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1997 Tennessee Oilers

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8-8-0, Finished 3rd in AFC Central Division  · 1997 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 1.7, Offense: -0.3, Defense: 1.9, SoS: 0.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 333 points (20.8/g), 14th of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 310 points (19.4/g), 12th.
 Differential of 23 points (1.4/g), 13th.  Expected W-L: 8.7-7.3.

Coach: Jeff Fisher (8-8-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Les Steckel
 Defensive Coordinator: Gregg Williams
 Other Notable Asst.: Mike Munchak (Offensive Line)

Stadium: Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium
 Training Camp: Tennessee State (Nashville, Tennessee)

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 Steve McNair 24 2 16 216 for 415, 2,665 yards, 14 td, 13 int, & 101 rushes for 674 yards and 8 td Houston Oilers / 1st / 3rd pick / 1995
RB Eddie George* 24 1 16 357 rushes for 1,399 yards, 6 td, & 7 catches for 44 yards and 1 td Houston Oilers / 1st / 14th pick / 1996
WR Willie Davis 30 6 15 43 catches for 564 yards, 4 td
WR Chris Sanders 25 2 14 31 catches for 498 yards, 3 td, & 1 rush for -8 yards and 0 td Houston Oilers / 3rd / 67th pick / 1995
TE Michael Roan 25 2 13 12 catches for 159 yards, 0 td Houston Oilers / 4th / 101st pick / 1995
TE Frank Wycheck 26 4 16 63 catches for 748 yards, 4 td Washington Redskins / 6th / 160th pick / 1993
LT Brad Hopkins 27 4 16 1 fumble recovered Houston Oilers / 1st / 13th pick / 1993
LG Bruce Matthews* 36 14 16 2 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 1st / 9th pick / 1983
C Mark Stepnoski 30 8 16 1 fumble recovered Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 57th pick / 1989
RG Kevin Donnalley 29 6 16 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 79th pick / 1991
RT Jon Runyan 24 1 16 Houston Oilers / 4th / 109th pick / 1996
 Defensive Starters
LDE Anthony Cook 25 2 16 0.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 2nd / 35th pick / 1995
LDT Gary Walker 24 2 15 7.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 5th / 159th pick / 1995
RDT Henry Ford 26 3 16 5.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 1st / 26th pick / 1994
RDE James Roberson 26 1 11 2.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
LLB Joe Bowden 27 5 16 2.5 sacks, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Houston Oilers / 5th / 133rd pick / 1992
MLB Barron Wortham 28 3 16 Houston Oilers / 6th / 194th pick / 1994
RLB Lonnie Marts 29 6 14 1.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
LCB Denard Walker 24 Rook 11 0.0 sacks, 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Tennessee Oilers / 3rd / 75th pick / 1997
RCB Darryll Lewis 29 6 16 0.0 sacks, 5 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 2nd / 38th pick / 1991
SS Blaine Bishop* 27 4 14 1.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 8th / 214th pick / 1993
FS Marcus Robertson 28 6 14 0.0 sacks, 5 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Houston Oilers / 4th / 102nd pick / 1991
 Special Teams Starters
K Al Del Greco 35 13 0 27 of 35 field goals & 32 of 32 extra points
P Reggie Roby 36 14 0 73 punts for a 41.8 average, 0 blocked Miami Dolphins / 6th / 167th pick / 1983
PR Mel Gray 36 11 0 17 punt returns for a 8.5 average and 0 td New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1984 Supp
KR Derrick Mason 23 Rook 2 26 kick returns for a 21.2 average and 0 td Tennessee Oilers / 4th / 98th pick / 1997

