1985 Philadelphia Eagles season

1985 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coach Marion Campbell (weeks 1-15)
(3rd season)
Fred Bruney (interim, week 16)
General manager Harry Gamble
(Since 1985)
Owner Norman Braman & Ed Leibowitz
(Since 1985)
Home field Veterans Stadium
Results
Record 7–9
Division place 4th NFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 1985 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 53rd in the National Football League (NFL). The team improved upon their previous output of 6–9–1, winning seven games.[1] This was the fourth consecutive season in which the team failed to qualify for the playoffs.

Philadelphia was in position to earn a wild-card berth with a 6–5 record by late November, but a four-game losing streak foiled their playoff hopes. That losing streak also cost head coach Marion Campbell his job before the season finale at Minnesota. Under interim coach Fred Bruney, the Eagles pulled off a 37–35 victory at the Metrodome to finish the season on an up note.

Two bright spots emerged at the quarterback position as Ron Jaworski returned from the broken leg suffered at the end of the 1984 season, and performed well enough (3,450 passing yards, 17 touchdowns) to be considered for comeback player of the year, though no award was given out. In addition, second-round draft pick Randall Cunningham made his debut on September 22 at Washington and earned his first career victory at RFK Stadium. On November 10, at Veterans Stadium, Jaworski combined with wide receiver Mike Quick for a club-record 99-yard touchdown pass in overtime to beat the Atlanta Falcons, 23–17.

Offseason

NFL draft

RoundPickPlayerPositionSchool
19Kevin AllenOTIndiana
237Randall CunninghamQBUNLV
493Greg NaronGNorth Carolina
5121Dwayne JilesLBTexas Tech
6156Ken ReevesTTexas A&M
8205Tom PolleyLBUNLV
9231Dave ToubCTexas El-Paso
9233Joe DrakeNTArizona
10261Mark KelsoDBWilliam & Mary
11289Herman HunterRBTennessee St.
12317Todd RussellDBBoston College

Personnel

Staff

1985 Philadelphia Eagles staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches
  • Defensive Coordinator – Marion Campbell
  • Defensive Line – Tommy Brasher
  • Linebackers – Chuck Clausen
  • Defensive Backs – Fred Bruney

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Frank Gansz

Roster

1985 Philadelphia Eagles roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs


Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams



Rookies in italics

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 8, 1985 at New York Giants L 0–21
76,141
2 September 15, 1985 Los Angeles Rams L 6–17
60,920
3 September 22, 1985 at Washington Redskins W 19–6
53,748
4 September 29, 1985 New York Giants L 10–16 (OT)
66,696
5 October 6, 1985 at New Orleans Saints L 21–23
56,364
6 October 13, 1985 St. Louis Cardinals W 30–7
48,186
7 October 20, 1985 Dallas Cowboys W 16–14
70,114
8 October 27, 1985 Buffalo Bills W 21–17
60,987
9 November 3, 1985 at San Francisco 49ers L 13–24
58,383
10 November 10, 1985 Atlanta Falcons W 23–17 (OT)
63,694
11 November 17, 1985 at St. Louis Cardinals W 24–14
39,032
12 November 24, 1985 at Dallas Cowboys L 17–34
54,047
13 December 1, 1985 Minnesota Vikings L 23–28
54,688
14 December 8, 1985 Washington Redskins L 12–17
60,737
15 December 15, 1985 at San Diego Chargers L 14–20
45,569
16 December 22, 1985 at Minnesota Vikings W 37–35
49,722

Game summaries

Week 10

1 234OTTotal
Falcons 0 00170 17
Eagles 0 14306 23

[2]

Standings

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Dallas Cowboys(3) 10 6 0 .625 6–2 7–5 357 333 L1
New York Giants(4) 10 6 0 .625 5–3 8–4 399 283 W1
Washington Redskins 10 6 0 .625 4–4 6–6 297 312 W3
Philadelphia Eagles 7 9 0 .438 4–4 6–8 286 310 W1
St. Louis Cardinals 5 11 0 .313 1–7 3–9 278 414 L2

Awards and honors

References

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