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1997 Atlanta Falcons

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7-9-0, Finished 3rd in NFC West Division  · 1997 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -4.2, Offense: -1.2, Defense: -2.9, SoS: -1.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 320 points (20.0/g), 18th of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 361 points (22.6/g), 21st.
 Differential of -41 points (-2.6/g), 19th.  Expected W-L: 6.9-9.1.

Coach: Dan Reeves (7-9-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: George Sefcik
 Defensive Coordinator: Rich Brooks

Stadium: Georgia Dome
 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 Chris Chandler* 32 9 14 202 for 342, 2,692 yards, 20 td, 7 int, & 43 rushes for 158 yards and 0 td Indianapolis Colts / 3rd / 76th pick / 1988
RB Jamal Anderson 25 3 15 290 rushes for 1,002 yards, 7 td, & 29 catches for 284 yards and 3 td Atlanta Falcons / 7th / 201st pick / 1994
FB Bob Christian 29 5 12 7 rushes for 8 yards, 0 td, & 22 catches for 154 yards and 1 td Atlanta Falcons / 12th / 310th pick / 1991
WR Bert Emanuel 27 3 16 65 catches for 991 yards, 9 td Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 45th pick / 1994
WR Terance Mathis 30 7 16 62 catches for 802 yards, 6 td, & 3 rushes for 35 yards and 0 td New York Jets / 6th / 140th pick / 1990
TE O.J. Santiago 23 Rook 11 17 catches for 217 yards, 2 td Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 70th pick / 1997
LT Bob Whitfield 26 5 16 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 8th pick / 1992
LG Robbie Tobeck 27 3 15 1 fumble recovered
C Calvin Collins 23 Rook 13 Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 180th pick / 1997
RG Gene Williams 29 6 15 2 fumbles recovered Miami Dolphins / 5th / 121st pick / 1991
RT Matt Willig 28 4 13
 Defensive Starters
LDE Lester Archambeau 30 7 16 8.5 sacks, 1 interception, 3 fumbles recovered Green Bay Packers / 7th / 186th pick / 1990
LDT Travis Hall 25 2 16 10.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 181st pick / 1995
RDT Dan Owens 30 7 15 8.0 sacks, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 35th pick / 1990
RDE Chuck Smith 28 5 15 12.0 sacks, 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 51st pick / 1992
LLB Cornelius Bennett 32 10 16 7.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Indianapolis Colts / 1st / 2nd pick / 1987
MLB Jessie Tuggle* 32 10 15 1.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered
RLB Henri Crockett 23 Rook 10 2.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Atlanta Falcons / 4th / 100th pick / 1997
LCB Ray Buchanan 26 4 16 0.0 sacks, 5 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Indianapolis Colts / 3rd / 65th pick / 1993
RCB Ronnie Bradford 27 4 14 0.0 sacks, 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Miami Dolphins / 4th / 105th pick / 1993
SS William White 31 9 16 0.0 sacks, 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 4th / 85th pick / 1988
FS Devin Bush 24 2 16 0.0 sacks, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 26th pick / 1995
 Special Teams Starters
