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1958 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head Coach Buck Shaw
Home Field Connie Mack Stadium
Results
Record 2–9–1
Place 5th NFL Eastern
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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1957 1959

The 1958 Philadelphia Eagles season was their 26th in the league. They failed to improve on their previous output of 4–8, winning only two games.[1] The team failed to qualify for the playoffs for the ninth consecutive season. In the offseason, Vince Lombardi was offered the Eagles head coaching position but he refused it. He opted to stay as the Offensive Coordinator of the New York Giants.[2]

Off SeasonEdit

The Eagles hired the Air Force Academy's 1st head coach, Buck Shaw. Shaw took over a last-place Eagles team and started rebuilding. He was also the 1st coach of the San Francisco 49ers when they formed in the AAFC in 1946. He immediately dealt Buck Lansford, Jimmy Harris, and a first-round draft choice to the Los Angeles Rams for 32-year old, nine-year veteran quarterback, Norm Van Brocklin.

NFL DraftEdit

The 1958 NFL Draft was held on December 2, 1957 (rounds 1–4) and January 28, 1958 (rounds 5–30). The draft was 30 rounds long with 12 teams making picks. A total of 360 players were selected.

With a 4–8 record in 1957 the Eagles made the 6th pick in the 1st round.

This was the last year in which the Lottery Bonus Pick was used. The Chicago Cardinals had the number 1 pick of the draft and the Bonus Pick. The used the picks to select as Lottery Bonus Pick King Hill a Quarterback out of Rice University. With the 2nd pick they chose 1957 Heisman Trophy winner John David Crow [3] a Halfback out of Texas A&M University

Player SelectionsEdit

The table shows the Eagles selections and what picks they had that were traded away and the team that ended up with that pick.[4] 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 [5] = Hall of Famer
Rd Pick # Player Position College Rd Pick # Player Position College
1 6 Walt KowalczykFullbackMichigan State 2 17 Proverb JacobsTackleCalifornia
3 31 Pick Taken By
Washington Redskins
4 43 Frank RigneyTackleIowa
5 52 Bobby MulgadoBackArizona State 6 64 John KerseyTackleDuke
7 76 Len MansfieldTacklePittsburgh State 8 88 Bill StriegelLinebackerPacific
9 100 Pick Taken By
Pittsburgh Steelers
10 112 Theron SappBackGeorgia
11 124 Mel DillardBackPurdue 12 136 Jack CrabtreeBackOregon
13 148 Mickey TrimarkiQuarterbackWest Virginia 14 160 Bill LaphamCenterIowa
15 172 Stan HinosTackleMississippi Valley State 16 184 Mike MeatheringhamTackleGeorgia
17 196 Bill Van BurenCenterIowa 18 208 John BurroughsTackleIowa
19 220 Ron SabalGuardPurdue 20 232 Kent LovelaceBackMississippi
21 244 John MaddenOffensive TackleCal Poly San Luis Obispo 22 256 George SherwoodEndSt. Joseph's (IN)
23 268 Billy TempletonEndMississippi 24 280 Jim PadgetCenterClemson
25 292 Hal DivineTackleMemphis State 26 304 Neil MacLeanBackWake Forest
27 316 Hindman WallEndAuburn 28 328 Gene GossageTackleNorthwestern
29 340 Don McDonaldBackHouston 30 351 Jim ThompsonEndTemple

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 28, 1958 Washington Redskins L 24–14
36,850
2 October 5, 1958 New York Giants W 27–24
23,178
3 October 12, 1958 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 24–3
23,153
4 October 19, 1958 San Francisco 49ers L 30–24
33,110
5 October 26, 1958 at Green Bay Packers L 38–35
31,043
6 November 2, 1958 at Chicago Cardinals T 21–21
17,486
7 November 9, 1958 Pittsburgh Steelers L 31–24
26,306
8 November 16, 1958 Chicago Cardinals W 49–21
18,315
9 November 23, 1958 at Cleveland Browns L 28–14
51,319
10 November 30, 1958 at New York Giants L 24–10
35,438
11 December 7, 1958 Cleveland Browns L 21–14
36,773
12 December 14, 1958 at Washington Redskins L 20–0
22,621

