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1966 Atlanta Falcons

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3-11-0, Finished 7th in NFL East Division  · 1966 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -15.5, Offense: -6.5, Defense: -9.0, SoS: 1.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 204 points (14.6/g), 15th of 15 in the NFL. Allowed 437 points (31.2/g), 14th.
 Differential of -233 points (-16.6/g), 14th.  Expected W-L: 2.0-12.0.

Coach: Norb Hecker (3-11-0)

Stadium: Atlanta Stadium
 Training Camp: YMCA Camp (Black Mountain, North Carolina)

Starters

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),Hide Non-primary Starters
Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Randy Johnson 22 Rook 11 129 for 295, 1,795 yards, 12 td, 21 int, & 35 rushes for 142 yards and 4 td Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 16th pick / 1966
Denver Broncos / 4th / 27th pick / 1966
HB Junior Coffey 24 1 0 199 rushes for 722 yards, 4 td, & 15 catches for 182 yards and 1 td Green Bay Packers / 7th / 94th pick / 1965
Houston Oilers / 16th / 122nd pick / 1965
FB Ernie Wheelwright 27 2 0 121 rushes for 458 yards, 3 td, & 15 catches for 137 yards and 3 td
FL Alex Hawkins 29 7 0 44 catches for 661 yards, 2 td Green Bay Packers / 2nd / 13th pick / 1959
SE Vern Burke 25 1 0 28 catches for 348 yards, 1 td San Francisco 49ers / 5th / 64th pick / 1963
Oakland Raiders / 15th / 113th pick / 1963
TE Bill Martin 24 2 0 29 catches for 330 yards, 0 td Kansas City Chiefs / 2nd / 10th pick / 1964
Chicago Bears / 2nd / 21st pick / 1964
LT Don Talbert 27 4 12 2 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 34th / 271st pick / 1962
Dallas Cowboys / 8th / 100th pick / 1961
LG Ed Cook 34 8 14
C Frank Marchlewski 23 1 14 1 fumble recovered Los Angeles Rams / 5th / 60th pick / 1965
Buffalo Bills / 19th / 152nd pick / 1965
RG Dan Grimm 25 3 0 Green Bay Packers / 5th / 70th pick / 1963
Denver Broncos / 20th / 157th pick / 1963
RT Errol Linden 29 5 14 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 10th / 135th pick / 1961
Houston Oilers / 29th / 232nd pick / 1961
 Defensive Starters
LDE Bobby Richards 28 4 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Oakland Raiders / 32nd / 249th pick / 1962
Philadelphia Eagles / 15th / 210th pick / 1961
LDT Karl Rubke 31 9 12 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered San Francisco 49ers / 5th / 56th pick / 1957
RDT Chuck Sieminski 26 3 14 San Francisco 49ers / 4th / 46th pick / 1962
Boston Patriots / 14th / 110th pick / 1962
RDE Sam Williams 35 7 14 Los Angeles Rams / 24th / 288th pick / 1956
LLB Marion Rushing 30 7 0 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
MLB Tommy Nobis* 23 Rook 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 1st pick / 1966
Houston Oilers / 1st / 5th pick / 1966
RLB Bill Jobko 31 8 0 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Rams / 7th / 80th pick / 1958
LCB Ron Smith 23 1 14 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered
RCB Lee Calland 25 3 14 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
LS Jerry Richardson 25 2 14 5 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 35th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 7th / 54th pick / 1964
RS Bob Riggle 22 Rook 0 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Atlanta Falcons / 20th / 291st pick / 1966
 Special Teams Starters
K Lou Kirouac 26 3 0 9 of 18 field goals & 19 of 24 extra points
P Billy Lothridge 24 2 0 73 punts for a 40.7 average, 0 blocked Dallas Cowboys / 6th / 73rd pick / 1964
Oakland Raiders / 12th / 95th pick / 1964
PR Ron Smith 23 1 14 11 punt returns for a 7.3 average and 0 td
KR Ron Smith 23 1 14 43 kick returns for a 23.6 average and 0 td

