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1978 Detroit Lions

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7-9-0, NFC Central Division  · 1978 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -1.8, Offense: -0.1, Defense: -1.7, SoS: -1.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 290 points (18.1/g), 13th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 300 points (18.8/g), 19th.
 Differential of -10 points (-0.6/g), 11th.  Expected W-L: 7.7-8.3.

Coach: Monte Clark (7-9-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Bob Schnelker

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

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Gary Danielson 27 2 11 199 for 351, 2,294 yards, 18 td, 17 int, & 22 rushes for 93 yards and 0 td
RB Dexter Bussey 26 4 16 225 rushes for 924 yards, 5 td, & 31 catches for 275 yards and 1 td Detroit Lions / 3rd / 65th pick / 1974
FB Horace King 25 3 15 155 rushes for 660 yards, 4 td, & 48 catches for 396 yards and 2 td Detroit Lions / 6th / 141st pick / 1975
WR Luther Blue 24 1 15 31 catches for 350 yards, 2 td, & 5 rushes for 9 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 4th / 96th pick / 1977
WR Freddie Scott 26 4 13 37 catches for 564 yards, 2 td, & 4 rushes for 53 yards and 0 td Baltimore Colts / 7th / 174th pick / 1974
TE David Hill* 24 2 16 53 catches for 633 yards, 4 td, & 3 rushes for 12 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 2nd / 46th pick / 1976
LT Karl Baldischwiler 22 Rook 15 Miami Dolphins / 7th / 178th pick / 1978
LG Homer Elias 23 Rook 16 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 4th / 107th pick / 1978
C Larry Tearry 22 Rook 12 Detroit Lions / 4th / 109th pick / 1978
RG Lynn Boden 25 3 16 Detroit Lions / 1st / 13th pick / 1975
RT Brad Oates 25 2 15 1 fumble recovered St. Louis Cardinals / 3rd / 83rd pick / 1976
 Defensive Starters
LDE Dave Pureifory 29 6 8 Green Bay Packers / 6th / 142nd pick / 1972
LDT John Woodcock 24 2 16 0 interceptions, 4 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 3rd / 76th pick / 1976
RDT Doug English* 25 3 13 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 38th pick / 1975
RDE Al Baker*+ 22 Rook 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 40th pick / 1978
LLB Paul Naumoff 33 11 13 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 3rd / 60th pick / 1967
MLB Ed O'Neil 26 4 16 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 1st / 8th pick / 1974
RLB Charlie Weaver 29 7 16 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 48th pick / 1971
LCB Walt Williams 24 1 11 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1977
RCB Luther Bradley 23 Rook 16 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 1st / 11th pick / 1978
SS Mike Burns 24 1 11 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered San Francisco 49ers / 6th / 141st pick / 1977
FS Jimmy Allen 26 4 14 5 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 100th pick / 1974
 Special Teams Starters
K Benny Ricardo 24 2 0 20 of 28 field goals & 32 of 33 extra points
P Tom Skladany 23 Rook 0 86 punts for a 42.5 average, 1 blocked Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 46th pick / 1977
PR Jesse Thompson 22 Rook 1 16 punt returns for a 10.1 average and 0 td Detroit Lions / 6th / 165th pick / 1978
KR Jesse Thompson 22 Rook 1 14 kick returns for a 24.7 average and 0 td Detroit Lions / 6th / 165th pick / 1978

