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1974 Detroit Lions

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7-7-0, Finished 2nd in NFC Central Division  · 1974 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -1.6, Offense: 0.5, Defense: -2.1, SoS: -0.6, avg is 0.0.

Scored 256 points (18.3/g), 14th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 270 points (19.3/g), 15th.
 Differential of -14 points (-1.0/g), 16th.  Expected W-L: 6.6-7.4.

Coach: Rick Forzano (7-7-0)

Stadium: Tiger Stadium
 Training Camp: Cranbrook Educational Community (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan)

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 Bill Munson 33 10 11 166 for 292, 1,874 yards, 8 td, 7 int, & 18 rushes for 40 yards and 1 td Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 7th pick / 1964
Houston Oilers / 16th / 126th pick / 1964
RB Altie Taylor 27 5 12 150 rushes for 532 yards, 5 td, & 30 catches for 293 yards and 1 td Detroit Lions / 2nd / 34th pick / 1969
FB Steve Owens 27 4 7 97 rushes for 374 yards, 3 td, & 24 catches for 158 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 19th pick / 1970
WR Ron Jessie 26 3 11 54 catches for 761 yards, 3 td, & 6 rushes for 17 yards and 1 td Dallas Cowboys / 8th / 206th pick / 1971
WR Larry Walton 27 5 13 31 catches for 404 yards, 3 td, & 2 rushes for 3 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 3rd / 59th pick / 1969
TE Charlie Sanders* 28 6 14 42 catches for 532 yards, 3 td Detroit Lions / 3rd / 74th pick / 1968
LT Jim Yarbrough 28 5 12 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 47th pick / 1969
LG Chuck Walton 33 7 10 Detroit Lions / 4th / 55th pick / 1963
San Diego Chargers / 13th / 98th pick / 1963
C Ed Flanagan 30 9 13 Detroit Lions / 5th / 64th pick / 1965
RG Bob Kowalkowski 31 8 14 Detroit Lions / 7th / 95th pick / 1965
RT Rocky Freitas 29 6 14 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1967
 Defensive Starters
LDE Ken Sanders 24 2 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 3rd / 65th pick / 1972
LDT Herb Orvis 28 2 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 1st / 16th pick / 1972
RDT Jim Mitchell 26 4 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 3rd / 71st pick / 1970
RDE Larry Hand 34 9 8 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 10th / 132nd pick / 1964
New York Jets / 21st / 163rd pick / 1964
LLB Paul Naumoff 29 7 14 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 3rd / 60th pick / 1967
MLB Jim Laslavic 23 1 14 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 3rd / 71st pick / 1973
RLB Charlie Weaver 25 3 14 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 48th pick / 1971
LCB Lem Barney 29 7 12 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 34th pick / 1967
RCB Levi Johnson 24 1 12 5 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 3rd / 75th pick / 1973
SS Charlie West 28 6 9 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1968
FS Dick Jauron* 24 1 14 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 4th / 91st pick / 1973
 Special Teams Starters
K Errol Mann 33 6 0 23 of 32 field goals & 23 of 26 extra points
P Herman Weaver 26 4 0 72 punts for a 38.5 average, 2 blocked Detroit Lions / 9th / 227th pick / 1970
PR Dick Jauron* 24 1 14 17 punt returns for a 16.8 average and 0 td Detroit Lions / 4th / 91st pick / 1973
KR Jimmie Jones 24 Rook 2 38 kick returns for a 24.4 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)
20 Lem Barney 29 LCB 13 12 188 6-0 Jackson St. 9/8/1945 7 5 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 34th pick / 1967
81 T.C. Blair 23 11 0 220 6-4 Tulsa 8/4/1951 Rook 0 Detroit Lions / 11th / 273rd pick / 1974
24 Dexter Bussey 22 11 0 195 6-1 Oklahoma,Texas-Arlington 3/11/1952 Rook 1 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 65th pick / 1974
46 Carl Capria 22 12 0 185 6-3 Purdue 6/8/1952 Rook 2 Detroit Lions / 5th / 117th pick / 1974
35 Leon Crosswhite 23 rb 14 1 215 6-2 Oklahoma 4/28/1951 1 1 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 44th pick / 1973
29 Ben Davis 29 db 9 3 180 5-11 Defiance 10/30/1945 7 2 Cleveland Browns / 17th / 439th pick / 1967
60 Guy Dennis 27 lg 12 5 255 6-2 Florida 2/28/1947 5 3 Cincinnati Bengals / 5th / 109th pick / 1969
54 Ed Flanagan 30 C 13 13 245 6-3 Purdue 2/23/1944 9 7 Detroit Lions / 5th / 64th pick / 1965
