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1972 Los Angeles Rams

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6-7-1, Finished 3rd in NFC West Division  · 1972 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -0.5, Offense: 0.1, Defense: -0.6, SoS: -0.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 291 points (20.8/g), 14th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 286 points (20.4/g), 16th.
 Differential of 5 points (0.4/g), 15th.  Expected W-L: 7.1-6.9.

Coach: Tommy Prothro (6-7-1)

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

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 Roman Gabriel 32 10 12 165 for 323, 2,027 yards, 12 td, 15 int, & 14 rushes for 16 yards and 1 td Oakland Raiders / 1st / 1st pick / 1962
Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 2nd pick / 1962
RB Jim Bertelsen 22 Rook 7 123 rushes for 581 yards, 5 td, & 29 catches for 331 yards and 1 td Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 30th pick / 1972
FB Willie Ellison 27 5 12 170 rushes for 764 yards, 5 td, & 23 catches for 141 yards and 1 td Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1967
WR Lance Rentzel 29 7 14 27 catches for 365 yards, 1 td, & 7 rushes for 71 yards and 1 td Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 23rd pick / 1965
Buffalo Bills / 6th / 48th pick / 1965
WR Jack Snow 29 7 14 30 catches for 590 yards, 4 td Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 8th pick / 1965
San Diego Chargers / 7th / 54th pick / 1965
TE Bob Klein 25 3 13 29 catches for 330 yards, 1 td, & 1 rush for -7 yards and 0 td Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 21st pick / 1969
LT Charlie Cowan 34 11 13 Denver Broncos / 5th / 33rd pick / 1961
Los Angeles Rams / 4th / 45th pick / 1961
LG Tom Mack* 29 6 12 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 2nd pick / 1966
C Ken Iman 33 12 14
RG Joe Scibelli 33 11 13 New York Titans / 10th / 77th pick / 1961
Los Angeles Rams / 10th / 130th pick / 1961
RT Harry Schuh 30 7 14 2 fumbles recovered Oakland Raiders / 1st / 3rd pick / 1965
 Defensive Starters
LDE Jack Youngblood 22 1 9 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 20th pick / 1971
LDT Merlin Olsen* 32 10 14 Denver Broncos / 1st / 2nd pick / 1962
Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 3rd pick / 1962
RDT Larry Brooks 22 Rook 7 Los Angeles Rams / 14th / 355th pick / 1972
RDE Coy Bacon* 30 4 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
LLB Jim Purnell 31 8 12 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered
MLB Marlin McKeever 32 11 14 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 4th pick / 1961
San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 23rd pick / 1961
RLB Isiah Robertson 23 1 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 10th pick / 1971
LCB Al Clark 24 1 6 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 3rd / 72nd pick / 1971
RCB Gene Howard 26 4 13 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered New Orleans Saints / 7th / 175th pick / 1968
SS Dave Elmendorf 23 1 14 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 63rd pick / 1971
FS Jim Nettles 30 7 14 6 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
 Special Teams Starters
K David Ray 28 3 0 24 of 41 field goals & 31 of 31 extra points Cleveland Browns / 16th / 243rd pick / 1966
P Dave Chapple* 25 1 0 53 punts for a 44.2 average, 0 blocked San Francisco 49ers / 10th / 250th pick / 1969
PR Jim Bertelsen 22 Rook 7 16 punt returns for a 14.5 average and 0 td Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 30th pick / 1972
KR Willie Ellison 27 5 12 14 kick returns for a 24.6 average and 0 td Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1967

