1989 Philadelphia Eagles season
Head Coach Buddy Ryan
Home Field Veterans Stadium
Results
Record 11–5
Place 2nd NFC East
Playoff Finish Lost Wildcard
Timeline
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The 1989 Philadelphia Eagles season resulted in an appearance in the postseason.

Offseason[edit | edit source]

Player Selections[edit | edit source]

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 [1] = Hall of Famer
Round Pick Player Position School
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12

Regular season[edit | edit source]

The two matchups between the Cowboys and Eagles (including one on Thanksgiving) were particularly hostile and became known as the Bounty Bowls.

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 10, 1989 Seattle Seahawks W 31–7
64,287
2 September 17, 1989 at Washington Redskins W 42–37
53,493
3 September 24, 1989 San Francisco 49ers L 38–28
66,042
4 October 2, 1989 at Chicago Bears L 27–13
66,625
5 October 8, 1989 New York Giants W 21–19
65,688
6 October 15, 1989 at Phoenix Cardinals W 17–5
42,620
7 October 22, 1989 Los Angeles Raiders W 10–7
64,019
8 October 29, 1989 at Denver Broncos W 28–24
75,065
9 November 5, 1989 at San Diego Chargers L 20–17
47,019
10 November 12, 1989 Washington Redskins L 10–3
65,443
11 November 19, 1989 Minnesota Vikings W 10–9
65,944
12 November 23, 1989 at Dallas Cowboys W 27–0
54,444
13 December 3, 1989 at New York Giants W 24–17
74,809
14 December 10, 1989 Dallas Cowboys W 20–10
59,842
15 December 18, 1989 at New Orleans Saints L 30–20
59,218
16 December 24, 1989 Phoenix Cardinals W 31–14
43,287

Standings[edit | edit source]

NFC East
Team W L T PCT PF PA
New York Giants 12 4 0 .750 348 252
Philadelphia Eagles 11 5 0 .688 342 274
Washington Redskins 10 6 0 .625 386 308
Phoenix Cardinals 5 11 0 .313 258 377
Dallas Cowboys 1 15 0 .063 204 393

Roster[edit | edit source]

Postseason[edit | edit source]

The Los Angeles Rams, ignoring the weather, the fans, and the Eagles mighty defense, rode a quick start to defeat the Eagles at Veterans Stadium, 21–7 on New Year's Eve, 1989. The Eagles came into their first home playoff game in 8 seasons against the Los Angeles Rams with injury concerns. Several players came limping into the game, but perhaps the most concerning injury was that of Eric Allen, whose ankle had been injured a few weeks prior. Allen was an outstanding cover corner and without him, the Eagles would be forced to start reserve cornerback Izel Jenkins. The Rams at the time had a potent and versatile offense, especially in the passing game. Quarterback Jim Everett, running back Greg Bell and wideouts Henry Ellard and Willie "Flipper" Anderson rounded out the Rams offense. However, none of this seemed to concern head coach Buddy Ryan, who reportedly was asked the week leading up the game his impression of Rams running back Greg Bell. Ryan gave a curious vanilla answer to the reporter then turned and walked away saying, "Greg Bell my ass." Most of the media that had gathered exploded in laughter.

Eric Allen, as it turned out, did not start the game, which was played on an overcast, drizzly New Year's Eve. The Rams immediantly attacked Allen's replacement, cornerback Izel Jenkins. Jenkins was burned on the Rams first touchdown; a 39 yard touchdown pass from Jim Everett to Henry Ellard on the Rams first possession. Jenkins was again burned for another long pass, this time to Willie Anderson and by midway through the second quarter, head coach Buddy Ryan had all but no choice to insert the limping Allen with the Rams already leading 14–0.

The Eagles offense, led by All-Pro quarterback Randall Cunningham had no answers for a unique zone implemented by Rams defensive coordinator Fritz Shurmer, who at times during the game only rushed two defenders and dropped everything back in coverage. Cunningham, while completing 24 of 40 pass, only threw underneath the zone for the majority of the game and simply was unable to get anything downfield. It certainly did not help matters not having All-Pro receiver Mike Quick unable to play due to a season ending injury earlier in the year. The Eagles had less than 100 yards of offense at halftime, and did not have a single first down till midway through the second quarter. The Eagles first four possessions where three (3) three and outs and an interception. When the Eagles finally did score on a one yard Anthony Toney touchdown plunge to make the game 14–7 with just under 11 minutes to go, there was hope. The Eagles defense, after their shaky start, had by and large held the Rams in check. Indeed, after the Eagles only touchdown of the afternoon, the Eagles defense held the Rams twice and gave the Eagles good field position on their next two possessions, which began at their own 31 and 40 yard lines. However, the Eagles would manage just one first down on those two possessions.

