1997 Philadelphia Eagles season
|1997 Philadelphia Eagles season|
|Head coach||Ray Rhodes|
|Home field||Veterans Stadium|
|Division place||3rd NFC East|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
The 1997 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 65th in the National Football League (NFL). The team failed to improve on their previous output of 10–6, going only 6–9–1 and failing to reach the playoffs for the first time in three seasons.
Lowlights of the '97 campaign include a disheartening one-point loss at Dallas in Week 3, where starter Ty Detmer led the Birds on a potential game-winning drive late in regulation, only to see holder Tommy Hutton botch the hold on what would have been the deciding field goal from ex-Cowboys kicker Chris Boniol. In Week 7, the Eagles lost their first-ever game against the three-season-old Jacksonville Jaguars, and on November 10, in a Monday Night Football 24–12 home loss against San Francisco, a fan was spotted firing a flare gun in the upper deck. Six days later, at Memorial Stadium, the Eagles and Ravens engaged in a 10–10 tie, Philadelphia's first deadlock since 1986 against the Cardinals.
One bright spot during the year came on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, when rookie Bobby Hoying stepped in under center and threw for a career-high 313 yards and four touchdowns in a 44–42 win against the Cincinnati Bengals.
The 1997 campaign was notable in that it ended a 13-year radio partnership between broadcasters Merrill Reese and former Eagle Stan Walters on 94 WIP. Mike Quick became the color commentator the following season.
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.
|= Pro Bowler ||= Hall of Famer|
|1||25||Jon Harris||Defensive End||Virginia|
|2||57||James Darling||Linebacker||Washington State|
|3||71||Duce Staley||Running Back||South Carolina|
|4||119||Damien Robinson||Free Safety||Iowa|
|5||152||Ndukwe Kalu||Defensive End||Rice|
|5||155||Luther Broughton||Tight End||Furman|
|6||190||Antwuan Wyatt||Wide Receiver||Bethune-Cookman|
|6||198||Ed Jasper||Defensive Tackle||Texas A&M|
|7||225||Byron Capers||Defensive Back||Florida State|
|7||227||Deauntae Brown||Defensive Back||Central State (OH)|
|1997 Philadelphia Eagles staff|
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
|1||August 31, 1997||at New York Giants||L 31–17||
|2||September 7, 1997||Green Bay Packers||W 10–9||
|3||September 15, 1997||at Dallas Cowboys||L 21–20||
|5||September 28, 1997||at Minnesota Vikings||L 28–19||
|6||October 5, 1997||Washington Redskins||W 24–10||
|7||October 12, 1997||at Jacksonville Jaguars||L 38–21||
|8||October 19, 1997||Arizona Cardinals||W 13–10||
|9||October 26, 1997||Dallas Cowboys||W 13–12||
|10||November 2, 1997||at Arizona Cardinals||L 31–21||
|11||November 10, 1997||San Francisco 49ers||L 24–12||
|12||November 16, 1997||at Baltimore Ravens||T 10–10||
|13||November 23, 1997||Pittsburgh Steelers||W 23–20||
|14||November 30, 1997||Cincinnati Bengals||W 44–42||
|15||December 7, 1997||New York Giants||L 31–21||
|16||December 14, 1997||at Atlanta Falcons||L 20–17||
|17||December 21, 1997||at Washington Redskins||L 35–32||
|(3) New York Giants||10||5||1||.656||307||265||W3|
- Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.