1971 Philadelphia Eagles season

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1971 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coach Jerry Williams
Ed Khayat
Owner Leonard Tose
Home field Veterans Stadium
Results
Record 6–7–1
Division place 3rd NFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 1971 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 39th in the National Football League. They improved on their previous output of 3–10–1, winning six games.[1] Despite the improvement, the team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the eleventh consecutive season. This was the team's inaugural season in Veterans Stadium.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

The table[2] 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 [3] = Hall of Famer
Rd Pick Player Pos. College
1 5 Richard Harris Defensive End Grambling
2 30 Pick Taken By
Detroit Lions
2 50 Hank Allison
Acquired Minn Vikings Pick
Guard San Diego State
3 55 Pick Taken By
San Francisco 49ers
4 83 Happy Feller Kicker Texas
5 108 Tom Shellabarger Tackle San Diego State
6 133 Jack Smith Defensive back Troy State
7 161 Harold Carmichael Wide receiver Southern
8 186 Leonard Gotschalk Center Humboldt State
9 211 Len Pettigrew Linebacker Ashland
10 239 Pick Taken By
New Orleans Saints
10 256 Tom Bailey Running back Florida State
11 264 Albert Davis Running back Tennessee State
12 289 Rich Saathoff Defensive end Northern Arizona
13 317 Danny Lester Defensive back Texas
14 342 Robert Creech Linebacker Texas Christian
15 367 Ed Fisher Guard Prairie View A&M
16 395 Bruce James Linebacker Arkansas
17 420 John Sage Linebacker Louisiana State

Roster[edit]

1971 Philadelphia Eagles roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams


Rookies in italics

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 19, 1971 at Cincinnati Bengals L 37–14
55,880
2 September 26, 1971 Dallas Cowboys L 42–7
65,358
3 October 3, 1971 San Francisco 49ers L 31–3
65,358
4 October 10, 1971 Minnesota Vikings L 13–0
65,358
5 October 17, 1971 at Oakland Raiders L 34–10
54,615
6 October 24, 1971 New York Giants W 23–7
65,358
7 October 31, 1971 Denver Broncos W 17–16
65,358
8 November 7, 1971 at Washington Redskins T 7–7
53,041
9 November 14, 1971 at Dallas Cowboys L 20–7
60,178
10 November 21, 1971 St. Louis Cardinals W 37–20
48,658
11 November 28, 1971 Washington Redskins L 20–13
65,358
12 December 5, 1971 at Detroit Lions W 23–20
54,418
13 December 12, 1971 St. Louis Cardinals W 19–7
65,358
14 December 19, 1971 at New York Giants W 41–28
62,774

Standings[edit]

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Dallas Cowboys 11 3 0 .786 7–1 8–3 406 222 W7
Washington Redskins 9 4 1 .692 6–1–1 8–2–1 276 190 L1
Philadelphia Eagles 6 7 1 .462 4–3–1 5–5–1 221 302 W3
St. Louis Cardinals 4 9 1 .308 1–7 2–8–1 231 279 L2
New York Giants 4 10 0 .286 1–7 3–8 228 362 L5

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

Awards and honors[edit]

Records Breakers

  • Al Nelson 102 yard missed field goal return, Eagles vs Dallas on September 26, 1971

Pro Bowl

  • Bill Bradley named Pro Bowl starter

League Leaders

  • Bill Bradley leads league with 11 interceptions.

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1971 Philadelphia Eagles
  2. ^ https://www.pro-football-reference.com/draft/1970.htm
  3. ^ Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.