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1976 Houston Oilers

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5-9-0, Finished 4th in AFC Central Division  · 1976 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -1.8, Offense: -2.7, Defense: 1.0, SoS: 1.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 222 points (15.9/g), 22nd of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 273 points (19.5/g), 17th.
 Differential of -51 points (-3.6/g), 18th.  Expected W-L: 5.3-8.7.

Coach: Bum Phillips (5-9-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: King Hill
 Defensive Coordinator: Ed Biles
 Other Notable Asst.: Wade Phillips (Linebackers)

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

Team Info

Founder/Owner/Chairman/President/CEO Bud Adams
Head Coach/General Manager Bum Phillips
Defensive Alignment 3-4

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing Penalties
PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD Pen Yds 1stPy
Team Stats 222 3570 878 4.1 33 14 199 227 423 2072 17 19 4.5 110 416 1498 6 3.6 71 99 776 18
Opp. Stats 273 3987 935 4.3 28 17 226 173 345 1915 17 11 4.8 90 540 2072 13 3.8 117 107 963 19
Lg Rank Offense 22 24 11 8 26 3 15 9 18 21 27 27 27 24
Lg Rank Defense 17 10 20 14 8 8 8 18 22 12 19 16 11 9

Team Games & Schedule

Score Offense Defense
Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 12 boxscore W 1-0 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 20 0 21 372 182 190 4 8 110 58 52 2
2 Sun September 19 boxscore W 2-0 @ Buffalo Bills 13 3 11 260 52 208 1 13 168 79 89 2
3 Sun September 26 boxscore L 2-1 Oakland Raiders 13 14 17 268 189 79 1 13 234 128 106 1
4 Sun October 3 boxscore W 3-1 @ New Orleans Saints 31 26 14 255 168 87 1 22 375 270 105 3
5 Sun October 10 boxscore W 4-1 Denver Broncos 17 3 18 312 217 95 8 154 67 87 1
6 Sun October 17 boxscore L 4-2 @ San Diego Chargers 27 30 16 380 329 51 1 24 468 245 223 2
7 Sun October 24 boxscore L 4-3 Cincinnati Bengals 7 27 12 176 148 28 4 18 328 166 162 1
8 Mon November 1 boxscore L 4-4 @ Baltimore Colts 14 38 12 190 107 83 3 25 458 190 268 1
9 Sun November 7 boxscore L 4-5 Cleveland Browns 7 21 11 188 63 125 3 13 262 62 200 1
10 Sun November 14 boxscore L 4-6 @ Cincinnati Bengals 27 31 20 252 111 141 3 15 300 215 85 3
11 Sun November 21 boxscore L 4-7 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 16 32 12 225 124 101 4 17 248 105 143 2
12 Sun November 28 boxscore W 5-7 Atlanta Falcons 20 14 17 359 200 159 2 15 283 165 118 3
13 Sun December 5 boxscore L 5-8 @ Cleveland Browns 10 13 9 175 117 58 4 15 265 89 176 5
14 Sat December 11 boxscore L 5-9 Pittsburgh Steelers 0 21 9 158 65 93 2 20 334 76 258 1

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
7 Dan Pastorini 27 P/QB 13 10 4-6-0 167 309 54.0 1795 10 3.2 10 3.2 67 5.8 5.0 10.7 138.1 68.6 24 234 4.69 3.94 7.2 0 1
21 John Hadl 36 qb 14 4 1-3-0 60 113 53.1 634 7 6.2 8 7.1 69 5.6 3.7 10.6 45.3 60.9 15 123 3.99 2.27 11.7
47 Ronnie Coleman 25 RB 13 13 0 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 1 100.0 0 0.0 -45.0 0.0 0.0 0 0 0.00 -45.00 0.0
Team Total 27.2 14 5-9-0 227 423 53.7 2429 17 4.0 19 4.5 69 5.7 4.5 10.7 173.5 65.4 39 357 4.48 3.37 8.4 0 1
Opp Total 14 173 345 50.1 2259 17 4.9 11 3.2 6.5 6.10 13.1 161.4 74.3 50 344 4.8 4.5 12.7

