1976 Philadelphia Eagles season
OwnerLeonard Tose
Head coachDick Vermeil
General managerJim Murray
Home fieldVeterans Stadium
Results
Record4–10
Division place4th NFC East
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersLB Bill Bergey

The 1976 Philadelphia Eagles season was the franchise's 44th in the National Football League. The Eagles were led by 1st season head coach Dick Vermeil. The Eagles matched their 4 wins and 10 losses record from the previous 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.

Invincible

See also: Invincible (2006 film) and Vince Papale

The season was featured in the 2006 film Invincible. The film was about wide receiver and special teamer Vince Papale, portrayed by Mark Wahlberg, who was signed after receiving an invite to training camp after his success with minor league team Philadelphia Bell. The film also feature the hiring of Dick Vermeil, portrayed by Greg Kinnear, and his first training camp with the team. The movie also showed multiple preseason games, as well as the Eagles' road game against the Dallas Cowboys and their first victory of the season over the New York Giants. As is typical with movies based on a true story, several events depicted in the movie, never happened. This includes the Eagles hosting an open tryout where only Papale received a contract offer. Papale's fumble recovery for a touchdown against the Giants did actually happen, however, it was called back due to a penalty.

Offseason

After coaching 12th ranked UCLA to a win over the number 1 overall ranked Ohio State in the 1976 Rose Bowl 23–10, Vermeil was offered Eagles head coaching job. Due to trades, he did not get a first-round selection in his first draft.

NFL Draft

Main article: 1976 NFL Draft

The Philadelphia Eagles would pick 9th in the 17 rounds. The Eagles didn’t have a selection in rounds 1, 2, 3, and 12 due to trades.

1976 Philadelphia Eagles Draft
Round Selection Player Position College Notes
4 111 Mike Smith DE Florida
5 135 Greg Johnson DT Florida State
6 165 Kirk Johnson T Howard Payne
7 191 Carl Hairston DE Maryland-Eastern Shore
8 216 Richard LaFargue C Arkansas
9 247 Mike Hogan RB Tennessee-Chattanooga Pick Acquired from Chicago Bears
248 Richard Osborne TE Texas A&M
10 273 Herb Lusk RB Long Beach State
11 300 Mike Gilbert DT San Diego State
13 353 Terry Tautolo LB UCLA Pick Acquired from New York Jets
358 Steve Ebbecke DB Villanova
14 385 Melvin Shy DB Tennessee State
15 412 Brett White Punter UCLA
16 439 Steve Campassi RB Kentucky
17 470 Anthony Terry DB California-Davis

Roster

1976 Philadelphia Eagles roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

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Rookies in italics

Regular season

Schedule

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.The game on November 7 that was originally scheduled to be played in St. Louis was moved to Philadelphia.

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 12, 1976 at Dallas Cowboys L 7–27
54,052
2 September 19, 1976 New York Giants W 20–7
66,005
3 September 27, 1976 Washington Redskins L 17–20
66,005
4 October 3, 1976 at Atlanta Falcons W 14–13
45,535
5 October 10, 1976 at St. Louis Cardinals L 14–33
44,933
6 October 17, 1976 at Green Bay Packers L 13–28
55,398
7 October 24, 1976 Minnesota Vikings L 12–31
56,233
8 October 31, 1976 at New York Giants W 10–0
68,690
9 November 7, 1976 St. Louis Cardinals L 14–17
65,505
10 November 14, 1976 at Cleveland Browns L 3–24
62,120
11 November 21, 1976 Oakland Raiders L 7–26
65,990
12 November 28, 1976 at Washington Redskins L 0–24
54,292
13 December 5, 1976 Dallas Cowboys L 7–26
55,072
14 December 12, 1976 Seattle Seahawks W 27–10
37,949

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Standings

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Dallas Cowboys(2) 11 3 0 .786 6–2 9–3 296 194 L1
Washington Redskins(4) 10 4 0 .714 6–2 9–3 291 217 W4
St. Louis Cardinals 10 4 0 .714 5–3 9–3 309 267 W2
Philadelphia Eagles 4 10 0 .286 2–6 4–8 165 286 W1
New York Giants 3 11 0 .214 1–7 3–9 170 250 L1

References