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1981 Houston Oilers

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7-9-0, Finished 3rd in AFC Central Division  · 1981 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -4.7, Offense: -3.1, Defense: -1.6, SoS: -0.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 281 points (17.6/g), 23rd of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 355 points (22.2/g), 18th.
 Differential of -74 points (-4.6/g), 24th.  Expected W-L: 5.8-10.2.

Coach: Ed Biles (7-9-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Jim Shofner
 Defensive Coordinator: Dick Nolan

Stadium: Houston Astrodome
 Training Camp: Angelo State (San Angelo, 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 Ken Stabler 36 11 12 165 for 285, 1,988 yards, 14 td, 18 int, & 10 rushes for -3 yards and 0 td Oakland Raiders / 2nd / 52nd pick / 1968
RB Earl Campbell* 26 3 16 361 rushes for 1,376 yards, 10 td, & 36 catches for 156 yards and 0 td Houston Oilers / 1st / 1st pick / 1978
FB Tim Wilson 27 4 9 13 rushes for 35 yards, 0 td, & 5 catches for 33 yards and 0 td Houston Oilers / 3rd / 66th pick / 1977
WR Ken Burrough 33 11 16 40 catches for 668 yards, 7 td New Orleans Saints / 1st / 10th pick / 1970
WR Mike Renfro 26 3 12 39 catches for 451 yards, 1 td Houston Oilers / 4th / 98th pick / 1978
TE Dave Casper 30 7 11 33 catches for 572 yards, 8 td Oakland Raiders / 2nd / 45th pick / 1974
LT Leon Gray* 30 8 16 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 78th pick / 1973
LG John Schuhmacher 26 3 15 1 fumble recovered Houston Oilers / 12th / 322nd pick / 1978
C David Carter 28 4 13 1 fumble recovered Houston Oilers / 6th / 165th pick / 1977
RG Ed Fisher 32 7 16
RT Morris Towns 27 4 16 Houston Oilers / 1st / 11th pick / 1977
 Defensive Starters
LDE Andy Dorris 30 8 15 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Cleveland Browns / 4th / 93rd pick / 1973
NT Ken Kennard 27 4 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
RDE Elvin Bethea 35 13 14 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 77th pick / 1968
LOLB Ted Washington 33 8 16 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Kansas City Chiefs / 17th / 439th pick / 1972
LILB Gregg Bingham 30 8 16 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Houston Oilers / 4th / 79th pick / 1973
RILB Daryl Hunt 25 2 13 Houston Oilers / 6th / 143rd pick / 1979
ROLB Robert Brazile* 28 6 16 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 1st / 6th pick / 1975
LCB J.C. Wilson 25 3 14 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 8th / 210th pick / 1978
RCB Greg Stemrick 30 6 15 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered
SS Vernon Perry 28 2 16 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
FS Mike Reinfeldt 28 5 16 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered
 Special Teams Starters
K Toni Fritsch 36 10 0 15 of 22 field goals & 32 of 34 extra points
P Cliff Parsley 27 4 0 79 punts for a 39.7 average, 0 blocked New Orleans Saints / 6th / 147th pick / 1977
PR Carl Roaches* 28 1 0 39 punt returns for a 7.6 average and 0 td Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 14th / 377th pick / 1976
KR Willie Tullis 23 Rook 0 32 kick returns for a 24.3 average and 1 td Houston Oilers / 8th / 217th pick / 1981

