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1968 Atlanta Falcons

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2-12-0, NFL Coastal Division  · 1968 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -12.0, Offense: -6.4, Defense: -5.6, SoS: 3.7, avg is 0.0.

Scored 170 points (12.1/g), 16th of 16 in the NFL. Allowed 389 points (27.8/g), 15th.
 Differential of -219 points (-15.6/g), 16th.  Expected W-L: 1.7-12.3.

Coach: Norb Hecker (0-3-0) and Norm Van Brocklin (2-9-0)

Stadium: Atlanta Stadium
 Training Camp: East Tennessee State (Johnson City, Tennessee)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Bob Berry 26 3 7 81 for 153, 1,433 yards, 7 td, 13 int, & 26 rushes for 139 yards and 2 td Philadelphia Eagles / 11th / 142nd pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 26th / 201st pick / 1964
HB Perry Lee Dunn 27 4 0 72 rushes for 219 yards, 3 td, & 9 catches for 118 yards and 0 td San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 24th pick / 1964
Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 45th pick / 1964
FB Cannonball Butler 25 3 0 94 rushes for 365 yards, 2 td, & 15 catches for 127 yards and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 14th / 186th pick / 1965
FL Paul Flatley 27 5 5 20 catches for 305 yards, 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 44th pick / 1963
Denver Broncos / 7th / 53rd pick / 1963
SE Jerry Simmons 26 3 0 28 catches for 479 yards, 0 td, & 1 rush for -6 yards and 0 td
TE Ray Ogden 26 3 0 25 catches for 452 yards, 2 td, & 1 rush for 12 yards and 0 td St. Louis Cardinals / 3rd / 40th pick / 1965
Houston Oilers / 8th / 58th pick / 1965
LT Don Talbert 29 6 0 Houston Oilers / 34th / 271st pick / 1962
Dallas Cowboys / 8th / 100th pick / 1961
LG Jim Simon 28 5 0 Boston Patriots / 9th / 71st pick / 1963
Detroit Lions / 15th / 208th pick / 1963
C Phil Sobocinski 23 Rook 0
RG Dan Grimm 27 5 0 Green Bay Packers / 5th / 70th pick / 1963
Denver Broncos / 20th / 157th pick / 1963
RT Errol Linden 31 7 0 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 10th / 135th pick / 1961
Houston Oilers / 29th / 232nd pick / 1961
 Defensive Starters
LDE Claude Humphrey 24 Rook 0 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 3rd pick / 1968
LDT Jerry Shay 24 2 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 1st / 4th pick / 1966
Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 7th pick / 1966
RDT Carlton Dabney 21 Rook 14 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 29th pick / 1968
RDE Rick Cash 23 Rook 0 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Green Bay Packers / 10th / 260th pick / 1968
LLB Grady Allen 22 Rook 0
MLB Tommy Nobis* 25 2 0 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 1st pick / 1966
Houston Oilers / 1st / 5th pick / 1966
RLB Ralph Heck 27 5 0 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Philadelphia Eagles / 11th / 144th pick / 1963
LCB Ken Reaves 24 2 0 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Atlanta Falcons / 4th / 49th pick / 1966
RCB Jimmy Burson 28 5 0 4 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 8th / 63rd pick / 1963
St. Louis Cardinals / 11th / 142nd pick / 1963
LS Nick Rassas 24 2 0 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 16th pick / 1966
Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 17th pick / 1966
RS Billy Lothridge 26 4 0 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Dallas Cowboys / 6th / 73rd pick / 1964
Oakland Raiders / 12th / 95th pick / 1964
 Special Teams Starters
K Bob Etter 23 Rook 0 11 of 21 field goals & 17 of 19 extra points
P Billy Lothridge 26 4 0 75 punts for a 44.3 average, 0 blocked Dallas Cowboys / 6th / 73rd pick / 1964
Oakland Raiders / 12th / 95th pick / 1964
PR Jimmy Burson 28 5 0 11 punt returns for a 5.1 average and 0 td Houston Oilers / 8th / 63rd pick / 1963
St. Louis Cardinals / 11th / 142nd pick / 1963
KR Cannonball Butler 25 3 0 37 kick returns for a 21.6 average and 0 td Pittsburgh Steelers / 14th / 186th pick / 1965

