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1956 Philadelphia Eagles

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3-8-1, Finished 6th in NFL East Division  · 1956 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -6.5, Offense: -7.7, Defense: 1.2, SoS: -0.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 143 points (11.9/g), 12th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 215 points (17.9/g), 5th.
 Differential of -72 points (-6.0/g), 11th.  Expected W-L: 3.3-8.7.

Coach: Hugh Devore (3-8-1)

Stadium: Connie Mack Stadium
 Training Camp: (Hershey, Pennsylvania)

Team Info

Majority Owner James P. Clark Led group of investors known as the "Happy Hundred"
General Manager Vince McNally

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 143 2654 702 3.8 38 11 13 160 122 249 1277 6 27 4.5 74 418 1377 11 3.3 73
Team Defense 215 3226 778 4.1 27 11 21 200 114 243 1333 15 16 5.0 69 513 1893 10 3.7 110
Lg Rank Offense 12 12 11 3 12 9 10 12 11 12 9 11 10 11
Lg Rank Defense 5 5 10 9 6 4 2 8 11 4 12 6 2 3

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 30 boxscore L 0-1 @ Los Angeles Rams 7 27 12 188 97 91 5 15 294 60 234 3
2 Sat October 6 boxscore W 1-1 Washington Redskins 13 9 13 207 99 108 2 13 194 48 146 3
3 Sun October 14 boxscore W 2-1 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 35 21 12 265 168 97 2 17 324 247 77 3
4 Sun October 21 boxscore L 2-2 Chicago Cardinals 6 20 20 349 120 229 8 14 244 119 125 1
5 Sun October 28 boxscore L 2-3 @ New York Giants 3 20 7 132 67 65 2 12 244 85 159 2
6 Sun November 4 boxscore L 2-4 @ Chicago Cardinals 17 28 18 235 109 126 2 17 262 108 154 1
7 Sun November 11 boxscore W 3-4 Pittsburgh Steelers 14 7 13 252 130 122 4 14 149 95 54 3
8 Sun November 18 boxscore L 3-5 Cleveland Browns 0 16 7 71 3 68 3 17 274 41 233
9 Sun November 25 boxscore T 3-5-1 San Francisco 49ers 10 10 13 290 170 120 4 19 285 178 107 4
10 Sun December 2 boxscore L 3-6-1 @ Cleveland Browns 14 17 20 252 104 148 4 19 292 115 177 5
10 Sun December 9 boxscore L 3-7-1 @ Washington Redskins 17 19 12 239 109 130 21 332 196 136
12 Sat December 15 boxscore L 3-8-1 New York Giants 7 21 13 174 101 73 2 22 332 41 291 2

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
11 Bobby Thomason* 28 QB 12 10 3-6-1 82 164 50.0% 1119 4 2.4 21 12.8 52 6.8 1.5 13.6 93.3 40.7 0 0
10 Adrian Burk 29 P 12 2 0-2-0 39 82 47.6% 426 1 1.2 6 7.3 40 5.2 2.1 10.9 35.5 36.9 0 0
24 Don Schaefer 22 FB 12 0 1 3 33.3% 11 1 33.3 0 0.0 11 3.7 10.3 11.0 0.9 84.7 0 0
Team Total 25.8 12 3-8-1 122 249 49.0% 1556 6 2.4 27 10.8 52 6.2 1.9 12.8 129.7 37.4 0 0
Opp Total 12 114 243 46.9% 1506 15 6.2 16 6.6 6.2 4.47 13.2 125.5 60.1 22 173 5.0 3.4 8.3

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
23 Ken Keller 22 LH 11 0 112 433 4 51 3.9 39.4 10.2 7 36 5.1 0 13 0.6 3.3 469 4 7
24 Don Schaefer 22 FB 12 0 102 320 2 11 3.1 26.7 8.5 13 117 9.0 0 27 1.1 9.8 437 2 3
36 Dick Bielski 24 12 0 52 162 1 15 3.1 13.5 4.3 8 63 7.9 0 17 0.7 5.3 225 1 1
46 Ted Wegert 24 7 0 47 127 1 19 2.7 18.1 6.7 6 46 7.7 0 19 0.9 6.6 173 1 3
27 Hal Giancanelli 27 7 0 42 148 1 21 3.5 21.1 6.0 10 104 10.4 0 18 1.4 14.9 252 1 2
11 Bobby Thomason* 28 QB 12 10 21 48 2 19 2.3 4.0 1.8 48 2 2
10 Adrian Burk 29 P 12 2 17 61 0 11 3.6 5.1 1.4 61 0 2
33 Will Berzinski 22 4 0 15 72 0 20 4.8 18.0 3.8 3 35 11.7 0 17 0.8 8.8 107 0 1
43 Bob Smith 23 4 0 9 8 0 5 0.9 2.0 2.3 8 0 0
43 Jim Parmer 29 4 0 1 -2 0 -2 -2.0 -0.5 0.3 -2 0 0
83 Bobby Walston 28 K/LE 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 39 590 15.1 3 51 3.3 49.2 590 3 0
25 Pete Retzlaff 25 RH 10 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 12 159 13.3 0 20 1.2 15.9 159 0 0
89 John Bredice 22 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 10 146 14.6 1 40 0.8 12.2 146 1 0
84 Hank Burnine 24 RE 7 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 10 208 20.8 2 52 1.4 29.7 208 2 0
80 Bill Stribling 29 2 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 11 5.5 0 7 1.0 5.5 11 0 0
22 Lee Riley 24 KR/LS/PR 9 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 10 10.0 0 10 0.1 1.1 10 0 2
45 Rocky Ryan 24 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 31 31.0 0 31 0.1 2.6 31 0 0
Team Total 25.8 12 418 1377 11 51 3.3 114.8 34.8 122 1556 12.8 6 52 10.2 129.7 2933 17 25
Opp Total 12 513 1893 10 3.7 157.8 42.8 114 1333 11.7 15 9.5 111.1 3226 25 17

