1984 Philadelphia Eagles season

1984 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coach Marion Campbell
Owner Leonard Tose
Home field Veterans Stadium
Record 6–9–1
Division place 5th NFC East
Playoff finish did 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.

14Kenny JacksonWide ReceiverPenn State
232Pick Traded to Atlanta Falcons
360Rusty RussellTackleSouth Carolina
488Evan CooperDefensive BackMichigan
5116Andre HardyRunning BackSt. Mary's (CA)
6144Scott RaridonTackleNebraska
7172Joe HayesRunning BackCentral State (OK)
8200Manny MatsakisKickerCapital
9228Pick Traded to Cleveland Browns
10256John ThomasDefensive BackTexas Christian
11284John RobertsonTackleEast Carolina
12312Paul McFaddenKickerYoungstown State

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.

RoundPickPlayerPositionSchool USFL / CFL Team
14Reggie WhiteDefensive EndUniversity of TennesseeMemphis Showboats
232Daryl GoodlowLinebackerArizonaOklahoma Outlaws
360Thomas CarterLinebackerSan Diego StateOakland Invaders



1984 Philadelphia Eagles staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator – Marion Campbell
  • Defensive Line – Chuck Clausen
  • Linebackers – George Hill
  • Defensive Backs – Fred Bruney

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Frank Gansz


1984 Philadelphia Eagles roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Rookies in italics


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 2, 1984 at New York Giants L 28–27
2 September 9, 1984 Minnesota Vikings W 19–17
3 September 16, 1984 at Dallas Cowboys L 23–17
4 September 23, 1984 San Francisco 49ers L 21–9
5 September 30, 1984 at Washington Redskins L 20–0
6 October 7, 1984 at Buffalo Bills W 27–17
7 October 14, 1984 Indianapolis Colts W 16–7
8 October 21, 1984 New York Giants W 24–10
9 October 28, 1984 St. Louis Cardinals L 34–14
10 November 4, 1984 at Detroit Lions T 23–23
11 November 11, 1984 at Miami Dolphins L 24–23
12 November 18, 1984 Washington Redskins W 16–10
13 November 25, 1984 at St. Louis Cardinals L 17–16
14 December 2, 1984 Dallas Cowboys L 26–10
15 December 9, 1984 New England Patriots W 27–17
16 December 16, 1984 at Atlanta Falcons L 26–10


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


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