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
47 Ronnie Coleman 25 RB 13 13 171 684 2 39 4.0 52.6 13.2 40 247 6.2 3 19 3.1 19.0 931 5 8
44 Fred Willis 29 FB 13 12 148 542 2 44 3.7 41.7 11.4 32 255 8.0 1 42 2.5 19.6 797 3 3
30 Don Hardeman 23 13 2 32 114 1 21 3.6 8.8 2.5 7 25 3.6 0 11 0.5 1.9 139 1 0
33 Joe Dawkins 28 14 1 31 61 1 7 2.0 4.4 2.2 3 21 7.0 0 14 0.2 1.5 82 1 0
7 Dan Pastorini 27 P/QB 13 10 11 45 0 11 4.1 3.5 0.8 45 0 6
21 John Hadl 36 qb 14 4 7 11 0 8 1.6 0.8 0.5 11 0 2
84 Billy Johnson 24 KR/PR/WR 14 13 6 6 0 10 1.0 0.4 0.4 47 495 10.5 4 40 3.4 35.4 501 4 3
42 Altie Taylor 29 11 0 5 11 0 8 2.2 1.0 0.5 2 15 7.5 0 8 0.2 1.4 26 0 0
00 Ken Burrough 28 WR 14 14 3 22 0 12 7.3 1.6 0.2 51 932 18.3 7 69 3.6 66.6 954 7 0
12 Melvin Baker 26 8 0 1 2 0 2 2.0 0.3 0.1 3 32 10.7 0 14 0.4 4.0 34 0 0
2 Skip Butler 29 K 14 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 0
82 Mack Alston 29 TE 14 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 19 174 9.2 1 29 1.4 12.4 174 1 1
81 John Sawyer 23 te 14 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 18 208 11.6 1 53 1.3 14.9 208 1 0
89 Earl Thomas 28 7 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 15 3.8 0 14 0.6 2.1 15 0 0
27 Greg Stemrick 25 14 3 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 10 10.0 0 10 0.1 0.7 10 0 0
Team Total 27.2 14 416 1498 6 44 3.6 107.0 29.7 227 2429 10.7 17 69 16.2 173.5 3927 23 26
Opp Total 14 540 2072 13 3.8 148.0 38.6 173 1915 11.1 17 12.4 136.8 3987 30 33

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
84 Billy Johnson 24 KR/PR/WR 14 13 38 403 0 46 10.6 26 579 0 53 22.3 1483
42 Altie Taylor 29 11 0 15 302 0 32 20.1 328
15 Al Johnson 26 14 0 8 150 0 25 18.8 150
47 Ronnie Coleman 25 RB 13 13 7 91 1 69 13.0 1022
30 Don Hardeman 23 13 2 7 171 0 40 24.4 310
38 C.L. Whittington 24 FS 14 13 3 10 0 7 3.3 106
12 Melvin Baker 26 8 0 1 15 0 15 15.0 49
88 Jim Beirne 30 7 0 1 12 0 12 12.0 12
Team Total 27.2 14 48 504 1 69 10.5 58 1229 0 53 21.2 5731
Opp Total 14 60 659 0 11.0 53 1125 0 21.2

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
7 Dan Pastorini 27 P/QB 13 10 70 2571 74 0 36.7
2 Skip Butler 29 K 14 0 1 1 4 4 10 7 8 3 4 1 27 16 59.3% 24 24 100.0% 11 370 39 1 33.6
14 Leroy Clark 26 p 1 0 10 335 47 0 33.5
12 Mitch Hoopes 23 p 1 0 7 221 38 0 31.6
81 John Sawyer 23 te 14 4 1 32 32 0 32.0
Team Total 27.2 14 1 1 4 4 10 7 8 3 4 1 27 16 59.3% 24 24 100.0% 99 3529 74 1 35.6
Opp Total 14 29 18 62.1% 31 29 93.5% 96 3715 38.7