StandingsEdit

NFL Eastern
W L T PCT PF PA STK
New York Giants 9 3 0 .750 246 183 W-4
Cleveland Browns 9 3 0 .750 302 217 L-1
Pittsburgh Steelers 7 4 1 .636 261 230 W-1
Washington Redskins 4 7 1 .364 214 268 W-1
Chicago Cardinals 2 9 1 .182 261 356 L-6
Philadelphia Eagles 2 9 1 .182 235 306 L-4

PlayoffsEdit

1958 RosterEdit

(All time List of Philadelphia Eagles players in franchise history)

= 1958 Pro Bowl Selection [6] = Hall of Famer
  • + After name means 1st team selection
NO. Player AGE POS GP GS WT HT YRS College
Buck Shaw 61 COACH 1958
record

2–9–1
Eagles
Lifetime

2–9–1
NFL
Lifetime

73–48–5
1 Notre Dame
33Billy Ray Barnes23HB1202015–111Wake Forest
60Chuck Bednarik33LB-C1202336–39Pennsylvania
81Eddie Bell27DB-LB1202126–13Pennsylvania Quakers
36Dick Bielski26E-FB1202246–13Maryland
65Harold Bradley29G12122306–24Iowa
40Tom Brookshier27DB1101966–05Colorado Buffalos
78Marion Campbell29DE-DT-MG-G-T1102506–34Georgia Bulldogs
86Ed Cooke23DE-LB702506–4RookieMaryland Terrapins
42Bob Hudson28DB-LB-E1102256–47Clemson
63Ken Huxhold29G1202266–14Wisconsin
67Proverb Jacobs23T-DT1202586–4RookieCalifornia
9Sonny Jurgensen24QB1202025–111Duke
73Ed Khayat23DT-DE-T502406–31Tulane
68Bill Koman24LB12122296–22North Carolina
43Walt Kowalczyk23FB-DB1202086–0RookiesMichigan St
64Galen Laack26G802306–0RookiePacific
61Tom Louderback25LB-C-G1202356–2RookieSan Jose State
25Tommy McDonald24FL-HB-SE-WR1001785–91Oklahoma
66Ed Meadows26DE-E1202216–24Duke Blue Devils
80Gene Mitcham26E202066–2RookieArizona St
46Brad Myers29B-E901976–15Bucknell
87Andy Nacrelli25E201906–1RookieFordham
41Jerry Norton27DB-HB901955–114SMU Mustangs
70Don Owens26DT-T1202556–51Southern Miss Golden Eagles
26Clarence Peaks23FB1102186–11Michigan State Spartans
53Bob Pellegrini24LB-G1202336–22Maryland Terrapins
76Volney Peters30DT-T-DE1002376–46USC
44Pete Retzlaff27E-HB-TE1202116–12South Dakota St.
72Jess Richardson28DT1202616–25Alabama
22Lee Riley26DB1201926–13Univ. of Detroit Mercy Titans
45Rocky Ryan26DB-E302026–12Illinois
82Tom Scott28DE-LB1202186–25Virginia
64John Simerson23C-T402576–31Purdue
79Lum Snyder28T1202286–56Georgia Tech
74Len Szafaryn30T-G-LB-DT702266–29North Carolina Tarheels
11Norm Van Brocklin32QB12121906–19Oregon
83Bobby Walston30E-HB-K1201906–07Georgia
27Billy Wells27HB1201805–94Michigan State Spartans
73Sid Youngelman27DT-DE502576–33Alabama Crimson Tide
35 Players
Team Average
26.5 12 220.3 6–1.5 3.2

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Post SeasonEdit

Honors and AwardsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1958 Philadelphia Eagles
  2. Giants Among Men, Jack Cavanaugh, p.138, 2008, Random House, ISBN 978-1-4000-6717-6
  3. John David Crow, 1957 Heisman Trophy winner Heisman Trophy. Retrieved on 2008-08-04. [dead link]
  4. http://www.profootballhof.com/history/release.aspx?release_id=1448
  5. Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
  6. Players are identified as a 1958 Pro Bowl selections.

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