1994 Arizona Cardinals season
OwnerBill Bidwill
Head coachBuddy Ryan
Home fieldSun Devil Stadium
Results
Record8–8
Division place3rd NFC East
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersLB Seth Joyner
FS Aeneas Williams

The 1994 Arizona Cardinals season was the franchise's 75th season with the National Football League, the seventh season in Arizona and the first season as the "Arizona Cardinals". Buddy Ryan became the 32nd head coach in Cardinals history. After being given a large share of the credit for the success of the Houston Oilers in 1993, Ryan was named head coach of the Arizona Cardinals in 1994. Also named general manager of the Cardinals, Ryan went 8–8 his first year, the Cardinals’ first non-losing season since 1984.

The Cardinals finished the season ranked third in the NFL in total defense, although it allowed only two fewer points in 1994 than they had in 1993. An anemic offense, one which saw three quarterbacks start at least one game, held the team back. Arizona scored 89 points fewer in 1994 than it did in 1993, and it finished with a minus-32-point differential after finishing at plus-57 in 1993.

Arizona lost its first two games by a combined five points, then were shut out 32–0 by the Cleveland Browns. The Cardinals recovered to enter the final week of the season with a shot at the playoffs, but those hopes were ended by a 10–6 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

Offseason

NFL Draft

Main article: 1994 NFL Draft

1994 Arizona Cardinals draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 10 Jamir Miller *  Linebacker UCLA
2 38 Chuck Levy  Running back Arizona
3 76 Rich Braham  Center West Virginia
3 89 Eric England  Defensive end Texas A&M
4 107 Perry Carter  Defensive back Southern Miss
4 113 John Reece  Defensive back Nebraska
4 115 Terry Irving  Linebacker McNeese State
5 139 Anthony Redmon  Guard Auburn
6 172 Terry Samuels  Tight end Kentucky
7 204 Frank Harvey  Running back Georgia
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Personnel

Staff

1994 Arizona Cardinals staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and conditioning – Bob Rogucki

Roster

1994 Arizona Cardinals final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance
1 September 4 at Los Angeles Rams L 12–14 0–1 Anaheim Stadium 32,969
2 September 11 New York Giants L 17–20 0–2 Sun Devil Stadium 60,066
3 September 18 at Cleveland Browns L 0–32 0–3 Cleveland Municipal Stadium 62,818
4 Bye
5 October 2 Minnesota Vikings W 17–7 1–3 Sun Devil Stadium 67,950
6 October 9 at Dallas Cowboys L 3–38 1–4 Texas Stadium 64,518
7 October 16 at Washington Redskins W 19–16 2–4 RFK Stadium 50,019
8 October 23 Dallas Cowboys L 21–28 2–5 Sun Devil Stadium 71,023
9 October 30 Pittsburgh Steelers W 20–17 3–5 Sun Devil Stadium 65,690
10 November 6 at Philadelphia Eagles L 7–17 3–6 Veterans Stadium 64,952
11 November 13 at New York Giants W 10–9 4–6 Giants Stadium 71,719
12 November 20 Philadelphia Eagles W 12–6 5–6 Sun Devil Stadium 62,779
13 November 27 Chicago Bears L 16–19 5–7 Sun Devil Stadium 65,922
14 December 4 at Houston Oilers W 30–12 6–7 Houston Astrodome 39,821
15 December 11 Washington Redskins W 17–15 7–7 Sun Devil Stadium 53,790
16 December 18 Cincinnati Bengals W 28–7 8–7 Sun Devil Stadium 50,110
17 December 24 at Atlanta Falcons L 6–10 8–8 Georgia Dome 35,311
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 1

1 234Total
Cardinals 0 660 12
• Rams 7 070 14
  • Date: September 18
  • Location: Anaheim Stadium, Anaheim, California
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. PDT
  • Game attendance: 32,969
  • Game weather: 70 °F (21.1 °C); humidity 77%; wind 8 miles per hour (13 km/h; 7.0 kn)
  • Referee: Bernie Kukar

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Week 2

1 234Total
• Giants 6 1400 20
Cardinals 3 707 17

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Week 3

1 234Total
Cardinals 0 000 0
• Browns 0 31514 32
  • Date: September 18
  • Location: Cleveland Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game attendance: 62,818
  • Game weather: 65 °F (18.3 °C); humidity 62%; wind 11 miles per hour (18 km/h; 9.6 kn)
  • Referee: Dale Hamer

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Week 5

1 234Total
Vikings 0 700 7
• Cardinals 7 0010 17
  • Date: October 2
  • Location: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona
  • Game start: 4:00 p.m. MST
  • Game attendance: 67,950
  • Game weather: 80 °F (26.7 °C); humidity 26%; wind 7 miles per hour (11 km/h; 6.1 kn)

