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1977 Atlanta Falcons

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7-7-0, Finished 2nd in NFC West Division  · 1977 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 0.5, Offense: -6.1, Defense: 6.6, SoS: -3.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 179 points (12.8/g), 25th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 129 points (9.2/g), 1st.
 Differential of 50 points (3.6/g), 9th.  Expected W-L: 9.6-4.4.

Coach: Leeman Bennett (7-7-0)

Stadium: Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium
 Training Camp: Furman University (Greenville, South Carolina)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Steve Bartkowski 25 2 7 64 for 136, 796 yards, 5 td, 13 int, & 18 rushes for 13 yards and 0 td Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 1st pick / 1975
RB Haskel Stanback 25 3 14 247 rushes for 873 yards, 6 td, & 30 catches for 261 yards and 0 td Cincinnati Bengals / 5th / 114th pick / 1974
FB Woody Thompson 25 2 7 132 rushes for 478 yards, 1 td, & 12 catches for 56 yards and 0 td Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 65th pick / 1975
WR Wallace Francis 26 4 14 26 catches for 390 yards, 1 td, & 4 rushes for 6 yards and 0 td Buffalo Bills / 5th / 110th pick / 1973
WR Alfred Jenkins 25 2 14 39 catches for 677 yards, 4 td, & 2 rushes for 7 yards and 0 td
TE Jim Mitchell 30 8 12 17 catches for 178 yards, 0 td, & 1 rush for -6 yards and 0 td Atlanta Falcons / 4th / 81st pick / 1969
LT Brent Adams 25 2 14 Atlanta Falcons / 8th / 185th pick / 1975
LG Dave Scott 24 1 14 1 fumble recovered Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 71st pick / 1976
C Jeff Van Note 31 8 14 Atlanta Falcons / 11th / 262nd pick / 1969
RG R.C. Thielemann 22 Rook 14 1 fumble recovered Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 36th pick / 1977
RT Warren Bryant 22 Rook 14 1 fumble recovered Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 6th pick / 1977
 Defensive Starters
LDE Claude Humphrey* 33 9 14 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 3rd pick / 1968
LDT Jim Bailey 29 7 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Baltimore Colts / 2nd / 44th pick / 1970
RDT Mike Lewis 28 6 14
RDE Jeff Merrow 24 2 14 Atlanta Falcons / 11th / 263rd pick / 1975
LLB Robert Pennywell 23 Rook 9 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered San Francisco 49ers / 6th / 168th pick / 1976
MLB Ralph Ortega 24 2 14 4 interceptions, 5 fumbles recovered Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 29th pick / 1975
RLB Greg Brezina 31 9 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Atlanta Falcons / 11th / 275th pick / 1968
LCB Rolland Lawrence*+ 26 4 14 7 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered
RCB Rick Byas 27 3 11 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered
SS Ray Brown 28 6 14 5 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 148th pick / 1971
FS Ray Easterling 28 5 14 4 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Atlanta Falcons / 9th / 223rd pick / 1972
 Special Teams Starters
K Nick Mike-Mayer 27 4 0 7 of 19 field goals & 7 of 7 extra points Atlanta Falcons / 10th / 248th pick / 1973
P John James* 28 5 0 105 punts for a 41.4 average, 0 blocked
PR Rolland Lawrence*+ 26 4 14 51 punt returns for a 6.9 average and 0 td
KR Karl Farmer 23 1 0 21 kick returns for a 20.0 average and 0 td Atlanta Falcons / 7th / 193rd pick / 1976

