1994 Arizona Cardinals season

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1994 Arizona Cardinals season
Head coach Buddy Ryan
Owner Bill Bidwill
Home field Sun Devil Stadium
Results
Record 8–8
Division place 3rd NFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers LB Seth Joyner
FS Aeneas Williams

The 1994 Arizona Cardinals season was the franchise’s 75th season with the National Football League, the seventh season in Arizona and the first season as the “Arizona Cardinals”. Buddy Ryan became the 32nd head coach in Cardinals history. After being given a large share of the credit for the success of the Houston Oilers in 1993, Ryan was named head coach of the Arizona Cardinals in 1994. Also named general manager of the Cardinals, Ryan went 8–8 his first year, the Cardinals’ first non-losing season since 1984.

The Cardinals finished the season ranked third in the NFL in total defense, although it allowed only two fewer points in 1994 than they had in 1993. An anemic offense, one which saw three quarterbacks start at least one game, held the team back. Arizona scored 89 points fewer in 1994 than it did in 1993, and it finished with a minus-32 point differential after finishing at plus-57 in 1993.

Arizona lost its first two games by a combined five points, then were shut out 32–0 by the Cleveland Browns. The Cardinals recovered to enter the final week of the season with a shot at the playoffs, but those hopes were ended by a 10–6 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

1994 Arizona Cardinals draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 10 Jamir Miller *  Offensive Linebacker UCLA
2 38 Chuck Levy  Running back Arizona
3 76 Rich Braham  Center West Virginia
3 89 Eric England  Defensive end Texas A&M
4 107 Perry Carter  Defensive back Southern Miss
4 113 John Reece  Defensive back Nebraska
4 115 Terry Irving  Linebacker McNeese State
5 139 Anthony Redmon  Guard Auburn
6 172 Terry Samuels  Tight end Kentucky
7 204 Frank Harvey  Running back Georgia
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1994 Arizona Cardinals staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Bob Rogucki

Roster[edit]

1994 Arizona Cardinals final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 4, 1994 at Los Angeles Rams L 14–12
32,969
2 September 11, 1994 New York Giants L 20–17
60,066
3 September 18, 1994 at Cleveland Browns L 32–0
62,818
4 Bye
5 October 2, 1994 Minnesota Vikings W 17–7
67,950
6 October 9, 1994 at Dallas Cowboys L 38–3
64,518
7 October 16, 1994 at Washington Redskins W 19–16
50,019
8 October 23, 1994 Dallas Cowboys L 28–21
71,023
9 October 30, 1994 Pittsburgh Steelers W 20–17
65,690
10 November 6, 1994 at Philadelphia Eagles L 17–7
64,952
11 November 13, 1994 at New York Giants W 10–9
71,719
12 November 20, 1994 Philadelphia Eagles W 12–6
62,779
13 November 27, 1994 Chicago Bears L 19–16
65,922
14 December 4, 1994 at Houston Oilers W 30–12
39,821
15 December 11, 1994 Washington Redskins W 17–15
53,790
16 December 18, 1994 Cincinnati Bengals W 28–7
50,110
17 December 24, 1994 at Atlanta Falcons L 10–6
35,311

Game summaries[edit]

Week 1[edit]

1 234Total
Cardinals 0 660 12
• Rams 7 070 14
  • Date: September 18
  • Location: Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim, California
  • Game start: 4:00 p.m. PST
  • Game attendance: 32,969
  • Game weather: 70 °F (21.1 °C); humidity 77%; wind 8 miles per hour (13 km/h; 7.0 kn)

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Week 2[edit]

1 234Total
• Giants 6 1400 20
Cardinals 3 707 17
  • Date: September 11
  • Location: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona
  • Game start: 8:00 p.m. MST
  • Game attendance: 60,066
  • Game weather: 87 °F (30.6 °C); humidity 45%; wind 11 miles per hour (18 km/h; 9.6 kn)

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Week 3[edit]

1 234Total
Cardinals 0 000 0
• Browns 0 31514 32

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Week 5[edit]

1 234Total
Vikings 0 700 7
• Cardinals 7 0010 17
  • Date: October 2
  • Location: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona
  • Game start: 4:00 p.m. MST
  • Game attendance: 67,950
  • Game weather: 80 °F (26.7 °C); humidity 26%; wind 7 miles per hour (11 km/h; 6.1 kn)

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Week 6[edit]

1 234Total
Cardinals 0 030 3
• Cowboys 21 7100 38
  • Date: October 9
  • Location: Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas
  • Game start: 4:00 p.m. CST
  • Game attendance: 64,518
  • Game weather: 61 °F (16.1 °C); wind 14 miles per hour (23 km/h; 12 kn)

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Week 7[edit]