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
40 Jimmy Allen 26 FS 14 14 194 6-2 Pierce College (CA),UCLA 3/6/1952 4 5 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 100th pick / 1974
60 Gary Anderson 23 g 1 1 253 6-3 Stanford 9/22/1955 1 0 Detroit Lions / 10th / 263rd pick / 1977
60 Al Baker*+ 22 RDE 16 16 265 6-6 Colorado St. 12/9/1956 Rook 10 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 40th pick / 1978
76 Karl Baldischwiler 22 LT 16 15 265 6-5 Oklahoma 1/19/1956 Rook 5 Miami Dolphins / 7th / 178th pick / 1978
89 Luther Blue 24 WR 16 15 185 5-11 Iowa St. 10/21/1954 1 4 Detroit Lions / 4th / 96th pick / 1977
62 Lynn Boden 25 RG 16 16 270 6-3 South Dakota St. 6/5/1953 3 5 Detroit Lions / 1st / 13th pick / 1975
43 Andy Bolton 24 6 0 205 6-1 Fisk 5/23/1954 2 0 Seattle Seahawks / 4th / 123rd pick / 1976
27 Luther Bradley 23 RCB 16 16 195 6-2 Notre Dame 5/7/1955 Rook 5 Detroit Lions / 1st / 11th pick / 1978
53 Willie Brock 23 4 0 250 6-3 Colorado 9/20/1955 Rook 2 Kansas City Chiefs / 12th / 310th pick / 1978
29 Mike Burns 24 SS 15 11 181 6-0 USC 4/6/1954 1 4 San Francisco 49ers / 6th / 141st pick / 1977
24 Dexter Bussey 26 RB 16 16 195 6-1 Oklahoma,Texas-Arlington 3/11/1952 4 11 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 65th pick / 1974
31 Ken Callicutt 23 13 0 190 6-0 Clemson 8/20/1955 Rook 0
66 Karl Chandler 26 11 0 250 6-5 Princeton 2/15/1952 4 3
72 Bill Cooke 27 12 3 249 6-5 Connecticut,Massachusetts 2/26/1951 3 3 Green Bay Packers / 10th / 244th pick / 1975
16 Gary Danielson 27 QB 16 11 195 6-2 Purdue 9/10/1951 2 10
58 Tony Daykin 23 16 0 215 6-1 Georgia Tech 5/13/1955 1 3 Detroit Lions / 11th / 293rd pick / 1977
57 Dan Dickel 26 4 0 225 6-3 Iowa 8/24/1952 4 2 Baltimore Colts / 7th / 170th pick / 1974
61 Homer Elias 23 LG 16 16 255 6-3 Tennessee St. 5/1/1955 Rook 5 Detroit Lions / 4th / 107th pick / 1978
78 Doug English* 25 RDT 14 13 255 6-5 Texas 8/25/1953 3 6 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 38th pick / 1975
70 Bill Fifer 23 8 1 250 6-4 West Texas A&M 10/26/1955 Rook 2 Detroit Lions / 4th / 94th pick / 1978
65 Amos Fowler 22 16 0 250 6-3 Southern Miss 2/11/1956 Rook 3 Detroit Lions / 5th / 121st pick / 1978
38 Lawrence Gaines 25 rb 13 1 237 6-1 Wyoming 12/15/1953 2 2 Detroit Lions / 1st / 16th pick / 1976
71 Dave Gallagher 26 1 0 256 6-4 Michigan 1/2/1952 4 2 Chicago Bears / 1st / 20th pick / 1974
83 William Gay 23 16 0 250 6-5 USC 5/28/1955 Rook 3 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 55th pick / 1978
64 Dan Gray 22 14 0 240 6-6 Rutgers 1/29/1956 Rook 3 Detroit Lions / 5th / 123rd pick / 1978
67 Donnie Green 30 7 0 272 6-7 Purdue 7/12/1948 7 2 Buffalo Bills / 5th / 107th pick / 1971
63 Donnie Hickman 23 7 0 261 6-2 USC 6/11/1955 Rook 2 Los Angeles Rams / 5th / 130th pick / 1977
81 David Hill* 24 TE 16 16 229 6-2 Texas A&M-Kingsville 1/1/1954 2 7 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 46th pick / 1976
28 James Hunter 24 lcb 9 5 195 6-3 Grambling St. 3/8/1954 2 2 Detroit Lions / 1st / 10th pick / 1976