The Rams finally put the nail in the coffin with just under three minutes left, when Greg Bell ran for a 7 yard touchdown for the final score of 21–7. This touchdown run came a few plays after Bell ran 54 yards down to the 10 yard line. The Eagles defense, especially the front four, had finally collapsed after keeping the Rams in check for so long during the game.

After the game, Eagles quarterback Randall Cunningham admitted that he was confused by the Rams complex zone and stated he had never seen anything like it on film. He also pointed the need for the Eagles to acquire some speed in the wide receiving department. The fans, who did not have a beer to cry in during the game due to the Eagles banning beer sales earlier in the year due to "Bounty Bowl II", were frustrated, wet and as gloomy as the weather leaving the stadium. The Eagles were expected to take a step forward after the previous years' loss to the Chicago Bears in the "Fog Bowl", but once again were bounced out in the first round.

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
Wildcard December 31, 1989 Los Angeles Rams L 21–7
57,869

Player stats[edit | edit source]

Defense[edit | edit source]

Player Games Sacks Int Yards TD Forced Fumbles Fumble Recovery Tackles
Byron Evans 16 2.0 3 23 0 0 3 184
Clyde Simmons 16 15.5 1 60 1 3 0 135

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Offense[edit | edit source]

Passing[edit | edit source]

Note: Comp = Completions; ATT = Attempts; TD = Touchdowns; INT = Interceptions

Player Games Comp Att Yards TD INT Rating
Randall Cunningham 16 290 532 3400 21 15 75.5
Matt Cavanaugh 9 3 5 33 1 1 79.6
Roger Ruzek 5 1 1 22 1 0 158.3

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Receiving[edit | edit source]

Note: ATT = Attempts; TD = Touchdowns; INT = Interceptions

Player Games Reception Yards TD Long
Keith Byars 16 68 721 0 60
Keith Jackson 14 63 648 3 33
Cris Carter 16 45 605 11 42
Ron Johnson 14 20 295 1 34
Anthony Toney 14 19 124 0 15
Robert Drummond 16 17 180 1 21
Jimmie Giles 16 16 225 2 66
Gregg Garrity 9 13 209 2 31
Mike Quick 6 13 228 2 40
Heath Sherman 15 8 85 0 17
Gizmo Williams 13 4 32 0 11
Mark Higgs 15 3 9 0 8
Anthony Edwards 9 2 74 0 66
Dave Little 16 2 8 1 7
Carlos Carson 6 1 12 0 12

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Rushing[edit | edit source]

Note: ATT = Attempts; TD = Touchdowns; INT = Interceptions

Player Games Att Yards TD Long
Randall Cunningham 16 104 621 4 51
Anthony Toney 14 172 582 3 44
Keith Byars 16 133 452 5 16
Mark Higgs 15 49 184 0 13
Heath Sherman 15 40 177 2 37
Robert Drummond 16 32 127 0 16
Mike Reichenbach 16 1 30 0 30
John Teltschik 16 1 23 0 23
Cris Carter 16 2 16 0 11

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Special Teams[edit | edit source]

Kick Returns[edit | edit source]

Player Games Returns Yards TD Long Yards per return
Keith Byars 16 1 27 0 27 27.0
Mark Higgs 15 16 293 0 30 18.3
Dave Little 16 2 14 0 12 7.0
Heath Sherman 15 13 222 0 45 17.1
Gizmo Williams 13 14 249 0 28 17.8

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Punt Returns[edit | edit source]

Player Games Returns Yards TD Long Yards per return
Anthony Edwards 9 7 64 0 28 9.1
Gizmo Williams 13 30 267 0 24 8.9

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Kicking[edit | edit source]

Note: FGA = Field Goals Attempted; FGM = Field Goals Made; FG% = Field Goal Percentage; XPA = Extra Points Attempted; XPM = Extra Points Made; XP% = Extra Points Percentage

Player Games FGA FGM FG % XPA XPM XP %
Steve DeLine 3 7 3 42.9% 3 3 100.0%
Roger Ruzek 5 11 8 72.7% 14 14 100.0%
Luis Zendejas 8 15 9 60.0% 23 23 100.0%

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Punting[edit | edit source]

Player Games Punts Yards Long Block Yards per Punt
Randall Cunningham 16 6 319 91 0 53.2
Max Runager 4 17 568 52 0 33.4
John Teltschik 10 57 2245 58 0 39.4
Rick Tuten 2 7 256 45 0 36.6

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Awards and honors[edit | edit source]

  • Keith Byars, Led all NFL running backs in receiving yardage
  • Keith Jackson, Pro Bowl selection

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 http://www.pro-football-reference.com/teams/phi/1989.htm
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