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1981 New York Jets

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10-5-1, AFC East Division  · 1981 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 1.8, Offense: 0.2, Defense: 1.7, SoS: -2.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 355 points (22.2/g), 9th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 287 points (17.9/g), 8th.
 Differential of 68 points (4.2/g), 9th.  Expected W-L: 10.0-6.0.

Coach: Walt Michaels (10-5-1)
 Offensive Coordinator: Joe Walton
 Defensive Coordinator: Joe Gardi

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 28 5 16 279 for 497, 3,231 yards, 25 td, 13 int, & 32 rushes for 131 yards and 0 td New York Jets / 1st / 6th pick / 1976
RB Freeman McNeil 22 Rook 6 137 rushes for 623 yards, 2 td, & 18 catches for 171 yards and 1 td New York Jets / 1st / 3rd pick / 1981
FB Mike Augustyniak 25 Rook 8 85 rushes for 339 yards, 1 td, & 18 catches for 144 yards and 0 td
WR Derrick Gaffney 26 3 13 14 catches for 246 yards, 0 td New York Jets / 8th / 197th pick / 1978
WR Wesley Walker 26 4 13 47 catches for 770 yards, 9 td New York Jets / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1977
TE Jerome Barkum 31 9 16 39 catches for 495 yards, 7 td New York Jets / 1st / 9th pick / 1972
LT Chris Ward 26 3 16 New York Jets / 1st / 4th pick / 1978
LG Randy Rasmussen 36 14 15 New York Jets / 12th / 302nd pick / 1967
C Joe Fields* 28 6 16 New York Jets / 14th / 349th pick / 1975
RG Dan Alexander 26 4 15 New York Jets / 8th / 200th pick / 1977
RT Marvin Powell*+ 26 4 14 New York Jets / 1st / 4th pick / 1977
 Defensive Starters
LDE Mark Gastineau* 25 2 16 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered New York Jets / 2nd / 41st pick / 1979
LDT Abdul Salaam 28 5 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New York Jets / 7th / 188th pick / 1976
RDT Marty Lyons 24 2 12 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New York Jets / 1st / 14th pick / 1979
RDE Joe Klecko*+ 28 4 16 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered New York Jets / 6th / 144th pick / 1977
LLB Greg Buttle 27 5 14 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered New York Jets / 3rd / 67th pick / 1976
MLB Stan Blinka 24 2 16 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered New York Jets / 5th / 125th pick / 1979
RLB Lance Mehl 23 1 15 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New York Jets / 3rd / 69th pick / 1980
LCB Bobby Jackson 25 3 6 New York Jets / 6th / 140th pick / 1978
RCB Jerry Holmes 24 1 13 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered
SS Ken Schroy 29 4 16 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Philadelphia Eagles / 10th / 248th pick / 1975
FS Darrol Ray 23 1 16 7 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered New York Jets / 2nd / 40th pick / 1980
 Special Teams Starters
K Pat Leahy 30 7 0 25 of 36 field goals & 38 of 39 extra points
P Chuck Ramsey 29 4 0 81 punts for a 40.6 average, 0 blocked New England Patriots / 6th / 141st pick / 1974
PR Bruce Harper 26 4 7 35 punt returns for a 7.6 average and 0 td
KR Kurt Sohn 24 Rook 0 26 kick returns for a 20.3 average and 0 td

