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1978 Los Angeles Rams

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12-4-0, NFC West Division  · 1978 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 3.2, Offense: 1.3, Defense: 1.9, SoS: -1.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 316 points (19.8/g), 9th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 245 points (15.3/g), 4th.
 Differential of 71 points (4.4/g), 6th.  Expected W-L: 10.3-5.7.

Coach: Ray Malavasi (12-4-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Bud Carson

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

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Pat Haden 25 2 16 229 for 444, 2,995 yards, 13 td, 19 int, & 33 rushes for 206 yards and 0 td Los Angeles Rams / 7th / 176th pick / 1975
RB Cullen Bryant 27 5 9 178 rushes for 658 yards, 7 td, & 8 catches for 76 yards and 0 td Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 31st pick / 1973
FB John Cappelletti 26 4 14 174 rushes for 604 yards, 3 td, & 41 catches for 382 yards and 1 td Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 11th pick / 1974
WR Ron Jessie 30 7 16 49 catches for 752 yards, 4 td Dallas Cowboys / 8th / 206th pick / 1971
WR Willie Miller 31 3 14 50 catches for 767 yards, 5 td, & 1 rush for -7 yards and 0 td Houston Oilers / 12th / 302nd pick / 1975
TE Terry Nelson 27 5 13 23 catches for 344 yards, 0 td, & 6 rushes for 67 yards and 1 td Los Angeles Rams / 4th / 99th pick / 1973
LT Doug France* 25 3 16 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 20th pick / 1975
LG Tom Mack* 35 12 16 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 2nd pick / 1966
C Rich Saul* 30 8 15 Los Angeles Rams / 8th / 204th pick / 1970
RG Dennis Harrah* 25 3 15 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 11th pick / 1975
RT John Williams 33 10 16 Baltimore Colts / 1st / 23rd pick / 1968
 Defensive Starters
LDE Jack Youngblood*+ 28 7 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 20th pick / 1971
LDT Larry Brooks* 28 6 14 Los Angeles Rams / 14th / 355th pick / 1972
RDT Cody Jones* 27 4 16 Los Angeles Rams / 5th / 115th pick / 1973
RDE Fred Dryer 32 9 16 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered New York Giants / 1st / 13th pick / 1969
LLB Jim Youngblood 28 5 16 2 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1973
MLB Jack Reynolds 31 8 16 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 22nd pick / 1970
RLB Bob Brudzinski 23 1 10 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 23rd pick / 1977
LCB Pat Thomas* 24 2 16 8 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 39th pick / 1976
RCB Rod Perry* 25 3 16 8 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Los Angeles Rams / 4th / 98th pick / 1975
SS Dave Elmendorf 29 7 16 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 63rd pick / 1971
FS Bill Simpson 27 4 16 5 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 50th pick / 1974
 Special Teams Starters
K Frank Corral* 23 Rook 0 29 of 43 field goals & 31 of 33 extra points Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 78th pick / 1978
P Glen Walker 26 1 0 83 punts for a 37.0 average, 2 blocked
PR Jackie Wallace 27 4 0 52 punt returns for a 11.9 average and 0 td Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 34th pick / 1973
KR Jerry Latin 25 3 0 22 kick returns for a 21.2 average and 0 td St. Louis Cardinals / 11th / 280th pick / 1975

