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1974 Houston Oilers

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7-7-0, Finished 2nd in AFC Central Division  · 1974 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -1.9, Offense: -1.3, Defense: -0.6, SoS: 1.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 236 points (16.9/g), 17th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 282 points (20.1/g), 18th.
 Differential of -46 points (-3.3/g), 18th.  Expected W-L: 5.5-8.5.

Coach: Sid Gillman (7-7-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Bum Phillips

Stadium: Houston Astrodome
 Training Camp: Sam Houston State (Huntsville, Texas)

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 Dan Pastorini 25 3 10 140 for 247, 1,571 yards, 10 td, 10 int, & 24 rushes for -6 yards and 0 td Houston Oilers / 1st / 3rd pick / 1971
RB Vic Washington 28 3 0 74 rushes for 281 yards, 2 td, & 13 catches for 92 yards and 0 td San Francisco 49ers / 4th / 87th pick / 1970
FB Willie Rodgers 25 2 0 122 rushes for 413 yards, 5 td, & 24 catches for 153 yards and 0 td Houston Oilers / 12th / 290th pick / 1972
WR Ken Burrough 26 4 0 36 catches for 492 yards, 2 td, & 1 rush for 0 yards and 0 td New Orleans Saints / 1st / 10th pick / 1970
WR Billy Parks 26 3 0 20 catches for 330 yards, 1 td San Diego Chargers / 6th / 146th pick / 1970
TE Mack Alston 27 4 0 17 catches for 249 yards, 3 td, & 1 rush for -3 yards and 0 td Washington Redskins / 11th / 277th pick / 1970
LT Greg Sampson 24 2 0 Houston Oilers / 1st / 6th pick / 1972
LG Harris Jones 29 3 0 1 fumble recovered
C Sid Smith 26 4 0 Kansas City Chiefs / 1st / 26th pick / 1970
RG Brian Goodman 25 1 0
RT Elbert Drungo 31 5 0 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 65th pick / 1969
 Defensive Starters
LDE Tody Smith 26 3 0 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 25th pick / 1971
LDT Curley Culp 28 6 0 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 31st pick / 1968
RDE Elvin Bethea* 28 6 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 3rd / 77th pick / 1968
LOLB Al Cowlings 27 4 0 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 5th pick / 1970
LILB Gregg Bingham 23 1 14 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Houston Oilers / 4th / 79th pick / 1973
RILB Steve Kiner 27 4 14 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1970
ROLB Ted Washington 26 1 0 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Kansas City Chiefs / 17th / 439th pick / 1972
LCB Willie Alexander 25 3 13 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 6th / 134th pick / 1971
RCB Zeke Moore 31 7 14 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 5th / 127th pick / 1967
SS Al Johnson 24 2 0
FS Bob Atkins 28 6 5 6 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered St. Louis Cardinals / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1968
 Special Teams Starters
K Skip Butler 27 3 0 9 of 19 field goals & 29 of 29 extra points Green Bay Packers / 4th / 96th pick / 1970
P David Beverly 24 Rook 0 79 punts for a 39.2 average, 0 blocked
PR Billy Johnson 22 Rook 0 30 punt returns for a 13.6 average and 0 td Houston Oilers / 15th / 365th pick / 1974
KR Billy Johnson 22 Rook 0 29 kick returns for a 27.1 average and 0 td Houston Oilers / 15th / 365th pick / 1974

