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1978 New England Patriots

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11-5-0, Finished 1st in AFC East Division  · 1978 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 5.0, Offense: 3.6, Defense: 1.4, SoS: 0.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 358 points (22.4/g), 4th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 286 points (17.9/g), 13th.
 Differential of 72 points (4.5/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 10.1-5.9.

Coach: Hank Bullough (0-1-0) (co-coach with Ron Erhardt), Ron Erhardt (0-1-0) and Chuck Fairbanks (11-4-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Ron Erhardt
 Defensive Coordinator: Hank Bullough

Stadium: Schaefer Stadium
 Training Camp: Bryant College (Smithfield, Rhode Island)

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 Steve Grogan 25 3 16 181 for 362, 2,824 yards, 15 td, 23 int, & 81 rushes for 539 yards and 5 td New England Patriots / 5th / 116th pick / 1975
RB Andy Johnson 26 4 13 147 rushes for 675 yards, 3 td, & 26 catches for 267 yards and 0 td New England Patriots / 5th / 112th pick / 1974
FB Sam Cunningham* 28 5 14 199 rushes for 768 yards, 8 td, & 31 catches for 297 yards and 0 td New England Patriots / 1st / 11th pick / 1973
WR Harold Jackson 32 10 13 37 catches for 743 yards, 6 td, & 1 rush for 7 yards and 0 td Los Angeles Rams / 12th / 323rd pick / 1968
WR Stanley Morgan 23 1 16 34 catches for 820 yards, 5 td, & 2 rushes for 11 yards and 0 td New England Patriots / 1st / 25th pick / 1977
TE Russ Francis* 25 3 15 39 catches for 543 yards, 4 td New England Patriots / 1st / 16th pick / 1975
LT Leon Gray*+ 27 5 16 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 78th pick / 1973
LG John Hannah*+ 27 5 16 2 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 1st / 4th pick / 1973
C Bill Lenkaitis 32 10 16 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1968
RG Sam Adams 30 6 16
RT Shelby Jordan 26 3 16 Houston Oilers / 7th / 157th pick / 1973
 Defensive Starters
LDE Mel Lunsford 28 5 15 Oakland Raiders / 3rd / 72nd pick / 1972
NT Ray Hamilton 27 5 16 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 14th / 342nd pick / 1973
RDE Richard Bishop 28 2 15 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Cincinnati Bengals / 5th / 127th pick / 1974
LOLB Steve Zabel 30 8 11 1 interception, 3 fumbles recovered Philadelphia Eagles / 1st / 6th pick / 1970
LILB Steve Nelson 27 4 14 5 interceptions, 4 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 2nd / 34th pick / 1974
RILB Sam Hunt 27 4 15 New England Patriots / 15th / 374th pick / 1974
ROLB Rod Shoate 25 3 15 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 2nd / 41st pick / 1975
LCB Raymond Clayborn 23 1 16 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New England Patriots / 1st / 16th pick / 1977
RCB Mike Haynes* 25 2 16 6 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 1st / 5th pick / 1976
SS Doug Beaudoin 24 2 13 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 9th / 243rd pick / 1976
FS Tim Fox 25 2 16 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New England Patriots / 1st / 21st pick / 1976
 Special Teams Starters
K David Posey 22 Rook 0 11 of 22 field goals & 29 of 31 extra points San Francisco 49ers / 9th / 239th pick / 1977
P Jerrel Wilson 37 15 0 54 punts for a 35.6 average, 0 blocked Kansas City Chiefs / 11th / 88th pick / 1963
Los Angeles Rams / 17th / 225th pick / 1963
PR Stanley Morgan 23 1 16 32 punt returns for a 10.5 average and 0 td New England Patriots / 1st / 25th pick / 1977
KR Raymond Clayborn 23 1 16 27 kick returns for a 23.6 average and 0 td New England Patriots / 1st / 16th pick / 1977

