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1980 Atlanta Falcons

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12-4-0, Finished 1st in NFC West Division  · 1980 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 7.8, Offense: 4.5, Defense: 3.4, SoS: -0.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 405 points (25.3/g), 5th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 272 points (17.0/g), 5th.
 Differential of 133 points (8.3/g), 4th.  Expected W-L: 11.5-4.5.

Coach: Leeman Bennett (12-4-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Jerry Glanville

Stadium: Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium
 Training Camp: Atlanta Falcons Training Facility (Suwanee, Georgia)

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* 28 5 16 257 for 463, 3,544 yards, 31 td, 16 int, & 25 rushes for 35 yards and 2 td Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 1st pick / 1975
RB Lynn Cain 25 1 16 235 rushes for 914 yards, 8 td, & 24 catches for 223 yards and 1 td Atlanta Falcons / 4th / 100th pick / 1979
FB William Andrews* 25 1 16 265 rushes for 1,308 yards, 4 td, & 51 catches for 456 yards and 1 td Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 79th pick / 1979
WR Wallace Francis 29 7 16 54 catches for 862 yards, 7 td, & 1 rush for 2 yards and 0 td Buffalo Bills / 5th / 110th pick / 1973
WR Alfred Jenkins* 28 5 16 58 catches for 1,035 yards, 6 td
TE Junior Miller* 23 Rook 14 46 catches for 584 yards, 9 td, & 2 rushes for -2 yards and 0 td Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 7th pick / 1980
LT Mike Kenn*+ 24 2 16 3 fumbles recovered Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 13th pick / 1978
LG Dave Scott 27 4 16 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 71st pick / 1976
C Jeff Van Note* 34 11 16 Atlanta Falcons / 11th / 262nd pick / 1969
RG R.C. Thielemann 25 3 16 2 fumbles recovered Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 36th pick / 1977
RT Warren Bryant 25 3 16 1 fumble recovered Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 6th pick / 1977
 Defensive Starters
LDE Jeff Yeates 29 6 14 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Buffalo Bills / 4th / 103rd pick / 1973
NT Don Smith 23 1 9 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 17th pick / 1979
RDE Jeff Merrow 27 5 16 Atlanta Falcons / 11th / 263rd pick / 1975
LOLB Al Richardson 23 Rook 16 7 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Atlanta Falcons / 8th / 201st pick / 1980
LILB Fulton Kuykendall 27 5 8 Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 132nd pick / 1975
RILB Buddy Curry 22 Rook 16 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 36th pick / 1980
ROLB Joel Williams 24 1 16 2 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered
LCB Rolland Lawrence 29 7 16 3 interceptions, 4 fumbles recovered
RCB Kenny Johnson 22 Rook 16 4 interceptions, 4 fumbles recovered Atlanta Falcons / 5th / 137th pick / 1980
SS Bob Glazebrook 24 2 9 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Oakland Raiders / 11th / 304th pick / 1978
FS Tom Pridemore 24 2 16 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Atlanta Falcons / 9th / 236th pick / 1978
 Special Teams Starters
K Tim Mazzetti 24 2 0 19 of 27 field goals & 46 of 49 extra points
P John James 31 8 0 79 punts for a 39.1 average, 0 blocked
PR Reggie Smith 24 Rook 0 27 punt returns for a 9.7 average and 0 td
KR Reggie Smith 24 Rook 0 25 kick returns for a 20.5 average and 0 td