45 Ray Jarvis 29 wr 2 2 200 6-0 Norfolk St. 2/2/1949 7 0 Atlanta Falcons / 5th / 111th pick / 1971
32 Rick Kane 24 15 0 200 5-11 Oregon,San Jose St. 11/12/1954 1 3 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 69th pick / 1977
25 Horace King 25 FB 15 15 208 5-10 Georgia 3/5/1953 3 10 Detroit Lions / 6th / 141st pick / 1975
11 Greg Landry 32 qb 5 5 210 6-4 Massachusetts 12/18/1946 10 2 Detroit Lions / 1st / 11th pick / 1968
26 Tony Leonard 25 3 0 170 5-11 Virginia Union 2/28/1953 2 2 San Francisco 49ers / 5th / 140th pick / 1976
86 Willie McGee 28 4 0 179 5-11 Alcorn St. 5/14/1950 5 0 San Diego Chargers / 5th / 123rd pick / 1973
63 Mike Montler 34 c 4 4 254 6-5 Colorado 1/10/1944 9 1 Boston Patriots / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1969
50 Paul Naumoff 33 LLB 15 13 215 6-1 Tennessee 7/3/1945 11 5 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 60th pick / 1967
55 Ed O'Neil 26 MLB 16 16 236 6-3 Penn St. 9/8/1952 4 7 Detroit Lions / 1st / 8th pick / 1974
74 Brad Oates 25 RT 16 15 274 6-6 Duke,BYU 9/30/1953 2 5 St. Louis Cardinals / 3rd / 83rd pick / 1976
42 Reggie Pinkney 23 13 2 190 5-11 East Carolina 5/27/1955 1 3 Detroit Lions / 6th / 166th pick / 1977
72 Ernie Price 28 de 3 1 248 6-4 Texas A&M-Kingsville 9/20/1950 5 0 Detroit Lions / 1st / 17th pick / 1973
75 Dave Pureifory 29 LDE 8 8 260 6-1 East. Michigan 7/12/1949 6 3 Green Bay Packers / 6th / 142nd pick / 1972
14 Joe Reed 30 1 0 195 6-1 Baylor,Mississippi St. 1/8/1948 6 0 San Francisco 49ers / 11th / 283rd pick / 1971
33 Bruce Rhodes 26 ss 15 5 187 6-0 San Francisco St. 4/17/1952 2 2
1 Benny Ricardo 24 K 16 0 175 5-10 San Diego St. 1/4/1954 2 4
82 Ken Sanders 28 lde 7 7 240 6-5 Howard Payne 8/22/1950 6 2 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 65th pick / 1972
87 Freddie Scott 26 WR 16 13 180 6-2 Amherst 8/5/1952 4 7 Baltimore Colts / 7th / 174th pick / 1974
15 Tom Skladany 23 P 16 0 192 6-0 Ohio St. 6/29/1955 Rook 4 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 46th pick / 1977
53 John Sokolosky 22 11 0 240 6-2 Wayne State (MI) 4/2/1956 Rook 3
31 Tony Sumler 22 1 0 185 5-10 Wichita St. 4/10/1956 Rook 2
54 Larry Tearry 22 C 14 12 260 6-3 Wake Forest 4/24/1956 Rook 4 Detroit Lions / 4th / 109th pick / 1978
30 Nat Terry 22 4 0 167 5-11 Florida St. 7/20/1956 Rook 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 11th / 279th pick / 1978
84 Jesse Thompson 22 KR 11 1 185 6-1 California 3/12/1956 Rook 2 Detroit Lions / 6th / 165th pick / 1978
39 Leonard Thompson 26 wr 16 1 192 5-11 Oklahoma St. 7/28/1952 3 2 Detroit Lions / 8th / 194th pick / 1975
52 Dave Washington 30 lb 16 3 223 6-5 Alcorn St. 9/12/1948 8 2 Denver Broncos / 9th / 219th pick / 1970
59 Charlie Weaver 29 RLB 16 16 220 6-2 USC 7/12/1949 7 7 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 48th pick / 1971
21 Walt Williams 24 LCB 15 11 185 6-1 Ashland,New Mexico St. 7/10/1954 1 3 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1977
77 John Woodcock 24 LDT 16 16 246 6-3 New Mexico,Hawaii 3/19/1954 2 6 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 76th pick / 1976
Team Total 25.3 16 221.5 6-2.1 2.7