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1978 Atlanta Falcons

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9-7-0, Finished 2nd in NFC West Division  · 1978 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -4.6, Offense: -3.7, Defense: -0.9, SoS: -1.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 240 points (15.0/g), 26th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 290 points (18.1/g), 14th.
 Differential of -50 points (-3.1/g), 24th.  Expected W-L: 6.2-9.8.

Coach: Leeman Bennett (9-7-0)

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

Starters

Hide Non-primary Starters · ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Pos Player Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Steve Bartkowski 26 3 13 187 for 369, 2,489 yards, 10 td, 18 int, & 33 rushes for 60 yards and 2 td Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 1st pick / 1975
RB Haskel Stanback 26 4 15 188 rushes for 588 yards, 5 td, & 12 catches for 108 yards and 0 td Cincinnati Bengals / 5th / 114th pick / 1974
FB Bubba Bean 24 2 15 193 rushes for 707 yards, 3 td, & 31 catches for 209 yards and 1 td Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 9th pick / 1976
WR Wallace Francis 27 5 16 45 catches for 695 yards, 3 td, & 2 rushes for -11 yards and 0 td Buffalo Bills / 5th / 110th pick / 1973
WR Billy Ryckman 23 1 15 45 catches for 679 yards, 2 td Atlanta Falcons / 10th / 257th pick / 1977
TE Jim Mitchell 31 9 16 32 catches for 366 yards, 2 td Atlanta Falcons / 4th / 81st pick / 1969
LT Mike Kenn 22 Rook 16 2 fumbles recovered Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 13th pick / 1978
LG Dave Scott 25 2 16 2 fumbles recovered Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 71st pick / 1976
C Jeff Van Note 32 9 16 Atlanta Falcons / 11th / 262nd pick / 1969
RG R.C. Thielemann 23 1 16 2 fumbles recovered Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 36th pick / 1977
RT Warren Bryant 23 1 12 1 fumble recovered Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 6th pick / 1977
 Defensive Starters
LDE Jeff Yeates 27 4 12 Buffalo Bills / 4th / 103rd pick / 1973
LDT Jim Bailey 30 8 15 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Baltimore Colts / 2nd / 44th pick / 1970
RDT Mike Lewis 29 7 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
RDE Jeff Merrow 25 3 14 Atlanta Falcons / 11th / 263rd pick / 1975
LLB Fulton Kuykendall 25 3 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 132nd pick / 1975
MLB Robert Pennywell 24 1 15 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered San Francisco 49ers / 6th / 168th pick / 1976
RLB Greg Brezina 32 10 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Atlanta Falcons / 11th / 275th pick / 1968
LCB Rolland Lawrence 27 5 16 6 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered
RCB Rick Byas 28 4 16 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered
SS Frank Reed 24 2 16 1 interception, 5 fumbles recovered Atlanta Falcons / 8th / 219th pick / 1976
FS Tom Pridemore 22 Rook 14 1 interception, 3 fumbles recovered Atlanta Falcons / 9th / 236th pick / 1978
 Special Teams Starters
K Tim Mazzetti 22 Rook 0 13 of 16 field goals & 18 of 18 extra points
P John James 29 6 0 109 punts for a 38.8 average, 1 blocked
PR Billy Ryckman 23 1 15 28 punt returns for a 8.1 average and 0 td Atlanta Falcons / 10th / 257th pick / 1977
KR Dennis Pearson 23 Rook 0 25 kick returns for a 26.5 average and 1 td Atlanta Falcons / 5th / 125th pick / 1978

