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1971 Los Angeles Rams

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8-5-1, Finished 2nd in NFC West Division  · 1971 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 6.6, Offense: 4.2, Defense: 2.4, SoS: 2.8, avg is 0.0.

Scored 313 points (22.4/g), 5th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 260 points (18.6/g), 8th.
 Differential of 53 points (3.8/g), 10th.  Expected W-L: 8.5-5.5.

Coach: Tommy Prothro (8-5-1)

Stadium: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
 Training Camp: Fullerton State (Fullerton, California)

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 Roman Gabriel 31 9 14 180 for 352, 2,238 yards, 17 td, 10 int, & 18 rushes for 48 yards and 2 td Oakland Raiders / 1st / 1st pick / 1962
Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 2nd pick / 1962
RB Willie Ellison* 26 4 13 211 rushes for 1,000 yards, 4 td, & 32 catches for 238 yards and 0 td Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1967
FB Les Josephson 29 7 9 99 rushes for 449 yards, 3 td, & 26 catches for 230 yards and 2 td
WR Lance Rentzel 28 6 14 38 catches for 534 yards, 5 td, & 14 rushes for 113 yards and 1 td Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 23rd pick / 1965
Buffalo Bills / 6th / 48th pick / 1965
WR Jack Snow 28 6 14 37 catches for 666 yards, 5 td, & 1 rush for -10 yards and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 8th pick / 1965
San Diego Chargers / 7th / 54th pick / 1965
TE Bob Klein 24 2 14 14 catches for 160 yards, 4 td, & 3 rushes for 21 yards and 0 td Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 21st pick / 1969
LT Charlie Cowan 33 10 14 Denver Broncos / 5th / 33rd pick / 1961
Los Angeles Rams / 4th / 45th pick / 1961
LG Tom Mack* 28 5 14 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 2nd pick / 1966
C Ken Iman 32 11 14
RG Joe Scibelli 32 10 14 New York Titans / 10th / 77th pick / 1961
Los Angeles Rams / 10th / 130th pick / 1961
RT Harry Schuh 29 6 14 Oakland Raiders / 1st / 3rd pick / 1965
 Defensive Starters
LDE Deacon Jones 33 10 10 Los Angeles Rams / 14th / 186th pick / 1961
LDT Merlin Olsen* 31 9 14 Denver Broncos / 1st / 2nd pick / 1962
Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 3rd pick / 1962
RDT Phil Olsen 23 Rook 8 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Boston Patriots / 1st / 4th pick / 1970
RDE Coy Bacon 29 3 14 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered
LLB Jim Purnell 30 7 14 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered
MLB Marlin McKeever 31 10 14 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 4th pick / 1961
San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 23rd pick / 1961
RLB Isiah Robertson* 22 Rook 12 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 10th pick / 1971
LCB Jim Nettles 29 6 14 5 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered
RCB Gene Howard 25 3 14 6 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered New Orleans Saints / 7th / 175th pick / 1968
SS Kermit Alexander 30 8 14 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Denver Broncos / 1st / 5th pick / 1963
San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 8th pick / 1963
FS Dave Elmendorf 22 Rook 14 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 63rd pick / 1971
 Special Teams Starters
K David Ray 27 2 0 18 of 29 field goals & 37 of 37 extra points Cleveland Browns / 16th / 243rd pick / 1966
P Pat Studstill 33 10 0 70 punts for a 41.4 average, 0 blocked
PR Alvin Haymond 29 7 0 24 punt returns for a 5.1 average and 0 td Baltimore Colts / 18th / 246th pick / 1964
KR Travis Williams 25 4 0 25 kick returns for a 29.7 average and 1 td Green Bay Packers / 4th / 93rd pick / 1967

