1990 Philadelphia Eagles season

1990 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coach Buddy Ryan
Owner Norman Braman
Home field Veterans Stadium
Results
Record 10–6
Division place 2nd NFC East
Playoff finish Lost Wild Card Playoffs (Redskins) 20–6

The 1990 Philadelphia Eagles season was the team's 58th in the National Football League.

The team made the postseason yet again with a 10–6 overall record, despite beginning the season with disappointing early-season records of 1–3 and 2–4.

The Eagles ran for 2,556 rushing yards in 1990, which is the most of any team in a single season in the 1990s.[1]

Other season highlights were a 28–14 win at Veterans Stadium over the Washington Redskins on November 12, known as the Body Bag Game, since the defense managed to knock both Redskins quarterbacks from the contest plus several other key players. At Buffalo in a 30–23 loss on December 2, Randall Cunningham made one of the signature plays of his career, eluding Bills Hall of Fame defensive end Bruce Smith in the end zone before launching the ball into the middle of the field to wide receiver Fred Barnett, who completed the 95-yard touchdown play.

One week prior, the Eagles avenged an opening-night loss at the Meadowlands, whipping the 10–0 Giants by a 31–13 score.

Offseason

NFL Draft

The 1990 NFL Draft was held April 22–23, 1990. The league also held a supplemental draft after the regular draft and before the regular season. For the number 1 pick in the draft, the Indianapolis Colts traded with the Atlanta Falcons to select Jeff George a quarterback from Illinois

Under the rules of the draft at the time, the Eagles would pick 24th or 25th in each full round. Teams that went to Super Bowl XXIV would have last 2 picks and then teams sorted out by 1989 record in each round. The Eagles at 11–5 in the previous year tied with Los Angeles Rams. With the 22nd pick in the 1st round the Eagles selected Ben Smith a cornerback from Georgia The Eagles made 12 total picks in the 1990 draft.

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. Not shown are acquired picks that the Eagles traded away.

= Pro Bowler [2] = Hall of Famer
Rd Pick Player Position School
122Ben SmithDefensive BackGeorgia
251Mike BellamyWide ReceiverIllinois
378Fred BarnettWide ReceiverArkansas State
4107Pick Taken by Indianapolis Colts
5134Calvin WilliamsWide ReceiverPurdue
6163Kevin ThompsonDefensive BackOklahoma
7190Terry StroufTackleWisconsin–La Crosse
8218Curt DykesTackleOregon
9245Cecil GrayTackleNorth Carolina
10274Orlando AdamsDefensive TackleJacksonville State
11295John Hudson
Acquired Pick from New Orleans Saints
GuardAuburn
11301Tyrone WatsonWide ReceiverTennessee State
12328Judd GarrettRunning BackPrinceton

The Eagles held training camp at West Chester State University in West Chester, PA about 20 miles from Veterans Stadium where they play their home games.

Personnel

Staff

1990 Philadelphia Eagles staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Ronnie Jones

Roster

1990 Philadelphia Eagles roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams


Rookies in italics

[3]

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 9, 1990 at New York Giants L 27–20
76,202
2 September 16, 1990 Phoenix Cardinals L 23–21
64,396
3 September 23, 1990 at Los Angeles Rams W 27–21
63,644
4 September 30, 1990 Indianapolis Colts L 24–23
62,067
5 Bye
6 October 15, 1990 Minnesota Vikings W 32–24
66,296
7 October 21, 1990 at Washington Redskins L 13–7
53,567
8 October 28, 1990 at Dallas Cowboys W 21–20
62,605
9 November 4, 1990 New England Patriots W 48–20
65,514
10 November 12, 1990 Washington Redskins W 28–14
65,857
11 November 18, 1990 at Atlanta Falcons W 24–23
53,755
12 November 25, 1990 New York Giants W 31–13
66,706
13 December 2, 1990 at Buffalo Bills L 30–23
79,320
14 December 9, 1990 at Miami Dolphins L 23–20
67,034
15 December 16, 1990 Green Bay Packers W 31–0
65,627
16 December 23, 1990 Dallas Cowboys W 17–3
63,895
17 December 29, 1990 at Phoenix Cardinals W 23–21
31,796

Game summaries

Week 1

1 234Total
Eagles 3 7010 20
Giants 6 0147 27

[4]

Week 2

1 234Total
Cardinals 0 779 23
Eagles 14 070 21

[5]

Week 3

1 234Total
Eagles 3 1437 27
Rams 7 707 21

[6]

Week 4

1 234Total
Colts 7 377 24
Eagles 3 1433 23

[7]

Week 6

1 234Total
Vikings 7 1403 24
Eagles 9 0617 32

[8]

Week 7

1 234Total
Eagles 0 007 7
Redskins 0 706 13

[9]

Week 8

1 234Total
Eagles 7 0014 21
Cowboys 0 3314 20

[10]

Week 9

1 234Total
Patriots 3 737 20
Eagles 10 10721 48

[11]

Week 10

Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles
1 234Total
Redskins 0 707 14
Eagles 7 0210 28

This game came to be known as The Body Bag Game.

Week 11

1 234Total
Eagles 0 7017 24
Falcons 0 10310 23

[12]

Week 12

1 234Total
Giants 7 600 13
Eagles 7 7314 31

[13]

Week 13

1 234Total
Eagles 0 1670 23
Bills 24 033 30

[14]

Week 14

1 234OTTotal
Eagles 0 10370 20
Dolphins 10 00103 23

[15]

Week 15

1 234Total
Packers 0 000 0
Eagles 7 10014 31

[16]

Week 16

1 234Total
Cowboys 0 300 3
Eagles 7 307 17

[17]

Week 17

1 234Total
Eagles 7 673 23
Cardinals 0 7014 21

[18]

Standings

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) New York Giants 13 3 0 .813 7–1 10–2 335 211 W2
(4) Philadelphia Eagles 10 6 0 .625 5–3 9–3 396 299 W3
(5) Washington Redskins 10 6 0 .625 4–4 7–5 381 301 W1
Dallas Cowboys 7 9 0 .438 2–6 6–8 244 308 L2
Phoenix Cardinals 5 11 0 .313 2–6 3–9 268 396 L3

Playoffs

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Wildcard January 5, 1991 Washington Redskins L 20–6
65,287

Game summaries

Wild Card

1 234Total
Redskins 0 10100 20
Eagles 3 300 6

[19]

Postseason

Head Coach Buddy Ryan was fired after the 1990 Season. Philadelphia offensive coordinator Rich Kotite was promoted to replace Ryan as Eagles head coach, a position Kotite held for the next four seasons.

Awards and honors

References

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