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1978 New York Jets

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8-8-0, AFC East Division  · 1978 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 1.1, Offense: 4.4, Defense: -3.3, SoS: 1.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 359 points (22.4/g), 3rd of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 364 points (22.8/g), 27th.
 Differential of -5 points (-0.3/g), 10th.  Expected W-L: 7.9-8.1.

Coach: Walt Michaels (8-8-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: John Idzik

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

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 Matt Robinson 23 1 11 124 for 266, 2,002 yards, 13 td, 16 int, & 28 rushes for 23 yards and 0 td New York Jets / 9th / 227th pick / 1977
RB Scott Dierking 23 1 13 170 rushes for 681 yards, 4 td, & 19 catches for 152 yards and 0 td New York Jets / 4th / 90th pick / 1977
FB Kevin Long 23 1 16 214 rushes for 954 yards, 10 td, & 26 catches for 204 yards and 0 td New York Jets / 7th / 195th pick / 1977
WR Derrick Gaffney 23 Rook 16 38 catches for 691 yards, 3 td, & 2 rushes for -2 yards and 0 td New York Jets / 8th / 197th pick / 1978
WR Wesley Walker*+ 23 1 16 48 catches for 1,169 yards, 8 td, & 1 rush for -3 yards and 0 td New York Jets / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1977
TE Jerome Barkum 28 6 16 28 catches for 391 yards, 3 td New York Jets / 1st / 9th pick / 1972
LT Chris Ward 23 Rook 16 New York Jets / 1st / 4th pick / 1978
LG Randy Rasmussen 33 11 15 New York Jets / 12th / 302nd pick / 1967
C Joe Fields 25 3 16 New York Jets / 14th / 349th pick / 1975
RG Dan Alexander 23 1 16 1 fumble recovered New York Jets / 8th / 200th pick / 1977
RT Marvin Powell 23 1 14 1 fumble recovered New York Jets / 1st / 4th pick / 1977
 Defensive Starters
LDE Lawrence Pillers 26 2 16 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered New York Jets / 11th / 296th pick / 1976
NT Abdul Salaam 25 2 15 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New York Jets / 7th / 188th pick / 1976
RDE Joe Klecko 25 1 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New York Jets / 6th / 144th pick / 1977
LOLB Larry Keller 25 2 8 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered San Diego Chargers / 9th / 214th pick / 1975
LILB John Hennessy 23 1 16 New York Jets / 10th / 256th pick / 1977
RILB Mike Hennigan 27 5 12 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 4th / 81st pick / 1973
ROLB Bob Martin 25 2 16 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered New York Jets / 6th / 163rd pick / 1976
LCB Bobby Jackson 22 Rook 16 5 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New York Jets / 6th / 140th pick / 1978
RCB Ed Taylor 25 3 16 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered New York Jets / 9th / 224th pick / 1975
SS Shafer Suggs 25 2 16 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New York Jets / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1976
FS Burgess Owens 27 5 14 5 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered New York Jets / 1st / 13th pick / 1973
 Special Teams Starters
K Pat Leahy+ 27 4 0 22 of 30 field goals & 41 of 42 extra points
P Chuck Ramsey 26 1 0 74 punts for a 40.1 average, 0 blocked New England Patriots / 6th / 141st pick / 1974
PR Bruce Harper 23 1 0 30 punt returns for a 12.6 average and 1 td
KR Bruce Harper 23 1 0 55 kick returns for a 23.3 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)
60 Dan Alexander 23 RG 16 16 260 6-4 LSU 6/17/1955 1 8 New York Jets / 8th / 200th pick / 1977
67 Darrell Austin 27 13 1 250 6-4 South Carolina 11/6/1951 3 4 Denver Broncos / 16th / 404th pick / 1974
83 Jerome Barkum 28 TE 16 16 218 6-3 Jackson St. 7/18/1950 6 5 New York Jets / 1st / 9th pick / 1972
80 Kevin Bell 23 9 0 180 5-10 Lamar 3/14/1955 Rook 0 San Diego Chargers / 12th / 321st pick / 1978
51 Greg Buttle 24 LOLB 8 8 235 6-3 Penn St. 6/20/1954 2 3 New York Jets / 3rd / 67th pick / 1976
25 Scott Dierking 23 RB 15 13 218 5-10 Purdue 5/24/1955 1 8 New York Jets / 4th / 90th pick / 1977
47 Jim Earley 22 2 0 230 6-1 Michigan St. 1/23/1956 Rook 0 New York Jets / 7th / 170th pick / 1978