K Morten Andersen 37 15 0 23 of 27 field goals & 35 of 35 extra points New Orleans Saints / 4th / 86th pick / 1982
P Dan Stryzinski 32 7 0 89 punts for a 39.3 average, 0 blocked
PR Todd Kinchen 28 5 0 52 punt returns for a 8.6 average and 0 td Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 60th pick / 1992
KR Byron Hanspard 21 Rook 0 40 kick returns for a 24.7 average and 2 td Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 41st pick / 1997

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
71 Scott Adams 31 6 0 301 6-5 Georgia 9/28/1966 5 0
5 Morten Andersen 37 K 16 0 217 6-2 Michigan St. 8/19/1960 15 4 New Orleans Saints / 4th / 86th pick / 1982
32 Jamal Anderson 25 RB 16 15 237 5-11 Utah 9/30/1972 3 9 Atlanta Falcons / 7th / 201st pick / 1994
92 Lester Archambeau 30 LDE 16 16 275 6-5 Stanford 6/27/1967 7 8 Green Bay Packers / 7th / 186th pick / 1990
47 Chris Bayne 22 13 0 205 6-1 Fresno St. 3/22/1975 Rook 1 Atlanta Falcons / 7th / 222nd pick / 1997
97 Cornelius Bennett 32 LLB 16 16 237 6-2 Alabama 8/25/1965 10 7 Indianapolis Colts / 1st / 2nd pick / 1987
3 Scott Bentley 23 2 0 203 6-0 Florida St. 4/10/1974 Rook 0
43 Juran Bolden 23 db 14 1 207 6-2 Mississippi Delta CC 6/27/1974 1 1 Atlanta Falcons / 4th / 127th pick / 1996
20 Michael Booker 22 db 15 3 203 6-2 Nebraska 4/27/1975 Rook 2 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 11th pick / 1997
23 Ronnie Bradford 27 RCB 16 14 188 5-10 Colorado 10/1/1970 4 6 Miami Dolphins / 4th / 105th pick / 1993
51 David Brandon 32 lb 4 4 234 6-4 Memphis 2/9/1965 10 1 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 60th pick / 1987
34 Ray Buchanan 26 LCB 16 16 186 5-9 Louisville 9/29/1971 4 7 Indianapolis Colts / 3rd / 65th pick / 1993
91 John Burrough 25 de 16 1 275 6-5 Washington St.,Wyoming 5/17/1972 2 2 Atlanta Falcons / 7th / 245th pick / 1995
25 Devin Bush 24 FS 16 16 210 5-11 Florida St. 7/3/1973 2 6 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 26th pick / 1995
12 Chris Chandler* 32 QB 14 14 224 6-4 Washington 10/12/1965 9 11 Indianapolis Colts / 3rd / 76th pick / 1988
44 Bob Christian 29 FB 16 12 226 5-11 Northwestern 11/14/1968 5 2 Atlanta Falcons / 12th / 310th pick / 1991
68 Calvin Collins 23 C 15 13 307 6-2 Texas A&M 1/5/1974 Rook 7 Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 180th pick / 1997
94 Henri Crockett 23 RLB 16 10 240 6-2 Florida St. 10/28/1974 Rook 4 Atlanta Falcons / 4th / 100th pick / 1997
76 Antone Davis 30 t 3 3 330 6-4 Tennessee 2/28/1967 6 2 Philadelphia Eagles / 1st / 8th pick / 1991
99 Nathan Davis 23 2 0 312 6-5 Indiana 2/6/1974 Rook 0 Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1997
72 Scott Davis 27 g 2 2 292 6-3 Iowa 1/29/1970 4 1 New York Giants / 6th / 150th pick / 1993
45 Gary Downs 25 16 0 212 6-1 North Carolina St. 6/6/1972 3 0 New York Giants / 3rd / 95th pick / 1994
75 Shane Dronett 26 dt 16 1 300 6-6 Texas 1/12/1971 5 2 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 54th pick / 1992
87 Bert Emanuel 27 WR 16 16 180 5-10 UCLA,Rice 10/26/1970 3 10 Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 45th pick / 1994
65 Roman Fortin 30 c 3 3 297 6-5 Oregon St.,San Diego St. 2/26/1967 6 1 Detroit Lions / 8th / 203rd pick / 1990