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
87 Taz Anderson 28 8 0 220 6-2 Georgia Tech 11/15/1938 5 2 Cleveland Browns / 7th / 80th pick / 1960
80 Gary Barnes 27 9 0 200 6-4 Clemson 9/13/1939 4 2 Green Bay Packers / 3rd / 41st pick / 1962
New York Titans / 9th / 69th pick / 1962
84 Vern Burke 25 SE 14 0 215 6-4 Oregon St. 4/30/1941 1 3 San Francisco 49ers / 5th / 64th pick / 1963
Oakland Raiders / 15th / 113th pick / 1963
22 Lee Calland 25 RCB 14 14 190 6-0 Louisville 9/14/1941 3 4
10 Dennis Claridge 25 qb 7 3 220 6-2 Nebraska 8/18/1941 1 2 Green Bay Packers / 3rd / 39th pick / 1963
Oakland Raiders / 26th / 201st pick / 1963
34 Junior Coffey 24 HB 14 0 215 6-2 Washington 3/21/1942 1 7 Green Bay Packers / 7th / 94th pick / 1965
Houston Oilers / 16th / 122nd pick / 1965
48 Angelo Coia 28 6 0 195 6-3 Citadel,USC 4/21/1938 6 1 Chicago Bears / 20th / 237th pick / 1960
75 Ed Cook 34 LG 14 14 245 6-2 Notre Dame 6/29/1932 8 5
37 Perry Lee Dunn 25 14 0 210 6-2 Mississippi 1/20/1941 2 1 San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 24th pick / 1964
Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 45th pick / 1964
49 Glenn Glass 26 3 0 205 6-1 Tennessee 2/16/1940 4 1 Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 12th pick / 1962
Chicago Bears / 17th / 231st pick / 1962
67 Dan Grimm 25 RG 14 0 245 6-3 Colorado 2/7/1941 3 5 Green Bay Packers / 5th / 70th pick / 1963
Denver Broncos / 20th / 157th pick / 1963
25 Alex Hawkins 29 FL 12 0 190 6-0 South Carolina 7/2/1937 7 6 Green Bay Packers / 2nd / 13th pick / 1959
55 Ralph Heck 25 14 0 230 6-1 Colorado 11/6/1941 3 2 Philadelphia Eagles / 11th / 144th pick / 1963
83 Tom Hutchinson 25 5 0 190 6-1 Kentucky 6/15/1941 3 0 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 9th pick / 1963
Buffalo Bills / 2nd / 12th pick / 1963
57 Bill Jobko 31 RLB 14 0 224 6-2 Ohio St. 10/7/1935 8 4 Los Angeles Rams / 7th / 80th pick / 1958
11 Randy Johnson 22 QB 14 11 205 6-3 Texas A&M-Kingsville 6/17/1944 Rook 5 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 16th pick / 1966
Denver Broncos / 4th / 27th pick / 1966
32 Rudy Johnson 25 1 0 190 5-11 Nebraska 8/12/1941 2 0 San Francisco 49ers / 5th / 57th pick / 1964
New York Jets / 12th / 91st pick / 1964
50 Jerry Jones 22 7 0 260 6-4 Bowling Green 2/14/1944 Rook 2 Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1966
Denver Broncos / 7th / 53rd pick / 1966
65 Lou Kirouac 26 K 14 0 248 6-3 Boston Col. 5/17/1940 3 0
78 Dick Koeper 23 3 0 260 6-4 Oregon St. 7/23/1943 Rook 2 Green Bay Packers / 6th / 74th pick / 1965
73 Errol Linden 29 RT 14 14 258 6-5 Houston 10/21/1937 5 5 Detroit Lions / 10th / 135th pick / 1961
Houston Oilers / 29th / 232nd pick / 1961
26 Billy Lothridge 24 P 14 0 194 6-1 Georgia Tech 1/1/1942 2 2 Dallas Cowboys / 6th / 73rd pick / 1964
Oakland Raiders / 12th / 95th pick / 1964
27 Red Mack 29 1 0 180 5-10 Notre Dame 6/19/1937 5 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 10th / 131st pick / 1961
Buffalo Bills / 23rd / 179th pick / 1961
53 Frank Marchlewski 23 C 14 14 240 6-2 Minnesota 10/14/1943 1 5 Los Angeles Rams / 5th / 60th pick / 1965
Buffalo Bills / 19th / 152nd pick / 1965
70 Bud Marshall 25 6 0 270 6-4 Baylor,S.F. Austin 9/12/1941 1 2 Green Bay Packers / 10th / 136th pick / 1965
85 Bill Martin 24 TE 14 0 238 6-4 Georgia Tech 10/27/1942 2 3 Kansas City Chiefs / 2nd / 10th pick / 1964
