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1977 New York Jets

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3-11-0, Finished 5th in AFC East Division  · 1977 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -5.9, Offense: -3.8, Defense: -2.0, SoS: 1.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 191 points (13.6/g), 22nd of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 300 points (21.4/g), 24th.
 Differential of -109 points (-7.8/g), 25th.  Expected W-L: 3.6-10.4.

Coach: Walt Michaels (3-11-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: John Idzik

Stadium: Shea Stadium
 Training Camp: Hofstra University (Hempstead, New York)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Richard Todd 24 1 11 133 for 265, 1,863 yards, 11 td, 17 int, & 24 rushes for 46 yards and 2 td New York Jets / 1st / 6th pick / 1976
RB Scott Dierking 22 Rook 5 79 rushes for 315 yards, 0 td, & 4 catches for 29 yards and 1 td New York Jets / 4th / 90th pick / 1977
FB Clark Gaines 23 1 13 158 rushes for 595 yards, 3 td, & 55 catches for 469 yards and 1 td
WR Rich Caster 29 7 10 10 catches for 205 yards, 1 td, & 2 rushes for -15 yards and 0 td New York Jets / 2nd / 46th pick / 1970
WR Wesley Walker 22 Rook 14 35 catches for 740 yards, 3 td, & 3 rushes for 25 yards and 0 td New York Jets / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1977
TE Jerome Barkum 27 5 14 26 catches for 450 yards, 6 td New York Jets / 1st / 9th pick / 1972
LT Garry Puetz 25 4 14 New York Jets / 12th / 300th pick / 1973
LG Randy Rasmussen 32 10 14 New York Jets / 12th / 302nd pick / 1967
C Joe Fields 24 2 14 1 fumble recovered New York Jets / 14th / 349th pick / 1975
RG Dan Alexander 22 Rook 8 New York Jets / 8th / 200th pick / 1977
RT Marvin Powell 22 Rook 10 New York Jets / 1st / 4th pick / 1977
 Defensive Starters
LDE Lawrence Pillers 25 1 13 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New York Jets / 11th / 296th pick / 1976
LDT Carl Barzilauskas 26 3 9 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New York Jets / 1st / 6th pick / 1974
RDT Abdul Salaam 24 1 13 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New York Jets / 7th / 188th pick / 1976
RDE Richard Neal 30 8 13 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 45th pick / 1969
LLB Greg Buttle 23 1 13 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered New York Jets / 3rd / 67th pick / 1976
MLB John Ebersole 29 7 12 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered New York Jets / 4th / 98th pick / 1970
RLB Larry Keller 24 1 9 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered San Diego Chargers / 9th / 214th pick / 1975
LCB Billy Hardee 23 1 9 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered
RCB Ed Taylor 24 2 14 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered New York Jets / 9th / 224th pick / 1975
SS Shafer Suggs 24 1 8 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New York Jets / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1976
FS Burgess Owens 26 4 14 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered New York Jets / 1st / 13th pick / 1973
 Special Teams Starters
K Pat Leahy 26 3 0 15 of 25 field goals & 18 of 21 extra points
P Chuck Ramsey 25 Rook 0 62 punts for a 37.1 average, 0 blocked New England Patriots / 6th / 141st pick / 1974
PR Bruce Harper 22 Rook 1 34 punt returns for a 12.5 average and 0 td
KR Bruce Harper 22 Rook 1 42 kick returns for a 24.6 average and 0 td

