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1983 Houston Oilers

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2-14-0, Finished 4th in AFC Central Division  · 1983 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -11.5, Offense: -3.7, Defense: -7.9, SoS: -0.8, avg is 0.0.

Scored 288 points (18.0/g), 22nd of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 460 points (28.8/g), 27th.
 Differential of -172 points (-10.8/g), 28th.  Expected W-L: 4.0-12.0.

Coach: Ed Biles (0-6-0) and Chuck Studley (2-8-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Kay Dalton
 Defensive Coordinator: Chuck Studley

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 Gifford Nielsen 29 5 7 90 for 175, 1,125 yards, 5 td, 8 int, & 8 rushes for 43 yards and 0 td Houston Oilers / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1978
RB Earl Campbell* 28 5 14 322 rushes for 1,301 yards, 12 td, & 19 catches for 216 yards and 0 td Houston Oilers / 1st / 1st pick / 1978
FB Larry Moriarty 25 Rook 7 65 rushes for 321 yards, 3 td, & 4 catches for 32 yards and 0 td Houston Oilers / 5th / 114th pick / 1983
WR Mike Renfro 28 5 7 23 catches for 316 yards, 2 td, & 1 rush for 3 yards and 0 td Houston Oilers / 4th / 98th pick / 1978
WR Tim Smith 26 3 16 83 catches for 1,176 yards, 6 td, & 2 rushes for 16 yards and 0 td Houston Oilers / 3rd / 79th pick / 1980
TE Chris Dressel 22 Rook 14 32 catches for 316 yards, 4 td, & 1 rush for 3 yards and 0 td Houston Oilers / 3rd / 69th pick / 1983
LT Doug France 30 8 13 1 fumble recovered Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 20th pick / 1975
LG Mike Munchak 23 1 16 Houston Oilers / 1st / 8th pick / 1982
C David Carter 30 6 16 Houston Oilers / 6th / 165th pick / 1977
RG Bruce Matthews 22 Rook 15 Houston Oilers / 1st / 9th pick / 1983
RT Harvey Salem 22 Rook 16 Houston Oilers / 2nd / 30th pick / 1983
 Defensive Starters
LDE Bob Hamm 24 Rook 12 3.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered
NT Brian Sochia 22 Rook 10 2.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered
RDE Jesse Baker 26 4 16 5.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 2nd / 50th pick / 1979
LOLB Avon Riley 25 2 16 0.5 sacks, 1 interception, 3 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 9th / 243rd pick / 1981
LILB Gregg Bingham 32 10 16 0.0 sacks, 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 4th / 79th pick / 1973
RILB Robert Abraham 23 1 13 1.0 sacks, 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 3rd / 77th pick / 1982
ROLB Robert Brazile 30 8 16 2.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 1st / 6th pick / 1975
LCB Steve Brown 23 Rook 10 0.0 sacks, 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 3rd / 83rd pick / 1983
RCB Willie Tullis 25 2 16 0.0 sacks, 5 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 8th / 217th pick / 1981
SS Keith Bostic 22 Rook 12 3.0 sacks, 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1983
FS Carter Hartwig 27 4 16 1.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 8th / 214th pick / 1979
 Special Teams Starters
K Florian Kempf 27 1 0 17 of 21 field goals & 33 of 34 extra points
P John James 34 11 0 79 punts for a 39.7 average, 1 blocked
PR Carl Roaches 30 3 0 20 punt returns for a 8.0 average and 0 td Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 14th / 377th pick / 1976
KR Carl Roaches 30 3 0 34 kick returns for a 18.9 average and 1 td Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 14th / 377th pick / 1976

