1995 Philadelphia Eagles season

1995 Philadelphia Eagles season

1995 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head coach Ray Rhodes
Owner Jeffrey Lurie
Home field Veterans Stadium
Record 10–6
Division place 2nd NFC East
Playoff finish Lost Division Round
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The 1995 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 63rd in the league. The team improved upon their previous output of 7–9, going 10-6 under new head coach Ray Rhodes[1] and qualifying for the playoffs for the first time in three seasons.

It wasn't an auspicious start. Ricky Watters, signed as a free agent from the Super Bowl champion 49ers, infamously came up short on a pass over the middle in the Birds' season-opening 21-6 home loss to Tampa Bay. Following the contest, when asked why he didn't commit to catching the ball and taking a hit, he replied "For who? For what?"

Three weeks later, the Eagles were thumped by a 31-point margin against the Raiders in Oakland. However, the momentum swung in a positive direction after that, as Philly won four straight and seven of their next eight to get back in the playoff hunt.

On a frigid December 10 at the Vet against the Cowboys, the Eagles defense twice stopped Emmitt Smith on 4th-and-1 in Dallas territory late in the fourth quarter of a 17-17 tie. The change of possession resulted in the game-winning field goal from Gary Anderson and bragging rights forever. A win over Phoenix the next week clinched a playoff berth, but a loss at Chicago in the season finale on Christmas Eve torpedoed any hopes of an NFC East crown.

Off Season

The Eagles' training camp was held for 16th and final year at West Chester University of Pennsylvania's John A. Farrell Stadium in West Chester, Pennsylvania. The camp was about 20 miles from their home stadium in south Philadelphia. In 1996 the Eagles would move to Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania about 50 miles away.

NFL Draft

The 1995 NFL Draft was held April 22–23, 1995.[2] The league also held a supplemental draft after the regular draft and before the regular season.

With a 7–9 record in 1994, and tying with 4 other teams, the Eagles would rotate picking between the 8th pick to the 12th pick in the 7 rounds. They would choose 8 players in the 5 rounds they had picks. The Eagles would make a trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, for Draft picks to move from 12th to 7th on the 1st round. With their 1st pick in the draft, acquired from Tampa Bay, the Eagles chose Mike Mamula a Defensive End out of Boston College

The Cincinnati Bengals made a trade with the Carolina Panthers to get the overall 1st pick in the draft. They choose Ki-Jana Carter a Running Back that went to Penn State

Player Selections

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
1 7 Mike Mamula
Pick Acquired from Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Defensive End Boston College
1 12 Pick Traded to Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2 50 Bobby Taylor Defensive back Notre Dame
2 58 Barrett Brooks Tackle Kansas State
3 72 Greg Jefferson Defensive end Central Florida
3 78 Chris T. Jones Wide receiver Miami (FL)
4 119 Dave Barr Quarterback California
5 pick Made by Detroit Lions
6 Pick Made by Tampa Bay Buccaneers
7 210 Kevin Bouie
Pick Acquired from Jacksonville Jaguars
Running back Mississippi State
7 248 Howard Smothers Tackle Bethune-Cookman

Regular Season


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 3, 1995 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 21–6
2 September 10, 1995 at Arizona Cardinals W 31–19
3 September 17, 1995 San Diego Chargers L 27–21
4 September 24, 1995 at Oakland Raiders L 48–17
5 October 1, 1995 at New Orleans Saints W 15–10
6 October 8, 1995 Washington Redskins W 37–34
7 October 15, 1995 at New York Giants W 17–14
8 Bye
9 October 29, 1995 St. Louis Rams W 20–9
10 November 6, 1995 at Dallas Cowboys L 34–12
11 November 12, 1995 Denver Broncos W 31–13
12 November 19, 1995 New York Giants W 28–19
13 November 26, 1995 at Washington Redskins W 14–7
14 December 3, 1995 at Seattle Seahawks L 26–14
15 December 10, 1995 Dallas Cowboys W 20–17
16 December 17, 1995 Arizona Cardinals W 21–20
17 December 24, 1995 at Chicago Bears L 20–14


NFC East
Dallas Cowboys 12 4 0 .750 435 291
Philadelphia Eagles 10 6 0 .625 318 338
Washington Redskins 6 10 0 .375 326 359
New York Giants 5 11 0 .313 290 340
Arizona Cardinals 4 12 0 .250 275 422


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Wild Card December 30, 1995 Detroit Lions W 58–37
Division January 7, 1996 at Dallas Cowboys L 30–11

External links

  • 1995 NFL Films Coach of the Year Video (The seven minute video recaps the Philadelphia Eagles 1995 Season and turnaround under their new Head Coach).