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
61 Brent Adams 25 LT 14 14 256 6-5 Tenn-Chattanooga 6/26/1952 2 5 Atlanta Falcons / 8th / 185th pick / 1975
72 Jim Bailey 29 LDT 14 14 253 6-4 Kansas 6/9/1948 7 10 Baltimore Colts / 2nd / 44th pick / 1970
10 Steve Bartkowski 25 QB 8 7 216 6-4 California 11/12/1952 2 3 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 1st pick / 1975
50 Greg Brezina 31 RLB 14 14 226 6-0 Houston 1/7/1946 9 10 Atlanta Falcons / 11th / 275th pick / 1968
34 Ray Brown 28 SS 14 14 208 6-1 West Texas A&M 1/12/1949 6 11 Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 148th pick / 1971
66 Warren Bryant 22 RT 14 14 273 6-6 Kentucky 11/11/1955 Rook 5 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 6th pick / 1977
38 Rick Byas 27 RCB 14 11 180 5-9 East. Michigan,Wayne State (MI) 10/19/1950 3 10
32 Ray Easterling 28 FS 14 14 195 6-0 Richmond 9/3/1949 5 10 Atlanta Falcons / 9th / 223rd pick / 1972
46 Monroe Eley 28 7 7 210 6-2 Arizona St. 4/17/1949 2 3 Atlanta Falcons / 5th / 128th pick / 1974
26 Mike Esposito 24 14 0 183 6-0 Boston Col. 4/24/1953 1 1 Atlanta Falcons / 7th / 159th pick / 1975
80 Karl Farmer 23 KR 14 0 165 5-11 Pittsburgh 8/28/1954 1 0 Atlanta Falcons / 7th / 193rd pick / 1976
74 Wilson Faumuina 23 14 0 275 6-5 San Jose St. 6/11/1954 Rook 5 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 20th pick / 1977
77 Edgar Fields 23 14 0 255 6-2 Texas A&M 3/10/1954 Rook 5 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 63rd pick / 1977
89 Wallace Francis 26 WR 14 14 190 5-11 Ark-Pine Bluff 11/7/1951 4 4 Buffalo Bills / 5th / 110th pick / 1973
87 Claude Humphrey* 33 LDE 14 14 252 6-4 Tennessee St. 6/29/1944 9 14 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 3rd pick / 1968
16 Scott Hunter 30 qb 7 7 205 6-2 Alabama 11/11/1947 6 4 Green Bay Packers / 6th / 140th pick / 1971
6 John James* 28 P 14 0 197 6-3 Florida 1/21/1949 5 4
84 Alfred Jenkins 25 WR 14 14 170 5-10 Morris Brown 1/25/1952 2 7
14 June Jones 24 1 0 200 6-4 Oregon,Hawaii,Portland St. 2/19/1953 Rook 0
58 Rick Kay 28 7 0 235 6-4 Colorado 11/10/1949 4 4
63 Greg Kindle 27 1 0 265 6-4 Tennessee St. 9/16/1950 3 2 St. Louis Cardinals / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1974
54 Fulton Kuykendall 24 llb 5 5 225 6-4 UCLA 6/10/1953 2 3 Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 132nd pick / 1975
22 Rolland Lawrence*+ 26 LCB 14 14 179 5-10 Tabor 3/24/1951 4 23
69 Mike Lewis 28 RDT 14 14 261 6-4 Wiley,Ark-Pine Bluff 7/14/1949 6 9
56 Ron McCartney 23 14 0 220 6-1 Tennessee 7/20/1954 Rook 6 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 53rd pick / 1976
52 Dewey McClain 23 13 0 236 6-3 East Central (OK) 4/25/1954 1 5
88 Greg McCrary 25 te 13 2 233 6-1 Clark (GA) 3/24/1952 2 0 Atlanta Falcons / 5th / 123rd pick / 1975
41 Secdrick McIntyre 23 6 0 190 5-10 Auburn 6/2/1954 Rook 1
73 Phil McKinnely 23 14 0 248 6-4 UCLA 7/8/1954 1 2 Atlanta Falcons / 9th / 246th pick / 1976
11 Kim McQuilken 26 7 0 203 6-2 Lehigh 2/26/1951 3 0 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 69th pick / 1974
75 Jeff Merrow 24 RDE 14 14 236 6-4 West Virginia 7/12/1953 2 9 Atlanta Falcons / 11th / 263rd pick / 1975
12 Nick Mike-Mayer 27 K 7 0 186 5-8 Temple 3/1/1950 4 -1 Atlanta Falcons / 10th / 248th pick / 1973
86 Jim Mitchell 30 TE 12 12 234 6-1 Prairie View 10/19/1947 8 2 Atlanta Falcons / 4th / 81st pick / 1969
45 Tom Moriarty 24 14 0 185 6-0 Bowling Green 4/7/1953 Rook 4
55 Ralph Ortega 24 MLB 14 14 220 6-2 Florida 7/6/1953 2 14 Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 29th pick / 1975
59 Robert Pennywell 23 LLB 14 9 222 6-1 Grambling St. 11/6/1954 Rook 8 San Francisco 49ers / 6th / 168th pick / 1976
39 Billy Pritchett 26 9 0 230 6-3 West Texas A&M 2/22/1951 2 0 Cleveland Browns / 6th / 146th pick / 1974
28 Frank Reed 23 db 14 3 193 5-11 Washington 5/13/1954 1 3 Atlanta Falcons / 8th / 219th pick / 1976
82 Billy Ryckman 22 14 0 172 5-11 Louisiana Tech 2/28/1955 Rook 0 Atlanta Falcons / 10th / 257th pick / 1977
53 Paul Ryczek 25 14 0 230 6-2 Virginia 6/25/1952 3 2 Atlanta Falcons / 10th / 252nd pick / 1974
70 Dave Scott 24 LG 14 14 276 6-4 Kansas 12/26/1953 1 5 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 71st pick / 1976
51 Andy Spiva 22 13 0 220 6-2 Tennessee 2/6/1955 Rook 5 St. Louis Cardinals / 5th / 135th pick / 1977
24 Haskel Stanback 25 RB 14 14 210 6-0 Tennessee 3/19/1952 3 8 Cincinnati Bengals / 5th / 114th pick / 1974
1 Fred Steinfort 25 7 0 180 5-11 Boston Col. 11/3/1952 1 1 Oakland Raiders / 5th / 146th pick / 1976
68 R.C. Thielemann 22 RG 14 14 255 6-4 Arkansas 8/12/1955 Rook 5 Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 36th pick / 1977
48 Woody Thompson 25 FB 14 7 228 6-1 Miami (FL) 8/20/1952 2 4 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 65th pick / 1975
57 Jeff Van Note 31 C 14 14 247 6-2 Kentucky 2/7/1946 8 5 Atlanta Falcons / 11th / 262nd pick / 1969
79 Jeff Yeates 26 13 0 248 6-3 Boston Col. 8/3/1951 3 5 Buffalo Bills / 4th / 103rd pick / 1973
Team Total 25.5 14 220.3 6-1.7 2.7