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1991 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coach Rich Kotite
Home field Veterans Stadium
Results
Record 10-6
Place 3rd NFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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1990 1992

The 1991 Philadelphia Eagles season resulted in missing the postseason, despite having a 10-6 record and finishing with the top-ranked defense in the NFL. During Week 1, quarterback Randall Cunningham was lost for the season with a knee injury.

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A "Real" Fresh Start

On January 8th, team owner Norman Braman opted not to renew the contract of Buddy Ryan, the Eagles' head coach since 1986. On the same day, Braman promoted then-offensive coordinator Rich Kotite, making him the 18th head coach in club history. They opened with a 3-1 mark, their best start since 1981, despite having lost QB Randall Cunningham for the year due to a knee injury suffered at Green Bay on opening day. After coming on to lead the Eagles to their solid start, backup QB Jim McMahon was also injured in game 5.

A Winless October

With McMahon sidelined, the Birds suffered through a four-game skid. By midseason, Philadelphia had used five quarterbacks in eight games and seen its record sink to 3-5.

A Relatively Healthy McMahon Returns

Week 10 saw McMahon return to the line-up, and the Eagles surged into contention for a playoff spot with a six-game winning streak (the club's longest since the start of '81) that upped their record to 9-5.

Heart Of A Champion

A season ending rib injury to (already the teams backup QB) McMahon in week 15 (a 19-14 win against the Giants) made way for a devastating loss at home to Dallas in week 16, ending Philadelphia's playoff hopes. With a record of 10-6, the Eagles joined the 49ers as the only NFL clubs to post 10-or-more wins in each of the last four seasons.

A Defense That Rewrote the Record Books

The defense finished the season ranked #1 in the NFL in terms of fewest yards allowed overall, vs. the run, and vs. the pass. As such, the Birds became only the fifth club in NFL history and the first since 1975 to accomplish this rare triple. In addition, the Eagles' defense led the NFL in sacks and fumble recoveries and tied for the league lead in takeaways. Five members of that defensive unit represented the Eagles in the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl - DEs Reggie White and Clyde Simmons, DT Jerome Brown, and LB Seth Joyner were selected as starters while CB Eric Allen also made the NFC squad. The selection of White, Simmons, and Brown marked only the sixth time in NFL history that three defensive linemen from one team were elected to the Pro Bowl.

Offseason

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NFL Draft

1991 Philadelphia Eagles Draft

Round Overall Player Position Birthdate College

  1     8   Antone Davis       OT           02/28/1967  Tennessee
  2    48   Jesse Campbell     DB           04/11/1969  North Carolina State
  3     75  Rob Selby      OG           10/11/1967  Auburn
  4     104     William Thomas     LB           08/13/1968  Texas A&M
  5     131     Craig Erickson     QB           05/17/1969  Miami
  6     156     Andy Harmon        DT           04/06/1969  Kent State
  7     187     James Joseph       RB           10/28/1967  Auburn
  8     216     Scott Kowalkowski  LB           08/23/1968  Notre Dame
  9     242     Chuck Weatherspoon RB           07/31/1968  Houston
  10    271     Eric Harmon        OG           03/03/1967  Clemson
  11    298     Mike Flores        DE           12/01/1966  Louisville
  12    327     Darrell Beavers    DB           01/24/1968  Morehead State

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result
1 September 1, 1991 at Green Bay Packers W 20-3
2 September 8, 1991 Phoenix Cardinals L 26-10
3 September 15, 1991 at Dallas Cowboys W 24-0
4 September 22, 1991 Pittsburgh Steelers W 23-14
5 September 30, 1991 at Washington Redskins L 23-0
6 October 6, 1991 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 14-13
7 October 13, 1991 New Orleans Saints L 13-6
8 Bye
9 October 27, 1991 San Francisco 49ers L 23-7
10 November 4, 1991 New York Giants W 30-7
11 November 10, 1991 at Cleveland Browns W 32-30
12 November 17, 1991 Cincinnati Bengals W 17-10
13 November 24, 1991 at Phoenix Cardinals W 34-14
14 December 2, 1991 at Houston Oilers W 13-6
15 December 8, 1991 at New York Giants W 19-14
16 December 15, 1991 Dallas Cowboys L 25-13
17 December 22, 1991 Washington Redskins W 24-22

Standings

NFC East
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Washington Redskins 14 2 0 .875 485 224
Dallas Cowboys 11 5 0 .688 342 310
Philadelphia Eagles 10 6 0 .625 285 244
New York Giants 8 8 0 .500 281 297
Phoenix Cardinals 4 12 0 .250 196 344

Awards and honors

NFL Comeback Player of the Year - Jim McMahon

UPI NFC Defensive Player of the Year - Reggie White

References

AFC East Central West East Central West NFC
Buffalo Cincinnati Denver Dallas Chicago Atlanta
Indianapolis Cleveland Kansas City NY Giants Detroit LA Rams
Miami Houston LA Raiders Philadelphia Green Bay New Orleans
New England Pittsburgh San Diego Phoenix Minnesota San Francisco
NY Jets Seattle Washington Tampa Bay
1991 NFL DraftNFL PlayoffsPro BowlSuper Bowl XXVI

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