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1972 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head Coach Ed Khayat
Home Field Veterans Stadium
Results
Record 2–11–1
Place 5th NFC East
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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1971 1973

The 1972 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 40th in the league. They failed to improve on their previous output of 6–7–1, winning only two games.[1] The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the twelfth consecutive season.

OffseasonEdit

The Eagles will hold training camp at Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania. This is the last year there, next year the would move camp to Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania only 7 miles from Veterans Stadium where they played their home games in Philadelphia.


NFL DraftEdit

The 1972 NFL Draft was held on February 1–2, 1972. the drafy was 17 rounds and a total of 443 players were chosen

The Eagle chose John Reaves a Quarterback from the University of Florida with the 14th pick in the 1st round. They would have the to pick 14th in the 17 rounds. They chose 17 players in this year's draft.

The number 1 overall pick went to the Buffalo Bills who chose Walt Patulski a Defensive end out of the University of Notre Dame In the 2nd round with the 40th pick, Atlanta Falcons took 1971 Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan [2] a Quarterback out of Auburn University

Player SelectionsEdit

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 [3] = Hall of Famer
Rd Pick Player Position School
1 14 John ReavesQuarterback Florida
2 37 Dan Yochum
Acquired Pick via Trade
TackleSyracuse
2 40 Pick taken by Atlanta Falcons
3 66 Pick taken by New York Jets
3 68 Tom Luken
Acquired Pick via Trade
Guard Purdue
3 76 Bobby MajorsDefensive back Tennessee
4 92 Po JamesRunning back New Mexico State
5 118 Pick taken by Denver Broncos
6 144 Vern WinfieldGuard Minnesota
7 170 Will FosterLinebacker Eastern Michigan
8 196 Larry RatcliffRunning back Eastern Michigan
9 222 Pat GibbsDefensive back Lamar University
10 246 John Bunting Linebacker North Carolina
11 274 Dennis SweeneyDefensive end Western Michigan
12 300 Don ZimmermanWide receiver N.E. Louisiana
13 326 Preston CarpenterDefensive end Mississippi
14 352 Bill OvermeyerLinebacker Ashland
15 378 Tom SullivanRunning back Miami (FL)
16 404 Steve BielenbergLinebacker Oregon State
17 430 Tom NashTackle Georgia

Pre-SeasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

On November 12, Tom Dempsey kicked six field goals in one game.[4]

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 17, 1972 at Dallas Cowboys L 28–6
55,850
2 September 24, 1972 Cleveland Browns L 27–17
65,720
3 October 2, 1972 New York Giants L 27–12
65,720
4 October 8, 1972 at Washington Redskins L 14–0
53,039
5 October 15, 1972 Los Angeles Rams L 34–3
65,720
6 October 22, 1972 at Kansas City Chiefs W 21–20
78,389
7 October 29, 1972 at New Orleans Saints L 21–3
65,664
8 November 5, 1972 St. Louis Cardinals T 6–6
65,720
9 November 12, 1972 at Houston Oilers W 18–17
34,175
10 November 19, 1972 Dallas Cowboys L 28–7
65,720
11 November 26, 1972 at New York Giants L 62–10
62,586
12 December 3, 1972 Washington Redskins L 23–7
65,720
13 December 10, 1972 Chicago Bears L 21–12
65,720
14 December 17, 1972 at St. Louis Cardinals L 24–23
34,872

Game RecapsEdit

A recap of the scoring plays and the game scores by quarters during the year. The record after the team's name reflects this games outcome also.[5]

Week 1Edit

Week 2Edit

Week 3Edit

Week 4Edit

Week 5Edit

Week 6Edit

Week 7Edit

Week 8Edit

Week 9Edit

Sunday, November 12, 1968

Played at Houston Astrodome on AstroTurf in 72F degrees indoors

1 2 3 4 Total
Philadelphia Eagles (2–6–1) 6 9 0 3 18
Houston Oilers (1–8–0) 0 3 7 7 17
SCORING PLAYS PHI HOU
1st Eagles Tom Dempsey 33 yard field goal 3 0
Eagles Tom Dempsey 52 yard field goal 6 0
2nd Oilers Skip Butler 38 yard field goal 6 3
Eagles Tom Dempsey 22 yard field goal 9 3
Eagles Tom Dempsey 12 yard field goal 12 3
Eagles Tom Dempsey 38 yard field goal 15 3
3rd Oilers Dan Pastorini 1 yard rush (Skip Butler kick) 15 10
4th Eagles Tom Dempsey 20 yard field goal 18 10
Oilers Paul Robinson 30 yard rush (Skip Butler kick) 18 17

