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1976 Detroit Lions

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6-8-0, NFC Central Division  · 1976 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 2.8, Offense: -0.6, Defense: 3.4, SoS: -0.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 262 points (18.7/g), 16th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 220 points (15.7/g), 10th.
 Differential of 42 points (3.0/g), 12th.  Expected W-L: 8.4-5.6.

Coach: Rick Forzano (1-3-0) and Tommy Hudspeth (5-5-0)
 Other Notable Asst.: Bill Belichick (Assistant Special Teams)

Stadium: Pontiac Silverdome
 Training Camp: Oakland University (Rochester, Michigan)

Starters

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),Hide Non-primary Starters
Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Greg Landry 30 8 12 168 for 291, 2,191 yards, 17 td, 8 int, & 43 rushes for 234 yards and 1 td Detroit Lions / 1st / 11th pick / 1968
RB Dexter Bussey 24 2 14 196 rushes for 858 yards, 3 td, & 28 catches for 218 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 3rd / 65th pick / 1974
FB Horace King 23 1 7 93 rushes for 325 yards, 0 td, & 21 catches for 163 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 6th / 141st pick / 1975
WR Ray Jarvis 27 5 13 39 catches for 822 yards, 5 td Atlanta Falcons / 5th / 111th pick / 1971
WR Larry Walton 29 7 13 20 catches for 293 yards, 3 td, & 1 rush for 5 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 3rd / 59th pick / 1969
TE Charlie Sanders* 30 8 13 35 catches for 545 yards, 5 td Detroit Lions / 3rd / 74th pick / 1968
LT Craig Hertwig 24 1 8 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 4th / 94th pick / 1975
LG Lynn Boden 23 1 8 Detroit Lions / 1st / 13th pick / 1975
C Jon Morris 34 12 14 Green Bay Packers / 2nd / 27th pick / 1964
Boston Patriots / 4th / 29th pick / 1964
RG Bob Kowalkowski 33 10 14 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 7th / 95th pick / 1965
RT Rocky Freitas 31 8 14 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1967
 Defensive Starters
LDE Ken Sanders 26 4 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 3rd / 65th pick / 1972
LDT Jim Mitchell 28 6 14 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 71st pick / 1970
RDT Larry Hand 36 11 10 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 10th / 132nd pick / 1964
New York Jets / 21st / 163rd pick / 1964
RDE Billy Howard 26 2 7 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 39th pick / 1974
LLB Paul Naumoff 31 9 12 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 60th pick / 1967
MLB Jim Laslavic 25 3 11 2 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 3rd / 71st pick / 1973
RLB Charlie Weaver 27 5 14 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 48th pick / 1971
LCB Lem Barney* 31 9 14 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 34th pick / 1967
RCB Levi Johnson 26 3 14 6 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 3rd / 75th pick / 1973
SS Charlie West 30 8 14 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1968
FS James Hunter 22 Rook 8 7 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 1st / 10th pick / 1976
 Special Teams Starters
K Benny Ricardo 22 Rook 0 10 of 14 field goals & 19 of 21 extra points
P Herman Weaver 28 6 0 83 punts for a 39.5 average, 1 blocked Detroit Lions / 9th / 227th pick / 1970
PR Lem Barney* 31 9 14 23 punt returns for a 8.3 average and 0 td Detroit Lions / 2nd / 34th pick / 1967
KR Bobby Thompson 29 1 0 22 kick returns for a 19.6 average and 0 td

