Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Big, Green Fumbling Machine

Eagles with most fumbles in a season.

The Big, Green Fumbling Machine

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( David Maialetti  / Staff Photographer )
( David Maialetti / Staff Photographer ) David Maialetti

With eight fumbles in five games, Michael Vick is on a pace to eclipse not only the Eagles’ record for fumbles in a season (17), but also the league mark (23).

If Vick is to make his way up that dubious statistical ladder for the club, he’ll be passing Randall Cunningham (with Vickk at right) repeatedly. The former Eagles quarterback has four of the seven-highest single-season fumble totals in Birds history, as well as another season of 10 and another of nine.

Here are Eagles who have fumbled 10 or more times in the same season:

 Player  Season   Games   Fumbles 
       
 Randall Cunningham        1989 16 17
       
 Wilbert Montgomery 1979 16 14
       
 Randall Cunningham 1992 15 13
 Rodney Peete 1995 15 13
       
 Ron Jaworski 1979 16 12
 Randall Cunningham 1987 12 12
 Randall Cunningham 1988 16 12
       
 Ron Jaworski 1983 16 11
 Michael Vick 2010 12 11
       
 Frank Ziegler 1950 12 10
 Billy Ray Barnes 1958 12 10
 Roman Gabriel 1973 14 10
 Randall Cunningham 1994 14 10
 Donovan McNabb 2009 14 10
 Michael Vick 2011 13 10

 

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