65 Joe Fields 25 C 16 16 250 6-2 Rutgers-Camden,Widener 11/14/1953 3 8 New York Jets / 14th / 349th pick / 1975
81 Derrick Gaffney 23 WR 16 16 181 6-1 Florida 5/24/1955 Rook 9 New York Jets / 8th / 197th pick / 1978
21 Clark Gaines 24 rb 16 1 206 6-1 Wake Forest 2/1/1954 2 2
49 Reggie Grant 23 14 0 185 5-9 Oregon 9/2/1955 Rook 2 New York Jets / 9th / 225th pick / 1978
42 Bruce Harper 23 KR 16 0 174 5-8 Kutztown Pennsylvania 6/20/1955 1 6
63 John Hennessy 23 LILB 16 16 243 6-3 Michigan 3/12/1955 1 5 New York Jets / 10th / 256th pick / 1977
52 Mike Hennigan 27 RILB 12 12 217 6-2 Parsons,Tennessee Tech 10/24/1951 5 4 Detroit Lions / 4th / 81st pick / 1973
88 Mark Iwanowski 23 5 0 230 6-4 Pennsylvania 9/8/1955 Rook 0
40 Bobby Jackson 22 LCB 16 16 178 5-9 Florida St. 12/23/1956 Rook 5 New York Jets / 6th / 140th pick / 1978
89 Bobby Jones 23 16 0 180 5-11 Youngstown St.,Millikin 7/12/1955 Rook 0
56 Larry Keller 25 LOLB 16 8 223 6-2 Houston 10/2/1953 2 3 San Diego Chargers / 9th / 214th pick / 1975
73 Joe Klecko 25 RDE 16 16 263 6-3 Temple 10/15/1953 1 5 New York Jets / 6th / 144th pick / 1977
5 Pat Leahy+ 27 K 16 0 194 6-0 St. Louis 3/19/1951 4 6
33 Kevin Long 23 FB 16 16 212 6-1 South Carolina 1/20/1955 1 12 New York Jets / 7th / 195th pick / 1977
59 Bob Martin 25 ROLB 16 16 217 6-1 Nebraska 11/14/1953 2 5 New York Jets / 6th / 163rd pick / 1976
58 Mark Merrill 23 lb 16 4 237 6-4 Minnesota 5/5/1955 Rook 2 New York Jets / 2nd / 31st pick / 1978
50 Mike Mock 23 15 0 225 6-1 Texas Tech 2/25/1955 Rook 2 New York Jets / 8th / 203rd pick / 1978
71 Joe Moreino 23 1 0 246 6-6 Idaho St. 4/4/1955 Rook 2
37 Tim Moresco 24 11 0 176 5-11 Syracuse 10/3/1954 1 2 Green Bay Packers / 6th / 149th pick / 1977
44 Tom Newton 24 16 0 212 6-0 California 3/8/1954 1 1
22 Burgess Owens 27 FS 14 14 200 6-2 Miami (FL) 8/2/1951 5 5 New York Jets / 1st / 13th pick / 1973
77 Joe Pellegrini 22 9 1 270 6-2 Idaho 8/9/1956 Rook 2
76 Lawrence Pillers 26 LDE 16 16 255 6-4 Alcorn St. 11/4/1952 2 5 New York Jets / 11th / 296th pick / 1976
20 Darnell Powell 24 rb 14 1 197 6-0 Tenn-Chattanooga 5/31/1954 2 1 Buffalo Bills / 6th / 175th pick / 1976
79 Marvin Powell 23 RT 14 14 268 6-5 USC 8/30/1955 1 7 New York Jets / 1st / 4th pick / 1977
78 Garry Puetz 26 6 0 263 6-3 Valparaiso 3/14/1952 5 4 New York Jets / 12th / 300th pick / 1973
86 Bob Raba 23 4 0 222 6-1 Maryland 4/23/1955 1 0
15 Chuck Ramsey 26 P 16 0 191 6-2 Wake Forest 2/24/1952 1 3 New England Patriots / 6th / 141st pick / 1974
66 Randy Rasmussen 33 LG 16 15 255 6-2 Nebraska-Kearney 5/10/1945 11 7 New York Jets / 12th / 302nd pick / 1967
34 Larry Riley 24 4 0 192 5-10 Salem 11/21/1954 1 2
64 Gregg Robinson 22 16 0 255 6-6 Dartmouth 8/16/1956 Rook 2 New York Jets / 6th / 142nd pick / 1978
17 Matt Robinson 23 QB 16 11 196 6-2 Georgia 6/28/1955 1 10 New York Jets / 9th / 227th pick / 1977
61 John Roman 26 t 16 2 255 6-4 Idaho St. 8/31/1952 2 2 Baltimore Colts / 13th / 313th pick / 1975
4 Pat Ryan 23 2 0 210 6-3 Tennessee 9/16/1955 Rook 0 New York Jets / 11th / 281st pick / 1978
74 Abdul Salaam 25 NT 15 15 262 6-3 Kent St. 2/12/1953 2 5 New York Jets / 7th / 188th pick / 1976
48 Ken Schroy 26 db 16 2 198 6-2 Maryland 9/22/1952 1 1 Philadelphia Eagles / 10th / 248th pick / 1975
82 Mickey Shuler 22 te 16 1 232 6-3 Penn St. 8/21/1956 Rook 1 New York Jets / 3rd / 61st pick / 1978
87 Bruce Stephens 22 6 0 170 5-9 Columbia 10/31/1956 Rook 0
23 Shafer Suggs 25 SS 16 16 200 6-1 Ball St. 4/28/1953 2 5 New York Jets / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1976
38 Ed Taylor 25 RCB 16 16 174 6-0 Memphis 5/13/1953 3 4 New York Jets / 9th / 224th pick / 1975
14 Richard Todd 25 qb 5 5 207 6-2 Alabama 11/19/1953 2 4 New York Jets / 1st / 6th pick / 1976
70 Stan Waldemore 23 4 0 263 6-4 Nebraska 2/20/1955 Rook 3 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 70th pick / 1978
85 Wesley Walker*+ 23 WR 16 16 179 6-0 California 5/26/1955 1 16 New York Jets / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1977
72 Chris Ward 23 LT 16 16 267 6-3 Ohio St. 12/16/1955 Rook 8 New York Jets / 1st / 4th pick / 1978
57 Blake Whitlatch 23 4 0 233 6-1 LSU 10/13/1955 Rook 2 San Diego Chargers / 9th / 248th pick / 1978
Team Total 24.2 16 220.3 6-1.5 1.5