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
90 Larry Brooks* 28 LDT 14 14 255 6-3 Virginia St. 6/10/1950 6 11 Los Angeles Rams / 14th / 355th pick / 1972
25 Eddie Brown 26 1 0 187 5-11 Tennessee 2/19/1952 4 2 Cleveland Browns / 8th / 199th pick / 1974
59 Bob Brudzinski 23 RLB 16 10 230 6-4 Ohio St. 1/1/1955 1 6 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 23rd pick / 1977
32 Cullen Bryant 27 RB 16 9 234 6-1 Colorado 5/20/1951 5 4 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 31st pick / 1973
22 John Cappelletti 26 FB 14 14 215 6-1 Penn St. 8/9/1952 4 6 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 11th pick / 1974
3 Frank Corral* 23 K 16 0 224 6-2 UCLA 6/16/1955 Rook 3 Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 78th pick / 1978
21 Nolan Cromwell 23 16 0 200 6-1 Kansas 1/30/1955 1 3 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 31st pick / 1977
28 Anthony Davis 26 2 0 190 5-10 USC 9/8/1952 1 0 New York Jets / 2nd / 37th pick / 1975
88 Preston Dennard 23 11 0 185 6-1 New Mexico 11/28/1955 Rook 0
71 Reggie Doss 22 16 0 265 6-4 Hampton 12/7/1956 Rook 4 Los Angeles Rams / 7th / 189th pick / 1978
89 Fred Dryer 32 RDE 16 16 240 6-6 San Diego St. 7/6/1946 9 8 New York Giants / 1st / 13th pick / 1969
55 Carl Ekern 24 16 0 223 6-3 San Jose St. 5/27/1954 2 4 Los Angeles Rams / 5th / 128th pick / 1976
42 Dave Elmendorf 29 SS 16 16 195 6-1 Texas A&M 6/20/1949 7 6 Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 63rd pick / 1971
79 Mike Fanning 25 dt 16 2 255 6-6 Notre Dame 2/2/1953 3 2 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 9th pick / 1975
15 Vince Ferragamo 24 9 0 212 6-3 California,Nebraska 4/24/1954 1 0 Los Angeles Rams / 4th / 91st pick / 1977
77 Doug France* 25 LT 16 16 270 6-5 Ohio St. 4/26/1953 3 8 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 20th pick / 1975
68 Ed Fulton 23 4 0 250 6-3 Maryland 1/27/1955 Rook 2 Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 68th pick / 1977
11 Pat Haden 25 QB 16 16 182 5-11 USC 1/23/1953 2 9 Los Angeles Rams / 7th / 176th pick / 1975
60 Dennis Harrah* 25 RG 15 15 260 6-5 Miami (FL) 3/9/1953 3 6 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 11th pick / 1975
63 Greg Horton 27 2 0 245 6-4 Colorado 1/1/1951 2 2 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 56th pick / 1974
81 Ron Jessie 30 WR 16 16 185 6-0 Kansas 2/4/1948 7 6 Dallas Cowboys / 8th / 206th pick / 1971
43 Jim Jodat 24 16 0 210 5-11 Carthage 3/3/1954 1 1 Los Angeles Rams / 12th / 344th pick / 1976
76 Cody Jones* 27 RDT 16 16 243 6-5 San Jose St. 5/3/1951 4 9 Los Angeles Rams / 5th / 115th pick / 1973
24 Jerry Latin 25 KR 14 0 190 5-10 Northern Illinois 8/25/1953 3 0 St. Louis Cardinals / 11th / 280th pick / 1975
65 Tom Mack* 35 LG 16 16 250 6-3 Michigan 11/1/1943 12 7 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 2nd pick / 1966
44 Larry Marshall 28 3 0 195 5-10 Maryland 3/2/1950 6 2 Kansas City Chiefs / 15th / 387th pick / 1972
30 Lawrence McCutcheon 28 rb 8 7 205 6-1 Colorado St. 6/2/1950 6 3 Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 70th pick / 1972
50 Kevin McLain 24 16 0 230 6-2 Colorado St. 9/15/1954 2 4 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 26th pick / 1976
82 Willie Miller 31 WR 16 14 172 5-9 Colorado St. 4/26/1947 3 6 Houston Oilers / 12th / 302nd pick / 1975
83 Terry Nelson 27 TE 13 13 233 6-2 Ark-Pine Bluff 5/20/1951 5 3 Los Angeles Rams / 4th / 99th pick / 1973
33 Dwayne O'Steen 24 13 0 193 6-1 California,San Jose St. 12/20/1954 Rook 3
49 Rod Perry* 25 RCB 16 16 178 5-9 Colorado 9/11/1953 3 10 Los Angeles Rams / 4th / 98th pick / 1975
39 Rod Phillips 26 rb 15 2 220 6-0 Cincinnati,Jackson St. 12/23/1952 3 1
64 Jack Reynolds 31 MLB 16 16 232 6-1 Tennessee 11/22/1947 8 8 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 22nd pick / 1970
58 Isiah Robertson 29 rlb 13 6 225 6-3 Southern 8/17/1949 7 4 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 10th pick / 1971
54 Dan Ryczek 29 16 0 249 6-3 Virginia 8/24/1949 5 3 Washington Redskins / 13th / 322nd pick / 1971
61 Rich Saul* 30 C 16 15 241 6-3 Michigan St. 2/5/1948 8 6 Los Angeles Rams / 8th / 204th pick / 1970
87 Dwight Scales 25 13 0 178 6-2 Grambling St. 5/30/1953 2 1 Los Angeles Rams / 5th / 155th pick / 1976
48 Bill Simpson 27 FS 16 16 184 6-1 Michigan St. 12/5/1951 4 6 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 50th pick / 1974
78 Jackie Slater 24 16 0 277 6-4 Jackson St. 5/27/1954 2 3 Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 86th pick / 1976
56 Doug Smith 22 c 16 2 259 6-3 Bowling Green 11/25/1956 Rook 1
84 Ron Smith 22 16 0 185 6-0 San Diego St. 11/20/1956 Rook 0 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 53rd pick / 1978
27 Pat Thomas* 24 LCB 16 16 183 5-9 Texas A&M 9/1/1954 2 10 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 39th pick / 1976
26 Wendell Tyler 23 2 0 198 5-10 UCLA 5/20/1955 1 0 Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 79th pick / 1977
80 Billy Waddy 24 wr 11 2 187 5-11 Colorado 2/19/1954 1 2 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 50th pick / 1977
19 Glen Walker 26 P 16 0 210 6-1 USC 1/16/1952 1 1
20 Jackie Wallace 27 PR 14 0 197 6-3 Arizona 3/13/1951 4 0 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 34th pick / 1973
75 John Williams 33 RT 16 16 256 6-3 Minnesota 10/27/1945 10 5 Baltimore Colts / 1st / 23rd pick / 1968
86 Charle Young 27 16 3 234 6-4 USC 2/5/1951 5 2 Philadelphia Eagles / 1st / 6th pick / 1973
85 Jack Youngblood*+ 28 LDE 16 16 247 6-4 Florida 1/26/1950 7 14 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 20th pick / 1971
53 Jim Youngblood 28 LLB 16 16 235 6-3 Tennessee Tech 2/23/1950 5 9 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1973
Team Total 26.3 16 219.6 6-1.6 3.5