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Sk Tkl Ast Sfty
47 Ronnie Coleman 25 RB 13 13 0 8 2 0 0
38 C.L. Whittington 24 FS 14 13 5 103 0 50 0 0 1 2 96 1
7 Dan Pastorini 27 P/QB 13 10 0 6 0 0 0
84 Billy Johnson 24 KR/PR/WR 14 13 0 3 1 0 0
54 Gregg Bingham 25 RILB 14 14 2 18 0 15 0 0 0 1 0 0
21 John Hadl 36 qb 14 4 0 2 1 0 0
37 Mike Reinfeldt 23 SS 11 10 1 19 0 19 0 0 0 2 0 0
44 Fred Willis 29 FB 13 12 0 3 0 0 0
65 Elvin Bethea 30 RDE 14 14 0 0 2 4 0
52 Robert Brazile* 23 ROLB 14 14 1 8 0 8 0 0 0 1 0 0
78 Curley Culp* 30 NT 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
75 Elbert Drungo 33 RT 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
60 Ed Fisher 27 RG 14 14 0 0 2 0 0
12 Mitch Hoopes 23 p 1 0 0 1 1 -15 0
58 Tim Rossovich 30 14 1 0 0 2 0 0
27 Greg Stemrick 25 14 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
82 Mack Alston 29 TE 14 10 0 1 0 0 0
88 Jim Beirne 30 7 0 0 0 1 0 0
68 Al Burton 24 12 6 0 0 1 0 0
57 Steve Kiner 29 LILB 14 13 0 0 1 6 0
55 Carl Mauck 29 C 14 14 0 1 0 -20 0
22 Zeke Moore 33 RCB 14 13 1 28 0 28 0
73 Greg Sampson 26 LT 8 7 0 0 1 0 0
81 John Sawyer 23 te 14 4 0 0 1 0 0
59 Ted Washington 28 LOLB 13 12 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 27.2 14 11 176 0 50 0 0 26 28 71 1
Opp Total 14 33 16 39 2

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM 2PA XPM XPA FGM FGA Sfty Pts Pts/G
2 Skip Butler 29 K 14 0 24 24 16 27 72
00 Ken Burrough 28 WR 14 14 7 7 42
47 Ronnie Coleman 25 RB 13 13 2 3 1 6 36
84 Billy Johnson 24 KR/PR/WR 14 13 4 4 24
44 Fred Willis 29 FB 13 12 2 1 3 18
82 Mack Alston 29 TE 14 10 1 1 6
33 Joe Dawkins 28 14 1 1 1 6
30 Don Hardeman 23 13 2 1 1 6
81 John Sawyer 23 te 14 4 1 1 6
38 C.L. Whittington 24 FS 14 13 1 1 6
Team Total 27.2 14 6 17 1 1 25 24 24 16 27 222
Opp Total 14 13 17 1 29 31 18 29 2 273