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
57 Dick Absher 24 10 0 230 6-4 Maryland 4/19/1944 1 2 Philadelphia Eagles / 5th / 125th pick / 1967
52 Ron Acks 24 1 0 214 6-2 Illinois 10/3/1944 Rook 1 Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 57th pick / 1966
New York Jets / 16th / 141st pick / 1966
54 Grady Allen 22 LLB 14 0 225 6-3 Texas A&M 1/1/1946 Rook 3
38 Joe Auer 27 7 0 200 6-1 Miami (FL),Georgia Tech 10/11/1941 4 0 Los Angeles Rams / 5th / 57th pick / 1963
Kansas City Chiefs / 15th / 120th pick / 1963
17 Bob Berry 26 QB 10 7 185 5-11 Oregon 3/10/1942 3 6 Philadelphia Eagles / 11th / 142nd pick / 1964
Denver Broncos / 26th / 201st pick / 1964
50 Greg Brezina 22 lb 10 1 226 6-0 Houston 1/7/1946 Rook 1 Atlanta Falcons / 11th / 275th pick / 1968
32 Charlie Bryant 27 2 0 207 6-0 Allen 3/7/1941 2 0 St. Louis Cardinals / 9th / 135th pick / 1966
49 Jimmy Burson 28 PR 14 0 175 6-0 Auburn 10/13/1940 5 4 Houston Oilers / 8th / 63rd pick / 1963
St. Louis Cardinals / 11th / 142nd pick / 1963
33 Cannonball Butler 25 FB 12 0 194 5-9 Edward Waters 5/4/1943 3 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 14th / 186th pick / 1965
22 Lee Calland 27 7 0 190 6-0 Louisville 9/14/1941 5 1
77 Rick Cash 23 RDE 14 0 248 6-5 Missouri,Truman St. 7/1/1945 Rook 4 Green Bay Packers / 10th / 260th pick / 1968
56 Joe Cerne 26 6 0 240 6-2 Northwestern 4/26/1942 3 2 San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 16th pick / 1965
Kansas City Chiefs / 9th / 69th pick / 1965
48 Ollie Cordill 25 1 0 185 6-3 Memphis 6/20/1943 1 1 Cleveland Browns / 11th / 153rd pick / 1965
79 Carlton Dabney 21 RDT 14 14 259 6-3 Morgan St. 1/26/1947 Rook 4 Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 29th pick / 1968
84 Mike Donohoe 23 14 0 225 6-3 San Francisco 5/6/1945 Rook 0 Minnesota Vikings / 9th / 225th pick / 1968
65 Steve Duich 22 g 12 4 248 6-3 San Diego St. 2/28/1946 Rook 1 Green Bay Packers / 5th / 121st pick / 1968
45 Dave Dunaway 23 8 0 205 6-2 Duke 1/19/1945 Rook 0 Green Bay Packers / 2nd / 41st pick / 1967
37 Perry Lee Dunn 27 HB 14 0 210 6-2 Mississippi 1/20/1941 4 3 San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 24th pick / 1964
Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 45th pick / 1964
25 Rick Eber 23 1 0 185 6-0 Tulsa 4/17/1945 Rook 0 Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 162nd pick / 1968
3 Bob Etter 23 K 14 0 157 5-11 Georgia 8/8/1945 Rook 3
85 Paul Flatley 27 FL 14 5 187 6-1 Northwestern 1/30/1941 5 3 Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 44th pick / 1963
Denver Broncos / 7th / 53rd pick / 1963
43 Mike Freeman 24 9 0 179 5-11 Fresno St. 7/13/1944 Rook 1 Minnesota Vikings / 4th / 89th pick / 1968
76 Jim Garcia 24 1 0 250 6-4 Purdue 3/7/1944 3 1 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 17th pick / 1965
Denver Broncos / 7th / 49th pick / 1965
30 Doug Goodwin 26 2 0 228 6-2 Md-Eastern Shore 3/11/1942 2 0 Green Bay Packers / 5th / 66th pick / 1965
Buffalo Bills / 11th / 88th pick / 1965
67 Dan Grimm 27 RG 14 0 245 6-3 Colorado 2/7/1941 5 4 Green Bay Packers / 5th / 70th pick / 1963
Denver Broncos / 20th / 157th pick / 1963
35 Billy Harris 22 6 0 204 6-2 Colorado 1/17/1946 Rook 2 Atlanta Falcons / 13th / 329th pick / 1968
55 Ralph Heck 27 RLB 13 0 230 6-1 Colorado 11/6/1941 5 4 Philadelphia Eagles / 11th / 144th pick / 1963
