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1978 Houston Oilers

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10-6-0, Finished 2nd in AFC Central Division  · 1978 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -0.4, Offense: -0.6, Defense: 0.2, SoS: 0.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 283 points (17.7/g), 14th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 298 points (18.6/g), 16th.
 Differential of -15 points (-0.9/g), 15th.  Expected W-L: 7.5-8.5.

Coach: Bum Phillips (10-6-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Ed Biles
 Other Notable Asst.: Wade Phillips (Defensive Line)

Stadium: Houston Astrodome
 Training Camp: Angelo State (San Angelo, Texas)

Starters

Hide Non-primary Starters · ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Pos Player Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Dan Pastorini 29 7 16 199 for 368, 2,473 yards, 16 td, 17 int, & 18 rushes for 11 yards and 0 td Houston Oilers / 1st / 3rd pick / 1971
RB Earl Campbell*+ 23 Rook 14 302 rushes for 1,450 yards, 13 td, & 12 catches for 48 yards and 0 td Houston Oilers / 1st / 1st pick / 1978
FB Tim Wilson 24 1 13 126 rushes for 431 yards, 0 td, & 15 catches for 91 yards and 1 td Houston Oilers / 3rd / 66th pick / 1977
WR Ken Burrough 30 8 16 47 catches for 624 yards, 2 td, & 3 rushes for -11 yards and 0 td New Orleans Saints / 1st / 10th pick / 1970
WR Mike Renfro 23 Rook 10 26 catches for 339 yards, 2 td, & 1 rush for 9 yards and 0 td Houston Oilers / 4th / 98th pick / 1978
TE Mike Barber 25 2 16 32 catches for 513 yards, 3 td, & 2 rushes for 14 yards and 0 td Houston Oilers / 2nd / 48th pick / 1976
LT Greg Sampson 28 6 16 2 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 1st / 6th pick / 1972
LG George Reihner 23 1 7 1 fumble recovered Houston Oilers / 2nd / 38th pick / 1977
C Carl Mauck 31 9 16 Baltimore Colts / 13th / 337th pick / 1969
RG Ed Fisher 29 4 16
RT Conway Hayman 29 3 13 Washington Redskins / 6th / 141st pick / 1971
 Defensive Starters
LDE Jim Young 28 1 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
NT Curley Culp* 32 10 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 2nd / 31st pick / 1968
RDE Elvin Bethea* 32 10 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Houston Oilers / 3rd / 77th pick / 1968
LOLB Ted Washington 30 5 16 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Kansas City Chiefs / 17th / 439th pick / 1972
LILB Steve Kiner 31 8 16 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1970
RILB Gregg Bingham 27 5 16 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 4th / 79th pick / 1973
ROLB Robert Brazile*+ 25 3 16 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 1st / 6th pick / 1975
LCB Willie Alexander 29 7 14 5 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Houston Oilers / 6th / 134th pick / 1971
RCB Greg Stemrick 27 3 16 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered
SS Bill Currier 23 1 11 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 9th / 232nd pick / 1977
FS Mike Reinfeldt 25 2 16 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered
 Special Teams Starters
K Toni Fritsch 33 7 0 14 of 18 field goals & 31 of 32 extra points
P Cliff Parsley 24 1 0 91 punts for a 38.9 average, 1 blocked New Orleans Saints / 6th / 147th pick / 1977
PR Ronnie Coleman 27 4 2 16 punt returns for a 8.9 average and 0 td
KR Johnnie Dirden 26 Rook 0 32 kick returns for a 24.4 average and 0 td Houston Oilers / 10th / 1st pick / 1978 Supp