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
60 Dan Alexander 26 RG 16 15 260 6-4 LSU 6/17/1955 4 7 New York Jets / 8th / 200th pick / 1977
35 Mike Augustyniak 25 FB 10 8 225 5-11 Purdue 7/17/1956 Rook 3
83 Jerome Barkum 31 TE 16 16 218 6-3 Jackson St. 7/18/1950 9 5 New York Jets / 1st / 9th pick / 1972
64 Guy Bingham 23 16 0 255 6-3 Montana 2/25/1958 1 1 New York Jets / 10th / 260th pick / 1980
54 Stan Blinka 24 MLB 16 16 230 6-2 Sam Houston St. 4/29/1957 2 8 New York Jets / 5th / 125th pick / 1979
51 Greg Buttle 27 LLB 15 14 235 6-3 Penn St. 6/20/1954 5 8 New York Jets / 3rd / 67th pick / 1976
55 Ron Crosby 26 lb 16 3 224 6-3 Penn St. 3/2/1955 3 3 Detroit Lions / 5th / 114th pick / 1977
94 Ralph DeLoach 24 1 0 255 6-5 California 1/13/1957 Rook 0 Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 109th pick / 1979
25 Scott Dierking 26 rb 16 4 218 5-10 Purdue 5/24/1955 4 4 New York Jets / 4th / 90th pick / 1977
26 Donald Dykes 26 RCB 14 9 182 5-11 SE Louisiana 8/24/1955 2 5 New York Jets / 3rd / 68th pick / 1979
65 Joe Fields* 28 C 16 16 250 6-2 Rutgers-Camden,Widener 11/14/1953 6 12 New York Jets / 14th / 349th pick / 1975
81 Derrick Gaffney 26 WR 16 13 181 6-1 Florida 5/24/1955 3 2 New York Jets / 8th / 197th pick / 1978
99 Mark Gastineau* 25 LDE 16 16 266 6-5 Arizona St.,East Central (OK) 11/20/1956 2 13 New York Jets / 2nd / 41st pick / 1979
42 Bruce Harper 26 PR 16 7 174 5-8 Kutztown Pennsylvania 6/20/1955 4 7
47 Jerry Holmes 24 RCB 16 13 175 6-2 Chowan,West Virginia 12/22/1957 1 7
40 Bobby Jackson 25 LCB 9 6 178 5-9 Florida St. 12/23/1956 3 3 New York Jets / 6th / 140th pick / 1978
27 Jesse Johnson 24 b 16 4 185 6-3 Colorado 8/23/1957 1 0 New York Jets / 4th / 95th pick / 1980
89 Bobby Jones 26 wr 16 3 180 5-11 Youngstown St.,Millikin 7/12/1955 3 2
80 Lam Jones 23 wr 15 3 180 5-11 Texas 4/4/1958 1 3 New York Jets / 1st / 2nd pick / 1980
73 Joe Klecko*+ 28 RDE 16 16 263 6-3 Temple 10/15/1953 4 15 New York Jets / 6th / 144th pick / 1977
5 Pat Leahy 30 K 16 0 194 6-0 St. Louis 3/19/1951 7 4
20 Kenny Lewis 24 5 0 190 6-0 Virginia Tech 10/2/1957 1 0 Oakland Raiders / 5th / 125th pick / 1980
33 Kevin Long 26 16 0 212 6-1 South Carolina 1/20/1955 4 2 New York Jets / 7th / 195th pick / 1977
29 Johnny Lynn 25 13 0 196 6-0 UCLA 12/19/1956 2 2 New York Jets / 4th / 98th pick / 1979
93 Marty Lyons 24 RDT 12 12 269 6-5 Alabama 1/15/1957 2 6 New York Jets / 1st / 14th pick / 1979
24 Freeman McNeil 22 RB 11 6 216 5-11 UCLA 4/22/1959 Rook 6 New York Jets / 1st / 3rd pick / 1981
56 Lance Mehl 23 RLB 15 15 235 6-3 Penn St. 2/14/1958 1 9 New York Jets / 3rd / 69th pick / 1980
77 Kenny Neil 22 16 0 244 6-4 Iowa St. 1/8/1959 Rook 2 New York Jets / 7th / 169th pick / 1981
44 Tom Newton 27 fb 16 7 212 6-0 California 3/8/1954 4 3
79 Marvin Powell*+ 26 RT 14 14 268 6-5 USC 8/30/1955 4 12 New York Jets / 1st / 4th pick / 1977
15 Chuck Ramsey 29 P 16 0 191 6-2 Wake Forest 2/24/1952 4 2 New England Patriots / 6th / 141st pick / 1974
66 Randy Rasmussen 36 LG 15 15 255 6-2 Nebraska-Kearney 5/10/1945 14 7 New York Jets / 12th / 302nd pick / 1967
28 Darrol Ray 23 FS 16 16 200 6-1 Oklahoma 6/25/1958 1 11 New York Jets / 2nd / 40th pick / 1980
61 John Roman 29 t 16 2 255 6-4 Idaho St. 8/31/1952 5 2 Baltimore Colts / 13th / 313th pick / 1975
76 Ben Rudolph 24 dt 15 4 271 6-5 Long Beach St. 8/29/1957 Rook 3 New York Jets / 3rd / 60th pick / 1981
10 Pat Ryan 26 15 0 210 6-3 Tennessee 9/16/1955 3 0 New York Jets / 11th / 281st pick / 1978
74 Abdul Salaam 28 LDT 16 16 262 6-3 Kent St. 2/12/1953 5 8 New York Jets / 7th / 188th pick / 1976
48 Ken Schroy 29 SS 16 16 198 6-2 Maryland 9/22/1952 4 8 Philadelphia Eagles / 10th / 248th pick / 1975
82 Mickey Shuler 25 6 0 232 6-3 Penn St. 8/21/1956 3 0 New York Jets / 3rd / 61st pick / 1978
87 Kurt Sohn 24 KR 16 0 180 5-11 North Carolina St.,Fordham 6/26/1957 Rook 0
45 Kirk Springs 23 10 0 192 6-0 Miami (OH) 8/16/1958 Rook 2
86 Steve Stephens 24 16 0 227 6-3 Oklahoma St. 3/4/1957 Rook 0 Baltimore Colts / 10th / 254th pick / 1979
38 Billy Taylor 25 3 0 215 6-0 Texas Tech 7/6/1956 3 0 New York Giants / 4th / 90th pick / 1978
14 Richard Todd 28 QB 16 16 207 6-2 Alabama 11/19/1953 5 11 New York Jets / 1st / 6th pick / 1976
70 Stan Waldemore 26 g 16 2 263 6-4 Nebraska 2/20/1955 3 2 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 70th pick / 1978
85 Wesley Walker 26 WR 13 13 179 6-0 California 5/26/1955 4 7 New York Jets / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1977
72 Chris Ward 26 LT 16 16 267 6-3 Ohio St. 12/16/1955 3 7 New York Jets / 1st / 4th pick / 1978
52 Al Washington 23 16 0 235 6-3 Ohio St. 9/25/1958 Rook 1 New York Jets / 4th / 86th pick / 1981
58 Marty Wetzel 23 5 0 235 6-3 Tulane 1/29/1958 Rook 0 New York Jets / 10th / 251st pick / 1981
57 John Woodring 22 12 0 232 6-2 Brown 4/4/1959 Rook 2 New York Jets / 6th / 142nd pick / 1981
Team Total 25.6 16 221.5 6-1.7 2.8