24 Floyd Hudlow 25 7 0 195 5-11 Arizona 11/9/1943 3 1 Buffalo Bills / 10th / 80th pick / 1965
Philadelphia Eagles / 9th / 119th pick / 1965
87 Claude Humphrey 24 LDE 14 0 252 6-4 Tennessee St. 6/29/1944 Rook 4 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 3rd pick / 1968
11 Randy Johnson 24 qb 8 7 205 6-3 Texas A&M-Kingsville 6/17/1944 2 1 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 16th pick / 1966
Denver Broncos / 4th / 27th pick / 1966
31 Dwight Lee 23 11 0 190 6-2 Michigan St. 9/3/1945 Rook 0 San Francisco 49ers / 5th / 125th pick / 1968
18 Bruce Lemmerman 23 4 0 206 6-1 Cal State-Northridge 10/4/1945 Rook 0
73 Errol Linden 31 RT 14 0 258 6-5 Houston 10/21/1937 7 4 Detroit Lions / 10th / 135th pick / 1961
Houston Oilers / 29th / 232nd pick / 1961
80 Bob Long 26 9 0 205 6-3 Wichita St. 6/16/1942 4 4 Green Bay Packers / 4th / 44th pick / 1964
San Diego Chargers / 10th / 74th pick / 1964
26 Billy Lothridge 26 P 14 0 194 6-1 Georgia Tech 1/1/1942 4 7 Dallas Cowboys / 6th / 73rd pick / 1964
Oakland Raiders / 12th / 95th pick / 1964
53 Frank Marchlewski 25 1 0 240 6-2 Minnesota 10/14/1943 3 1 Los Angeles Rams / 5th / 60th pick / 1965
Buffalo Bills / 19th / 152nd pick / 1965
41 Brendan McCarthy 23 7 0 220 6-3 Boston Col. 8/6/1945 Rook 2 Green Bay Packers / 4th / 92nd pick / 1968
60 Tommy Nobis* 25 MLB 14 0 240 6-2 Texas 9/20/1943 2 5 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 1st pick / 1966
Houston Oilers / 1st / 5th pick / 1966
70 Jim Norton 26 7 0 254 6-4 Washington 11/18/1942 3 2 San Francisco 49ers / 3rd / 30th pick / 1965
28 Ray Ogden 26 TE 14 0 225 6-5 Alabama 9/2/1942 3 4 St. Louis Cardinals / 3rd / 40th pick / 1965
Houston Oilers / 8th / 58th pick / 1965
27 Nick Rassas 24 LS 14 0 190 6-0 Notre Dame 1/13/1944 2 3 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 16th pick / 1966
Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 17th pick / 1966
36 Ken Reaves 24 LCB 14 0 210 6-3 Norfolk St. 10/29/1944 2 3 Atlanta Falcons / 4th / 49th pick / 1966
52 Marion Rushing 32 7 0 223 6-2 Southern Illinois 9/3/1936 9 1
61 Bill Sandeman 26 4 0 252 6-6 Pacific 11/30/1942 2 2
78 Jerry Shay 24 LDT 14 0 250 6-3 Purdue 7/10/1944 2 4 Denver Broncos / 1st / 4th pick / 1966
Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 7th pick / 1966
44 Jerry Simmons 26 SE 14 0 190 6-0 Bethune-Cookman 11/14/1942 3 4
66 Jim Simon 28 LG 13 0 240 6-4 Miami (FL) 3/22/1940 5 4 Boston Patriots / 9th / 71st pick / 1963
Detroit Lions / 15th / 208th pick / 1963
53 Phil Sobocinski 23 C 7 0 235 6-3 Wisconsin 12/6/1945 Rook 4
42 Philip Spiller 23 7 0 195 6-0 Los Angeles St. 4/2/1945 1 1 St. Louis Cardinals / 16th / 410th pick / 1967
74 Art Strahan 25 5 0 250 6-5 Texas Southern 7/17/1943 3 1
46 Larry Suchy 22 1 0 180 5-10 Mississippi Col. 7/12/1946 Rook 1
71 Joe Szczecko 26 10 0 245 6-0 Northwestern 8/25/1942 2 2
72 Don Talbert 29 LT 14 0 255 6-5 Texas 3/1/1939 6 4 Houston Oilers / 34th / 271st pick / 1962
Dallas Cowboys / 8th / 100th pick / 1961
5 Harmon Wages 22 13 0 215 6-1 Florida 5/18/1946 Rook 3
64 Randy Winkler 25 12 0 255 6-5 Tarleton St. 7/18/1943 1 2 Detroit Lions / 12th / 178th pick / 1966
45 John Wright 22 5 0 197 6-0 Illinois 1/11/1946 Rook 0 Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 53rd pick / 1968
Team Total 24.9 14 217.8 6-1.9 2.1