Friday, October 13, 2017

1979 Profile: Chuck Knox

Head Coach
"Went to Buffalo- anything to get away from the late Carroll Rosenbloom. Knox produced five divisional titles in five years in Los Angeles but never made the Super Bowl, which turned off Rosenbloom.
A deal was arranged where Knox would get a promotion in Buffalo- football coach AND vice-president in charge of football operations. In other words, he runs the whole show. He didn't do too badly in his first year,  winning five games, or exactly the amount Buffalo had won over the previous two seasons.
The 47-year-old Knox didn't do too badly at the draft table, either, getting running back Terry Miller and defensive tackle Dee Hardison, now starters. With a slew of picks from the 49ers for O.J. Simpson, he should fatten the Bills' roster with talent.
Knox is a great organizer and teacher, a no-nonsense type whose only rap has been conservativeness."

-Dave Newhouse, The Complete Handbook of Pro Football, 1979 Edition

Monday, October 2, 2017

1979 Buffalo Bills Outlook

"Another bountiful collegiate draft brought a ton of young talent to the Buffalo roster, all but ensuring continued progress in the club's rebuilding program. Chuck Knox has breathed new life into what had been a downtrodden franchise and expects to field an exciting, if inexperienced, football team in '79.
Knox went to the draft to improve a defense which had the worst record against the run (4.8-yard average yield/23 touchdowns) in the conference and came away with some blue-chippers who might allow him to switch to a 3-4 alignment. The top pick, All-American middle linebacker Tom Cousineau (6'3/228) of Ohio State, and second round choice Jim Haslett (6'2"/225) of Indiana (PA) are outstanding athletes capable of stepping right into the linebacker unit which includes All-Rookie right linebacker Lucius Sanford and hustling left linebacker Shane Nelson. Randy McClanahan and Tom Graham are inside linebacker reserves while Dan Jilek, Tom Ehlers and Mario Celotto figure as outside backer subs.
A front wall that registered only 22 sacks was comprised of left end Ben Williams (6'3"/ 246), aggressive soph left tackle Dee Hardison (6'4"/270), standout right tackle Mike Kadish (6'2"/272) and right end Sherman White (6'5"/250), with soph end Scott Hutchinson (6'4"/245) and tackle Phil Dokes (6'5"/255) the key backups. Nose tackle Fred Smerlas (6'2"/260) of Boston College, a relentless and strong athlete, and Ken Johnson (6'3"/245) of Knoxville, a quick pass rusher, should provide competition for starting assignments.
A competent secondary unit has standout Mario Clark (five interceptions) and Charles Romes working the corners, with Keith Moody and Eddie McMillan their reserves. Capable Doug Jones and brilliant Tony Greene will be joined by hard-hitting Bill Simpson, who came over in a preseason deal with the Rams. Steve Freeman and soph Marvin Switzer are holdover subs. All-American Jeff Nixon of Richmond is a super safety prospect and punt returner while Rod Kush of Omaha (Nebraska) seems suited for corner duty.
Knox prefers a conservative run-oriented offense and will again lean heavily on his gifted trio of ball-carriers: explosive Terry Miller who darted for 1,060 yards (seven touchdowns) from tailback, shifty fullback Curtis Brown (591 yards) and swing reserve Roland Hooks (358). Backup fullback Dennis Johnson (222), Steve Powell and Mike Collier complete the backfield.
The run lanes are opened by All-Pro right guard Joe DeLamielleure  (6'3"/248) and longtime left guard partner Reggie McKenzie (6'5"/245)plus tackles Joe Devlin (6'5"/254), Ken Jones (6'5"/252), Elbert Drungo (6'5"/264) and center Willie Parker (6'3"/245). Well-regarded rookie tackle Jon Borchardt (6'5"/245) of Montana State and guard Mike Burrow (6'4"/260) of Auburn join key reserve guard Bill Adams, tackle Eric Smith and center Will Grant to add depth.
Mobile quarterback Joe Ferguson responded well to Knox's discipline, cutting his interceptions from 24 in 1977 to 15 in 1978 while passing for 16 touchdowns and 2,136 yards. Rookie Dan Manucci (Kansas State) will compete with veteran Bill Munson and David Mays for backup quarterback jobs.
Key receiver Bob Chandler managed 44 receptions (five touchdowns) despite constant double coverage which should be alleviated this year by the addition of super-talented wide receiver Jerry Butler of Clemson, who was rated the top college flanker by most NFL scouts. Frank Lewis (41 receptions, seven touchdowns) will be the swing reserve, with John Holland, Len Willis, Danny Fulton, Willie Zachary, Lou Piccone and Larry Walton battling it out for the remaining wide receiver jobs. Reuben Gant (34 receptions, seven touchdowns) is set at tight end where Mike Franckowiak and Joe Shipp serve as emergency reserves.
Veteran place kicker Tom Dempsey converted 36 of 38 extra points and 10 of 13 field goal attempts for 66 points while punter Rusty Jackson posted a 38.8 average on 87 attempts. Versatile Keith Moody was outstanding returning punts at a 12.6-yard clip while also averaging 20.6 on kickoff runbacks. Curtis Brown and rookie Nixon will assist Moody on the return teams this season.
Steady improvement can be expected by the youthful Bills as their young players gain game experience, but the high-powered AFC Eastern Division, unfortunately, offers little chance for advancement. The Bills appear at least a year away from playoff contending status.
'79 Forecast: 5th Place"