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
39 Adger Armstrong 24 rb 16 2 213 6-0 Texas A&M 6/21/1957 1 4
11 Harold Bailey 24 11 0 195 6-2 Oklahoma St. 4/12/1957 Rook 0 Houston Oilers / 8th / 217th pick / 1980
75 Jesse Baker 24 de 16 2 269 6-5 Jacksonville St. 7/10/1957 2 2 Houston Oilers / 2nd / 50th pick / 1979
86 Mike Barber 28 te 16 5 235 6-3 Louisiana Tech 6/4/1953 5 2 Houston Oilers / 2nd / 48th pick / 1976
65 Elvin Bethea 35 RDE 15 14 260 6-2 North Carolina A&T 3/1/1946 13 6 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 77th pick / 1968
54 Gregg Bingham 30 LILB 16 16 227 6-1 Purdue 3/13/1951 8 7 Houston Oilers / 4th / 79th pick / 1973
52 Robert Brazile* 28 ROLB 16 16 241 6-4 Jackson St. 2/7/1953 6 10 Houston Oilers / 1st / 6th pick / 1975
88 Billy Brooks 28 3 0 204 6-3 Oklahoma 7/22/1953 5 0 Cincinnati Bengals / 1st / 11th pick / 1976
00 Ken Burrough 33 WR 16 16 215 6-3 Texas Southern 7/14/1948 11 6 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 10th pick / 1970
34 Earl Campbell* 26 RB 16 16 232 5-11 Texas 3/29/1955 3 10 Houston Oilers / 1st / 1st pick / 1978
26 Rob Carpenter 26 rb 4 4 224 6-1 Miami (OH) 4/20/1955 4 1 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 84th pick / 1977
58 David Carter 28 C 16 13 250 6-2 West. Kentucky 11/27/1953 4 6 Houston Oilers / 6th / 165th pick / 1977
87 Dave Casper 30 TE 16 11 240 6-4 Notre Dame 9/26/1951 7 5 Oakland Raiders / 2nd / 45th pick / 1974
47 Ronnie Coleman 30 16 0 195 5-10 Alabama A&M 7/9/1951 7 3
57 John Corker 23 11 0 240 6-5 Oklahoma St. 12/29/1958 1 1 Houston Oilers / 5th / 134th pick / 1980
66 Greg Davidson 23 16 0 250 6-2 North Texas 4/24/1958 1 1
69 Andy Dorris 30 LDE 15 15 238 6-4 New Mexico St. 8/11/1951 8 6 Cleveland Browns / 4th / 93rd pick / 1973
78 Nick Eyre 22 6 0 276 6-5 BYU 6/16/1959 Rook 0 Houston Oilers / 4th / 106th pick / 1981
77 Angelo Fields 24 14 0 321 6-6 Michigan St. 9/15/1957 1 1 Houston Oilers / 2nd / 38th pick / 1980
60 Ed Fisher 32 RG 16 16 249 6-3 Arizona St. 5/31/1949 7 7
16 Toni Fritsch 36 K 16 0 190 5-7 none 7/10/1945 10 4
74 Leon Gray* 30 LT 16 16 256 6-3 Jackson St. 11/15/1951 8 9 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 78th pick / 1973
36 Carter Hartwig 25 db 16 1 205 6-0 USC 2/27/1956 2 2 Houston Oilers / 8th / 214th pick / 1979
84 Mike Holston 23 wr 16 4 189 6-3 Morgan St. 1/8/1958 Rook 4 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 79th pick / 1981
50 Daryl Hunt 25 RILB 16 13 229 6-3 Oklahoma 11/3/1956 2 5 Houston Oilers / 6th / 143rd pick / 1979
22 Bill Kay 21 db 16 2 190 6-1 Purdue 1/10/1960 Rook 2 Houston Oilers / 6th / 159th pick / 1981
71 Ken Kennard 27 NT 16 16 248 6-2 Angelo State (TX) 10/4/1954 4 7
55 Carl Mauck 34 c 14 4 243 6-4 Southern Illinois 7/7/1947 12 2 Baltimore Colts / 13th / 337th pick / 1969
14 Gifford Nielsen 27 qb 5 2 205 6-4 BYU 10/25/1954 3 2 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1978
18 Cliff Parsley 27 P 16 0 211 6-1 Oklahoma St. 12/26/1954 4 2 New Orleans Saints / 6th / 147th pick / 1977
32 Vernon Perry 28 SS 16 16 211 6-2 Jackson St. 9/22/1953 2 7
8 John Reaves 31 qb 5 2 210 6-3 Florida 3/2/1950 9 1 Philadelphia Eagles / 1st / 14th pick / 1972
37 Mike Reinfeldt 28 FS 16 16 192 6-2 Wisc-Milwaukee 5/6/1953 5 7
82 Mike Renfro 26 WR 12 12 184 6-0 TCU 6/19/1955 3 4 Houston Oilers / 4th / 98th pick / 1978
53 Avon Riley 23 16 0 230 6-3 UCLA 2/10/1958 Rook 1 Houston Oilers / 9th / 243rd pick / 1981
85 Carl Roaches* 28 PR 16 0 168 5-8 Texas A&M 10/2/1953 1 1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 14th / 377th pick / 1976
62 John Schuhmacher 26 LG 16 15 271 6-3 USC 9/23/1955 3 6 Houston Oilers / 12th / 322nd pick / 1978
90 Daryle Skaugstad 24 16 0 254 6-5 California 4/8/1957 Rook 2 Houston Oilers / 2nd / 52nd pick / 1980
83 Tim Smith 24 wr 4 1 201 6-2 Nebraska 3/20/1957 1 0 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 79th pick / 1980
12 Ken Stabler 36 QB 13 12 215 6-3 Alabama 12/25/1945 11 5 Oakland Raiders / 2nd / 52nd pick / 1968
27 Greg Stemrick 30 RCB 16 15 185 5-11 Colorado St. 10/25/1951 6 6
67 Mike Stensrud 25 nt 16 1 280 6-5 Iowa St. 2/19/1956 2 2 Houston Oilers / 2nd / 31st pick / 1979
56 Art Stringer 27 lb 5 1 223 6-1 Ball St. 1/30/1954 4 1 Houston Oilers / 9th / 256th pick / 1976
28 Rich Thomaselli 24 12 0 199 6-1 West Virginia Wesleyan 2/26/1957 Rook 0
51 Ted Thompson 28 lb 16 2 220 6-1 SMU 1/17/1953 6 1
76 Morris Towns 27 RT 16 16 270 6-4 Missouri 1/10/1954 4 7 Houston Oilers / 1st / 11th pick / 1977
20 Willie Tullis 23 KR 16 0 193 6-0 Southern Miss,Troy 4/5/1958 Rook 1 Houston Oilers / 8th / 217th pick / 1981
59 Ted Washington 33 LOLB 16 16 244 6-1 Miss. Valley St. 2/16/1948 8 7 Kansas City Chiefs / 17th / 439th pick / 1972
33 J.C. Wilson 25 LCB 16 14 178 6-0 Tampa,Pittsburgh 3/11/1956 3 6 Houston Oilers / 8th / 210th pick / 1978
45 Tim Wilson 27 FB 16 9 226 6-3 Maryland 1/14/1954 4 1 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 66th pick / 1977
Team Total 27.3 16 225.9 6-2.0 4.2