53 Jamal Fountaine 26 3 0 240 6-3 Washington 1/29/1971 2 0
13 Tony Graziani 24 qb 3 1 210 6-2 Oregon 12/23/1973 Rook 0 Atlanta Falcons / 7th / 204th pick / 1997
28 Harold Green 29 rb 16 1 222 6-2 South Carolina 1/29/1968 7 4 Cincinnati Bengals / 2nd / 38th pick / 1990
27 Donovan Greer 23 1 0 178 5-9 Texas A&M 9/11/1974 Rook 0
98 Travis Hall 25 LDT 16 16 295 6-5 BYU 8/3/1972 2 8 Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 181st pick / 1995
54 Ruffin Hamilton 26 12 0 235 6-1 Tulane 3/2/1971 3 1 Green Bay Packers / 6th / 175th pick / 1994
24 Byron Hanspard 21 KR 16 0 198 5-10 Texas Tech 1/23/1976 Rook 5 Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 41st pick / 1997
84 Mercury Hayes 24 2 0 195 5-11 Michigan 1/1/1973 1 0 New Orleans Saints / 5th / 136th pick / 1996
82 Michael Haynes 32 12 0 184 6-0 Northern Arizona 12/24/1965 9 2 Atlanta Falcons / 7th / 166th pick / 1988
89 Todd Kinchen 28 PR 16 0 187 5-11 LSU 1/7/1969 5 3 Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 60th pick / 1992
85 Brian Kozlowski 27 te 16 5 250 6-3 Connecticut 10/4/1970 3 1
81 Terance Mathis 30 WR 16 16 177 5-10 New Mexico 6/7/1967 7 8 New York Jets / 6th / 140th pick / 1990
22 Lenny McGill 26 15 0 195 6-1 Arizona St. 5/31/1971 3 1
55 Nate Miller 26 13 0 310 6-3 LSU 10/8/1971 Rook 1
93 Dan Owens 30 RDT 15 15 280 6-3 USC 3/16/1967 7 7 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 35th pick / 1990
96 Anthony Pleasant 29 11 0 280 6-5 Tennessee St. 1/27/1968 7 1 Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1990
88 O.J. Santiago 23 TE 11 11 265 6-7 Kent St. 3/4/1974 Rook 2 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 70th pick / 1997
52 Craig Sauer 25 lb 16 1 240 6-1 Minnesota 12/13/1972 1 1 Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 188th pick / 1996
49 Brian Saxton 25 3 0 256 6-6 Boston Col. 3/13/1972 1 0
67 Adam Schreiber 35 16 0 290 6-4 Texas 2/20/1962 13 1 Seattle Seahawks / 9th / 243rd pick / 1984
84 Freddie Scott 23 2 0 188 5-10 Penn St. 8/26/1974 1 0
42 Chris Shelling 25 2 0 180 5-10 Auburn 11/3/1972 2 0
90 Chuck Smith 28 RDE 16 15 257 6-2 Tennessee 12/21/1969 5 12 Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 51st pick / 1992
86 Ed Smith 28 te 5 1 253 6-4 none 6/5/1969 Rook 0
4 Dan Stryzinski 32 P 16 0 237 6-0 Indiana 5/15/1965 7 1
50 Eddie Sutter 28 16 0 240 6-3 Northwestern 10/3/1969 4 1
61 Robbie Tobeck 27 LG 16 15 297 6-4 Washington St. 3/6/1970 3 7
11 Billy Joe Tolliver 31 qb 6 1 217 6-1 Texas Tech 2/7/1966 8 2 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 51st pick / 1989
58 Jessie Tuggle* 32 MLB 16 15 230 5-11 Valdosta St. 4/4/1965 10 8
83 Ed West 36 te 12 3 250 6-1 Auburn 8/2/1961 13 1
35 William White 31 SS 16 16 199 5-10 Ohio St. 2/19/1966 9 6 Detroit Lions / 4th / 85th pick / 1988
70 Bob Whitfield 26 LT 16 16 310 6-5 Stanford 10/18/1971 5 8 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 8th pick / 1992
69 Gene Williams 29 RG 15 15 310 6-2 Iowa St. 10/14/1968 6 7 Miami Dolphins / 5th / 121st pick / 1991
77 Matt Willig 28 RT 16 13 315 6-8 USC 1/21/1969 4 7
48 Marcus Wimberly 23 6 0 192 5-11 Miami (FL) 7/8/1974 Rook 0 Atlanta Falcons / 5th / 133rd pick / 1997
Team Total 27.2 16 241.0 6-1.8 4.2