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
20 Lem Barney* 31 LCB 14 14 188 6-0 Jackson St. 9/8/1945 9 10 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 34th pick / 1967
62 Lynn Boden 23 LG 14 8 270 6-3 South Dakota St. 6/5/1953 1 4 Detroit Lions / 1st / 13th pick / 1975
73 Russ Bolinger 22 lg 12 7 255 6-5 California-Riverside,Long Beach St. 9/10/1954 Rook 4 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 68th pick / 1976
43 Andy Bolton 22 7 0 205 6-1 Fisk 5/23/1954 Rook 0 Seattle Seahawks / 4th / 123rd pick / 1976
24 Dexter Bussey 24 RB 14 14 195 6-1 Oklahoma,Texas-Arlington 3/11/1952 2 9 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 65th pick / 1974
79 Don Croft 27 1 0 254 6-4 Texas-El Paso 1/7/1949 4 3 Baltimore Colts / 5th / 115th pick / 1972
16 Gary Danielson 25 1 0 195 6-2 Purdue 9/10/1951 Rook 0
29 Ben Davis 31 14 0 180 5-11 Defiance 10/30/1945 9 3 Cleveland Browns / 17th / 439th pick / 1967
78 Doug English 23 ldt 7 5 255 6-5 Texas 8/25/1953 1 3 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 38th pick / 1975
89 Dennis Franklin 23 5 0 185 6-1 Michigan 8/24/1953 1 0 Detroit Lions / 6th / 144th pick / 1975
76 Rocky Freitas 31 RT 14 14 270 6-6 Oregon St. 9/7/1945 8 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1967
38 Lawrence Gaines 23 fb 14 7 237 6-1 Wyoming 12/15/1953 Rook 7 Detroit Lions / 1st / 16th pick / 1976
74 Larry Hand 36 RDT 10 10 250 6-4 Appalachian St. 7/10/1940 11 6 Detroit Lions / 10th / 132nd pick / 1964
New York Jets / 21st / 163rd pick / 1964
71 Craig Hertwig 24 LT 14 8 270 6-8 Georgia 1/15/1952 1 5 Detroit Lions / 4th / 94th pick / 1975
81 David Hill 22 te 14 1 229 6-2 Texas A&M-Kingsville 1/1/1954 Rook 3 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 46th pick / 1976
41 J.D. Hill 28 1 1 202 6-1 Arizona St. 10/30/1948 5 0 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 4th pick / 1971
30 Jim Hooks 26 1 0 225 5-11 Central Oklahoma 10/23/1950 3 0 Detroit Lions / 4th / 96th pick / 1973
70 Billy Howard 26 RDE 13 7 252 6-4 Alcorn St. 7/17/1950 2 5 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 39th pick / 1974
28 James Hunter 22 FS 13 8 195 6-3 Grambling St. 3/8/1954 Rook 7 Detroit Lions / 1st / 10th pick / 1976
45 Ray Jarvis 27 WR 14 13 200 6-0 Norfolk St. 2/2/1949 5 9 Atlanta Falcons / 5th / 111th pick / 1971
26 Dick Jauron 26 fs 6 6 190 6-0 Yale 10/7/1950 3 3 Detroit Lions / 4th / 91st pick / 1973
23 Levi Johnson 26 RCB 14 14 196 6-3 Texas A&M-Kingsville 10/30/1950 3 9 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 75th pick / 1973
25 Horace King 23 FB 7 7 208 5-10 Georgia 3/5/1953 1 4 Detroit Lions / 6th / 141st pick / 1975
66 Bob Kowalkowski 33 RG 14 14 240 6-3 Virginia 11/5/1943 10 6 Detroit Lions / 7th / 95th pick / 1965
11 Greg Landry 30 QB 14 12 210 6-4 Massachusetts 12/18/1946 8 11 Detroit Lions / 1st / 11th pick / 1968
52 Jim Laslavic 25 MLB 12 11 237 6-2 Penn St. 10/24/1951 3 9 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 71st pick / 1973
65 Ken Long 23 13 0 265 6-3 Purdue 7/24/1953 Rook 3 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 44th pick / 1976
12 Errol Mann 35 6 0 200 6-0 North Dakota 6/27/1941 8 0
68 Mark Markovich 24 14 0 256 6-5 Penn St. 11/7/1952 2 3 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1974
83 Jim Mitchell 28 LDT 14 14 245 6-3 Virginia St. 9/15/1948 6 8 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 71st pick / 1970
63 Jon Morris 34 C 14 14 254 6-4 Holy Cross 4/5/1942 12 6 Green Bay Packers / 2nd / 27th pick / 1964
Boston Patriots / 4th / 29th pick / 1964
50 Paul Naumoff 31 LLB 14 12 215 6-1 Tennessee 7/3/1945 9 7 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 60th pick / 1967
55 Ed O'Neil 24 lb 14 4 236 6-3 Penn St. 9/8/1952 2 4 Detroit Lions / 1st / 8th pick / 1974
80 Herb Orvis 30 dt 2 2 248 6-5 Colorado 10/17/1946 4 1 Detroit Lions / 1st / 16th pick / 1972
44 Bob Picard 27 8 0 195 6-1 East. Washington 11/24/1949 3 0 Philadelphia Eagles / 6th / 132nd pick / 1973
27 Reggie Pierson 24 4 0 185 5-11 Oklahoma St. 12/13/1952 Rook 2
72 Ernie Price 26 14 1 248 6-4 Texas A&M-Kingsville 9/20/1950 3 5 Detroit Lions / 1st / 17th pick / 1973
14 Joe Reed 28 qb 13 2 195 6-1 Baylor,Mississippi St. 1/8/1948 4 2 San Francisco 49ers / 11th / 283rd pick / 1971
1 Benny Ricardo 22 K 8 0 175 5-10 San Diego St. 1/4/1954 Rook 3
88 Charlie Sanders* 30 TE 13 13 225 6-4 Minnesota 8/25/1946 8 6 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 74th pick / 1968
82 Ken Sanders 26 LDE 14 14 240 6-5 Howard Payne 8/22/1950 4 9 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 65th pick / 1972
10 Ian Sunter 24 3 0 215 6-1 none 12/21/1952 Rook 0
57 Garth Ten Napel 22 14 0 213 6-1 Texas A&M 3/27/1954 Rook 5 Detroit Lions / 7th / 198th pick / 1976
33 Bobby Thompson 29 KR 14 0 195 5-11 Oklahoma 1/16/1947 1 1
39 Leonard Thompson 24 wr 14 1 192 5-11 Oklahoma St. 7/28/1952 1 1 Detroit Lions / 8th / 194th pick / 1975
27 Maurice Tyler 26 9 0 188 6-0 Morgan St. 7/19/1950 4 3 Buffalo Bills / 10th / 235th pick / 1972
49 Larry Walton 29 WR 14 13 180 6-0 Arizona St. 2/8/1947 7 3 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 59th pick / 1969
59 Charlie Weaver 27 RLB 14 14 220 6-2 USC 7/12/1949 5 10 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 48th pick / 1971
18 Herman Weaver 28 P 14 0 210 6-4 Tennessee 11/17/1948 6 2 Detroit Lions / 9th / 227th pick / 1970
40 Charlie West 30 SS 14 14 197 6-1 Angelo State (TX),Texas-El Paso 8/31/1946 8 7 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1968
77 John Woodcock 22 dt 14 4 246 6-3 New Mexico,Hawaii 3/19/1954 Rook 3 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 76th pick / 1976
75 Jim Yarbrough 30 lt 11 5 265 6-5 Florida 10/28/1946 7 3 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 47th pick / 1969
Team Total 26.6 14 221.1 6-2.1 3.7