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
33 Anthony Anderson 24 16 0 197 6-0 Temple 9/27/1956 1 0
31 William Andrews* 25 FB 16 16 206 6-0 Auburn 12/25/1955 1 16 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 79th pick / 1979
10 Steve Bartkowski* 28 QB 16 16 216 6-4 California 11/12/1952 5 14 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 1st pick / 1975
61 Jon Brooks 23 4 0 215 6-2 Clemson 6/22/1957 1 0 Detroit Lions / 4th / 92nd pick / 1979
66 Warren Bryant 25 RT 16 16 273 6-6 Kentucky 11/11/1955 3 8 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 6th pick / 1977
38 Rick Byas 30 15 0 180 5-9 East. Michigan,Wayne State (MI) 10/19/1950 6 1
21 Lynn Cain 25 RB 16 16 205 6-1 USC 10/16/1955 1 9 Atlanta Falcons / 4th / 100th pick / 1979
53 Chuck Correal 24 16 0 247 6-3 Penn St. 5/17/1956 Rook 1 Philadelphia Eagles / 8th / 196th pick / 1979
50 Buddy Curry 22 RILB 16 16 224 6-4 North Carolina 6/4/1958 Rook 10 Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 36th pick / 1980
55 Tony Daykin 25 16 0 215 6-1 Georgia Tech 5/13/1955 3 2 Detroit Lions / 11th / 293rd pick / 1977
74 Wilson Faumuina 26 dt 14 4 275 6-5 San Jose St. 6/11/1954 3 3 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 20th pick / 1977
77 Edgar Fields 26 dt 14 1 255 6-2 Texas A&M 3/10/1954 3 2 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 63rd pick / 1977
89 Wallace Francis 29 WR 16 16 190 5-11 Ark-Pine Bluff 11/7/1951 7 9 Buffalo Bills / 5th / 110th pick / 1973
36 Bob Glazebrook 24 SS 16 9 200 6-1 Fresno St. 3/7/1956 2 6 Oakland Raiders / 11th / 304th pick / 1978
61 Chuck Herman 22 2 0 250 6-3 Arkansas 10/7/1958 Rook 0
64 Pat Howell 23 5 0 257 6-5 USC 3/12/1957 1 0 Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 49th pick / 1979
85 Alfred Jackson 25 16 0 176 5-11 Texas 8/3/1955 2 4 Atlanta Falcons / 7th / 167th pick / 1978
6 John James 31 P 16 0 197 6-3 Florida 1/21/1949 8 2
84 Alfred Jenkins* 28 WR 16 16 170 5-10 Morris Brown 1/25/1952 5 11
37 Kenny Johnson 22 RCB 16 16 176 5-10 Mississippi St. 1/7/1958 Rook 10 Atlanta Falcons / 5th / 137th pick / 1980
20 Earl Jones 23 16 0 178 6-0 Norfolk St. 7/19/1957 Rook 2 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 63rd pick / 1980
78 Mike Kenn*+ 24 LT 16 16 273 6-7 Michigan 2/9/1956 2 15 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 13th pick / 1978
30 Jerome King 25 2 0 175 5-10 Purdue 1/4/1955 1 0
54 Fulton Kuykendall 27 LILB 10 8 225 6-4 UCLA 6/10/1953 5 4 Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 132nd pick / 1975
51 Jim Laughlin 22 lilb 16 6 222 6-0 Ohio St. 7/5/1958 Rook 4 Atlanta Falcons / 4th / 91st pick / 1980
22 Rolland Lawrence 29 LCB 16 16 179 5-10 Tabor 3/24/1951 7 10
39 James Mayberry 23 16 0 210 5-11 Colorado 11/5/1957 1 1 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 75th pick / 1979
4 Tim Mazzetti 24 K 16 0 175 6-1 Pennsylvania 2/1/1956 2 4
52 Dewey McClain 26 15 0 236 6-3 East Central (OK) 4/25/1954 4 1
73 Phil McKinnely 26 7 0 248 6-4 UCLA 7/8/1954 4 1 Atlanta Falcons / 9th / 246th pick / 1976
75 Jeff Merrow 27 RDE 16 16 236 6-4 West Virginia 7/12/1953 5 8 Atlanta Falcons / 11th / 263rd pick / 1975
87 Russ Mikeska 25 te 16 2 225 6-3 Texas A&M 9/10/1955 1 0
67 Calvin Miller 27 2 0 260 6-2 Oklahoma St. 8/31/1953 1 0
80 Junior Miller* 23 TE 16 14 239 6-4 Nebraska 11/26/1957 Rook 6 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 7th pick / 1980
15 Mike Moroski 23 3 0 200 6-4 California-Davis 9/4/1957 1 0 Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 154th pick / 1979
59 Robert Pennywell 26 lb 16 2 222 6-1 Grambling St. 11/6/1954 3 2 San Francisco 49ers / 6th / 168th pick / 1976
27 Tom Pridemore 24 FS 16 16 186 5-10 West Virginia 4/29/1956 2 9 Atlanta Falcons / 9th / 236th pick / 1978
28 Frank Reed 26 ss 16 7 193 5-11 Washington 5/13/1954 4 4 Atlanta Falcons / 8th / 219th pick / 1976
56 Al Richardson 23 LOLB 16 16 211 6-2 Georgia Tech 9/23/1957 Rook 12 Atlanta Falcons / 8th / 201st pick / 1980
70 Dave Scott 27 LG 16 16 276 6-4 Kansas 12/26/1953 4 8 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 71st pick / 1976
65 Don Smith 23 NT 16 9 256 6-5 Miami (FL) 5/9/1957 1 5 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 17th pick / 1979
86 Mike Smith 22 5 0 194 5-10 Grambling St. 4/28/1958 Rook 0 Atlanta Falcons / 7th / 172nd pick / 1980
16 Reggie Smith 24 KR 8 0 168 5-4 North Carolina Central 7/15/1956 Rook 0
25 Ray Strong 24 16 0 184 5-9 UNLV 5/7/1956 2 0 Atlanta Falcons / 10th / 263rd pick / 1978
61 Stan Sytsma 24 2 0 220 6-2 Minnesota 5/3/1956 Rook 0 New Orleans Saints / 7th / 176th pick / 1979
68 R.C. Thielemann 25 RG 16 16 255 6-4 Arkansas 8/12/1955 3 8 Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 36th pick / 1977
57 Jeff Van Note* 34 C 16 16 247 6-2 Kentucky 2/7/1946 11 10 Atlanta Falcons / 11th / 262nd pick / 1969
58 Joel Williams 24 ROLB 16 16 222 6-1 Peru St.,Wisc-LaCrosse 12/13/1956 1 10
79 Jeff Yeates 29 LDE 16 14 248 6-3 Boston Col. 8/3/1951 6 8 Buffalo Bills / 4th / 103rd pick / 1973
63 Mike Zele 24 nt 11 4 239 6-3 Kent St. 7/3/1956 1 3 Atlanta Falcons / 5th / 127th pick / 1979
Team Total 25.2 16 218.5 6-1.5 2.5