1996 Philadelphia Eagles season
|1996 Philadelphia Eagles season|
|Head coach||Ray Rhodes|
|Home field||Veterans Stadium|
|Division place||2nd NFC East|
|Playoff finish||Lost Wild Card Playoffs (at 49ers) 0–14|
|Pro Bowlers||RB Ricky Watters|
WR Irving Fryar
DE William Fuller
The 1996 season was the Philadelphia Eagles' 64th in the National Football League (NFL). The team matched their 10–6 record from the previous season and qualified for the playoffs for the second year in a row.
After a season-ending injury to Rodney Peete, Ty Detmer took over the starting role. For the second time in three seasons, the Eagles were 7–2 at the nine-game mark, thanks to a thrilling win November 3 on the road against Dallas. The capper to that contest was a combined 104-yard interception return between James Willis and Troy Vincent in the final moments which turned a potential game-winning drive by the Cowboys into a Philadelphia victory.
As in 1994 under Rich Kotite, the Eagles wilted. This time four losses in five games, including an embarrassing 27-point setback on national TV at Indianapolis, had the team scrambling in the playoff picture. However, wins against the Jets and Cardinals managed to right the ship, and a wild-card matchup with the San Francisco 49ers was the reward. However, the Eagles' season would end in San Francisco with a 14–0 first-round loss to the 49ers.
The 1996 season was also the first season the Eagles debuted the midnight green, white, and black look, with new helmet designs and the logo and endzone font as well.
Veteran San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle Steve Wallace was signed via free agency to a one-year contract, but after a poor showing in the preseason was cut at the end of training camp and promptly re-signed by the 49ers.
The 1996 NFL Draft was held April 20–21, 1996. No teams elected to claim any players in the supplemental draft that year.
With a 10–6 record in 1995, and tying with two other teams, the Eagles would rotate picking between the 23rd pick to the 25th pick in the 7 rounds. They would choose 8 players in the 6 rounds they had picks. With their first pick in the draft, the Eagles would take Jermane Mayberry an Offensive Tackle out of Texas A&M-Kingsville
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.
|1996 Philadelphia Eagles draft|
|1||25||Jermane Mayberry *||OT||Texas A&M-Kingsville|
|2||54||Jason Dunn||TE||Eastern Kentucky|
|2||61||Brian Dawkins * †||FS||Clemson||Compensatory pick|
|3||85||Bobby Hoying||QB||Ohio State|
|Made roster † Pro Football Hall of Fame * Made at least one Pro Bowl during career|
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
|Week||Date||Opponent||Result||Network||TV Announcers||Kickoff (ET)||Attendance|
|1||September 1, 1996||at Washington Redskins||W 17–14||FOX||Pat Summerall & John Madden||1:00pm|
|2||September 9, 1996||at Green Bay Packers||L 39–13||ABC||Al Michaels, Frank Gifford & Dan Dierdorf||9:00pm|
|3||September 15, 1996||Detroit Lions||W 24–17||FOX||Dick Stockton & Matt Millen||1:00pm|
|4||September 22, 1996||at Atlanta Falcons||W 33–18||TNT||Verne Lundquist & Pat Haden||8:00pm|
|5||September 30, 1996||Dallas Cowboys||L 23–19||ABC||Al Michaels, Frank Gifford & Dan Dierdorf||9:00pm|
|7||October 13, 1996||at New York Giants||W 19–10||FOX||Dick Stockton & Matt Millen||4:00pm|
|8||October 20, 1996||Miami Dolphins||W 35–28||NBC||Marv Albert & Sam Wyche||1:00pm|
|9||October 27, 1996||Carolina Panthers||W 20–9||FOX||Kevin Harlan & Jerry Glanville||1:00pm|
|10||November 3, 1996||at Dallas Cowboys||W 31–21||FOX||Pat Summerall & John Madden||1:00pm|
|11||November 10, 1996||Buffalo Bills||L 24–17||NBC||Charlie Jones & Randy Cross||1:00pm|
|12||November 17, 1996||Washington Redskins||L 26–21||FOX||Pat Summerall & John Madden||1:00pm|
|13||November 24, 1996||at Arizona Cardinals||L 36–30||FOX||Joe Buck & Bill Maas||4:00pm|
|14||December 1, 1996||New York Giants||W 24–0||FOX||Kevin Harlan & Jerry Glanville||1:00pm|
|15||December 5, 1996||at Indianapolis Colts||L 37–10||ESPN||Mike Patrick & Joe Theismann||8:00pm|
|16||December 14, 1996||at New York Jets||W 21–20||FOX||Dick Stockton & Matt Millen||12:30pm|
|17||December 22, 1996||Arizona Cardinals||W 29–19||FOX||Kenny Albert & Tim Green||1:00pm|
|(3) Dallas Cowboys||10||6||0||.625||286||250||L1|
|(5) Philadelphia Eagles||10||6||0||.625||363||341||W2|
|New York Giants||6||10||0||.375||242||297||L2|
|Wild Card||December 29, 1996||at San Francisco 49ers||L 14–0||FOX||4:00pm|
- "Eagles Land 49ers' Veteran Steve Wallace". Associated Press. April 19, 1996. Retrieved July 12, 2021.
- Frank, Reuben. "10 former Eagles you may have forgotten won Super Bowls". NBC Sports Philadelphia. Retrieved July 12, 2021.
- Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2013-Dec-30.