-Football Forecast 1979, published by Lexington Library, Inc.

"Many NFL insiders felt that in addition to tabbing Cousineau, the Bills had the best draft of the league's 28 teams. Buffalo got nine of the first 118 players available and most of them were quality personnel.
The first pick, Cousineau, came in the trade with the San Francisco 49ers in which O.J. Simpson went to San Francisco a year ago. They also picked up a fourth round pick in the same deal- and started the fourth round with the selection of defensive end Ken Johnson of Knoxville.
In between Cousineau and Johnson, the Bills, on their own, picked up four other players. They were Jerry Butler, a wide receiver from Clemson, Fred Smerlas, a defensive tackle from Boston College, Jim Haslett, a well-scouted college linebacker prospect from Indiana (PA), and Jon Borchardt, an offensive tackle from Montana State."

-Norm MacLean, Football Forecast 1979


"When the Buffalo Bills open their season against the Miami Dolphins on September 2, the mathematical odds will be in favor of coach Chuck Knox's outfit. On a hunch that a team which loses to the same opponent 18 straight times, just HAS to win sometime, the oddsmakers could almost give Buffalo some kind of an edge- something pertaining to the law of averages. Those 18 consecutive victories, two of which came last season, established a new NFL record for an all-time winning streak against the same opponent. So, how long can a string like that continue? A long time, maybe.
With the exception of the Dolphins, Buffalo doesn't meet up with any 1978 playoff caliber teams [except New England on November 4] until the season's last four games. Then they tackle New England, Denver, Minnesota and Pittsburgh in that order, with the Broncos supplying the only home game. By that time, the Bills should know what the immediate future has in store for them if, by chance, they can survive that formidable four-game gauntlet.
As the Buffalo fans prepare for another season without O.J. Simpson, some interesting statistics have surfaced- figures that may indicate the shape of better things to come. The final total of five Buffalo victories in 1978, for instance, equaled the total number of victories for both 1976 and 1977. If that fails to start the adrenalin flowing, consider this: last season Buffalo lost seven of its games by margins of a touchdown or less. And for the first time since 1975, somebody else besides the Bills finished the season as cellar-dwellers in the AFC East.
The positive thinking factors don't stop there. The club's offensive production was up by 239 yards, even its overall offensive ratings in the NFL turned up slightly. The rushing yardage was especially encouraging, since it showed an increase of more than 500 yards over '77, with the NFL ranking improving from 18th place to 10th.
The biggest plus, however, would seem to be the club's defense against the pass. Here the Bills ranked at the very top of the NFL, permitting a per game average of only 122.5 yards. Even so, those figures may be deceptive since NFL ball-carriers found Buffalo's defensive unit the easiest one to run through last season. In that department, the Bills ranked at the very bottom of the NFL- in 28th place- by allowing the opposition an average of 201.8 yards rushing per game.
But what about Buffalo's passing game and Joe Ferguson's receivers? Says coach Knox: 'Bob Chandler and Frank Lewis give us two excellent outside receivers, but our need is for a 'burner,' a speed merchant who can give us a deep threat. Lou Piccone provides a measure of depth and an added dimension with his blocking and performance on the special teams. Then, four receivers are coming off the injured reserve- John Holland, Len Willis, Willie Zachery and Dan Fulton. We had great hopes for Fulton in particular but he reported late last year, then he had foot problems that kept him out of practice all season.'
One problem which kept the Buffalo defensive unit off balance the first half of last season was the absence of defensive tackle Mike Kadish, the club's best defensive lineman. With Kadish out, and middle linebacker a weak spot, opposing ball-carriers found the going easy through the center of Buffalo's line. In fact, word got around that Buffalo probably had the weakest defensive middle in the league. Two first-rate rookies, linebacker Lucius Sanford and tackle Dee Hardison, tried to plug the gap as best they could, but it was rough going until Kadish finally settled a contract dispute with the front office and returned to action.
Terry Miller is going to be part of the Buffalo scene for years to come. In late November, he became only the fourth NFL rookie ever to rush for 200 or more yards in a game. He rolled 208 against the New York Giants with the Bills winning, 41-17. The three previous 200-yard rookies were Tom Wilson of Los Angeles, 1956; Cleveland's Jim Brown, 1957; and the incomparable Tony Dorsett of Dallas in 1977.
Will the Buffalo fans get used to the idea that O.J. is no longer around to make the big play? With Terry Miller in the lineup they might, but still the feeling lingers that's there's only one Orange Juice. Knox recently revealed the reasons why he felt it necessary to send O.J. packing to San Francisco. It seems team morale was a factor.
'On a team that won two games one year and three the next,' said Knox, 'how do you justify giving $733,000 to one guy while the guy next to him gets $33,000?'"