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Week 6

1 234Total
Cardinals 0 030 3
• Cowboys 21 7100 38
  • Date: October 9
  • Location: Texas Stadium, Irving, Texas
  • Game start: 3:00 p.m. CDT
  • Game attendance: 64,518
  • Game weather: 61 °F (16.1 °C); wind 14 miles per hour (23 km/h; 12 kn)

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Week 7

1 234OTTotal
• Cardinals 0 30133 19
Redskins 0 14020 16

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Week 8

1 234Total
• Cowboys 7 7014 28
Cardinals 0 1407 21

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Week 9

1 234OTTotal
Steelers 0 14030 17
• Cardinals 7 10003 20

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Week 10

1 234Total
Cardinals 0 007 7
• Eagles 0 3140 17
  • Date: November 6
  • Location: Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia
  • Game start: 4:00 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 63 °F (17.2 °C); wind 12 miles per hour (19 km/h; 10 kn)

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Week 11

1 234Total
• Cardinals 0 037 10
Giants 7 200 9

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Week 12

1 234Total
Eagles 0 303 6
• Cardinals 3 333 12
  • Date: November 20
  • Location: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona
  • Game start: 4:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: 45 °F (7.2 °C); wind 7 miles per hour (11 km/h; 6.1 kn)

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Week 13

1 234OTTotal
• Bears 7 3603 19
Cardinals 0 33100 16
  • Date: November 27
  • Location: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona
  • Game start: 4:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: 51 °F (10.6 °C); wind 11 miles per hour (18 km/h; 9.6 kn)

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Week 14

1 234Total
• Cardinals 0 10020 30
Oilers 9 300 12

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This ninth successive defeat for the Oilers has the unusual distinction of being the most recent NFL game as of 2017 during which both teams scored a safety, and one of only eight since at least 1940.[15]

Week 15

1 234Total
Redskins 3 309 15
• Cardinals 7 0010 17
  • Date: December 11
  • Location: Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Arizona
  • Game start: 4:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: 52 °F (11.1 °C); wind 4 miles per hour (6.4 km/h; 3.5 kn)

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Week 16

1 234Total
Bengals 0 070 7
• Cardinals 14 707 28

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Week 17

1 234Total
Cardinals 0 303 6
• Falcons 7 030 10
  • Date: December 24
  • Location: Georgia Dome, Atlanta
  • Game start: 1:00 p.m. EST
  • Game attendance: 35,311
  • Game weather: played indoors, domed stadium

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Standings

NFC East
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(2) Dallas Cowboys 12 4 0 .750 414 248 L1
New York Giants 9 7 0 .563 279 305 W6
Arizona Cardinals 8 8 0 .500 235 267 L1
Philadelphia Eagles 7 9 0 .438 308 308 L7
Washington Redskins 3 13 0 .188 320 412 W1

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Awards and records

References

  1. ^ "1994 Arizona Cardinals Draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 2, 2014.
  2. ^ Arizona Cardinals at Los Angeles Rams – September 4th, 1994. Retrieved 2018-Sep-15.
  3. ^ New York Giants at Arizona Cardinals – September 11th, 1994. Retrieved 2018-Sep-15.
  4. ^ Arizona Cardinals at Cleveland Browns – September 18th, 1994. Retrieved 2018-Sep-15.
  5. ^ Minnesota Vikings at Arizona Cardinals – October 2nd, 1994. Retrieved 2018-Sep-15.
  6. ^ Arizona Cardinals at Dallas Cowboys – October 9th, 1994. Retrieved 2018-Sep-11.
  7. ^ Arizona Cardinals at Washington Redskins – October 16th, 1994. Retrieved 2018-Sep-11.
  8. ^ Dallas Cowboys at Arizona Cardinals – October 23rd, 1994. Retrieved 2018-Sep-11.
  9. ^ Pittsburgh Steelers at Arizona Cardinals – October 30th, 1994. Retrieved 2018-Sep-11.
  10. ^ Arizona Cardinals at Philadelphia Eagles – November 6th, 1994. Retrieved 2018-Sep-11.
  11. ^ Arizona Cardinals at New York Giants – November 13th, 1994. Retrieved 2014-May-18.
  12. ^ Philadelphia Eagles at Arizona Cardinals – November 20th, 1994. Retrieved 2014-Jul-06.
  13. ^ Chicago Bears at Arizona Cardinals – November 27th, 1994. Retrieved 2018-Sep-10.
  14. ^ Arizona Cardinals at Houston Oilers – December 4th, 1994. Retrieved 2018-Sep-10.
  15. ^ Pro Football Reference; In a single game, from 1940 to 2017, requiring opp Safeties >= 1 and Safeties >= 1, sorted by ascending Date
  16. ^ Washington Redskins at Arizona Cardinals – December 11th, 1994. Retrieved 2014-Jul-06.
  17. ^ Cincinnati Bengals at Arizona Cardinals – December 18th, 1994. Retrieved 2018-Sep-15.
  18. ^ Arizona Cardinals at Atlanta Falcons – December 24th, 1994. Retrieved 2018-Sep-15.
  19. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 291
  20. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 453