1966 Philadelphia Eagles season

1966 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coach Joe Kuharich
Owner Jerry Wolman
Home field Franklin Field
Local radio WCAU
Results
Record 9–5
Division place 2nd NFL Eastern
Playoff finish Lost NFL Playoff Bowl (vs. Colts) 14-20

Off Season

NFL draft

The 1966 NFL draft was held on November 27, 1965,[1] the last year in which the NFL and the AFL had separate drafts. As a result, many players selected by teams from both leagues would choose to play for the more established NFL, or in a rarer case, the AFL. The expansion Atlanta Falcons were awarded the first pick in the draft as well as the final pick in each of the first five rounds.[1] The league also provided the Falcons with an expansion draft six weeks later, selecting players from NFL rosters.[1]

Player selections

= Pro Bowler [2] = AFL All-Star [3] = Hall of Famer
Rd PICK PLAYER POS SCHOOL AFL Rd Pick Signed
14Randy BeislerDefensive EndIndiana
220Gary PettigrewDefensive endStanfordSan Diego649Eagles
336Ben HawkinsWide receiverArizona StateNew York538Eagles
452Frank EmanuelLinebackerTennesseeMiami29Miami
568Dan BerryRunning backCalifornia
684Bob SherlagDefensive backMemphis State
689Mel TomLinebackerSan Jose State
799David LinceTackleNorth DakotaHouston14122Eagles
8114John MasonEndStanford
9129Jim ToddRunning backBall State
10144John OsmondCenterTulsaKansas City647
11159Welford WaltonDefensive endNevada-Reno
12174Bruce Van DykeGuardMissouriKansas City15133Eagles
13189Jim BohlRunning backNew Mexico State
14204Ron MedvedRunning backWashington
15219Harry DayTackleMemphis StateHouston12104
16234Arunas VasysLinebackerNotre Dame
17249Ike KelleyLinebackerOhio State
18264Bill MoorerCenterGeorgia Tech
19279Taft ReedDefensive backJackson StateSan Diego981Eagles
20294Bill RisioTackleBoston College
20298Gerald CircoKickerCal State-Chico

Roster

1966 Philadelphia Eagles roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams


Rookies in italics

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Attendance
1 September 11 at St. Louis Cardinals L 16–13 0-1
39,066
2 September 18 Atlanta Falcons W 23–10 1–1
54,049
3 September 25 New York Giants W 35–17 2–1
60,177
4 October 2 St. Louis Cardinals L 41–10 2–2
59,305
5 October 9 at Dallas Cowboys L 56–7 2–3
69,372
6 October 16 at Pittsburgh Steelers W 31–14 3–3
28,233
7 October 23 at New York Giants W 31–3 4–3
63,018
8 October 30 Washington Redskins L 27–13 4–4
60,652
9 November 6 Dallas Cowboys W 24–23 5–4
60,658
10 November 13 at Cleveland Browns L 27–7 5–5
77,968
11 November 20 at San Francisco 49ers W 35–34 6–5
31,993
12 November 27 Bye
13 December 4 Pittsburgh Steelers W 27–23 7–5
54,275
14 December 11 Cleveland Browns W 33–21 8–5
58,074
15 December 18 at Washington Redskins W 37–28 9–5
50,405
  • A bye week was necessary in 1966, as the league expanded to an odd-number (15) of teams (Atlanta); one team was idle each week.

Standings

NFL Eastern Conference
W L T PCT CONF PF PA STK
Dallas Cowboys 10 3 1 .769 9–3–1 445 239 W1
Philadelphia Eagles 9 5 0 .643 8–5 326 340 W4
Cleveland Browns 9 5 0 .643 9–4 403 259 W1
St. Louis Cardinals 8 5 1 .615 7–5–1 264 265 L3
Washington Redskins 7 7 0 .500 7–6 351 355 L1
Pittsburgh Steelers 5 8 1 .385 4–8–1 316 347 W2
Atlanta Falcons 3 11 0 .214 2–5 204 437 L1
New York Giants 1 12 1 .077 1–11–1 263 501 L8

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

Playoff Bowl

DateOpponentScoreVenueAttendance
January 8, 1967Baltimore ColtsL, 20–14Orange Bowl
58,088

[4]

Awards and honors

Pro Bowl Selections

Bob Brown selected starting Tackle.
Floyd Peters is selected as Defensive Tackle

League Leaders

Tim Browns leads league in Kickoff Returns for TDs with 2.
Tim Browns finishes 3 rd in Kick return Avg. with 28.1
Joe Scarpati finishes 2nd in Interception with 8.

References

  1. 1 2 3 "1966 NFL Draft". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved September 27, 2008.
  2. Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their careers.
  3. Players are identified as an All-Star if they were selected for the All-Star team at any time in their careers.
  4. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 369
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