-Herbert M. Furlow, The Pocket Book of Pro Football 1979


OFFENSE
"Quarterbacks: Ferguson set club passing records in 1977, but he couldn't match up to that performance in '78. This was reflected in Buffalo's ranking in team passing which was 12th in the AFC, with an average output of 140.5 yards per game.
Indestructible Bill Munson enters his 16th NFL season a young 38, his arm still effective when needed. He threw 43 times last season and completed 24 for a 55.8 average and four touchdowns. David Mays called a few plays but didn't impress that much.
Running Backs: Miller is the start of this company. He became the 10th rookie to gain a thousand yards when he ran for 123 against Baltimore in the season finale. His final total was 1,060. Even so, Curtis Brown turned in the best average yardage gain per carry with 4.6, slightly better than Miller's 4.5. Brown gained 591 yards on 128 attempts.
Mike Collier was on injured reserve and Steve Powell saw little action. Dennis Johnson showed some form as a rookie and may yet supply Knox with a powerful Miller-Johnson tandem.
If youth and yards are the same, this unit should travel far.
Receivers: Five members of this unit were injured reservists in '78- Fulton, Holland, Shipp, Willis and Zachery. Chandler fell short of 50 receptions for the first time since 1974 but still led Buffalo receivers with 44. A bad knee kept him out of three games. His sidekick Lewis caught 41 for his best year ever and may silence some critics who think the Bills should have a speed burner in his position. Reuben Gant caught 34 while Miller pulled in 22 running patterns from the backfield.
Interior Linemen: Buffalo ranked 13th among the 14 AFC clubs in the final total offense rankings, averaging 289.4 yards per game. This could indicate the aging of veterans such as Reggie McKenzie, Joe DeLamielleure and Willie Parker- or it might mean that young players like Ken Jones and Joe Devlin are not developing fast enough. Or both.
Devlin, Phil Olsen, Eric Smith and Connie Zelencik were injury prone, with only Devlin seeing action.
Some observers believe the Bills need a bigger and stronger center than Parker as well as a tackle. Jones had some embarrassing moments last season in the Giants game. He was caught holding four times, causing the recall of two long pass completions from Ferguson to Gant as the Bills lost, 20-21.
Kickers: Tom Dempsey did whatever was asked of him, making good on 36 of 39 PATs and 10 field goals out of 13 attempts. Five field goals were made from 30 or more yards out and he was perfect from up to 29 yards. The trouble was perhaps that the Bills didn't get close enough often enough to make field goals a viable scoring alternative. Or that touchdowns were needed most.
Rusty Jackson's punts averaged nearly 39 yards, with one going for 70 yards."

