1984 Philadelphia Eagles Season
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1984 Philadelphia Eagles Season

1984 Philadelphia Eagles season
OwnerLeonard Tose
Head coachMarion Campbell
Home fieldVeterans Stadium
Division place5th NFC East
Playoff finishDid not qualify

The 1984 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 52nd in the National Football League (NFL). The team improved upon their previous output of 5-11, winning six games.[1] Despite the improvement, the team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the third straight season.

Whatever outside chance the Birds had to make the playoffs was sunk on November 25 at St. Louis, when starting quarterback Ron Jaworski suffered a broken leg and missed the remainder of the season. It was the most serious injury the "Polish Rifle" ever suffered in his long career. Joe Pisarcik took over under center for the final three-plus games.


NFL draft

The 1984 NFL Draft was held May 1-2, 1984. It was 12 rounds held over two days and televised by ESPN in great detail. A month later a draft was held for college seniors who already signed with either the CFL or USFL prior to the May 1984 draft. While the Eagles finished the 1983 NFL season with a record of 5-11 and in fourth place in the NFC East Division they would always get the 4th pick in the 12 rounds of the draft. Only the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Houston Oilers at 2-12 and the New York Giants at 3-13 would have a worse record. It would be one of the most power balanced years.

1984 Philadelphia Eagles draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 4 Kenny Jackson  WR Penn State
3 60 Rusty Russell  T South Carolina
4 88 Evan Cooper  DB Michigan
5 116 Andre Hardy  RB St. Mary's (CA)
6 144 Scott Raridon  T Nebraska
7 172 Joe Hayes  RB Central State (OK)
8 200 Manny Matsakis  K Capital
10 256 John Thomas  DB TCU
11 284 John Robertson  T East Carolina
12 312 Paul McFadden  K Youngstown State
      Made roster    +   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

NFL supplemental draft

This draft was held on June 5, 1984. These were players that were not drafted by an NFL team. In an attempt to head off a bidding war in its own ranks for USFL and CFL players. NFL teams chose 84 players from 224 available during the three-round selection meeting. Many of the big name USFL players were ineligible for the draft because their rights were already owned by NFL clubs. Still 3 of the first 4 players selected would become NFL Hall Of Famers. These players signed with the USFL before the NFL could draft them. Some teams took a chance and drafted players still so they had their NFL rights, The Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League, suspecting that the USFL was not going to last, acquired Walker's NFL rights by drafting him in the fifth round of the 1985 NFL Draft.

Round Pick Player Position School USFL / CFL Team
1 4 Reggie White Defensive End University of Tennessee Memphis Showboats
2 32 Daryl Goodlow Linebacker Arizona Oklahoma Outlaws
3 60 Thomas Carter Linebacker San Diego State Oakland Invaders





Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance Recap
1 September 2 at New York Giants L 27-28 0-1 Giants Stadium 71,520 Recap
2 September 9 Minnesota Vikings W 19-17 1-1 Veterans Stadium 55,942 Recap
3 September 16 at Dallas Cowboys L 17-23 1-2 Texas Stadium 64,521 Recap
4 September 23 San Francisco 49ers L 9-21 1-3 Veterans Stadium 62,771 Recap
5 September 30 at Washington Redskins L 0-20 1-4 RFK Stadium 53,064 Recap
6 October 7 at Buffalo Bills W 27-17 2-4 Rich Stadium 37,555 Recap
7 October 14 Indianapolis Colts W 16-7 3-4 Veterans Stadium 50,277 Recap
8 October 21 New York Giants W 24-10 4-4 Veterans Stadium 64,677 Recap
9 October 28 St. Louis Cardinals L 14-34 4-5 Veterans Stadium 54,310 Recap
10 November 4 at Detroit Lions T 23-23 4-5-1 Pontiac Silverdome 59,141 Recap
11 November 11 at Miami Dolphins L 23-24 4-6-1 Miami Orange Bowl 70,227 Recap
12 November 18 Washington Redskins W 16-10 5-6-1 Veterans Stadium 63,117 Recap
13 November 25 at St. Louis Cardinals L 16-17 5-7-1 Busch Memorial Stadium 39,858 Recap
14 December 2 Dallas Cowboys L 10-26 5-8-1 Veterans Stadium 66,322 Recap
15 December 9 New England Patriots W 27-17 6-8-1 Veterans Stadium 41,581 Recap
16 December 16 at Atlanta Falcons L 10-26 6-9-1 Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium 15,582 Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.


NFC East
Washington Redskins(2) 11 5 0 .688 5-3 8-4 426 310 W4
New York Giants(5) 9 7 0 .563 5-3 7-7 299 301 L2
St. Louis Cardinals 9 7 0 .563 5-3 6-6 423 345 L1
Dallas Cowboys 9 7 0 .563 3-5 7-5 308 308 L2
Philadelphia Eagles 6 9 1 .406 2-6 3-8-1 278 320 L1

Awards and honors

  • Mike Quick, 1984 Pro Bowl selection
  • Paul McFadden, All-Rookie Team, Second team All-NFC, UPI Rookie of the Year


External links

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