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1981 Atlanta Falcons

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7-9-0, Finished 2nd in NFC West Division  · 1981 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 4.0, Offense: 6.5, Defense: -2.6, SoS: -0.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 426 points (26.6/g), 2nd of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 355 points (22.2/g), 18th.
 Differential of 71 points (4.4/g), 7th.  Expected W-L: 9.7-6.3.

Coach: Leeman Bennett (7-9-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Jerry Glanville

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

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Steve Bartkowski* 29 6 16 297 for 533, 3,829 yards, 30 td, 23 int, & 11 rushes for 2 yards and 0 td Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 1st pick / 1975
RB Lynn Cain 26 2 16 156 rushes for 542 yards, 4 td, & 55 catches for 421 yards and 2 td Atlanta Falcons / 4th / 100th pick / 1979
FB William Andrews* 26 2 16 289 rushes for 1,301 yards, 10 td, & 81 catches for 735 yards and 2 td Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 79th pick / 1979
WR Wallace Francis 30 8 16 30 catches for 441 yards, 4 td, & 1 rush for 8 yards and 1 td Buffalo Bills / 5th / 110th pick / 1973
WR Alfred Jenkins*+ 29 6 16 70 catches for 1,358 yards, 13 td
TE Junior Miller* 24 1 16 32 catches for 398 yards, 3 td Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 7th pick / 1980
LT Mike Kenn* 25 3 16 1 fumble recovered Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 13th pick / 1978
LG Dave Scott 28 5 14 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 71st pick / 1976
C Jeff Van Note* 35 12 16 1 fumble recovered Atlanta Falcons / 11th / 262nd pick / 1969
RG R.C. Thielemann* 26 4 16 2 fumbles recovered Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 36th pick / 1977
RT Warren Bryant 26 4 10 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 6th pick / 1977
 Defensive Starters
LDE Jeff Yeates 30 7 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Buffalo Bills / 4th / 103rd pick / 1973
NT Don Smith 24 2 16 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 17th pick / 1979
RDE Jeff Merrow 28 6 10 Atlanta Falcons / 11th / 263rd pick / 1975
LOLB Al Richardson 24 1 16 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Atlanta Falcons / 8th / 201st pick / 1980
LILB Fulton Kuykendall 28 6 16 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 132nd pick / 1975
RILB Buddy Curry 23 1 16 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 36th pick / 1980
ROLB Joel Williams 25 2 8 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered
LCB Bobby Butler 22 Rook 16 5 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 25th pick / 1981
RCB Kenny Johnson 23 1 16 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Atlanta Falcons / 5th / 137th pick / 1980
SS Bob Glazebrook 25 3 16 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Oakland Raiders / 11th / 304th pick / 1978
FS Tom Pridemore 25 3 16 7 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Atlanta Falcons / 9th / 236th pick / 1978
 Special Teams Starters
K Mick Luckhurst 23 Rook 0 21 of 33 field goals & 51 of 51 extra points
P John James 32 9 0 87 punts for a 40.7 average, 1 blocked
PR Scott Woerner 23 Rook 0 33 punt returns for a 8.4 average and 0 td Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 80th pick / 1981
KR Reggie Smith 25 1 0 47 kick returns for a 24.3 average and 0 td

