1996 Philadelphia Eagles season

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1996 Philadelphia Eagles season
OwnerJeffrey Lurie
Head coachRay Rhodes
Home fieldVeterans Stadium
Division place2nd NFC East
Playoff finishLost Wild Card Playoffs (at 49ers) 0–14
Pro BowlersRB 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.


The Eagles held training camp for the first year at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, home of the Lehigh Mountain Hawks.

The Eagles signed college free agent Hollis Thomas, a defensive tackle out of Northern Illinois.

The Eagles signed former Miami Dolphins cornerback Troy Vincent as a free agent.

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.[1][2]

NFL draft[edit]

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
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
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
4 121 Ray Farmer  DB Duke
5 147 Whit Marshall  LB Georgia
6 194 Steve White  DE Tennessee
6 197 Tony Johnson  TE Alabama
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career


1996 Philadelphia Eagles staff
Front office
  • Owner/Chief Executive Officer – Jeffrey Lurie
  • Senior Vice President of Administration – Joe Banner
  • Director of Football Operations – Dick Daniels
  • Director of College Scouting – John Wooten
  • Director of Scouting – Chuck Banker

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning


1996 Philadelphia Eagles roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

Rookies in italics

Regular season[edit]


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
6 Bye
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

Game summaries[edit]

Week 10[edit]

1 234Total
• Eagles 7 7710 31
Cowboys 7 338 21



NFC East
(3) Dallas Cowboys 10 6 0 .625 286 250 L1
(5) Philadelphia Eagles 10 6 0 .625 363 341 W2
Washington Redskins 9 7 0 .563 364 312 W1
Arizona Cardinals 7 9 0 .438 300 397 L1
New York Giants 6 10 0 .375 242 297 L2


Week Date Opponent Result Network Kickoff (ET) Attendance
Wild Card December 29, 1996 at San Francisco 49ers L 14–0 FOX 4:00pm


  1. ^ "Eagles Land 49ers' Veteran Steve Wallace". Associated Press. April 19, 1996. Retrieved July 12, 2021.
  2. ^ Frank, Reuben. "10 former Eagles you may have forgotten won Super Bowls". NBC Sports Philadelphia. Retrieved July 12, 2021.
  3. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2013-Dec-30.

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