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
72 Jim Bailey 30 LDT 16 15 253 6-4 Kansas 6/9/1948 8 7 Baltimore Colts / 2nd / 44th pick / 1970
10 Steve Bartkowski 26 QB 14 13 216 6-4 California 11/12/1952 3 7 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 1st pick / 1975
44 Bubba Bean 24 FB 15 15 195 5-11 Texas A&M 1/26/1954 2 6 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 9th pick / 1976
50 Greg Brezina 32 RLB 16 16 226 6-0 Houston 1/7/1946 10 8 Atlanta Falcons / 11th / 275th pick / 1968
66 Warren Bryant 23 RT 13 12 273 6-6 Kentucky 11/11/1955 1 4 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 6th pick / 1977
38 Rick Byas 28 RCB 16 16 180 5-9 East. Michigan,Wayne State (MI) 10/19/1950 4 7
32 Ray Easterling 29 2 2 195 6-0 Richmond 9/3/1949 6 1 Atlanta Falcons / 9th / 223rd pick / 1972
26 Mike Esposito 25 16 0 183 6-0 Boston Col. 4/24/1953 2 0 Atlanta Falcons / 7th / 159th pick / 1975
74 Wilson Faumuina 24 16 1 275 6-5 San Jose St. 6/11/1954 1 2 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 20th pick / 1977
77 Edgar Fields 24 dt 16 2 255 6-2 Texas A&M 3/10/1954 1 2 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 63rd pick / 1977
89 Wallace Francis 27 WR 16 16 190 5-11 Ark-Pine Bluff 11/7/1951 5 5 Buffalo Bills / 5th / 110th pick / 1973
40 George Franklin 24 15 0 225 6-3 Texas A&M-Kingsville 7/5/1954 Rook 0 St. Louis Cardinals / 2nd / 47th pick / 1977
88 Lewis Gilbert 22 4 0 225 6-4 Florida 5/24/1956 Rook 0
36 Bob Glazebrook 22 8 0 200 6-1 Fresno St. 3/7/1956 Rook 3 Oakland Raiders / 11th / 304th pick / 1978
87 Claude Humphrey 34 4 4 252 6-4 Tennessee St. 6/29/1944 10 2 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 3rd pick / 1968
85 Alfred Jackson 23 15 0 176 5-11 Texas 8/3/1955 Rook 4 Atlanta Falcons / 7th / 167th pick / 1978
30 Ernie Jackson 28 16 0 173 5-10 Duke 4/11/1950 6 3 New Orleans Saints / 7th / 164th pick / 1972
6 John James 29 P 16 0 197 6-3 Florida 1/21/1949 6 2
84 Alfred Jenkins 26 wr 1 1 170 5-10 Morris Brown 1/25/1952 3 0
14 June Jones 25 qb 7 3 200 6-4 Oregon,Hawaii,Portland St. 2/19/1953 1 1
78 Mike Kenn 22 LT 16 16 273 6-7 Michigan 2/9/1956 Rook 5 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 13th pick / 1978
54 Fulton Kuykendall 25 LLB 16 16 225 6-4 UCLA 6/10/1953 3 8 Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 132nd pick / 1975
22 Rolland Lawrence 27 LCB 16 16 179 5-10 Tabor 3/24/1951 5 8
69 Mike Lewis 29 RDT 16 16 261 6-4 Wiley,Ark-Pine Bluff 7/14/1949 7 8
4 Tim Mazzetti 22 K 10 0 175 6-1 Pennsylvania 2/1/1956 Rook 3
56 Ron McCartney 24 15 0 220 6-1 Tennessee 7/20/1954 1 4 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 53rd pick / 1976
52 Dewey McClain 24 16 0 236 6-3 East Central (OK) 4/25/1954 2 5
73 Phil McKinnely 24 t 14 4 248 6-4 UCLA 7/8/1954 2 2 Atlanta Falcons / 9th / 246th pick / 1976
75 Jeff Merrow 25 RDE 14 14 236 6-4 West Virginia 7/12/1953 3 6 Atlanta Falcons / 11th / 263rd pick / 1975
86 Jim Mitchell 31 TE 16 16 234 6-1 Prairie View 10/19/1947 9 3 Atlanta Falcons / 4th / 81st pick / 1969
71 Marv Montgomery 30 1 0 255 6-6 USC 2/8/1948 7 2 Denver Broncos / 1st / 12th pick / 1971
88 Ken Moore 24 6 0 232 6-4 Northern Illinois 7/25/1954 Rook 0 Minnesota Vikings / 5th / 138th pick / 1977
45 Tom Moriarty 25 14 0 185 6-0 Bowling Green 4/7/1953 1 3
55 Ralph Ortega 25 15 1 220 6-2 Florida 7/6/1953 3 2 Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 29th pick / 1975
33 Ricky Patton 24 rb 16 1 190 5-11 Ferris St.,Michigan,Jackson St. 4/6/1954 Rook 2 Atlanta Falcons / 10th / 257th pick / 1978
81 Dennis Pearson 23 KR 13 0 177 5-11 Washington,San Diego St. 2/9/1955 Rook 2 Atlanta Falcons / 5th / 125th pick / 1978
59 Robert Pennywell 24 MLB 15 15 222 6-1 Grambling St. 11/6/1954 1 7 San Francisco 49ers / 6th / 168th pick / 1976
27 Tom Pridemore 22 FS 16 14 186 5-10 West Virginia 4/29/1956 Rook 6 Atlanta Falcons / 9th / 236th pick / 1978
28 Frank Reed 24 SS 16 16 193 5-11 Washington 5/13/1954 2 7 Atlanta Falcons / 8th / 219th pick / 1976
82 Billy Ryckman 23 PR 16 15 172 5-11 Louisiana Tech 2/28/1955 1 5 Atlanta Falcons / 10th / 257th pick / 1977
53 Paul Ryczek 26 16 0 230 6-2 Virginia 6/25/1952 4 3 Atlanta Falcons / 10th / 252nd pick / 1974
70 Dave Scott 25 LG 16 16 276 6-4 Kansas 12/26/1953 2 5 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 71st pick / 1976
24 Haskel Stanback 26 RB 15 15 210 6-0 Tennessee 3/19/1952 4 4 Cincinnati Bengals / 5th / 114th pick / 1974
1 Fred Steinfort 26 6 0 180 5-11 Boston Col. 11/3/1952 2 -1 Oakland Raiders / 5th / 146th pick / 1976
58 Steve Stewart 22 12 0 217 6-2 Minnesota 5/1/1956 Rook 4 Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1978
20 Jim Stienke 28 5 0 182 5-11 Texas St. 11/7/1950 5 2 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 47th pick / 1973
25 Ray Strong 22 rb 14 1 184 5-9 UNLV 5/7/1956 Rook 1 Atlanta Falcons / 10th / 263rd pick / 1978
56 Garth Ten Napel 24 1 0 213 6-1 Texas A&M 3/27/1954 2 3 Detroit Lions / 7th / 198th pick / 1976
68 R.C. Thielemann 23 RG 16 16 255 6-4 Arkansas 8/12/1955 1 5 Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 36th pick / 1977
57 Jeff Van Note 32 C 16 16 247 6-2 Kentucky 2/7/1946 9 5 Atlanta Falcons / 11th / 262nd pick / 1969
83 James Wright 22 15 0 240 6-3 TCU 9/1/1956 Rook 0 Atlanta Falcons / 7th / 179th pick / 1978
79 Jeff Yeates 27 LDE 16 12 248 6-3 Boston Col. 8/3/1951 4 6 Buffalo Bills / 4th / 103rd pick / 1973
Team Total 25.5 16 216.5 6-1.5 2.9