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
31 William Andrews* 26 FB 16 16 206 6-0 Auburn 12/25/1955 2 16 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 79th pick / 1979
10 Steve Bartkowski* 29 QB 16 16 216 6-4 California 11/12/1952 6 12 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 1st pick / 1975
66 Warren Bryant 26 RT 11 10 273 6-6 Kentucky 11/11/1955 4 4 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 6th pick / 1977
23 Bobby Butler 22 LCB 16 16 174 5-11 Florida St. 5/28/1959 Rook 8 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 25th pick / 1981
21 Lynn Cain 26 RB 16 16 205 6-1 USC 10/16/1955 2 8 Atlanta Falcons / 4th / 100th pick / 1979
50 Buddy Curry 23 RILB 16 16 224 6-4 North Carolina 6/4/1958 1 9 Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 36th pick / 1980
59 Paul Davis 23 13 0 221 6-2 North Carolina 7/10/1958 Rook 1
55 Tony Daykin 26 16 0 215 6-1 Georgia Tech 5/13/1955 4 1 Detroit Lions / 11th / 293rd pick / 1977
74 Wilson Faumuina 27 rde 16 6 275 6-5 San Jose St. 6/11/1954 4 4 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 20th pick / 1977
48 Mickey Fitzgerald 23 1 0 235 6-2 Virginia Tech 4/10/1958 Rook 0
89 Wallace Francis 30 WR 16 16 190 5-11 Ark-Pine Bluff 11/7/1951 8 4 Buffalo Bills / 5th / 110th pick / 1973
34 Blane Gaison 23 14 0 185 6-0 Hawaii 5/13/1958 Rook 2
36 Bob Glazebrook 25 SS 16 16 200 6-1 Fresno St. 3/7/1956 3 8 Oakland Raiders / 11th / 304th pick / 1978
64 Pat Howell 24 g 16 2 257 6-5 USC 3/12/1957 2 2 Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 49th pick / 1979
85 Alfred Jackson 26 16 0 176 5-11 Texas 8/3/1955 3 6 Atlanta Falcons / 7th / 167th pick / 1978
6 John James 32 P 16 0 197 6-3 Florida 1/21/1949 9 2
84 Alfred Jenkins*+ 29 WR 16 16 170 5-10 Morris Brown 1/25/1952 6 13
37 Kenny Johnson 23 RCB 16 16 176 5-10 Mississippi St. 1/7/1958 1 9 Atlanta Falcons / 5th / 137th pick / 1980
20 Earl Jones 24 16 0 178 6-0 Norfolk St. 7/19/1957 1 2 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 63rd pick / 1980
14 June Jones 28 4 0 200 6-4 Oregon,Hawaii,Portland St. 2/19/1953 4 0
78 Mike Kenn* 25 LT 16 16 273 6-7 Michigan 2/9/1956 3 11 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 13th pick / 1978
54 Fulton Kuykendall 28 LILB 16 16 225 6-4 UCLA 6/10/1953 6 9 Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 132nd pick / 1975
51 Jim Laughlin 23 rolb 14 7 222 6-0 Ohio St. 7/5/1958 1 4 Atlanta Falcons / 4th / 91st pick / 1980
18 Mick Luckhurst 23 K 16 0 180 6-1 St. Cloud St.,California 3/31/1958 Rook 3
39 James Mayberry 24 16 0 210 5-11 Colorado 11/5/1957 2 0 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 75th pick / 1979
75 Jeff Merrow 28 RDE 11 10 236 6-4 West Virginia 7/12/1953 6 5 Atlanta Falcons / 11th / 263rd pick / 1975
87 Russ Mikeska 26 16 0 225 6-3 Texas A&M 9/10/1955 2 0
80 Junior Miller* 24 TE 16 16 239 6-4 Nebraska 11/26/1957 1 4 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 7th pick / 1980
45 Tom Moriarty 28 9 0 185 6-0 Bowling Green 4/7/1953 4 1
15 Mike Moroski 24 3 0 200 6-4 California-Davis 9/4/1957 2 1 Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 154th pick / 1979
53 Neal Musser 24 7 0 220 6-2 North Carolina St. 3/20/1957 Rook 1
27 Tom Pridemore 25 FS 16 16 186 5-10 West Virginia 4/29/1956 3 10 Atlanta Falcons / 9th / 236th pick / 1978
56 Al Richardson 24 LOLB 16 16 211 6-2 Georgia Tech 9/23/1957 1 8 Atlanta Falcons / 8th / 201st pick / 1980
33 Bo Robinson 25 15 0 228 6-2 West Texas A&M 5/27/1956 2 0 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 67th pick / 1979
67 Eric Sanders 23 rt 16 6 277 6-6 Nevada-Reno 10/22/1958 Rook 3 Atlanta Falcons / 5th / 136th pick / 1981
70 Dave Scott 28 LG 14 14 276 6-4 Kansas 12/26/1953 5 6 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 71st pick / 1976
61 John Scully 23 16 0 262 6-6 Notre Dame 8/2/1958 Rook 1 Atlanta Falcons / 4th / 109th pick / 1981
65 Don Smith 24 NT 16 16 256 6-5 Miami (FL) 5/9/1957 2 9 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 17th pick / 1979
16 Reggie Smith 25 KR 15 0 168 5-4 North Carolina Central 7/15/1956 1 0
25 Ray Strong 25 16 0 184 5-9 UNLV 5/7/1956 3 0 Atlanta Falcons / 10th / 263rd pick / 1978
72 Matthew Teague 23 11 0 240 6-5 Prairie View 10/22/1958 Rook 1 Atlanta Falcons / 7th / 1st pick / 1980 Supp
68 R.C. Thielemann* 26 RG 16 16 255 6-4 Arkansas 8/12/1955 4 9 Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 36th pick / 1977
57 Jeff Van Note* 35 C 16 16 247 6-2 Kentucky 2/7/1946 12 9 Atlanta Falcons / 11th / 262nd pick / 1969
52 Lyman White 22 lb 16 1 217 6-0 LSU 1/3/1959 Rook 2 Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 54th pick / 1981
58 Joel Williams 25 ROLB 10 8 222 6-1 Peru St.,Wisc-LaCrosse 12/13/1956 2 6
30 Scott Woerner 23 PR 16 0 190 6-0 Georgia 12/18/1958 Rook 0 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 80th pick / 1981
79 Jeff Yeates 30 LDE 16 16 248 6-3 Boston Col. 8/3/1951 7 8 Buffalo Bills / 4th / 103rd pick / 1973
63 Mike Zele 25 14 0 239 6-3 Kent St. 7/3/1956 2 1 Atlanta Falcons / 5th / 127th pick / 1979
Team Total 25.5 16 218.6 6-1.9 2.7