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
22 Lee Riley 24 KR/LS/PR 9 0 17 73 0 35 4.3 15 381 0 59 25.4 464
23 Ken Keller 22 LH 11 0 15 146 0 40 9.7 15 353 0 32 23.5 968
27 Hal Giancanelli 27 7 0 4 22 0 18 5.5 8 187 0 31 23.4 461
53 Bob Pellegrini 22 RG 12 0 2 47 0 26 23.5 47
86 Norm Willey 29 RDE 9 0 2 32 0 20 16.0 32
20 Bibbles Bawel 26 RS 12 0 1 25 0 25 25.0 25
60 Chuck Bednarik* 31 LLB 12 0 1 17 0 17 17.0 17
41 Jerry Norton 25 6 0 1 31 0 31 31.0 31
Team Total 25.8 12 36 241 0 40 6.7 45 1073 0 59 23.8 4247
Opp Total 12 50 1314 0 26.3 27 666 0 24.7

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
10 Adrian Burk 29 P 12 2 68 2843 62 1 41.8
83 Bobby Walston 28 K/LE 12 0 13 6 46.2%% 18 17 94.4%%
36 Dick Bielski 24 12 0 1 0.0%%
Team Total 25.8 12 14 6 42.9%% 18 17 94.4%% 68 2843 62 1 41.8
Opp Total 12 21 14 66.7%% 25 23 92.0%% 68 2783 40.9

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
23 Ken Keller 22 LH 11 0 0 7 1 0 0
81 Eddie Bell 25 LDH 12 0 4 61 1 33 0 0 0 3 0 0
22 Lee Riley 24 KR/LS/PR 9 0 3 57 0 31 0 0 2 1 0 0
60 Chuck Bednarik* 31 LLB 12 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 4 0
10 Adrian Burk 29 P 12 2 0 2 2 0 0
46 Ted Wegert 24 7 0 0 3 1 0 0
27 Hal Giancanelli 27 7 0 0 2 1 0 0
24 Don Schaefer 22 FB 12 0 0 3 0 0 0
11 Bobby Thomason* 28 QB 12 10 0 2 1 0 0
75 Frank Wydo 32 LT 12 0 0 1 2 -10 0
20 Bibbles Bawel 26 RS 12 0 1 33 0 33 0 0 0 1 15 0
36 Dick Bielski 24 12 0 0 1 1 0 0
40 Tom Brookshier 25 RDH 11 0 1 31 0 31 0 0 0 1 0 0
78 Marion Campbell 27 MG 12 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
50 Bob Kelley 26 C 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
71 Don King 27 3 0 0 0 2 0 0
41 Jerry Norton 25 6 0 2 34 0 23 0
53 Bob Pellegrini 22 RG 12 0 0 0 2 0 0
82 Tom Scott 26 LDE 12 0 1 12 0 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
33 Will Berzinski 22 4 0 0 1 0 0 0
45 Rocky Ryan 24 12 0 1 17 0 17 0
77 Jim Weatherall* 27 LDT 12 12 0 0 1 19 0
Team Total 25.8 12 16 246 1 33 0 0 25 25 28 0
Opp Total 12 35 17 6

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
83 Bobby Walston 28 K/LE 12 0 3 3 17 6 53
23 Ken Keller 22 LH 11 0 4 4 24
84 Hank Burnine 24 RE 7 0 2 2 12
24 Don Schaefer 22 FB 12 0 2 2 12
11 Bobby Thomason* 28 QB 12 10 2 2 12
81 Eddie Bell 25 LDH 12 0 1 1 6
36 Dick Bielski 24 12 0 1 1 6
89 John Bredice 22 12 0 1 1 6
27 Hal Giancanelli 27 7 0 1 1 6
46 Ted Wegert 24 7 0 1 1 6
Team Total 25.8 12 11 6 1 18 17 6 143
Opp Total 12 10 15 23 14 215