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
19 Willie Alexander 29 LCB 16 14 194 6-2 Alcorn St. 9/21/1949 7 6 Houston Oilers / 6th / 134th pick / 1971
86 Mike Barber 25 TE 16 16 235 6-3 Louisiana Tech 6/4/1953 2 7 Houston Oilers / 2nd / 48th pick / 1976
63 Steve Baumgartner 27 16 0 256 6-7 Purdue 3/26/1951 5 3 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 51st pick / 1973
65 Elvin Bethea* 32 RDE 16 16 260 6-2 North Carolina A&T 3/1/1946 10 7 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 77th pick / 1968
54 Gregg Bingham 27 RILB 16 16 227 6-1 Purdue 3/13/1951 5 6 Houston Oilers / 4th / 79th pick / 1973
52 Robert Brazile*+ 25 ROLB 16 16 241 6-4 Jackson St. 2/7/1953 3 10 Houston Oilers / 1st / 6th pick / 1975
00 Ken Burrough 30 WR 16 16 215 6-3 Texas Southern 7/14/1948 8 8 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 10th pick / 1970
34 Earl Campbell*+ 23 RB 15 14 232 5-11 Texas 3/29/1955 Rook 13 Houston Oilers / 1st / 1st pick / 1978
26 Rob Carpenter 23 11 2 224 6-1 Miami (OH) 4/20/1955 1 5 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 84th pick / 1977
58 David Carter 25 16 0 250 6-2 West. Kentucky 11/27/1953 1 4 Houston Oilers / 6th / 165th pick / 1977
88 Rich Caster 30 14 7 228 6-5 Jackson St. 10/16/1948 8 4 New York Jets / 2nd / 46th pick / 1970
47 Ronnie Coleman 27 PR 15 2 195 5-10 Alabama A&M 7/9/1951 4 5
78 Curley Culp* 32 NT 16 16 265 6-2 Arizona St. 3/10/1946 10 9 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 31st pick / 1968
20 Bill Currier 23 SS 14 11 196 6-0 South Carolina 1/5/1955 1 4 Houston Oilers / 9th / 232nd pick / 1977
28 Anthony Davis 26 2 0 190 5-10 USC 9/8/1952 1 0 New York Jets / 2nd / 37th pick / 1975
67 Jimmy Dean 23 3 0 252 6-4 Texas A&M 1/8/1955 Rook 2 Buffalo Bills / 4th / 86th pick / 1977
81 Johnnie Dirden 26 KR 16 0 188 6-0 Sam Houston St. 3/14/1952 Rook 0 Houston Oilers / 10th / 1st pick / 1978 Supp
69 Andy Dorris 27 16 0 238 6-4 New Mexico St. 8/11/1951 5 3 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 93rd pick / 1973
31 Brian Duncan 26 5 0 201 6-0 SMU 3/31/1952 2 0
60 Ed Fisher 29 RG 16 16 249 6-3 Arizona St. 5/31/1949 4 7
16 Toni Fritsch 33 K 16 0 190 5-7 none 7/10/1945 7 5
70 Conway Hayman 29 LG 16 13 264 6-3 Delaware 1/9/1949 3 6 Washington Redskins / 6th / 141st pick / 1971
15 Al Johnson 28 7 0 200 6-0 Cincinnati 6/17/1950 6 2
84 Billy Johnson 26 5 0 170 5-9 Widener 1/21/1952 4 0 Houston Oilers / 15th / 365th pick / 1974
71 Ken Kennard 24 16 0 248 6-2 Angelo State (TX) 10/4/1954 1 3
57 Steve Kiner 31 LILB 16 16 220 6-1 Tennessee 6/12/1947 8 6 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1970
25 Kurt Knoff 24 16 5 191 6-2 Kansas 4/6/1954 1 2 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1976
55 Carl Mauck 31 C 16 16 243 6-4 Southern Illinois 7/7/1947 9 7 Baltimore Colts / 13th / 337th pick / 1969
24 Alvin Maxson 27 1 0 205 5-11 SMU 11/12/1951 4 0 New Orleans Saints / 8th / 201st pick / 1974
29 Guido Merkens 23 12 0 200 6-1 Sam Houston St. 8/14/1955 Rook 0
14 Gifford Nielsen 24 2 0 205 6-4 BYU 10/25/1954 Rook 0 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1978
18 Cliff Parsley 24 P 16 0 211 6-1 Oklahoma St. 12/26/1954 1 2 New Orleans Saints / 6th / 147th pick / 1977
7 Dan Pastorini 29 QB 16 16 208 6-2 Santa Clara 5/26/1949 7 11 Houston Oilers / 1st / 3rd pick / 1971
39 Larry Poole 26 9 0 195 6-1 Kent St. 7/31/1952 3 0 Cleveland Browns / 9th / 213th pick / 1975
64 George Reihner 23 LG 9 7 263 6-4 Penn St. 4/27/1955 1 3 Houston Oilers / 2nd / 38th pick / 1977
37 Mike Reinfeldt 25 FS 16 16 192 6-2 Wisc-Milwaukee 5/6/1953 2 5
82 Mike Renfro 23 WR 14 10 184 6-0 TCU 6/19/1955 Rook 4 Houston Oilers / 4th / 98th pick / 1978
87 Conrad Rucker 24 13 0 255 6-3 Southern 11/15/1954 Rook 0 Houston Oilers / 6th / 154th pick / 1978
73 Greg Sampson 28 LT 16 16 265 6-6 Stanford 10/25/1950 6 7 Houston Oilers / 1st / 6th pick / 1972
62 John Schuhmacher 23 11 0 271 6-3 USC 9/23/1955 Rook 3 Houston Oilers / 12th / 322nd pick / 1978
27 Greg Stemrick 27 RCB 16 16 185 5-11 Colorado St. 10/25/1951 3 5
53 Art Stringer 24 7 0 223 6-1 Ball St. 1/30/1954 1 3 Houston Oilers / 9th / 256th pick / 1976
51 Ted Thompson 25 16 0 220 6-1 SMU 1/17/1953 3 3
76 Morris Towns 24 RT 16 11 270 6-4 Missouri 1/10/1954 1 5 Houston Oilers / 1st / 11th pick / 1977
46 Robert Turner 24 4 0 200 5-11 Oklahoma St. 3/6/1954 Rook 0 Miami Dolphins / 9th / 237th pick / 1977
59 Ted Washington 30 LOLB 16 16 244 6-1 Miss. Valley St. 2/16/1948 5 6 Kansas City Chiefs / 17th / 439th pick / 1972
38 C.L. Whittington 26 12 0 200 6-1 Prairie View 8/1/1952 4 3
33 J.C. Wilson 22 db 16 2 178 6-0 Tampa,Pittsburgh 3/11/1956 Rook 2 Houston Oilers / 8th / 210th pick / 1978
45 Tim Wilson 24 FB 16 13 226 6-3 Maryland 1/14/1954 1 5 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 66th pick / 1977
42 Robert Woods 23 3 1 170 5-7 Grambling St. 7/3/1955 Rook 1 Kansas City Chiefs / 5th / 134th pick / 1978
77 Jim Young 28 LDE 16 16 260 6-2 Texas Southern 7/8/1950 1 6
Team Total 26.2 16 221.4 6-1.5 3.1