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
19 Willie Alexander 25 LCB 14 13 194 6-2 Alcorn St. 9/21/1949 3 4 Houston Oilers / 6th / 134th pick / 1971
82 Mack Alston 27 TE 13 0 230 6-2 Md-Eastern Shore 4/27/1947 4 3 Washington Redskins / 11th / 277th pick / 1970
12 George Amundson 23 14 0 215 6-3 Iowa St. 3/31/1951 1 3 Houston Oilers / 1st / 14th pick / 1973
48 Bob Atkins 28 FS 14 5 215 6-3 Grambling St. 4/2/1946 6 6 St. Louis Cardinals / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1968
52 Duane Benson 29 13 0 215 6-2 Hamline 8/5/1945 7 3 Oakland Raiders / 11th / 280th pick / 1967
65 Elvin Bethea* 28 RDE 14 14 260 6-2 North Carolina A&T 3/1/1946 6 7 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 77th pick / 1968
4 David Beverly 24 P 14 0 180 6-2 Auburn 8/19/1950 Rook 3
54 Gregg Bingham 23 LILB 14 14 227 6-1 Purdue 3/13/1951 1 6 Houston Oilers / 4th / 79th pick / 1973
83 Jerry Broadnax 23 8 0 225 6-2 Southern 8/19/1951 Rook 1
00 Ken Burrough 26 WR 11 0 215 6-3 Texas Southern 7/14/1948 4 6 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 10th pick / 1970
2 Skip Butler 27 K 14 0 201 6-1 Texas-Arlington 10/21/1947 3 2 Green Bay Packers / 4th / 96th pick / 1970
63 Ronnie Carroll 25 14 0 265 6-2 Arkansas,Sam Houston St. 4/11/1949 Rook 3 Buffalo Bills / 12th / 294th pick / 1973
25 John Charles 30 1 0 205 6-0 Purdue 5/9/1944 7 1 Boston Patriots / 1st / 21st pick / 1967
55 Ralph Cindrich 25 6 0 228 6-1 Pittsburgh 10/29/1949 2 2 Atlanta Falcons / 5th / 119th pick / 1972
47 Ronnie Coleman 23 13 0 195 5-10 Alabama A&M 7/9/1951 Rook 2
76 Al Cowlings 27 LOLB 14 0 255 6-5 USC 6/16/1947 4 5 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 5th pick / 1970
78 Curley Culp 28 LDT 8 0 265 6-2 Arizona St. 3/10/1946 6 5 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 31st pick / 1968
58 Marvin Davis 22 13 0 235 6-4 Southern 5/25/1952 Rook 3
10 Lynn Dickey 25 qb 14 4 214 6-3 Kansas St. 10/19/1949 3 3 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 56th pick / 1971
75 Elbert Drungo 31 RT 13 0 265 6-5 Tennessee St. 4/30/1943 5 5 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 65th pick / 1969
29 Leonard Fairley 23 2 0 200 5-11 Alcorn St. 1/2/1951 Rook 2 Houston Oilers / 7th / 157th pick / 1974
70 Ed Fisher 25 11 0 249 6-3 Arizona St. 5/31/1949 Rook 3
69 Solomon Freelon 23 14 0 250 6-2 Grambling St. 2/19/1951 2 3 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 75th pick / 1972
68 Brian Goodman 25 RG 14 0 250 6-2 UCLA 12/7/1949 1 5
36 Bob Gresham 26 14 0 195 5-11 West Virginia 7/9/1948 3 0 New Orleans Saints / 8th / 201st pick / 1971
53 Fred Hoaglin 30 14 0 250 6-4 Pittsburgh 1/28/1944 8 3 Cleveland Browns / 6th / 93rd pick / 1966
72 Kevin Hunt 26 13 0 260 6-5 Doane 11/29/1948 2 3 Green Bay Packers / 10th / 246th pick / 1971
15 Al Johnson 24 SS 14 0 200 6-0 Cincinnati 6/17/1950 2 4
84 Billy Johnson 22 KR 14 0 170 5-9 Widener 1/21/1952 Rook 6 Houston Oilers / 15th / 365th pick / 1974
61 Harris Jones 29 LG 11 0 255 6-5 Johnson C. Smith 10/3/1945 3 5
57 Steve Kiner 27 RILB 14 14 220 6-1 Tennessee 6/12/1947 4 5 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1970
42 Tommy Maxwell 27 13 0 195 6-2 Texas A&M 5/5/1947 5 3 Baltimore Colts / 2nd / 51st pick / 1969
71 Bubba McCollum 22 11 0 250 6-0 Kentucky 9/13/1952 Rook 2
24 Mike Montgomery 25 5 0 210 6-2 Kansas St. 7/10/1949 3 2 San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 65th pick / 1971
22 Zeke Moore 31 RCB 14 14 198 6-3 Lincoln (MO) 12/2/1943 7 5 Houston Oilers / 5th / 127th pick / 1967
20 Billy Parks 26 WR 14 0 185 6-1 Long Beach St. 1/1/1948 3 4 San Diego Chargers / 6th / 146th pick / 1970
7 Dan Pastorini 25 QB 11 10 208 6-2 Santa Clara 5/26/1949 3 7 Houston Oilers / 1st / 3rd pick / 1971
46 Jeff Queen 28 11 0 217 6-1 Morgan St. 8/15/1946 5 0 San Diego Chargers / 12th / 317th pick / 1968
56 Guy Roberts 24 14 0 217 6-1 Maryland 6/12/1950 2 3 Houston Oilers / 8th / 187th pick / 1972
34 Willie Rodgers 25 FB 14 0 210 6-0 Kentucky St. 2/8/1949 2 6 Houston Oilers / 12th / 290th pick / 1972
73 Greg Sampson 24 LT 14 0 265 6-6 Stanford 10/25/1950 2 5 Houston Oilers / 1st / 6th pick / 1972
64 Ron Saul 26 14 0 255 6-2 Michigan St. 2/5/1948 4 3 Houston Oilers / 5th / 110th pick / 1970
45 Jeff Severson 25 14 0 183 6-1 Long Beach St. 9/16/1949 2 2 Washington Redskins / 12th / 297th pick / 1971
77 Sid Smith 26 C 11 0 260 6-4 USC 7/6/1948 4 5 Kansas City Chiefs / 1st / 26th pick / 1970
85 Tody Smith 26 LDE 14 0 250 6-5 Michigan St.,USC 12/24/1948 3 6 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 25th pick / 1971
59 Ted Washington 26 ROLB 14 0 244 6-1 Miss. Valley St. 2/16/1948 1 6 Kansas City Chiefs / 17th / 439th pick / 1972
23 Vic Washington 28 RB 12 0 197 5-11 Wyoming 3/23/1946 3 4 San Francisco 49ers / 4th / 87th pick / 1970
41 Terry Wells 23 6 0 195 5-11 Southern Miss 4/20/1951 Rook 0
79 Jim White 26 12 0 256 6-4 Colorado St. 9/5/1948 2 3 New England Patriots / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1972
38 C.L. Whittington 22 14 9 200 6-1 Prairie View 8/1/1952 Rook 2
44 Fred Willis 27 10 0 212 6-0 Boston Col. 12/9/1947 3 4 Cincinnati Bengals / 4th / 93rd pick / 1971
Team Total 25.7 14 223.7 6-1.8 2.8