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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)

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 27 5 10 167 for 309, 1,795 yards, 10 td, 10 int, & 11 rushes for 45 yards and 0 td Houston Oilers / 1st / 3rd pick / 1971
RB Ronnie Coleman 25 2 0 171 rushes for 684 yards, 2 td, & 40 catches for 247 yards and 3 td
FB Fred Willis 29 5 12 148 rushes for 542 yards, 2 td, & 32 catches for 255 yards and 1 td Cincinnati Bengals / 4th / 93rd pick / 1971
WR Ken Burrough 28 6 14 51 catches for 932 yards, 7 td, & 3 rushes for 22 yards and 0 td New Orleans Saints / 1st / 10th pick / 1970
WR Billy Johnson 24 2 13 47 catches for 495 yards, 4 td, & 6 rushes for 6 yards and 0 td Houston Oilers / 15th / 365th pick / 1974
TE Mack Alston 29 6 10 19 catches for 174 yards, 1 td Washington Redskins / 11th / 277th pick / 1970
LT Greg Sampson 26 4 7 1 fumble recovered Houston Oilers / 1st / 6th pick / 1972
LG Conway Hayman 27 1 14 Washington Redskins / 6th / 141st pick / 1971
C Carl Mauck 29 7 14 Baltimore Colts / 13th / 337th pick / 1969
RG Ed Fisher 27 2 14 2 fumbles recovered
RT Elbert Drungo 33 7 0 2 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 3rd / 65th pick / 1969
 Defensive Starters
LDE Tody Smith 28 5 7 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 25th pick / 1971
NT Curley Culp* 30 8 0 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 2nd / 31st pick / 1968
RDE Elvin Bethea 30 8 14 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 3rd / 77th pick / 1968
LOLB Ted Washington 28 3 12 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Kansas City Chiefs / 17th / 439th pick / 1972
LILB Steve Kiner 29 6 13 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1970
RILB Gregg Bingham 25 3 14 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Houston Oilers / 4th / 79th pick / 1973
ROLB Robert Brazile* 23 1 14 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Houston Oilers / 1st / 6th pick / 1975
LCB Willie Alexander 27 5 12 Houston Oilers / 6th / 134th pick / 1971
RCB Zeke Moore 33 9 13 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 5th / 127th pick / 1967
SS Mike Reinfeldt 23 Rook 10 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered
FS C.L. Whittington 24 2 13 5 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered
 Special Teams Starters
K Skip Butler 29 5 0 16 of 27 field goals & 24 of 24 extra points Green Bay Packers / 4th / 96th pick / 1970
P Dan Pastorini 27 5 10 70 punts for a 36.7 average, 0 blocked Houston Oilers / 1st / 3rd pick / 1971
PR Billy Johnson 24 2 13 38 punt returns for a 10.6 average and 0 td Houston Oilers / 15th / 365th pick / 1974
KR Billy Johnson 24 2 13 26 kick returns for a 22.3 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 27 LCB 12 12 194 6-2 Alcorn St. 9/21/1949 5 5 Houston Oilers / 6th / 134th pick / 1971
82 Mack Alston 29 TE 14 10 230 6-2 Md-Eastern Shore 4/27/1947 6 2 Washington Redskins / 11th / 277th pick / 1970
48 Bob Atkins 30 14 1 215 6-3 Grambling St. 4/2/1946 8 2 St. Louis Cardinals / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1968
12 Melvin Baker 26 8 0 189 6-0 Texas Southern 8/12/1950 2 0 Miami Dolphins / 8th / 208th pick / 1974
49 Mike Barber 23 2 0 235 6-3 Louisiana Tech 6/4/1953 Rook 0 Houston Oilers / 2nd / 48th pick / 1976
88 Jim Beirne 30 7 0 206 6-2 Purdue 10/15/1946 8 0 Houston Oilers / 4th / 105th pick / 1968
50 Duane Benson 31 14 2 215 6-2 Hamline 8/5/1945 9 3 Oakland Raiders / 11th / 280th pick / 1967
65 Elvin Bethea 30 RDE 14 14 260 6-2 North Carolina A&T 3/1/1946 8 7 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 77th pick / 1968
54 Gregg Bingham 25 RILB 14 14 227 6-1 Purdue 3/13/1951 3 7 Houston Oilers / 4th / 79th pick / 1973
52 Robert Brazile* 23 ROLB 14 14 241 6-4 Jackson St. 2/7/1953 1 9 Houston Oilers / 1st / 6th pick / 1975
00 Ken Burrough 28 WR 14 14 215 6-3 Texas Southern 7/14/1948 6 9 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 10th pick / 1970
68 Al Burton 24 12 6 267 6-5 Bethune-Cookman 3/30/1952 Rook 3