76 Rocky Freitas 29 RT 14 14 270 6-6 Oregon St. 9/7/1945 6 7 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1967
39 Bill Frohbose 22 2 0 185 6-0 Miami (FL) 5/20/1952 Rook 2
74 Larry Hand 34 RDE 13 8 250 6-4 Appalachian St. 7/10/1940 9 4 Detroit Lions / 10th / 132nd pick / 1964
New York Jets / 21st / 163rd pick / 1964
58 Mike Hennigan 23 14 0 217 6-2 Parsons,Tennessee Tech 10/24/1951 1 3 Detroit Lions / 4th / 81st pick / 1973
30 Jim Hooks 24 fb 8 6 225 5-11 Central Oklahoma 10/23/1950 1 2 Detroit Lions / 4th / 96th pick / 1973
70 Billy Howard 24 12 0 252 6-4 Alcorn St. 7/17/1950 Rook 3 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 39th pick / 1974
45 Ray Jarvis 25 wr 13 2 200 6-0 Norfolk St. 2/2/1949 3 1 Atlanta Falcons / 5th / 111th pick / 1971
26 Dick Jauron* 24 FS 14 14 190 6-0 Yale 10/7/1950 1 7 Detroit Lions / 4th / 91st pick / 1973
89 Ron Jessie 26 WR 12 11 185 6-0 Kansas 2/4/1948 3 10 Dallas Cowboys / 8th / 206th pick / 1971
23 Levi Johnson 24 RCB 14 12 196 6-3 Texas A&M-Kingsville 10/30/1950 1 6 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 75th pick / 1973
64 Gordon Jolley 25 g 11 2 250 6-5 Utah 5/22/1949 2 2 Detroit Lions / 17th / 436th pick / 1971
31 Jimmie Jones 24 KR 14 2 205 5-10 UCLA 6/15/1950 Rook 2
66 Bob Kowalkowski 31 RG 14 14 240 6-3 Virginia 11/5/1943 8 7 Detroit Lions / 7th / 95th pick / 1965
11 Greg Landry 28 qb 5 3 210 6-4 Massachusetts 12/18/1946 6 4 Detroit Lions / 1st / 11th pick / 1968
52 Jim Laslavic 23 MLB 14 14 237 6-2 Penn St. 10/24/1951 1 6 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 71st pick / 1973
12 Errol Mann 33 K 14 0 200 6-0 North Dakota 6/27/1941 6 5
83 Jim Mitchell 26 RDT 14 14 245 6-3 Virginia St. 9/15/1948 4 6 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 71st pick / 1970
19 Bill Munson 33 QB 11 11 203 6-2 Utah St. 8/11/1941 10 10 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 7th pick / 1964
Houston Oilers / 16th / 126th pick / 1964
50 Paul Naumoff 29 LLB 14 14 215 6-1 Tennessee 7/3/1945 7 6 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 60th pick / 1967
55 Ed O'Neil 22 14 0 236 6-3 Penn St. 9/8/1952 Rook 3 Detroit Lions / 1st / 8th pick / 1974
80 Herb Orvis 28 LDT 14 14 248 6-5 Colorado 10/17/1946 2 6 Detroit Lions / 1st / 16th pick / 1972
36 Steve Owens 27 FB 11 7 215 6-2 Oklahoma 12/9/1947 4 6 Detroit Lions / 1st / 19th pick / 1970
86 Bob Pickard 22 wr 14 2 190 6-0 Xavier (OH) 9/3/1952 Rook 1
72 Ernie Price 24 lde 11 6 248 6-4 Texas A&M-Kingsville 9/20/1950 1 3 Detroit Lions / 1st / 17th pick / 1973
61 Fred Rothwell 22 14 0 240 6-3 Kansas St. 10/8/1952 Rook 4 Detroit Lions / 13th / 325th pick / 1974
88 Charlie Sanders* 28 TE 14 14 225 6-4 Minnesota 8/25/1946 6 7 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 74th pick / 1968
82 Ken Sanders 24 LDE 14 14 240 6-5 Howard Payne 8/22/1950 2 6 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 65th pick / 1972
84 John Small 28 13 0 269 6-4 The Citadel 11/20/1946 4 3 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 12th pick / 1970
42 Altie Taylor 27 RB 13 12 200 5-10 Utah St. 9/29/1947 5 9 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 34th pick / 1969
21 Jim Thrower 27 db 12 1 195 6-2 Texas A&M-Commerce 11/6/1947 4 1
63 Chuck Walton 33 LG 14 10 253 6-3 Iowa St. 7/7/1941 7 5 Detroit Lions / 4th / 55th pick / 1963
San Diego Chargers / 13th / 98th pick / 1963
49 Larry Walton 27 WR 13 13 180 6-0 Arizona St. 2/8/1947 5 6 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 59th pick / 1969
59 Charlie Weaver 25 RLB 14 14 220 6-2 USC 7/12/1949 3 6 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 48th pick / 1971
18 Herman Weaver 26 P 14 0 210 6-4 Tennessee 11/17/1948 4 2 Detroit Lions / 9th / 227th pick / 1970
47 Charlie West 28 SS 13 9 197 6-1 Angelo State (TX),Texas-El Paso 8/31/1946 6 4 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1968
67 Daryl White 23 10 0 250 6-3 Nebraska 10/12/1951 Rook 3 Cincinnati Bengals / 4th / 98th pick / 1974
40 Doug Wyatt 28 ss 12 5 195 6-1 Tulsa 10/18/1946 4 2 New Orleans Saints / 17th / 426th pick / 1970
17 Sam Wyche 29 14 0 218 6-4 Furman 1/5/1945 6 0
75 Jim Yarbrough 28 LT 12 12 265 6-5 Florida 10/28/1946 5 6 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 47th pick / 1969
34 Mickey Zofko 25 4 0 195 6-3 Auburn 6/8/1949 3 0 Detroit Lions / 9th / 229th pick / 1971
Team Total 26.3 14 219.7 6-2.2 3.5