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1956-09-30 @ RAM L, 7-27 1 11 rush Ted Wegert 11 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
2 1956-10-06 WAS W, 13-9 2 2 rush Don Schaefer 2 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
3 1956-10-06 WAS W, 13-9 4 1 rush Bobby Thomason 1 yard rush
4 1956-10-14 @ PIT W, 35-21 1 1 rush Don Schaefer 1 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
5 1956-10-14 @ PIT W, 35-21 2 51 pass Bobby Walston 51 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Bobby Walston kick)
6 1956-10-14 @ PIT W, 35-21 2 28 interception Eddie Bell 28 yard interception return (Bobby Walston kick)
7 1956-10-14 @ PIT W, 35-21 2 40 pass John Bredice 40 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Bobby Walston kick)
8 1956-10-14 @ PIT W, 35-21 4 51 rush Ken Keller 51 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
9 1956-11-04 @ CRD L, 17-28 4 2 rush Dick Bielski 2 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
10 1956-11-04 @ CRD L, 17-28 4 4 rush Hal Giancanelli 4 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
11 1956-11-11 PIT W, 14-7 1 35 pass Hank Burnine 35 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Bobby Walston kick)
12 1956-11-11 PIT W, 14-7 3 1 rush Ken Keller 1 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
13 1956-11-25 SFO T, 10-10 3 29 pass Bobby Walston 29 yard pass from Bobby Thomason (Bobby Walston kick)
14 1956-12-02 @ CLE L, 14-17 1 1 rush Bobby Thomason 1 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
15 1956-12-02 @ CLE L, 14-17 3 20 rush Ken Keller 20 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
16 1956-12-09 @ WAS L, 17-19 1 45 rush Ken Keller 45 yard rush (Bobby Walston kick)
17 1956-12-09 @ WAS L, 17-19 3 11 pass Hank Burnine 11 yard pass from Don Schaefer (Bobby Walston kick)
18 1956-12-15 NYG L, 7-21 4 15 pass Bobby Walston 15 yard pass from Adrian Burk (Bobby Walston kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1956-09-30 @ RAM W, 27-7 1 36 pass Leon Clarke 36 yard pass from Billy Wade (Les Richter kick)
2 1956-09-30 @ RAM W, 27-7 3 2 rush Ron Waller 2 yard rush (Les Richter kick)
3 1956-09-30 @ RAM W, 27-7 4 3 rush Joe Marconi 3 yard rush (Les Richter kick)
4 1956-10-06 WAS L, 9-13 2 3 rush Dale Atkeson 3 yard rush
5 1956-10-14 @ PIT L, 21-35 3 15 pass Lowell Perry 15 yard pass from Ted Marchibroda (Gary Glick kick)
6 1956-10-14 @ PIT L, 21-35 4 64 pass Ray Mathews 64 yard pass from Ted Marchibroda (Gary Glick kick)
7 1956-10-14 @ PIT L, 21-35 4 20 pass Ray Mathews 20 yard pass from Ted Marchibroda (Gary Glick kick)
8 1956-10-21 CRD W, 20-6 4 23 pass Gern Nagler 23 yard pass from Lamar McHan (Pat Summerall kick)
9 1956-10-21 CRD W, 20-6 4 1 rush Johnny Olszewski 1 yard rush (Pat Summerall kick)
10 1956-10-28 @ NYG W, 20-3 2 1 rush Alex Webster 1 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
11 1956-10-28 @ NYG W, 20-3 3 20 pass Frank Gifford 20 yard pass from Charlie Conerly (Ben Agajanian kick)
12 1956-11-04 @ CRD W, 28-17 2 8 pass Don Stonesifer 8 yard pass from Lamar McHan (Pat Summerall kick)
13 1956-11-04 @ CRD W, 28-17 3 29 pass Gern Nagler 29 yard pass from Lamar McHan (Pat Summerall kick)
14 1956-11-04 @ CRD W, 28-17 3 16 pass Dave Mann 16 yard pass from Lamar McHan (Pat Summerall kick)
15 1956-11-04 @ CRD W, 28-17 4 4 pass Gern Nagler 4 yard pass from Lamar McHan (Pat Summerall kick)
16 1956-11-11 PIT L, 7-14 1 1 rush Ted Marchibroda 1 yard rush (Gary Glick kick)
17 1956-11-18 CLE W, 16-0 3 31 pass Maurice Bassett 31 yard pass from Tommy O'Connell (Lou Groza kick)
18 1956-11-25 SFO T, 10-10 1 1 rush Y.A. Tittle 1 yard rush (Gordie Soltau kick)
19 1956-12-02 @ CLE W, 17-14 1 3 pass Pete Brewster 3 yard pass from Tommy O'Connell (Lou Groza kick)
20 1956-12-02 @ CLE W, 17-14 2 46 pass Ray Renfro 46 yard pass from Tommy O'Connell (Lou Groza kick)
21 1956-12-09 @ WAS W, 19-17 3 4 rush Leo Elter 4 yard rush (Sam Baker kick)
22 1956-12-09 @ WAS W, 19-17 4 5 pass John Carson 5 yard pass from Al Dorow
23 1956-12-15 NYG W, 21-7 2 6 pass Kyle Rote 6 yard pass from Frank Gifford (Ben Agajanian kick)
24 1956-12-15 NYG W, 21-7 2 10 rush Frank Gifford 10 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
25 1956-12-15 NYG W, 21-7 3 7 rush Alex Webster 7 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)