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
79 Coy Bacon* 30 RDE 14 14 270 6-4 Jackson St. 8/30/1942 4 9
12 Pete Beathard 30 qb 14 2 200 6-1 USC 3/7/1942 8 1 Kansas City Chiefs / 1st / 2nd pick / 1964
Detroit Lions / 1st / 5th pick / 1964
45 Jim Bertelsen 22 PR 14 7 205 5-11 Texas 2/26/1950 Rook 9 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 30th pick / 1972
90 Larry Brooks 22 RDT 8 7 255 6-3 Virginia St. 6/10/1950 Rook 4 Los Angeles Rams / 14th / 355th pick / 1972
10 Dave Chapple* 25 P 14 0 184 6-0 California-Santa Barbara 3/30/1947 1 3 San Francisco 49ers / 10th / 250th pick / 1969
44 Al Clark 24 LCB 14 6 185 6-0 Grambling St.,Northern Arizona,East. Michigan 2/29/1948 1 4 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 72nd pick / 1971
73 Charlie Cowan 34 LT 13 13 264 6-4 New Mex. Highlands 6/19/1938 11 7 Denver Broncos / 5th / 33rd pick / 1961
Los Angeles Rams / 4th / 45th pick / 1961
88 Pat Curran 27 te 10 1 238 6-4 Iowa St.,Lakeland 9/21/1945 3 0 Los Angeles Rams / 6th / 151st pick / 1969
89 Fred Dryer 26 de 14 3 240 6-6 San Diego St. 7/6/1946 3 3 New York Giants / 1st / 13th pick / 1969
33 Willie Ellison 27 FB 13 12 210 6-2 Texas Southern 11/1/1945 5 8 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1967
42 Dave Elmendorf 23 SS 14 14 195 6-1 Texas A&M 6/20/1949 1 8 Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 63rd pick / 1971
18 Roman Gabriel 32 QB 14 12 220 6-5 North Carolina St. 8/5/1940 10 9 Oakland Raiders / 1st / 1st pick / 1962
Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 2nd pick / 1962
36 Ken Geddes 26 lb 2 2 235 6-3 Nebraska 9/27/1946 1 1 Detroit Lions / 7th / 175th pick / 1970
5 Dick Gordon 28 4 0 190 5-11 Michigan St. 1/1/1944 7 0 Chicago Bears / 7th / 88th pick / 1965
56 Dean Halverson 26 14 0 230 6-2 Washington 8/24/1946 4 4 Los Angeles Rams / 13th / 351st pick / 1968
21 Gene Howard 26 RCB 13 13 190 6-0 Langston 12/22/1946 4 8 New Orleans Saints / 7th / 175th pick / 1968
50 Ken Iman 33 C 14 14 240 6-1 SE Missouri St. 2/8/1939 12 8
34 Les Josephson 30 8 1 207 6-1 Augustana (SD) 7/29/1942 8 3
80 Bob Klein 25 TE 14 13 235 6-5 USC 7/27/1947 3 4 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 21st pick / 1969
68 Mike LaHood 28 g 14 3 250 6-3 Wyoming 12/11/1944 3 2 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 51st pick / 1968
49 John Love 28 5 0 185 5-11 North Texas 2/24/1944 5 0 Washington Redskins / 7th / 172nd pick / 1967
65 Tom Mack* 29 LG 14 12 250 6-3 Michigan 11/1/1943 6 11 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 2nd pick / 1966
30 Lawrence McCutcheon 22 3 0 205 6-1 Colorado St. 6/2/1950 Rook 0 Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 70th pick / 1972
86 Marlin McKeever 32 MLB 14 14 235 6-1 USC 1/1/1940 11 8 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 4th pick / 1961
San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 23rd pick / 1961
67 Bill Nelson 24 7 0 270 6-7 Oregon St. 3/9/1948 1 3 Los Angeles Rams / 7th / 168th pick / 1970
19 Jim Nettles 30 FS 14 14 177 5-10 Wisconsin 2/15/1942 7 9
74 Merlin Olsen* 32 LDT 14 14 270 6-5 Utah St. 9/15/1940 10 9 Denver Broncos / 1st / 2nd pick / 1962
Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 3rd pick / 1962
72 Phil Olsen 24 dt 14 7 265 6-5 Utah St. 4/26/1948 1 4 Boston Patriots / 1st / 4th pick / 1970
52 John Pergine 26 12 0 225 6-1 Notre Dame 9/13/1946 3 3 Los Angeles Rams / 11th / 297th pick / 1968
53 Jim Purnell 31 LLB 13 12 229 6-2 Wisconsin 12/12/1941 8 7
27 David Ray 28 K 14 0 195 6-0 Alabama 9/19/1944 3 3 Cleveland Browns / 16th / 243rd pick / 1966
13 Lance Rentzel 29 WR 14 14 202 6-2 Oklahoma 10/14/1943 7 5 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 23rd pick / 1965
Buffalo Bills / 6th / 48th pick / 1965
64 Jack Reynolds 25 14 0 232 6-1 Tennessee 11/22/1947 2 4 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 22nd pick / 1970
58 Isiah Robertson 23 RLB 14 14 225 6-3 Southern 8/17/1949 1 7 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 10th pick / 1971
61 Rich Saul 24 14 1 241 6-3 Michigan St. 2/5/1948 2 4 Los Angeles Rams / 8th / 204th pick / 1970
76 Harry Schuh 30 RT 14 14 260 6-3 Memphis 9/25/1942 7 8 Oakland Raiders / 1st / 3rd pick / 1965
71 Joe Scibelli 33 RG 13 13 256 6-1 Notre Dame 4/19/1939 11 7 New York Titans / 10th / 77th pick / 1961
Los Angeles Rams / 10th / 130th pick / 1961
38 Larry Smith 25 rb 12 3 220 6-3 Florida 9/2/1947 3 5 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 8th pick / 1969
84 Jack Snow 29 WR 14 14 190 6-2 Notre Dame 1/25/1943 7 8 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 8th pick / 1965
San Diego Chargers / 7th / 54th pick / 1965
82 Joe Sweet 24 11 0 196 6-2 Tennessee St. 7/5/1948 Rook 0 Los Angeles Rams / 17th / 435th pick / 1971
35 Bob Thomas 24 rb 14 5 201 5-10 Arizona St. 8/23/1948 1 5 Cincinnati Bengals / 15th / 379th pick / 1971
24 Clancy Williams 30 lcb 9 6 194 6-3 Washington St. 9/24/1942 7 3 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 9th pick / 1965
San Diego Chargers / 8th / 62nd pick / 1965
75 John Williams 27 t 14 1 256 6-3 Minnesota 10/27/1945 4 2 Baltimore Colts / 1st / 23rd pick / 1968
46 Roger Williams 27 14 2 180 5-10 Grambling St. 7/1/1945 1 3 Los Angeles Rams / 13th / 333rd pick / 1969
85 Jack Youngblood 22 LDE 14 9 247 6-4 Florida 1/26/1950 1 6 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 20th pick / 1971
Team Total 27.2 14 223.3 6-2.0 4.4