1976 Philadelphia Eagles season
|1976 Philadelphia Eagles season|
|Head coach||Dick Vermeil|
|General manager||Jim Murray|
|Home field||Veterans Stadium|
|Division place||4th NFC East|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
The 1976 Philadelphia Eagles season was the team's 44th in the National Football League. It was the first year with the team for head coach Dick Vermeil, who would bring the Eagles to their first playoff berth in 18 years in 1978 and then their first Super Bowl just two seasons later. As for this season, the Eagles matched their 4-10 record from last season and failed to reach the playoffs for the 16th consecutive season. It was also the 10th straight season for Philadelphia in which they did not end the season with an above .500 record.
After coaching #12 UCLA (8–2–1) to a win over #1 Ohio State (11–0) in the 1976 Rose Bowl by the score of 23–10 Dick Vermeil was offered the Head coaching job of the Philadelphia Eagles. Because of bad trades by past Eagles coaches, Vermeil did not have a 1st round draft pick until 1978, but Vermeil did big things with the talent he had inherited from previous coaches.
The 1976 NFL Draft was an annual player selection meeting held on April 8–9, 1976. It lasted 17 rounds, with the expansion Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Seattle Seahawks making the first two selections. The expansion teams were also given a pair of extra picks at the end of each of rounds 2–5.
The Philadelphia Eagles would pick 9th in the 17 rounds. They still had to overcome the traded away draft picks of the Mike McCormack era.
The draft began with first overall pick of Hall of Famer Lee Roy Selmon, Defensive End from Oklahoma, Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Eagles had to wait until the fourth round and make a selection with the 111th pick.
The table 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.
|= Pro Bowler||= Hall of Famer|
|1||9||Pick Traded to Cincinnati Bengals|
|2||18||Pick Traded to Cincinnati Bengals|
|3||69||Pick Traded to Cincinnati Bengals|
|4a||101||Pick Traded to San Francisco 49ers|
|4c||Pick Acquired from New England Patriots |
Pick Traded to Cleveland Browns
|5||135||Greg Johnson||DT||Florida State|
|6||165||Kirk Johnson||T||Howard Payne|
|7||191||Carl Hairston||DE||Maryland-Eastern Shore|
Pick Acquired from Chicago Bears
|9b||248||Richard Osborne||TE||Texas A & M|
|10||273||Herb Lusk||RB||Long Beach State|
|11||300||Mike Gilbert||DT||San Diego State|
|12||228||Pick Traded to New York Jets|
Pick Acquired from New York Jets
|14||385||Melvin Shy||DB||Tennessee State|
|1976 Philadelphia Eagles roster|
Vincent Papale, at 6-feet 2-inches (1.88 m) and 195 pounds (88.5 kg), was a long shot to make the Eagles roster. At age 30, Papale became the oldest rookie in the history of the NFL to play without the benefit of college football experience (other than kickers). He went on to play wide receiver and special teams for the Eagles.
A game against the St. Louis Cardinals on October 10 was originally scheduled to be played at Veterans Stadium, however was relocated to St. Louis due to a Philadelphia Phillies game being played at Veterans Stadium on the same day. Consequently, the game on November 7 that was originally scheduled to be played in St. Louis was moved to Philadelphia.
|1||September 12, 1976||at Dallas Cowboys||L 27–7|
|2||September 19, 1976||New York Giants||W 20–7|
|3||September 27, 1976||Washington Redskins||L 20–17|
|4||October 3, 1976||at Atlanta Falcons||W 14–13|
|5||October 10, 1976||at St. Louis Cardinals||L 33–14|
|6||October 17, 1976||at Green Bay Packers||L 28–13|
|7||October 24, 1976||Minnesota Vikings||L 31–12|
|8||October 31, 1976||at New York Giants||W 10–0|
|9||November 7, 1976||St. Louis Cardinals||L 17–14|
|10||November 14, 1976||at Cleveland Browns||L 24–3|
|11||November 21, 1976||Oakland Raiders||L 26–7|
|12||November 28, 1976||at Washington Redskins||L 24–0|
|13||December 5, 1976||Dallas Cowboys||L 26–7|
|14||December 12, 1976||Seattle Seahawks||W 27–10|
|St. Louis Cardinals||10||4||0||.714||5–3||9–3||309||267||W2|
|New York Giants||3||11||0||.214||1–7||3–9||170||250||L1|