Chicago Bears / 2nd / 21st pick / 1964
33 Larry Morris 33 12 0 226 6-2 Georgia Tech 12/10/1933 11 2 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 7th pick / 1955
60 Tommy Nobis* 23 MLB 14 0 240 6-2 Texas 9/20/1943 Rook 5 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 1st pick / 1966
Houston Oilers / 1st / 5th pick / 1966
47 Nick Rassas 22 8 0 190 6-0 Notre Dame 1/13/1944 Rook 1 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 16th pick / 1966
Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 17th pick / 1966
36 Ken Reaves 22 14 0 210 6-3 Norfolk St. 10/29/1944 Rook 2 Atlanta Falcons / 4th / 49th pick / 1966
29 Ron Rector 22 4 0 200 6-0 Northwestern 5/29/1944 Rook 0 Green Bay Packers / 9th / 138th pick / 1966
76 Guy Reese 27 2 0 258 6-5 SMU 9/22/1939 4 1 Dallas Texans / 11th / 83rd pick / 1962
Dallas Cowboys / 15th / 200th pick / 1962
68 Bobby Richards 28 LDE 14 0 245 6-2 LSU 10/2/1938 4 4 Oakland Raiders / 32nd / 249th pick / 1962
Philadelphia Eagles / 15th / 210th pick / 1961
43 Jerry Richardson 25 LS 14 14 190 6-3 West Texas A&M 11/13/1941 2 4 Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 35th pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 7th / 54th pick / 1964
32 Preston Ridlehuber 23 3 0 217 6-2 Georgia 11/2/1943 Rook 1 San Francisco 49ers / 11th / 166th pick / 1966
New York Jets / 19th / 168th pick / 1966
20 Bob Riggle 22 RS 14 0 200 6-1 Penn St. 2/5/1944 Rook 4 Atlanta Falcons / 20th / 291st pick / 1966
74 Karl Rubke 31 LDT 14 12 240 6-4 USC 12/6/1935 9 4 San Francisco 49ers / 5th / 56th pick / 1957
52 Marion Rushing 30 LLB 14 0 223 6-2 Southern Illinois 9/3/1936 7 4
31 Charlie Scales 28 5 0 210 5-11 Indiana 1/11/1938 6 0
82 Bob Sherlag 23 9 0 195 6-0 Memphis 4/19/1943 Rook 1 Buffalo Bills / 5th / 41st pick / 1966
Philadelphia Eagles / 6th / 84th pick / 1966
24 Jimmy Sidle 23 6 0 215 6-2 Auburn 2/7/1943 Rook 0 Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 47th pick / 1965
New York Jets / 9th / 68th pick / 1965
77 Chuck Sieminski 26 RDT 14 14 270 6-5 Penn St. 7/3/1940 3 4 San Francisco 49ers / 4th / 46th pick / 1962
Boston Patriots / 14th / 110th pick / 1962
45 Carl Silvestri 23 3 0 195 5-11 Wisconsin 3/27/1943 1 1 St. Louis Cardinals / 16th / 222nd pick / 1965
66 Jim Simon 26 g 14 2 240 6-4 Miami (FL) 3/22/1940 3 1 Boston Patriots / 9th / 71st pick / 1963
Detroit Lions / 15th / 208th pick / 1963
14 Steve Sloan 22 3 0 185 6-0 Alabama 8/19/1944 Rook 0 Atlanta Falcons / 11th / 156th pick / 1966
40 Ron Smith 23 KR 14 14 195 6-1 Wisconsin 5/3/1943 1 4
71 Joe Szczecko 24 12 0 245 6-0 Northwestern 8/25/1942 Rook 2
72 Don Talbert 27 LT 12 12 255 6-5 Texas 3/1/1939 4 4 Houston Oilers / 34th / 271st pick / 1962
Dallas Cowboys / 8th / 100th pick / 1961
86 Tommy Tolleson 23 8 0 195 6-1 Alabama 1/30/1943 Rook 0 New York Jets / 17th / 150th pick / 1966
Atlanta Falcons / 15th / 216th pick / 1966
7 Wade Traynham 24 2 0 218 6-2 Frederick CC (MD) 2/3/1942 Rook 0
30 Ernie Wheelwright 27 FB 14 0 235 6-3 Southern Illinois 11/28/1939 2 5
51 Bob Whitlow 30 11 0 236 6-2 Indiana,Arizona 2/15/1936 6 2
88 Sam Williams 35 RDE 14 14 235 6-5 Michigan St. 3/9/1931 7 4 Los Angeles Rams / 24th / 288th pick / 1956
44 Bill Wolski 22 2 0 203 5-11 Notre Dame 5/23/1944 Rook 0 Atlanta Falcons / 5th / 65th pick / 1966
New York Jets / 10th / 87th pick / 1966
Team Total 25.7 14 220.4 6-2.0 2.8