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
56 Robert Abraham 23 RILB 14 13 228 6-1 North Carolina St. 7/13/1960 1 4 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 77th pick / 1982
31 Gary Allen 23 1 0 183 5-10 Hawaii 4/23/1960 1 0 Houston Oilers / 6th / 148th pick / 1982
86 Walt Arnold 25 te 13 1 228 6-3 New Mexico 8/31/1958 3 1
75 Jesse Baker 26 RDE 16 16 269 6-5 Jacksonville St. 7/10/1957 4 5 Houston Oilers / 2nd / 50th pick / 1979
65 Elvin Bethea 37 7 0 260 6-2 North Carolina A&T 3/1/1946 15 0 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 77th pick / 1968
54 Gregg Bingham 32 LILB 16 16 227 6-1 Purdue 3/13/1951 10 6 Houston Oilers / 4th / 79th pick / 1973
25 Keith Bostic 22 SS 16 12 216 6-1 Michigan 1/17/1961 Rook 4 Houston Oilers / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1983
52 Robert Brazile 30 ROLB 16 16 241 6-4 Jackson St. 2/7/1953 8 6 Houston Oilers / 1st / 6th pick / 1975
Curtis Brown 29 2 0 203 5-10 Missouri 12/7/1954 6 0 Buffalo Bills / 3rd / 59th pick / 1977
24 Steve Brown 23 LCB 16 10 189 5-11 Oregon 3/20/1960 Rook 4 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 83rd pick / 1983
81 Steve Bryant 24 wr 16 6 195 6-2 Purdue 10/10/1959 1 2 Houston Oilers / 4th / 94th pick / 1982
34 Earl Campbell* 28 RB 14 14 232 5-11 Texas 3/29/1955 5 10 Houston Oilers / 1st / 1st pick / 1978
58 David Carter 30 C 16 16 250 6-2 West. Kentucky 11/27/1953 6 7 Houston Oilers / 6th / 165th pick / 1977
87 Dave Casper 32 te 3 2 240 6-4 Notre Dame 9/26/1951 9 1 Oakland Raiders / 2nd / 45th pick / 1974
40 Donnie Craft 24 rb 15 2 206 6-0 Louisville 11/19/1959 1 2 Houston Oilers / 12th / 314th pick / 1982
45 Dwayne Crutchfield 24 2 0 235 6-0 Iowa St. 9/30/1959 1 0 New York Jets / 3rd / 79th pick / 1982
88 Chris Dressel 22 TE 16 14 238 6-4 Stanford 2/7/1961 Rook 3 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 69th pick / 1983
35 Stan Edwards 23 rb 14 1 208 6-0 Michigan 5/20/1960 1 1 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 72nd pick / 1982
43 Vagas Ferguson 26 1 0 204 6-1 Notre Dame 3/6/1957 3 0 New England Patriots / 1st / 25th pick / 1980
78 Jerome Foster 23 de 16 1 268 6-2 Ohio St. 7/25/1960 Rook 1 Houston Oilers / 5th / 139th pick / 1983
77 Doug France 30 LT 13 13 270 6-5 Ohio St. 4/26/1953 8 6 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 20th pick / 1975
90 Bob Hamm 24 LDE 16 12 260 6-4 Nevada 4/24/1959 Rook 4
36 Carter Hartwig 27 FS 16 16 205 6-0 USC 2/27/1956 4 5 Houston Oilers / 8th / 214th pick / 1979
21 Derrick Hatchett 25 1 0 182 5-11 Texas 8/14/1958 3 0 Baltimore Colts / 1st / 24th pick / 1980
23 Greg Hill 22 14 0 194 6-1 Oklahoma St. 2/12/1961 Rook 1 Houston Oilers / 4th / 86th pick / 1983
84 Mike Holston 25 16 0 189 6-3 Morgan St. 1/8/1958 2 2 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 79th pick / 1981
66 Pat Howell 26 7 0 257 6-5 USC 3/12/1957 4 1 Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 49th pick / 1979