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
22 Mike Archie 25 5 0 205 5-8 Penn St. 10/14/1972 1 0 Houston Oilers / 7th / 218th pick / 1996
32 Tomur Barnes 27 3 0 188 5-10 North Texas 9/8/1970 3 0
23 Blaine Bishop* 27 SS 14 14 197 5-9 St. Joseph's (IN),Ball St. 7/24/1970 4 8 Houston Oilers / 8th / 214th pick / 1993
58 Joe Bowden 27 LLB 16 16 230 5-11 Oklahoma 2/25/1970 5 7 Houston Oilers / 5th / 133rd pick / 1992
83 Isaac Byrd 23 2 0 188 6-1 Kansas 11/16/1974 Rook 0 Kansas City Chiefs / 6th / 195th pick / 1997
78 Anthony Cook 25 LDE 16 16 295 6-3 South Carolina St. 5/30/1972 2 7 Houston Oilers / 2nd / 35th pick / 1995
84 Willie Davis 30 WR 16 15 180 6-0 Central Arkansas 10/10/1967 6 6
3 Al Del Greco 35 K 16 0 200 5-10 Auburn 3/2/1962 13 3
77 Kevin Donnalley 29 RG 16 16 310 6-5 Davidson,North Carolina 6/10/1968 6 8 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 79th pick / 1991
30 Anthony Dorsett 24 16 0 205 5-11 Pittsburgh 9/14/1973 1 1 Houston Oilers / 6th / 177th pick / 1996
91 Josh Evans 25 15 0 280 6-3 Ala-Birmingham 9/6/1972 2 1
83 Malcolm Floyd 25 1 0 194 6-0 Fresno St. 12/29/1972 3 0 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 101st pick / 1994
92 Henry Ford 26 RDT 16 16 295 6-3 Arkansas 10/30/1971 3 8 Houston Oilers / 1st / 26th pick / 1994
27 Eddie George* 24 RB 16 16 235 6-3 Ohio St. 9/24/1973 1 11 Houston Oilers / 1st / 14th pick / 1996
35 Spencer George 24 5 0 202 5-9 Rice 10/28/1973 Rook 0
21 Mel Gray 36 PR 11 0 167 5-9 Purdue 3/16/1961 11 0 New Orleans Saints / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1984 Supp
93 Mike Halapin 24 dt 3 1 294 6-4 Pittsburgh 7/1/1973 1 0
51 Lemanski Hall 27 lb 16 2 231 6-0 Alabama 11/24/1970 2 2 Houston Oilers / 7th / 220th pick / 1994
33 Ronnie Harmon 33 11 0 200 5-11 Iowa 5/7/1964 11 2 Buffalo Bills / 1st / 16th pick / 1986
99 Kenny Holmes 24 rde 16 5 265 6-4 Miami (FL) 10/24/1973 Rook 4 Tennessee Oilers / 1st / 18th pick / 1997
72 Brad Hopkins 27 LT 16 16 305 6-3 Illinois 9/5/1970 4 8 Houston Oilers / 1st / 13th pick / 1993
24 Steve Jackson 28 lcb 12 5 188 5-8 Purdue 4/8/1969 6 2 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 71st pick / 1991
57 Lenoy Jones 23 16 0 228 6-1 TCU 9/25/1974 1 1
38 Roger Jones 28 2 0 175 5-9 Tennessee St. 4/22/1969 6 0
86 Joey Kent 23 12 0 191 6-1 Tennessee 4/23/1974 Rook 1 Tennessee Oilers / 2nd / 46th pick / 1997
50 Terry Killens 23 16 0 235 6-1 Penn St. 3/24/1974 1 1 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 74th pick / 1996
17 Dave Krieg 39 8 0 193 6-1 Milton 10/20/1958 17 0
66 Jason Layman 24 14 0 310 6-5 Tennessee 7/29/1973 1 1 Houston Oilers / 2nd / 48th pick / 1996
29 Darryll Lewis 29 RCB 16 16 188 5-9 Arizona 12/16/1968 6 8 Houston Oilers / 2nd / 38th pick / 1991