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type Detail
1 1976-09-12 TAM W, 20-0 2 13 pass Fred Willis 13 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)
2 1976-09-12 TAM W, 20-0 4 42 pass Ken Burrough 42 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)
3 1976-09-19 @ BUF W, 13-3 4 19 rush Don Hardeman 19 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
4 1976-09-26 OAK L, 13-14 4 4 pass Mack Alston 4 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)
5 1976-10-03 @ NOR W, 31-26 1 5 pass Ronnie Coleman 5 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)
6 1976-10-03 @ NOR W, 31-26 3 9 pass Billy Johnson 9 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)
7 1976-10-03 @ NOR W, 31-26 3 22 rush Ronnie Coleman 22 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
8 1976-10-03 @ NOR W, 31-26 3 96 fumble C.L. Whittington 96 yard fumble return (Skip Butler kick)
9 1976-10-10 DEN W, 17-3 2 14 rush Fred Willis 14 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
10 1976-10-10 DEN W, 17-3 4 10 rush Ronnie Coleman 10 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
11 1976-10-17 @ SDG L, 27-30 3 54 pass Ken Burrough 54 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)
12 1976-10-17 @ SDG L, 27-30 4 67 pass Ken Burrough 67 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)
13 1976-10-17 @ SDG L, 27-30 4 32 pass Billy Johnson 32 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)
14 1976-10-24 CIN L, 7-27 4 69 punt Ronnie Coleman 69 yard punt return (Skip Butler kick)
15 1976-11-01 @ BAL L, 14-38 4 53 pass Ken Burrough 53 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)
16 1976-11-01 @ BAL L, 14-38 4 2 rush Joe Dawkins 2 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
17 1976-11-07 CLE L, 7-21 2 7 pass Ronnie Coleman 7 yard pass from John Hadl (Skip Butler kick)
18 1976-11-14 @ CIN L, 27-31 2 34 pass Billy Johnson 34 yard pass from John Hadl (Skip Butler kick)
19 1976-11-14 @ CIN L, 27-31 3 1 rush Fred Willis 1 yard rush (Skip Butler kick)
20 1976-11-14 @ CIN L, 27-31 4 13 pass Ronnie Coleman 13 yard pass from John Hadl (Skip Butler kick)
21 1976-11-21 @ PIT L, 16-32 2 69 pass Ken Burrough 69 yard pass from John Hadl (Skip Butler kick)
22 1976-11-21 @ PIT L, 16-32 4 2 pass John Sawyer 2 yard pass from John Hadl
23 1976-11-28 ATL W, 20-14 2 16 pass Ken Burrough 16 yard pass from John Hadl (Skip Butler kick)
24 1976-11-28 ATL W, 20-14 3 40 pass Billy Johnson 40 yard pass from John Hadl (Skip Butler kick)
25 1976-12-05 @ CLE L, 10-13 4 54 pass Ken Burrough 54 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Skip Butler kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type Detail
1 1976-09-26 OAK L, 13-14 2 9 pass Cliff Branch 9 yard pass from Mike Rae (Fred Steinfort kick)
2 1976-09-26 OAK L, 13-14 4 33 pass Cliff Branch 33 yard pass from Mike Rae (Fred Steinfort kick)
3 1976-10-03 @ NOR W, 31-26 4 60 pass Tinker Owens 60 yard pass from Bobby Scott (Rich Szaro kick)
4 1976-10-03 @ NOR W, 31-26 4 4 pass Henry Childs 4 yard pass from Bobby Douglass (Rich Szaro kick)
5 1976-10-17 @ SDG L, 27-30 2 13 pass Dwight McDonald 13 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Ray Wersching kick)
6 1976-10-17 @ SDG L, 27-30 3 42 rush Bo Matthews 42 yard rush (Ray Wersching kick)
7 1976-10-17 @ SDG L, 27-30 4 81 pass Charlie Joiner 81 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Ray Wersching kick)
8 1976-10-17 @ SDG L, 27-30 4 1 rush Bo Matthews 1 yard rush
9 1976-10-24 CIN L, 7-27 1 7 pass Isaac Curtis 7 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Chris Bahr kick)
10 1976-10-24 CIN L, 7-27 2 14 pass Bruce Coslet 14 yard pass from John Reaves (Chris Bahr kick)
11 1976-10-24 CIN L, 7-27 3 32 fumble Melvin Morgan 32 yard fumble return (Chris Bahr kick)
12 1976-11-01 @ BAL L, 14-38 1 4 rush Roosevelt Leaks 4 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
13 1976-11-01 @ BAL L, 14-38 2 1 rush Don McCauley 1 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
14 1976-11-01 @ BAL L, 14-38 2 1 rush Roosevelt Leaks 1 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
15 1976-11-01 @ BAL L, 14-38 4 1 rush Don McCauley 1 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
16 1976-11-01 @ BAL L, 14-38 4 69 rush Ron Lee 69 yard rush (Toni Linhart kick)
17 1976-11-07 CLE L, 7-21 4 10 pass Brian Duncan 10 yard pass from Greg Pruitt
18 1976-11-07 CLE L, 7-21 4 23 pass Oscar Roan 23 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
19 1976-11-14 @ CIN L, 27-31 3 48 pass Bob Trumpy 48 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Chris Bahr kick)
20 1976-11-14 @ CIN L, 27-31 3 3 pass Bob Trumpy 3 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Chris Bahr kick)
21 1976-11-14 @ CIN L, 27-31 4 1 rush Ken Anderson 1 yard rush (Chris Bahr kick)
22 1976-11-14 @ CIN L, 27-31 4 47 pass Isaac Curtis 47 yard pass from Ken Anderson (Chris Bahr kick)
23 1976-11-21 @ PIT L, 16-32 1 10 rush Rocky Bleier 10 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
24 1976-11-21 @ PIT L, 16-32 3 1 rush Reggie Harrison 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
25 1976-11-21 @ PIT L, 16-32 4 1 rush Reggie Harrison 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
26 1976-11-28 ATL W, 20-14 2 49 pass John Gilliam 49 yard pass from Bubba Bean (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
27 1976-11-28 ATL W, 20-14 3 27 pass Alfred Jenkins 27 yard pass from Scott Hunter (Nick Mike-Mayer kick)
28 1976-12-05 @ CLE L, 10-13 2 37 pass Paul Warfield 37 yard pass from Brian Sipe (Don Cockroft kick)
29 1976-12-11 PIT L, 0-21 2 21 pass Lynn Swann 21 yard pass from Terry Bradshaw (Roy Gerela kick)
30 1976-12-11 PIT L, 0-21 3 11 rush Franco Harris 11 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)
31 1976-12-11 PIT L, 0-21 4 1 rush Terry Bradshaw 1 yard rush (Roy Gerela kick)