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
85 Julius Adams 30 de 1 1 270 6-3 Texas Southern 4/26/1948 7 0 New England Patriots / 2nd / 27th pick / 1971
61 Sam Adams 30 RG 16 16 256 6-3 Prairie View 9/20/1948 6 6
27 Doug Beaudoin 24 SS 15 13 193 6-1 Minnesota 5/15/1954 2 5 New England Patriots / 9th / 243rd pick / 1976
64 Richard Bishop 28 RDE 16 15 275 6-1 Louisville 3/23/1950 2 6 Cincinnati Bengals / 5th / 127th pick / 1974
65 Greg Boyd 26 10 0 274 6-6 San Diego St. 9/15/1952 1 3 New England Patriots / 6th / 170th pick / 1976
58 Pete Brock 24 15 0 267 6-5 Colorado 7/14/1954 2 3 New England Patriots / 1st / 12th pick / 1976
21 Sidney Brown 22 16 0 186 6-0 Oklahoma 1/27/1956 Rook 3 New England Patriots / 3rd / 82nd pick / 1977
44 Don Calhoun 26 rb 14 2 206 6-0 Kansas St. 4/29/1952 4 3 Buffalo Bills / 10th / 249th pick / 1974
82 Al Chandler 28 4 0 233 6-2 Oklahoma 11/18/1950 5 0 Cincinnati Bengals / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1973
26 Raymond Clayborn 23 KR 16 16 186 6-0 Texas 1/2/1955 1 6 New England Patriots / 1st / 16th pick / 1977
22 Dick Conn 27 15 0 185 6-0 Georgia 1/9/1951 4 3
55 Ray Costict 23 lb 16 3 217 6-0 Mississippi St. 3/19/1955 1 2 New England Patriots / 11th / 303rd pick / 1977
75 Bob Cryder 22 5 0 275 6-4 Alabama 9/7/1956 Rook 3 New England Patriots / 1st / 18th pick / 1978
39 Sam Cunningham* 28 FB 16 14 226 6-3 USC 8/15/1950 5 9 New England Patriots / 1st / 11th pick / 1973
68 Terry Falcon 23 8 0 260 6-3 Minot St.,Montana 8/30/1955 Rook 3 New England Patriots / 8th / 198th pick / 1978
48 Tim Fox 25 FS 16 16 186 5-11 Ohio St. 11/1/1953 2 6 New England Patriots / 1st / 21st pick / 1976
81 Russ Francis* 25 TE 15 15 240 6-6 Oregon 4/3/1953 3 7 New England Patriots / 1st / 16th pick / 1975
70 Leon Gray*+ 27 LT 16 16 256 6-3 Jackson St. 11/15/1951 5 12 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 78th pick / 1973
14 Steve Grogan 25 QB 16 16 210 6-4 Kansas St. 7/24/1953 3 16 New England Patriots / 5th / 116th pick / 1975
71 Ray Hamilton 27 NT 16 16 244 6-1 Oklahoma 1/20/1951 5 6 New England Patriots / 14th / 342nd pick / 1973
73 John Hannah*+ 27 LG 16 16 265 6-2 Alabama 4/4/1951 5 12 New England Patriots / 1st / 4th pick / 1973
80 Don Hasselbeck 23 te 16 4 245 6-7 Colorado 4/1/1955 1 1 New England Patriots / 2nd / 52nd pick / 1977
59 Mike Hawkins 23 12 0 235 6-2 Texas A&M-Kingsville 11/29/1955 Rook 3 New England Patriots / 7th / 188th pick / 1978
40 Mike Haynes* 25 RCB 16 16 192 6-2 Arizona St. 7/1/1953 2 12 New England Patriots / 1st / 5th pick / 1976
63 Ernie Holmes 30 3 0 260 6-3 Texas Southern 7/11/1948 6 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 8th / 203rd pick / 1971
50 Sam Hunt 27 RILB 15 15 248 6-1 S.F. Austin 8/6/1951 4 5 New England Patriots / 15th / 374th pick / 1974