88 Roderick Lewis 26 te 10 1 254 6-5 Arizona 6/9/1971 3 0 Houston Oilers / 5th / 157th pick / 1994
98 Pratt Lyons 23 16 0 295 6-5 Utah St.,Troy 9/17/1974 Rook 2 Tennessee Oilers / 4th / 107th pick / 1997
56 Lonnie Marts 29 RLB 14 14 246 6-2 Tulane 11/10/1968 6 6
82 Derrick Mason 23 KR 16 2 190 5-10 Michigan St. 1/17/1974 Rook 2 Tennessee Oilers / 4th / 98th pick / 1997
74 Bruce Matthews* 36 LG 16 16 305 6-5 USC 8/8/1961 14 10 Houston Oilers / 1st / 9th pick / 1983
28 George McCullough 22 2 0 187 5-10 Baylor 2/18/1975 Rook 0 Tennessee Oilers / 5th / 143rd pick / 1997
87 James McKeehan 24 10 0 251 6-3 Texas A&M 8/9/1973 1 0
9 Steve McNair 24 QB 16 16 235 6-2 Alcorn St. 2/14/1973 2 15 Houston Oilers / 1st / 3rd pick / 1995
97 Bryant Mix 25 1 0 291 6-3 Alcorn St. 7/28/1972 1 0 Houston Oilers / 2nd / 38th pick / 1996
64 Erik Norgard 32 16 0 282 6-1 West. Washington,Colorado 11/4/1965 7 1
16 James Ritchey 24 1 0 220 6-2 S.F. Austin 7/10/1973 Rook 0
80 Michael Roan 25 TE 14 13 251 6-3 Wisconsin 8/29/1972 2 2 Houston Oilers / 4th / 101st pick / 1995
90 James Roberson 26 RDE 15 11 275 6-3 Florida St. 5/3/1971 1 5
31 Marcus Robertson 28 FS 14 14 198 5-11 Iowa St. 10/2/1969 6 8 Houston Oilers / 4th / 102nd pick / 1991
37 Rafael Robinson 28 3 0 200 5-11 Wisconsin 6/19/1969 5 0
7 Reggie Roby 36 P 16 0 249 6-3 Iowa 7/30/1961 14 2 Miami Dolphins / 6th / 167th pick / 1983
69 Jon Runyan 24 RT 16 16 330 6-7 Michigan 11/27/1973 1 8 Houston Oilers / 4th / 109th pick / 1996
85 Derek Russell 28 wr 11 2 195 6-0 Arkansas 6/22/1969 6 2 Denver Broncos / 4th / 89th pick / 1991
81 Chris Sanders 25 WR 15 14 188 6-1 Ohio St. 5/8/1972 2 6 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 67th pick / 1995
73 Scott Sanderson 23 10 0 295 6-6 Washington St. 7/25/1974 Rook 1 Tennessee Oilers / 3rd / 81st pick / 1997
59 Dennis Stallings 23 13 0 240 6-0 Illinois 5/25/1974 Rook 1 Tennessee Oilers / 6th / 181st pick / 1997
53 Mark Stepnoski 30 C 16 16 269 6-2 Pittsburgh 1/20/1967 8 8 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 57th pick / 1989
26 Rayna Stewart 24 ss 16 4 198 5-10 Northern Arizona 6/18/1973 1 3 Houston Oilers / 5th / 143rd pick / 1996
20 Rodney Thomas 24 rb 16 1 210 5-10 Texas A&M 3/30/1973 2 4 Houston Oilers / 3rd / 89th pick / 1995
25 Denard Walker 24 LCB 15 11 190 6-1 LSU 8/9/1973 Rook 5 Tennessee Oilers / 3rd / 75th pick / 1997
96 Gary Walker 24 LDT 15 15 324 6-3 Auburn 2/28/1973 2 7 Houston Oilers / 5th / 159th pick / 1995
42 Armon Williams 24 6 0 221 6-1 Arizona 8/13/1973 Rook 0 Tennessee Oilers / 7th / 216th pick / 1997
52 Barron Wortham 28 MLB 16 16 244 5-11 Texas-El Paso 11/1/1969 3 7 Houston Oilers / 6th / 194th pick / 1994
89 Frank Wycheck 26 TE 16 16 253 6-3 Maryland 10/14/1971 4 8 Washington Redskins / 6th / 160th pick / 1993
Team Total 26.6 16 235.5 6-1.0 3.6