50 Daryl Hunt 27 lb 16 3 229 6-3 Oklahoma 11/3/1956 4 2 Houston Oilers / 6th / 143rd pick / 1979
6 John James 34 P 16 0 197 6-3 Florida 1/21/1949 11 2
57 Tim Joiner 22 15 0 235 6-4 LSU 1/7/1961 Rook 1 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 58th pick / 1983
22 Bill Kay 23 lcb 16 6 190 6-1 Purdue 1/10/1960 2 3 Houston Oilers / 6th / 159th pick / 1981
4 Florian Kempf 27 K 16 0 170 5-9 Pennsylvania 5/25/1956 1 5
10 Oliver Luck 23 qb 7 6 196 6-2 West Virginia 4/5/1960 Rook 2 Houston Oilers / 2nd / 44th pick / 1982
8 Archie Manning 34 qb 3 3 212 6-3 Mississippi 5/19/1949 12 2 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 2nd pick / 1971
74 Bruce Matthews 22 RG 16 15 305 6-5 USC 8/8/1961 Rook 7 Houston Oilers / 1st / 9th pick / 1983
89 Mike McCloskey 22 te 16 7 244 6-5 Penn St. 2/2/1961 Rook 1 Houston Oilers / 4th / 88th pick / 1983
26 Darryl Meadows 22 16 0 202 6-1 Toledo 2/15/1961 Rook 1
30 Larry Moriarty 25 FB 16 7 240 6-1 Notre Dame 4/24/1958 Rook 2 Houston Oilers / 5th / 114th pick / 1983
63 Mike Munchak 23 LG 16 16 281 6-3 Penn St. 3/5/1960 1 7 Houston Oilers / 1st / 8th pick / 1982
14 Gifford Nielsen 29 QB 7 7 205 6-4 BYU 10/25/1954 5 3 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1978
21 Tate Randle 24 2 0 202 6-0 Texas Tech 8/15/1959 1 0 Miami Dolphins / 8th / 220th pick / 1982
37 Mike Reinfeldt 30 db 4 4 192 6-2 Wisc-Milwaukee 5/6/1953 7 2
82 Mike Renfro 28 WR 9 7 184 6-0 TCU 6/19/1955 5 3 Houston Oilers / 4th / 98th pick / 1978
53 Avon Riley 25 LOLB 16 16 230 6-3 UCLA 2/10/1958 2 6 Houston Oilers / 9th / 243rd pick / 1981
85 Carl Roaches 30 KR 16 0 168 5-8 Texas A&M 10/2/1953 3 1 Tampa Bay Buccaneers / 14th / 377th pick / 1976
73 Harvey Salem 22 RT 16 16 283 6-6 California 1/15/1961 Rook 7 Houston Oilers / 2nd / 30th pick / 1983
62 John Schuhmacher 28 g 1 1 271 6-3 USC 9/23/1955 5 0 Houston Oilers / 12th / 322nd pick / 1978
83 Tim Smith 26 WR 16 16 201 6-2 Nebraska 3/20/1957 3 10 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 79th pick / 1980
72 Brian Sochia 22 NT 12 10 270 6-3 NW Oklahoma St. 7/2/1961 Rook 3
69 Al Steinfeld 25 8 0 256 6-5 C.W. Post 10/28/1958 1 1
67 Mike Stensrud 27 nt 16 6 280 6-5 Iowa St. 2/19/1956 4 3 Houston Oilers / 2nd / 31st pick / 1979
68 Les Studdard 25 6 0 260 6-4 Texas 12/14/1958 1 0 Kansas City Chiefs / 10th / 262nd pick / 1981
70 Malcolm Taylor 23 de 16 3 288 6-6 Tennessee St. 6/20/1960 1 2 Houston Oilers / 5th / 121st pick / 1982
51 Ted Thompson 30 16 0 220 6-1 SMU 1/17/1953 8 1
76 Morris Towns 29 t 14 3 270 6-4 Missouri 1/10/1954 6 2 Houston Oilers / 1st / 11th pick / 1977
20 Willie Tullis 25 RCB 16 16 193 6-0 Southern Miss,Troy 4/5/1958 2 6 Houston Oilers / 8th / 217th pick / 1981
86 Herkie Walls 22 wr 16 3 159 5-8 Texas 7/18/1961 Rook 3 Houston Oilers / 7th / 170th pick / 1983
64 Ralph Williams 25 1 0 280 6-3 Southern 3/27/1958 1 0
33 J.C. Wilson 27 13 0 178 6-0 Tampa,Pittsburgh 3/11/1956 5 1 Houston Oilers / 8th / 210th pick / 1978
Team Total 25.9 16 226.6 6-1.9 3.2