-Herbert M. Furlow, The Pocket Book of Pro Football 1979

DEFENSE
"Front Linemen: Buffalo allowed its opponents a total of 3,228 yards rushing last season. None of the other clubs were that generous. In fact, it was a bad year for Buffalo defense on the ground, but in the air it was different. Much different. There, the Bills topped the entire NFL in defense against the pass, allowing opponents only 122.5 aerial yards per game. Even so, the Bills tied the Jets for the league's lowest number of quarterback sacks- a mere 22 which indicates a lack of pass rushing capability in the line.
Kadish, the club's best defensive lineman, was unavailable for about eight games because of a contract dispute. Hardison starred at tackle all season and did fairly well. There's hope that Scott Hutchinson will prove a good end in time.
Linebackers: Sanford distinguished himself in his rookie year, so much so that his teammates considered any all-rookie team a joke [if it] didn't name him. Sanford also blocked two field goals in one game against Kansas City. Not bad for a 4th round draft choice.
Some critics think the middle linebacker spot could be in better hands than those of Tom Graham and Randy McClanahan. It isn't easy to please everybody.
Defensive Backs: This unit did much to put Buffalo's pass defense at the league's top. Although interceptions totaled only 14, opposing passers found it hard to find a suitable target in the secondary.
Mario Clark led the club's interceptors with five, while Tony Greene and linebacker Shane Nelson came up with three each. These defenders helped during a dreary defensive year for Buffalo, and they could again."

-Herbert M. Furlow, The Pocket Book of Pro Football 1979


OFFENSE
"The Bills' running game isn't bad with Terry Miller, Curtis Brown and Roland Hooks, who had long runs of 60, 58 and 66 yards respectively. But Brown weighs 203 yards, which may weigh him down over 16 games if he continues to return kicks, pound through the middle of the line and also block for Miller. Brown certainly stood out last year, helping Miller rush for 1,060 yards and picking up 591 yards (4.6 average) himself.
Quarterback Joe Ferguson could use a burner at wide receiver to open up the Buffalo offense more. Bob Chandler is a tremendous technical receiver and ex-Steeler Frank Lewis had personal highs last year with 41 receptions and seven touchdowns. But Coach Chuck Knox doesn't consider either a deep threat. Maybe young Len Willis, the former Ohio Stater who was injured last year, could be that man. Reuben Gant has come on at tight end and is headed for his best year.
The line still has Joe DeLamielleure and Reggie McKenzie at guards. Willie Parker is the center, with Ken Jones and Joe Devlin the tackles. Devlin is becoming one of the better tackles in the AFC. Remember, Miller didn't do it alone."

-Dave Newhouse, The Complete Handbook of Pro Football, 1979 Edition

DEFENSE
"Altogether now: what defense? Certainly not against the rush, where Buffalo was last in the AFC with a 201-yard average. The front four of Ben Williams, Mike Kadish, Dee Hardison and Sherman White didn't frighten anyone. However, Phil Dokes and Kadish beat out [sic] until an injury and Hardison was thrown in as a rookie. Scott Hutchinson, also a first-year player in '78, could start this year ahead of either Williams or White. Knox would like to see his Bills cut 50 yards off their rushing yield- to make games fair.
Buffalo's pass defense ranked No. 1 but had a league-low 317 passes attempted against it. Since the Bills were giving up an astronomical 4.8 yards per rushing carry, who needed to throw? Buffalo's linebackers include the transient Tom Graham in the middle and Shane Nelson and Lucius Sanford on the outside. The secondary isn't weak by any means despite the way it earned its No. 1 ranking. Mario Clark, five interceptions, is a strong right corner and Tony Greene a capable free safety. Charles Romes had a good first year at corner, including an 85-yard interception return for a touchdown, longest in the AFC."

-Dave Newhouse, The Complete Handbook of Pro Football, 1979 Edition

KICKING GAME
"Curtis Brown returned a kickoff 102 yards and Keith Moody brought a punt back 82 yards, the longest punt return in football. Tom Dempsey drilled 10 of 13 field goal attempts in his latest re-emergence. Rusty Jackson's punting average dropped with the thermometer; he finished at 38.8. B-r-r-r-r."

-Dave Newhouse, The Complete Handbook of Pro Football, 1979 Edition

THE ROOKIES
"The Bills got rich- or at least richer- with Ohio State linebacker Tom Cousineau, the first player taken in the draft, and Clemson wide receiver Jerry Butler, the fifth. Boston College middle guard Fred Smerlas will also help that porous Bills defense inch towards respectability."

-Dave Newhouse, The Complete Handbook of Pro Football, 1979 Edition

OUTLOOK
"The Bills offense is good enough to win 10 games, but their defense is capable of losing more. Chuck Knox has lots of draft picks to build the future with. The future certainly isn't now for Buffalo, which will live in the cellar of the strong AFC East. Bring blankets, Chuck."