23 Horace Ivory 24 rb 15 3 197 6-0 Oklahoma 8/8/1954 1 7 New England Patriots / 2nd / 44th pick / 1977
29 Harold Jackson 32 WR 16 13 175 5-10 Jackson St. 1/6/1946 10 9 Los Angeles Rams / 12th / 323rd pick / 1968
32 Andy Johnson 26 RB 15 13 204 6-0 Georgia 10/18/1952 4 8 New England Patriots / 5th / 112th pick / 1974
74 Shelby Jordan 26 RT 16 16 260 6-7 Washington (MO) 1/23/1952 3 6 Houston Oilers / 7th / 157th pick / 1973
52 Steve King 27 lolb 16 6 232 6-4 Tulsa 6/10/1951 5 2
53 Merv Krakau 27 1 0 242 6-2 Iowa St. 5/16/1951 5 2 Buffalo Bills / 14th / 344th pick / 1973
67 Bill Lenkaitis 32 C 16 16 255 6-4 Penn St. 6/30/1946 10 6 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1968
7 Nick Lowery 22 2 0 215 6-4 Dartmouth 5/27/1956 Rook 0
72 Mel Lunsford 28 LDE 16 15 256 6-3 Central State (OH) 6/13/1950 5 5 Oakland Raiders / 3rd / 72nd pick / 1972
37 James McAlister 27 16 0 205 6-1 UCLA 9/5/1951 3 1 Oakland Raiders / 6th / 148th pick / 1974
34 Prentice McCray 27 db 8 3 188 6-1 Arizona St. 3/1/1951 4 1 Detroit Lions / 8th / 200th pick / 1973
78 Tony McGee 29 de 16 1 250 6-4 Wyoming,Bishop 1/18/1949 7 1 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 64th pick / 1971
66 Bob McKay 31 12 0 260 6-5 Texas 12/27/1947 8 3 Cleveland Browns / 1st / 21st pick / 1970
86 Stanley Morgan 23 PR 16 16 181 5-11 Tennessee 2/17/1955 1 10 New England Patriots / 1st / 25th pick / 1977
57 Steve Nelson 27 LILB 14 14 230 6-2 Augsburg,North Dakota St. 4/26/1951 4 7 New England Patriots / 2nd / 34th pick / 1974
17 Tom Owen 26 2 0 195 6-1 Wichita St. 9/1/1952 4 1 San Francisco 49ers / 13th / 322nd pick / 1974
2 Mike Patrick 26 1 0 209 6-0 Mississippi St. 9/6/1952 3 0
88 Carlos Pennywell 22 16 0 180 6-2 Grambling St. 3/18/1956 Rook 0 New England Patriots / 3rd / 77th pick / 1978
9 David Posey 22 K 11 0 167 5-11 Florida 4/1/1956 Rook 1 San Francisco 49ers / 9th / 239th pick / 1977
76 Greg Schaum 24 14 0 246 6-4 Michigan St. 1/1/1954 2 3 Dallas Cowboys / 7th / 186th pick / 1976
56 Rod Shoate 25 ROLB 15 15 214 6-1 Oklahoma 4/26/1953 3 6 New England Patriots / 2nd / 41st pick / 1975
1 John Smith 29 3 0 186 6-0 King Alfred's (England),South (England) 12/30/1949 4 0
63 Fred Sturt 27 1 0 255 6-4 Bowling Green 1/6/1951 4 2 St. Louis Cardinals / 3rd / 59th pick / 1973
30 Mosi Tatupu 23 16 0 227 6-0 USC 4/26/1955 Rook 0 New England Patriots / 8th / 215th pick / 1978
83 Don Westbrook 25 16 0 185 5-10 Nebraska 11/1/1953 1 0 Baltimore Colts / 6th / 131st pick / 1975
62 Dwight Wheeler 23 2 0 269 6-3 Tennessee St. 1/13/1955 Rook 2 New England Patriots / 4th / 102nd pick / 1978
4 Jerrel Wilson 37 P 14 0 222 6-2 Southern Miss 10/4/1941 15 1 Kansas City Chiefs / 11th / 88th pick / 1963
Los Angeles Rams / 17th / 225th pick / 1963
54 Steve Zabel 30 LOLB 11 11 235 6-4 Oklahoma 3/20/1948 8 5 Philadelphia Eagles / 1st / 6th pick / 1970
Team Total 26.2 16 226.5 6-2.1 3.5