1979 Philadelphia Eagles season
|1979 Philadelphia Eagles season|
|Head coach||Dick Vermeil|
|General manager||Jim Murray|
|Home field||Veterans Stadium|
|Division place||2nd NFC East|
|Playoff finish||Lost NFC Divisional playoff to Tampa Bay|
The 1979 Philadelphia Eagles season resulted in an appearance in the postseason for the second consecutive year, a feat the team had not achieved for three decades. They would make the playoffs again in the following two seasons before a six-year drought.
After going 9–7 in the 1978 season and making the playoffs, the Eagles found themselves having to follow rule 3 of the draft – "Teams that made the playoffs are then ordered by which round of the playoffs they are eliminated" – meaning four teams with a record the same or better than the Eagles would pick in front of them.
The 1979 NFL Draft was the procedure by which National Football League teams selected amateur college football players. It is officially known as the NFL Annual Player Selection Meeting. The draft was held May 3–4, 1979 in New York City. As was started with the 1977 NFL Draft, this was 12 rounds.
The Philadelphia Eagles got the 19th to the 21st picks in the 12 rounds. They had overcome the traded-away draft picks of the Mike McCormack era. The Eagles had waited but they finally had a first-round pick and other low-round draft picks. They would use these and build a team as 7 of the 10 draft picks made the team for the coming years.
The draft began with first overall pick of Tom Cousineau, linebacker from Ohio State, by the Buffalo Bills. With the number 7 pick the New York Giants selected Phil Simms, a quarterback from Morehead State. The crowd, made up of mostly New York fans, voiced their displeasure of his selection.
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 trade the Eagles made. Not shown are acquired picks that the Eagles traded away.
|= Pro Bowler||= Hall of Famer|
|2||48||Petey Perot||G||Northwestern State|
|3||74||Tony Franklin||Kicker||Texas A & M|
|5||126||Scott Fitzkee||TE||Penn State|
|6||158||Pick Traded to New York Giants|
|7||185||Curtis Bunche||DT||Albany State|
|8||196||Chuck Correal||C||Penn State|
|8||211||Max Runager||Punter||South Carolina|
|9||Pick Traded to|
|10||Pick Traded to|
|12||Pick Traded to|
|1||September 2, 1979||New York Giants||W 23–17|| |
|2||September 10, 1979||Atlanta Falcons||L 14–10|| |
|3||September 16, 1979||at New Orleans Saints||W 26–14|| |
|4||September 23, 1979||at New York Giants||W 17–13|| |
|5||September 30, 1979||Pittsburgh Steelers||W 17–14|| |
|6||October 7, 1979||Washington Redskins||W 28–17|| |
|7||October 14, 1979||at St. Louis Cardinals||W 24–20|| |
|8||October 21, 1979||at Washington Redskins||L 17–7|| |
|9||October 28, 1979||at Cincinnati Bengals||L 37–13|| |
|10||November 4, 1979||Cleveland Browns||L 24–19|| |
|11||November 12, 1979||at Dallas Cowboys||W 31–21|| |
|12||November 18, 1979||St. Louis Cardinals||W 16–13|| |
|13||November 25, 1979||at Green Bay Packers||W 21–10|| |
|14||December 2, 1979||Detroit Lions||W 44–7|| |
|15||December 8, 1979||Dallas Cowboys||L 24–17|| |
|16||December 16, 1979||at Houston Oilers||W 26–20|| |
|New York Giants||6||10||0||.375||1–7||5–9||237||323||L3|
|St. Louis Cardinals||5||11||0||.313||2–6||4–8||307||358||L1|
|Wildcard||December 23, 1979||Chicago Bears||W 27–17|| |
|Divisional||December 29, 1979||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||L 24–17|| |