-Dave Newhouse, The Complete Handbook of Pro Football, 1979 Edition

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

1978 Buffalo Bills Preseason Depth Charts

OFFENSE
QB - Joe Ferguson (Arkansas), Ken Johnson (Colorado), Fred Besana (California)
RB - Roland Hooks (North Carolina State), Mike Franckowiack (Central Michigan), Terry Miller (Oklahoma State)*, Dennis Johnson(Mississippi State)*  
RB - Jim Braxton (West Virginia), Mike Collier (Morgan State), Curtis Brown (Missouri), Stan Winfrey (Arkansas State)  
WR - John Holland (Tennessee State), Lou Piccone (West Liberty State), John Kimbrough (St. Cloud State)
LT- Ken Jones (Arkansas State, Winston Hill (Texas Southern)
LG - Reggie McKenzie (Michigan), Bill Adams (Holy Cross)
C - Willie Parker (North Texas State), Connie Zelencik (Purdue)
RG - Joe DeLamielleure (Michigan State), Bill Adams (Holy Cross)
RT - Joe Devlin (Iowa), Ken Jones (Arkansas State), Randy Young (Iowa State)
TE - Reuben Gant (Oklahoma State), Paul Seymour (Michigan)
WR - Bob Chandler (USC), Len Willis (Ohio State), Danny Fulton (Nebraska-Omaha)*

DEFENSE
LE - Ben Williams (Mississippi), Greg Morton (Michigan), Dee Hardison (North Carolina)*
LT - Mike Kadish (Notre Dame), John Little (Oklahoma State), Pete Lazetich (Stanford)
RT - Bill Dunstan (Utah State), John Little (Oklahoma State), Phil Olsen (Utah State)
RE - Sherman White (California), Phil Dokes (Oklahoma State), Scott Hutchinson (Florida)*
LLB - John Skorupan (Penn State), Shane Nelson (Baylor), Tom Ruud (Nebraska)
MLB- Merv Krakau (Iowa State), Greg Collins (Notre Dame)
RLB - Dan Jilek (Michigan), Bo Cornell (Washington), Lucius Sanford (Georgia Tech)*
LCB - Mario Clark (Oregon), Keith Moody (Syracuse)
SS - Doug Jones (San Fernando Valley), Steve Freeman (Mississippi State)
FS - Tony Greene (Maryland), Charles Romes (North Carolina Central)
RCB- Dwight Harrison (Texas A & I), Keith Moody (Syracuse)

KICKERS
K- Carson Long (Pittsburgh), Tom Dempsey (Palomar JC)
P- Marv Bateman (Utah), Rusty Jackson (LSU)

* rookie

-The Pocket Book of Pro Football 1978, published by Pocket Books, New York

1978 Buffalo Bills Basic Roster
Offense
WR  Bob Chandler
WR  John Holland
WR  John Kimbrough
TE  Reuben Gant
TE  Paul Seymour
T   Joe Devlin
T   Ken Jones
G   Reggie McKenzie
G   Joe DeLamielleure
C   Willie Parker
QB  Joe Ferguson
RB  Roland Hooks
RB  Jim Braxton
RB  Curtis Brown
RB  Mike Collier

Defense
DE  Ben Williams
DE  Sherman White
DE  Phil Dokes
DT  Mike Kadish
DT  Bill Dunstan
LB  John Skorupan
LB  Dan Jilek
LB  Shane Nelson
LB  Tom Ruud
DB  Mario Clark
DB  Dwight Harrison
DB  Tony Greene
DB  Doug Jones
DB  Keith Moody

-Jimmy the Greek's 1978 Football Handbook

OFFENSE
QB - Joe Ferguson (Arkansas) 12, Ken Johnson (Colorado) 14
RB - Roland Hooks (North Carolina State) 25, Terry Miller (Oklahoma State)*, Dennis Johnson (Mississippi State)*
FB - Jim Braxton (West Virginia) 34,  Curtis Brown (Missouri) 47
WR - John Holland (Tennessee State) 80, John Kimbrough (St. Cloud State) 82, Lou Piccone (West Liberty State) 89
T- Ken Jones (Arkansas State) 72, Winston Hill (Texas Southern) 75
G - Reggie McKenzie (Michigan) 67, Bill Adams (Holy Cross) 60
C - Willie Parker (North Texas State) 61
G - Joe DeLamielleure (Michigan State) 68
T - Joe Devlin (Iowa) 70, Randy Young (Iowa State) 69
TE - Reuben Gant (Oklahoma State) 88, Paul Seymour (Michigan) 87, Mike Franckowiak (Central Michigan) 84
WR - Bob Chandler (USC) 81, Danny Fulton (Nebraska-Omaha)*