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
60 Dan Alexander 22 RG 14 8 260 6-4 LSU 6/17/1955 Rook 4 New York Jets / 8th / 200th pick / 1977
67 Darrell Austin 26 rg 9 7 250 6-4 South Carolina 11/6/1951 2 3 Denver Broncos / 16th / 404th pick / 1974
83 Jerome Barkum 27 TE 14 14 218 6-3 Jackson St. 7/18/1950 5 5 New York Jets / 1st / 9th pick / 1972
77 Carl Barzilauskas 26 LDT 9 9 271 6-6 Indiana 3/19/1951 3 5 New York Jets / 1st / 6th pick / 1974
71 Jeff Bleamer 24 8 1 253 6-4 Penn St. 6/22/1953 2 3 Philadelphia Eagles / 8th / 198th pick / 1975
51 Greg Buttle 23 LLB 13 13 235 6-3 Penn St. 6/20/1954 1 5 New York Jets / 3rd / 67th pick / 1976
3 Duane Carrell 28 2 0 185 5-10 Florida St. 10/3/1949 3 0
88 Rich Caster 29 WR 10 10 228 6-5 Jackson St. 10/16/1948 7 2 New York Jets / 2nd / 46th pick / 1970
25 Scott Dierking 22 RB 14 5 218 5-10 Purdue 5/24/1955 Rook 3 New York Jets / 4th / 90th pick / 1977
80 Shelton Diggs 22 7 0 190 6-1 USC 4/22/1955 Rook 0 Atlanta Falcons / 5th / 120th pick / 1977
10 Marty Domres 30 qb 12 2 220 6-4 Columbia 4/17/1947 8 1 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 9th pick / 1969
55 John Ebersole 29 MLB 13 12 234 6-3 Penn St. 11/5/1948 7 5 New York Jets / 4th / 98th pick / 1970
65 Joe Fields 24 C 14 14 250 6-2 Rutgers-Camden,Widener 11/14/1953 2 6 New York Jets / 14th / 349th pick / 1975
21 Clark Gaines 23 FB 14 13 206 6-1 Wake Forest 2/1/1954 1 10
37 Billy Hardee 23 LCB 14 9 184 6-0 Virginia Tech 8/12/1954 1 4
42 Bruce Harper 22 KR 14 1 174 5-8 Kutztown Pennsylvania 6/20/1955 Rook 4
63 John Hennessy 22 lb 14 2 243 6-3 Michigan 3/12/1955 Rook 2 New York Jets / 10th / 256th pick / 1977
52 Mike Hennigan 26 lb 14 2 217 6-2 Parsons,Tennessee Tech 10/24/1951 4 1 Detroit Lions / 4th / 81st pick / 1973
56 Larry Keller 24 RLB 14 9 223 6-2 Houston 10/2/1953 1 4 San Diego Chargers / 9th / 214th pick / 1975
73 Joe Klecko 24 ldt 13 6 263 6-3 Temple 10/15/1953 Rook 2 New York Jets / 6th / 144th pick / 1977
82 David Knight 26 10 4 182 6-1 William & Mary 2/1/1951 4 1 New York Jets / 11th / 272nd pick / 1973
5 Pat Leahy 26 K 14 0 194 6-0 St. Louis 3/19/1951 3 3
33 Kevin Long 22 rb 14 4 212 6-1 South Carolina 1/20/1955 Rook 2 New York Jets / 7th / 195th pick / 1977
27 Ron Mabra 26 db 3 1 166 5-10 Howard 6/4/1951 2 0
68 Tank Marshall 22 5 0 245 6-4 Texas A&M 1/6/1955 Rook 2 New York Jets / 3rd / 72nd pick / 1977
59 Bob Martin 24 rlb 5 5 217 6-1 Nebraska 11/14/1953 1 2 New York Jets / 6th / 163rd pick / 1976
47 Tommy Marvaso 24 2 0 190 6-1 Cincinnati 10/2/1953 1 2 Washington Redskins / 6th / 179th pick / 1976
81 Richard Neal 30 RDE 14 13 260 6-3 Southern 9/27/1947 8 5 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 45th pick / 1969
44 Tom Newton 23 rb 14 1 212 6-0 California 3/8/1954 Rook 1
22 Burgess Owens 26 FS 14 14 200 6-2 Miami (FL) 8/2/1951 4 6 New York Jets / 1st / 13th pick / 1973
53 Al Palewicz 27 lb 14 1 215 6-1 Miami (FL) 3/23/1950 4 2 Kansas City Chiefs / 8th / 197th pick / 1973
24 Artimus Parker 25 db 11 4 208 6-3 USC 1/15/1952 3 2 Philadelphia Eagles / 12th / 297th pick / 1974
76 Lawrence Pillers 25 LDE 13 13 255 6-4 Alcorn St. 11/4/1952 1 5 New York Jets / 11th / 296th pick / 1976
79 Marvin Powell 22 RT 11 10 268 6-5 USC 8/30/1955 Rook 5 New York Jets / 1st / 4th pick / 1977
78 Garry Puetz 25 LT 14 14 263 6-3 Valparaiso 3/14/1952 4 6 New York Jets / 12th / 300th pick / 1973
86 Bob Raba 22 14 0 222 6-1 Maryland 4/23/1955 Rook 0
15 Chuck Ramsey 25 P 12 0 191 6-2 Wake Forest 2/24/1952 Rook 1 New England Patriots / 6th / 141st pick / 1974
66 Randy Rasmussen 32 LG 14 14 255 6-2 Nebraska-Kearney 5/10/1945 10 6 New York Jets / 12th / 302nd pick / 1967
17 Matt Robinson 22 qb 4 1 196 6-2 Georgia 6/28/1955 Rook 2 New York Jets / 9th / 227th pick / 1977
61 John Roman 25 t 9 2 255 6-4 Idaho St. 8/31/1952 1 2 Baltimore Colts / 13th / 313th pick / 1975
57 Carl Russ 24 2 0 227 6-2 Michigan 2/16/1953 2 2 Atlanta Falcons / 13th / 315th pick / 1975
74 Abdul Salaam 24 RDT 14 13 262 6-3 Kent St. 2/12/1953 1 5 New York Jets / 7th / 188th pick / 1976
48 Ken Schroy 25 db 14 2 198 6-2 Maryland 9/22/1952 Rook 2 Philadelphia Eagles / 10th / 248th pick / 1975
23 Shafer Suggs 24 SS 9 8 200 6-1 Ball St. 4/28/1953 1 3 New York Jets / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1976
38 Ed Taylor 24 RCB 14 14 174 6-0 Memphis 5/13/1953 2 5 New York Jets / 9th / 224th pick / 1975
14 Richard Todd 24 QB 12 11 207 6-2 Alabama 11/19/1953 1 8 New York Jets / 1st / 6th pick / 1976
39 Maurice Tyler 27 db 14 4 188 6-0 Morgan St. 7/19/1950 5 2 Buffalo Bills / 10th / 235th pick / 1972
85 Wesley Walker 22 WR 14 14 179 6-0 California 5/26/1955 Rook 8 New York Jets / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1977
30 Charlie White 24 rb 13 4 222 6-0 Bethune-Cookman 8/31/1953 Rook 1 New York Jets / 7th / 168th pick / 1977
72 Robert Woods 27 2 0 255 6-3 Tennessee St. 7/26/1950 4 2 New York Jets / 2nd / 38th pick / 1973
Team Total 24.8 14 220.8 6-1.9 2.2