1994 Philadelphia Eagles Season
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1994 Philadelphia Eagles Season

1994 Philadelphia Eagles season
OwnerJeffrey Lurie
Head coachRich Kotite
Home fieldVeterans Stadium
Results
Record7-9
Division place4th NFC East
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Uniform
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The 1994 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 62nd in the National Football League (NFL). 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.

Offseason

NFL draft

The 1994 NFL draft was held April 24-25, 1994. This was the first draft in which the rounds were reduced to seven in total.

1994 Philadelphia Eagles draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 14 Bernard Williams  Offensive 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
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Personnel

Staff

[4][5]

Roster

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Kickoff Network Attendance
1 September 4, 1994 at New York Giants L 28-23 1:00pm ET FOX
76,130
2 September 12, 1994 Chicago Bears W 30-22 9:00pm ET ABC
64,890
3 September 18, 1994 Green Bay Packers W 13-7 1:00pm ET FOX
63,922
4 Bye
5 October 2, 1994 at San Francisco 49ers W 40-8 4:00pm ET FOX
64,843
6 October 9, 1994 Washington Redskins W 21-17 8:00pm ET TNT
63,947
7 October 16, 1994 at Dallas Cowboys L 24-13 4:00pm ET FOX
64,703
8 October 24, 1994 Houston Oilers W 21-6 9:00pm ET ABC
65,233
9 October 30, 1994 at Washington Redskins W 31-29 1:00pm ET FOX
53,530
10 November 6, 1994 Arizona Cardinals W 17-7 1:00pm ET FOX
64,952
11 November 13, 1994 Cleveland Browns L 26-7 1:00pm ET NBC
65,233
12 November 20, 1994 at Arizona Cardinals L 12-6 4:00pm ET FOX
62,779
13 November 27, 1994 at Atlanta Falcons L 28-21 1:00pm ET FOX
60,008
14 December 4, 1994 Dallas Cowboys L 31-19 1:00pm ET FOX
65,974
15 December 11, 1994 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 14-3 1:00pm ET FOX
55,474
16 December 18, 1994 New York Giants L 16-13 4:00pm ET FOX
64,540
17 December 24, 1994 at Cincinnati Bengals L 33-30 1:00pm ET FOX
39,923

Game summaries

Week 1

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 17

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

NFC East
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(2)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

Post season

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 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.

References

  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. ^ "1994 Philadelphia Eagles draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014.
  4. ^ Juliano, Joe (February 9, 1994). "Eagles promote John Wooten to director of player personnel". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2014.
  5. ^ Newman, Chuck (July 6, 1994). "Redskins scout hired for Eagles front office: Chuck Banker is the new director of pro personnel. Also, Joe Banner was named a vice president". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2014.

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