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
39 Kermit Alexander 30 SS 14 14 187 5-11 UCLA 1/4/1941 8 7 Denver Broncos / 1st / 5th pick / 1963
San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 8th pick / 1963
79 Coy Bacon 29 RDE 14 14 270 6-4 Jackson St. 8/30/1942 3 7
77 Rich Buzin 25 5 0 255 6-5 Penn St. 1/25/1946 3 3 New York Giants / 2nd / 41st pick / 1968
70 Joe Carollo 31 11 0 265 6-2 Notre Dame 3/25/1940 9 3 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 16th pick / 1962
Dallas Texans / 18th / 139th pick / 1962
73 Charlie Cowan 33 LT 14 14 264 6-4 New Mex. Highlands 6/19/1938 10 7 Denver Broncos / 5th / 33rd pick / 1961
Los Angeles Rams / 4th / 45th pick / 1961
88 Pat Curran 26 14 0 238 6-4 Iowa St.,Lakeland 9/21/1945 2 0 Los Angeles Rams / 6th / 151st pick / 1969
33 Willie Ellison* 26 RB 14 13 210 6-2 Texas Southern 11/1/1945 4 13 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1967
42 Dave Elmendorf 22 FS 14 14 195 6-1 Texas A&M 6/20/1949 Rook 7 Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 63rd pick / 1971
18 Roman Gabriel 31 QB 14 14 220 6-5 North Carolina St. 8/5/1940 9 12 Oakland Raiders / 1st / 1st pick / 1962
Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 2nd pick / 1962
36 Ken Geddes 25 14 0 235 6-3 Nebraska 9/27/1946 Rook 3 Detroit Lions / 7th / 175th pick / 1970
56 Dean Halverson 25 12 0 230 6-2 Washington 8/24/1946 3 3 Los Angeles Rams / 13th / 351st pick / 1968
23 Alvin Haymond 29 PR 10 0 194 6-0 Southern 8/31/1942 7 0 Baltimore Colts / 18th / 246th pick / 1964
21 Gene Howard 25 RCB 14 14 190 6-0 Langston 12/22/1946 3 8 New Orleans Saints / 7th / 175th pick / 1968
50 Ken Iman 32 C 14 14 240 6-1 SE Missouri St. 2/8/1939 11 7
75 Deacon Jones 33 LDE 11 10 272 6-5 South Carolina St.,Miss. Valley St. 12/9/1938 10 5 Los Angeles Rams / 14th / 186th pick / 1961
34 Les Josephson 29 FB 14 9 207 6-1 Augustana (SD) 7/29/1942 7 8
80 Bob Klein 24 TE 14 14 235 6-5 USC 7/27/1947 2 2 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 21st pick / 1969
64 Mike LaHood 27 9 0 250 6-3 Wyoming 12/11/1944 2 3 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 51st pick / 1968
65 Tom Mack* 28 LG 14 14 250 6-3 Michigan 11/1/1943 5 9 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 2nd pick / 1966
48 Matt Maslowski 22 14 0 210 6-3 San Diego 9/10/1949 Rook 1
86 Marlin McKeever 31 MLB 14 14 235 6-1 USC 1/1/1940 10 8 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 4th pick / 1961
San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 23rd pick / 1961
67 Bill Nelson 23 rdt 6 6 270 6-7 Oregon St. 3/9/1948 Rook 3 Los Angeles Rams / 7th / 168th pick / 1970
19 Jim Nettles 29 LCB 14 14 177 5-10 Wisconsin 2/15/1942 6 8
74 Merlin Olsen* 31 LDT 14 14 270 6-5 Utah St. 9/15/1940 9 8 Denver Broncos / 1st / 2nd pick / 1962
Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 3rd pick / 1962
72 Phil Olsen 23 RDT 10 8 265 6-5 Utah St. 4/26/1948 Rook 4 Boston Patriots / 1st / 4th pick / 1970
57 Don Parish 23 1 0 220 6-1 Stanford 1/4/1948 1 2 St. Louis Cardinals / 4th / 91st pick / 1970
52 John Pergine 25 12 2 225 6-1 Notre Dame 9/13/1946 2 3 Los Angeles Rams / 11th / 297th pick / 1968
53 Jim Purnell 30 LLB 14 14 229 6-2 Wisconsin 12/12/1941 7 7
27 David Ray 27 K 14 0 195 6-0 Alabama 9/19/1944 2 3 Cleveland Browns / 16th / 243rd pick / 1966
13 Lance Rentzel 28 WR 14 14 202 6-2 Oklahoma 10/14/1943 6 9 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 23rd pick / 1965
Buffalo Bills / 6th / 48th pick / 1965
64 Jack Reynolds 24 4 0 232 6-1 Tennessee 11/22/1947 1 3 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 22nd pick / 1970
17 Jerry Rhome 29 14 0 190 6-0 SMU,Tulsa 3/6/1942 6 0 Dallas Cowboys / 13th / 172nd pick / 1964
New York Jets / 25th / 195th pick / 1964
58 Isiah Robertson* 22 RLB 14 12 225 6-3 Southern 8/17/1949 Rook 8 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 10th pick / 1971
61 Rich Saul 23 14 0 241 6-3 Michigan St. 2/5/1948 1 4 Los Angeles Rams / 8th / 204th pick / 1970
76 Harry Schuh 29 RT 14 14 260 6-3 Memphis 9/25/1942 6 7 Oakland Raiders / 1st / 3rd pick / 1965
71 Joe Scibelli 32 RG 14 14 256 6-1 Notre Dame 4/19/1939 10 7 New York Titans / 10th / 77th pick / 1961
Los Angeles Rams / 10th / 130th pick / 1961
38 Larry Smith 24 rb 14 6 220 6-3 Florida 9/2/1947 2 8 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 8th pick / 1969
84 Jack Snow 28 WR 14 14 190 6-2 Notre Dame 1/25/1943 6 9 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 8th pick / 1965
San Diego Chargers / 7th / 54th pick / 1965
28 Pat Studstill 33 P 14 0 180 6-0 Houston 6/4/1938 10 3
35 Bob Thomas 23 6 0 201 5-10 Arizona St. 8/23/1948 Rook 0 Cincinnati Bengals / 15th / 379th pick / 1971
44 Lee White 25 7 0 232 6-2 Weber St. 5/9/1946 3 0 New York Jets / 1st / 17th pick / 1968
24 Clancy Williams 29 6 0 194 6-3 Washington St. 9/24/1942 6 2 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 9th pick / 1965
San Diego Chargers / 8th / 62nd pick / 1965
46 Roger Williams 26 4 0 180 5-10 Grambling St. 7/1/1945 Rook 2 Los Angeles Rams / 13th / 333rd pick / 1969
25 Travis Williams 25 KR 14 0 210 6-1 Arizona St. 1/14/1946 4 3 Green Bay Packers / 4th / 93rd pick / 1967
78 Gregory Wojcik 25 10 0 268 6-6 USC 1/27/1946 Rook 3
85 Jack Youngblood 21 de 14 4 247 6-4 Florida 1/26/1950 Rook 2 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 20th pick / 1971
Team Total 27.0 14 226.8 6-2.2 4.3