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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
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 222 3570 878 4.1 33 14 18 199 227 423 2072 17 19 4.5 110 416 1498 6 3.6 71
Team Defense 273 3987 935 4.3 28 17 19 226 173 345 1915 17 11 4.8 90 540 2072 13 3.8 117
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

W# 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. Player 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 SkYds 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. Player 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. Player 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 10
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 5660
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. Player 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. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD 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 39 33 16 2

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
2 Skip Butler 29 K 14 0 24 16 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 16 222
Opp Total 14 13 17 1 29 18 2 273

Touchdown Log

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