Week 10Edit

Week 11Edit

Sunday, November 26, 1968

Played at Yankee Stadium on grass in 50F degrees with a 15 MPH wind

1Q 2Q 3Q 4Q Total
Philadelphia Eagles (2–8–1) 3 7 0 0 10
New York Giants (7–4–0) 14 24 10 14 62
SCORING PLAYSPHI NYG
1st Giants Bob Tucker 15 yard pass from Norm Snead (Pete Gogolak kick)0 7
Giants Ron A. Johnson 35 yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick)014
Eagles Tom Dempsey 13 yard field goal3 14
2nd Giants Joe Orduna 5 yard pass from Norm Snead (Pete Gogolak kick)3 21
Giants Pete Gogolak 25 yard field goal 3 24
Giants Bob Tucker 29 yard pass from Norm Snead (Pete Gogolak kick) 3 31
Eagles Harold Jackson 77 yard pass from John Reaves (Tom Dempsey kick) 10 31
Giants Ron A. Johnson 1 yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick) 10 38
3rd Giants Pete Gogolak 29 yard field goal 10 41
Giants Don Herrmann 32 yard pass from Randy Johnson (Pete Gogolak kick) 10 48
4th Giants Don Herrmann 63 yard pass from Randy Johnson (Pete Gogolak kick) 10 55
Giants Randy Johnson 2 yard rush (Pete Gogolak kick)10 62

Week 12Edit

Week 13Edit

Week 14Edit

StandingsEdit

NFC East
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Washington Redskins 11 3 0 .786 336 218 L-2
Dallas Cowboys 10 4 0 .714 319 240 L-1
New York Giants 8 6 0 .571 331 247 W-1
St. Louis Cardinals 4 9 1 .321 193 303 W-2
Philadelphia Eagles 2 11 1 .179 145 352 L-5

1972 RosterEdit

= 1972 Pro Bowl Selection [6] = Hall of Famer
  • + After name means 1st team selection
NO. Player AGE POS GP GS WT HT YRS College
Ed Khayat 37 Head Coach 2 Tulane University
53 Dick Absher28 K-LB802306–45Maryland
39 Kermit Alexander31DB701875–119UCLA
21 Chuck Allen33LB1282256–1 11 Washington
21Jackie Allen25DB 1 01906–13Baylor
65 Henry Allison25G-T602556–31 San Diego State
75Houston Antwine33DT-DE1402706–0 11 Southern Illinois
11 Rick Arrington25QB142006–2 2 Georgia
31Tom Bailey23RB1402116–21Florida State
38Tony Baker27RB13 0 229 5–11 4Iowa State
85Gary Ballman32FL-TE-SE-WR842156–110 Michigan State
28 Bill Bradley*+25DB1401905–113 Texas
95John Bunting22LB1432206–1RookieNorth Carolina
77Ernie Calloway24DT-DE502556–63Texas Southern
17Harold Carmichael23WR-TE1352256–8 1 Southern
66Bill Cody28LB1102306–26Auburn
8Al Coleman28DB1201836–15Jackson State
58Bob Creech23LB1302366–3 1 TCU
47Larry Crowe22RB101986–1RookieTexas Southern
19Tom Dempsey25K1402556–23Palomar College
81Larry Estes26DE702556–62Alcorn State
59Mike Evans26C1202506–54Boston College
45Pat Gibbs22DB201885–10 RookieLamar
84Richard Harris24DE-DT1402606–5 1 Grambling State
18Ben Hawkins28WR-SE-FL1401806–16Arizona State
80Clark Hoss23TE402356–8RookieOregon State
83Don Hultz32DE-DT1402416–39Southern Miss
29Harold Jackson26WR-FL14141755–104Jackson State
27Po James23RB1402026–1RookieNew Mexico State
72Wade Key26G-T1302456–52Texas,Texas State
20Leroy Keyes25DB-RB1402086–33Purdue
87Kent Kramer28TE1482356–46Minnesota
14Pete Liske29QB1472006–38Penn State
63Tom Luken22G1282536–3RookiePurdue
78Wayne Mass26T302406–44Clemson
36Tom McNeill30P201956–15Stephen F. Austin
26Al Nelson29DB1401865–117Cincinnati
68Mark Nordquist27G-C1402466–44Pacific
56Bill Overmyer23LB602206–3RookieAshland
88Gary Pettigrew28DT-DE1302556–56Stanford
50Ron Porter27LB1402326–35Idaho
33Steve Preece25DB101956–1 3Oregon State
24Nate Ramsey31DB1402006–19Indiana State
6John Reaves22QB1172106–3RookieFlorida
70Jim Skaggs32G-T1062506–39Washington
74Steve Smith28T-DE1402506–26Michigan
96John Sodaski 24LB-DB402226–22Villanova
73Dick Stevens24T702406–4 2 Baylor
55Jerry Sturm Illinois
25Tom Sullivan Miami (Fla)
49Jim Thrower Texas A&M-Commerce
99Mel Tom30DE1402496–45Hawaii
9Billy Walik25WR-DB1001805–11 2 Villanova
34Larry Watkins26RB1402306–23Alcorn State
67Vernon Winfield23G902486–2RookieMinnesota
35Adrian Young26LB102326–1 4USC
89Steve Zabel24LB-TE762356–42 Oklahoma
56 Players
Team Average
26.4 14 223.1 6–2.3 3.8

Post SeasonEdit

At the 1972 season end Head Coach Ed Khayat is fired. Mike McCormack an Washington Redskins assistant coach from 1965–1972 was hired in his place

Awards and HonorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1972 Philadelphia Eagles
  2. Pat Sullivan, 1971 Heisman Trophy winner "Heisman Trophy". http://www.heisman.com/winners/p-sullivan71.html. Retrieved 2008-08-04.[dead link]
  3. Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
  4. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p.134
  5. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/phi/1972.htm
  6. Players are identified as a 1972 Pro Bowl.
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