DEFENSE
DE - Ben Williams (Mississippi) 77, Dee Hardison (North Carolina)*
DT - Mike Kadish (Notre Dame) 71, Phil Dokes (Oklahoma State) 85
DT - Bill Dunstan (Utah State) 76, John Little (Oklahoma State) 57
DE - Sherman White (California) 83, Scott Hutchinson (Florida)*
LB - Shane Nelson (Baylor) 59, John Skorupan (Penn State) 55
MLB- Merv Krakau (Iowa State) 52, Randy McClanahan (Louisiana-Lafayette) 54
LB - Dan Jilek (Michigan) 51, Lucius Sanford (Georgia Tech)*
CB - Mario Clark (Oregon) 29
SS - Doug Jones (San Fernando Valley) 24, Steve Freeman (Mississippi State) 22
FS - Tony Greene (Maryland) 43, Charles Romes (North Carolina Central) 26
CB- Dwight Harrison (Texas A & I) 28, Keith Moody (Syracuse) 46

KICKERS
K- Tom Dempsey (Palomar JC) 6, Carson Long (Pittsburgh) 5
P- Marv Bateman (Utah) 7, Rusty Jackson (LSU) 4
KR - Keith Moody (Syracuse) 46, Curtis Brown (Missouri) 47
PR - Keith Moody (Syracuse) 46, Lou Piccone (West Liberty State) 89


1978 Buffalo Bills Profile Summary
Head Coach - Chuck Knox

QB - Joe Ferguson (Arkansas) 12
RB - Roland Hooks 25 (North Carolina State) 25
RB - Jim Braxton 34 (West Virginia) 34
WR - Bob Chandler (USC) 81
WR - Frank Lewis (Grambling) 82
WR - Lou Piccone (West Liberty State) 89
TE - Reuben Gant (Oklahoma State) 88
TE - Paul Seymour (Michigan) 87
C - Willie Parker (North Texas State) 61
G - Reggie McKenzie (Michigan) 67
G - Joe DeLamielleure (Michigan State) 68

DT - Mike Kadish (Notre Dame) 71
RE - Sherman White (California) 83
DE - Dennis Johnson (Delaware) 75
MLB- Merv Krakau (Iowa State) 52
CB - Mario Clark (Oregon) 29
CB- Dwight Harrison (Texas A & I) 28
CB - Eddie McMillan (Florida State) 41
FS - Tony Greene (Maryland) 43

P- Marv Bateman (Utah) 7
KR - Lou Piccone (West Liberty State) 89
PR - Lou Piccone (West Liberty State) 89

Sunday, September 10, 2017

1978 Profile: Eddie McMillan

Cornerback
No. 41
Florida State
"An All-Rookie selection for the Rams in 1973, Eddie was a starter in all but four games in his three seasons in Los Angeles.
At Florida State, he began his senior year by returning the opening kickoff of the season 96 yards for a touchdown. Eddie has outstanding speed- he ran the 100-yard dash in 9.6 seconds while at Florida State."

-1978 Topps No. 244

Thursday, August 31, 2017

1978 Profile: Frank Lewis

Wide Receiver
No. 82
Grambling
"Frank continues to maintain a high average-per-catch which has characterized his career. He needs 16 catches to move into the top 10 among all-time Steeler receivers.
Frank majored in recreation at Grambling."

-1978 Topps No. 431

Thursday, August 24, 2017

1978 Profile: Dennis Johnson

Defensive End
No. 75
Delaware
"Dennis gained a starting assignment for the Redskins in 1975 and has been a key member of the club's defensive front since that time. He was credited with three fumble recoveries, four and a half quarterback sacks and a key interception for the Redskins in 1976.
Dennis played in the Boardwalk Bowl twice during his college career at Delaware."

-1978 Topps No. 31

Sunday, August 13, 2017

1978 Profile: Marv Bateman

Punter
No. 7
Utah
"The AFC's fourth leading punter in 1977, Marv had a 42.8 average in 1976 to lead all of pro football. That season he also had the NFL's longest kick, a 78-yard boot against the Oilers.
Marv is interesed in residential property sales."

-1978 Topps No. 286