-owned the team since their mother's death in January 1962.[5]

After starting at 2–2, with wins over 1970 and 1971 playoff participants Baltimore and Minnesota, the Cardinals went 0–7–1, then won their final two games over the Rams and Eagles to finish at 4–9–1 for the second consecutive season and third time in the past four. Second-year head coach Bob Hollway was fired December 18,[6] the day after the regular season finale, succeeded a month later by San Diego State head coach Don Coryell.[7]

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
1 4 Bobby Moore (Ahmad Rashād) Wide Receiver Oregon

Roster[edit]

1972 St. Louis Cardinals roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Practice Squad

Rookies in italics

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Record Attendance
1 September 17 at Baltimore Colts W 10–3 1–0
53,652
2 September 24 at Washington Redskins L 24–10 1–1
53,039
3 October 1 Pittsburgh Steelers L 25–19 1–2
49,140
4 October 8 at Minnesota Vikings W 19–17 2–2
49,687
5 October 15 Washington Redskins L 33–3 2–3
50,454
6 October 22 at New York Giants L 27–21 2–4
62,756
7 October 29 Chicago Bears L 27–10 2–5
50,464
8 November 5 at Philadelphia Eagles T 6–6 2–5–1
65,720
9 November 12 at Dallas Cowboys L 33–24 2–6–1
65,218
10 November 19 New York Giants L 13–7 2–7–1
48,014
11 November 27 at Miami Dolphins L 31–10 2–8–1
80,010
12 December 3 Dallas Cowboys L 27–6 2–9–1
49,787
13 December 10 Los Angeles Rams W 24–14 3–9–1
36,873
14 December 17 Philadelphia Eagles W 24–23 4–9–1
34,872

Standings[edit]

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Washington Redskins 11 3 0 .786 7–1 10–1 336 218 L2
Dallas Cowboys 10 4 0 .714 6–2 7–4 319 240 L1
New York Giants 8 6 0 .571 5–3 7–4 331 247 W1
St. Louis Cardinals 4 9 1 .321 1–6–1 3–7–1 193 303 W2
Philadelphia Eagles 2 11 1 .179 0–7–1 0–10–1 145 352 L5

Awards and records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bill Bidwill sole owner of Cards". Southeast Missorian. Cape Girardeau. Associated Press. September 12, 1972. p. 8. 
  2. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p.283
  3. ^ Howard, Robert (February 2, 1963). "Court rules for Bidwills". Chicago Daily Tribune. p. 1, part 4. 
  4. ^ "High court rules in favor of sons". Milwaukee Journal. Associated Press. February 2, 1963. p. 2, part 2. 
  5. ^ "Mrs. Wolfner, Cardinals' owner, dies". Chicago Daily Tribune. Associated Press. January 30, 1962. p. 1, part 3. 
  6. ^ "Cardinals fire football coach". Southeast Missourian. Cape Girardeau. Associated Press. December 19, 1972. p. 1. 
  7. ^ "Coryell is named coach of inoffensive Cardinals". Milwaukee Journal. press dispatches. January 19, 1973. p. 15, part 2.