2 Skip Butler 29 K 14 0 201 6-1 Texas-Arlington 10/21/1947 5 4 Green Bay Packers / 4th / 96th pick / 1970
14 Leroy Clark 26 1 0 202 5-11 Prairie View 1/16/1950 Rook 0
47 Ronnie Coleman 25 RB 13 0 195 5-10 Alabama A&M 7/9/1951 2 8
78 Curley Culp* 30 NT 14 0 265 6-2 Arizona St. 3/10/1946 8 8 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 31st pick / 1968
87 Al Darby 22 2 0 221 6-5 Florida 9/14/1954 Rook 0 Seattle Seahawks / 6th / 157th pick / 1976
33 Joe Dawkins 28 14 0 223 6-0 Wisconsin 1/27/1948 6 1 Houston Oilers / 10th / 249th pick / 1970
75 Elbert Drungo 33 RT 14 0 265 6-5 Tennessee St. 4/30/1943 7 5 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 65th pick / 1969
87 Emmett Edwards 24 3 0 187 6-1 Kansas 6/6/1952 1 0 Houston Oilers / 2nd / 40th pick / 1975
40 Ken Ellis 29 1 0 190 5-10 Southern 9/27/1947 6 2 Green Bay Packers / 4th / 93rd pick / 1970
60 Ed Fisher 27 RG 14 14 249 6-3 Arizona St. 5/31/1949 2 5
21 John Hadl 36 qb 14 4 214 6-1 Kansas 2/15/1940 14 2 Detroit Lions / 1st / 10th pick / 1962
San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 24th pick / 1962
30 Don Hardeman 23 13 2 235 6-2 Texas A&M-Kingsville 8/13/1953 1 1 Houston Oilers / 1st / 15th pick / 1975
56 Dennis Havig 27 14 0 253 6-2 Colorado 5/6/1949 4 3 Atlanta Falcons / 8th / 189th pick / 1971
70 Conway Hayman 27 LG 14 14 264 6-3 Delaware 1/9/1949 1 5 Washington Redskins / 6th / 141st pick / 1971
12 Mitch Hoopes 23 1 0 207 6-1 Arizona 7/8/1953 1 0 Dallas Cowboys / 8th / 200th pick / 1975
72 Kevin Hunt 28 lt 13 7 260 6-5 Doane 11/29/1948 4 3 Green Bay Packers / 10th / 246th pick / 1971
15 Al Johnson 26 14 0 200 6-0 Cincinnati 6/17/1950 4 2
84 Billy Johnson 24 KR 14 13 170 5-9 Widener 1/21/1952 2 5 Houston Oilers / 15th / 365th pick / 1974
57 Steve Kiner 29 LILB 14 13 220 6-1 Tennessee 6/12/1947 6 6 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1970
80 John Little 29 14 0 241 6-3 Oklahoma St. 5/3/1947 6 3 New York Jets / 14th / 358th pick / 1970
53 Ron Lou 25 14 0 240 6-2 Arizona St. 7/24/1951 3 3 Houston Oilers / 14th / 339th pick / 1973
55 Carl Mauck 29 C 14 14 243 6-4 Southern Illinois 7/7/1947 7 5 Baltimore Colts / 13th / 337th pick / 1969
22 Zeke Moore 33 RCB 14 13 198 6-3 Lincoln (MO) 12/2/1943 9 5 Houston Oilers / 5th / 127th pick / 1967
71 Joe Owens 30 3 1 245 6-2 Alcorn St. 11/8/1946 6 2 New Orleans Saints / 9th / 215th pick / 1969
7 Dan Pastorini 27 P 13 10 208 6-2 Santa Clara 5/26/1949 5 7 Houston Oilers / 1st / 3rd pick / 1971
37 Mike Reinfeldt 23 SS 11 10 192 6-2 Wisc-Milwaukee 5/6/1953 Rook 4
58 Tim Rossovich 30 14 1 240 6-4 USC 3/14/1946 8 4 Philadelphia Eagles / 1st / 14th pick / 1968
73 Greg Sampson 26 LT 8 7 265 6-6 Stanford 10/25/1950 4 5 Houston Oilers / 1st / 6th pick / 1972
81 John Sawyer 23 te 14 4 230 6-2 Southern Miss 7/26/1953 1 2 Houston Oilers / 11th / 271st pick / 1975
71 Dave Simonson 24 2 0 246 6-6 Minnesota 5/2/1952 2 2 Baltimore Colts / 12th / 292nd pick / 1974
77 Bubba Smith 31 4 0 265 6-7 Michigan St. 2/28/1945 9 2 Baltimore Colts / 1st / 1st pick / 1967
85 Tody Smith 28 LDE 9 7 250 6-5 Michigan St.,USC 12/24/1948 5 6 Dallas Cowboys / 1st / 25th pick / 1971
27 Greg Stemrick 25 14 3 185 5-11 Colorado St. 10/25/1951 1 3
42 Altie Taylor 29 11 0 200 5-10 Utah St. 9/29/1947 7 0 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 34th pick / 1969
89 Earl Thomas 28 7 1 224 6-3 Houston 10/4/1948 5 0 Chicago Bears / 6th / 135th pick / 1971
51 Ted Thompson 23 14 0 220 6-1 SMU 1/17/1953 1 3
59 Ted Washington 28 LOLB 13 12 244 6-1 Miss. Valley St. 2/16/1948 3 6 Kansas City Chiefs / 17th / 439th pick / 1972
28 Mike Weger 31 4 4 200 6-2 Bowling Green 10/2/1945 9 2 Detroit Lions / 9th / 218th pick / 1967
38 C.L. Whittington 24 FS 14 13 200 6-1 Prairie View 8/1/1952 2 7
49 Sam Williams 24 4 0 192 6-2 New Mex. Highlands,California 7/22/1952 2 2 San Diego Chargers / 12th / 289th pick / 1974
44 Fred Willis 29 FB 13 12 212 6-0 Boston Col. 12/9/1947 5 6 Cincinnati Bengals / 4th / 93rd pick / 1971
Team Total 27.2 14 223.7 6-2.0 4.3