1 234OTTotal
• Cardinals 0 30133 19
Redskins 0 14020 16

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Week 8[edit]

1 234Total
• Cowboys 7 7013 27
Cardinals 0 1407 21
  • Date: October 23
  • Location: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona
  • Game start: 4:00 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 71,023
  • Game weather: 73 °F (22.8 °C); wind 5 miles per hour (8.0 km/h; 4.3 kn)

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Week 9[edit]

1 234OTTotal
Steelers 0 14330 20
• Cardinals 7 101403 34
  • Date: October 30
  • Location: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona
  • Game start: 8:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: 73 °F (22.8 °C); wind 4 miles per hour (6.4 km/h; 3.5 kn)

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Week 10[edit]

1 234Total
Cardinals 0 007 7
• Eagles 0 3140 17
  • Date: November 6
  • Location: Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia
  • Game start: 4:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: 63 °F (17.2 °C); wind 12 miles per hour (19 km/h; 10 kn)

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Week 11[edit]

1 234Total
• Cardinals 0 037 10
Giants 7 200 9

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Week 12[edit]

1 234Total
Eagles 0 303 6
• Cardinals 3 333 12
  • Date: November 20
  • Location: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona
  • Game start: 4:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: 45 °F (7.2 °C); wind 7 miles per hour (11 km/h; 6.1 kn)

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Week 13[edit]

1 234OTTotal
• Bears 7 3603 19
Cardinals 0 33100 16
  • Date: November 27
  • Location: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona
  • Game start: 4:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: 51 °F (10.6 °C); wind 11 miles per hour (18 km/h; 9.6 kn)

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Week 14[edit]

1 234Total
• Cardinals 0 10020 30
Oilers 9 300 12
  • Date: December 4
  • Location: Astrodome, Houston, Texas
  • Game start: 4:00 p.m.
  • Game attendance: 39,821
  • Game weather: played indoors, domed stadium

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This ninth successive defeat for the Oilers has the unusual distinction of being the most recent NFL game as of 2017 during which both teams scored a safety, and one of only eight since at least 1940.[15]

Week 15[edit]

1 234Total
Redskins 3 309 15
• Cardinals 7 0010 17
  • Date: December 11
  • Location: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona
  • Game start: 4:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: 52 °F (11.1 °C); wind 4 miles per hour (6.4 km/h; 3.5 kn)

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Week 16[edit]

1 234Total
Bengals 0 070 7
• Cardinals 14 707 28

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Week 17[edit]

1 234Total
Cardinals 0 303 6
• Falcons 7 030 10
  • Date: December 24
  • Location: Georgia Dome, Atlanta
  • Game start: 4:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 35,311
  • Game weather: played indoors, domed stadium

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Standings[edit]

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

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Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1994 Arizona Cardinals Draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 2, 2014.
  2. ^ Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams – September 4th, 1994. Retrieved 2018-Sep-15.
  3. ^ New York Giants at Arizona Cardinals – September 11th, 1994. Retrieved 2018-Sep-15.
  4. ^ Arizona Cardinals at Cleveland Browns – September 18th, 1994. Retrieved 2018-Sep-15.
  5. ^ Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals – October 2nd, 1994. Retrieved 2018-Sep-15.
  6. ^ Arizona Cardinals at Dallas Cowboys – October 9th, 1994. Retrieved 2018-Sep-11.
  7. ^ Arizona Cardinals at Washington Redskins – October 16th, 1994. Retrieved 2018-Sep-11.
  8. ^ Dallas Cowboys at Arizona Cardinals – October 23rd, 1994. Retrieved 2018-Sep-11.
  9. ^ Pittsburgh Steelers at Arizona Cardinals – October 30th, 1994. Retrieved 2018-Sep-11.
  10. ^ Arizona Cardinals at Philadelphia Eagles – November 6th, 1994. Retrieved 2018-Sep-11.
  11. ^ Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants – November 13th, 1994. Retrieved 2014-May-18.
  12. ^ Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals – November 20th, 1994. Retrieved 2014-Jul-06.
  13. ^ Chicago Bears at Arizona Cardinals – November 27th, 1994. Retrieved 2018-Sep-10.
  14. ^ Arizona Cardinals at Houston Oilers – December 4th, 1994. Retrieved 2018-Sep-10.
  15. ^ Pro Football Reference; In a single game, from 1940 to 2017, requiring opp Safeties >= 1 and Safeties >= 1, sorted by ascending Date
  16. ^ Washington Redskins at Arizona Cardinals – December 11th, 1994. Retrieved 2014-Jul-06.
  17. ^ Cincinnati Bengals at Arizona Cardinals – December 18th, 1994. Retrieved 2018-Sep-15.
  18. ^ Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons – December 24th, 1994. Retrieved 2018-Sep-15.
  19. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 291
  20. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 453

External links[edit]