1977 Detroit Lions season
OwnerWilliam Clay Ford, Sr.
Head coachTommy Hudspeth
General managerRuss Thomas
Home fieldPontiac Silverdome
Results
Record6–8
Division place3rd NFC Central
Playoff finishDid not qualify

The 1977 Detroit Lions season was their 48th in the National Football League (NFL). The team matched their previous season's output of 6–8.[1] The team missed the playoffs for the seventh straight season. The Lions struggled offensively, scoring a mere 183 points while finishing in third place with a 6–8 record for the second straight season.

The 1977 coaching staff included 25-year-old assistant special teams and offensive assistant coach Bill Belichick. Belichick would later win two Super Bowls as defensive coordinator with the New York Giants following the 1986 and 1990 seasons, and six more as head coach of the New England Patriots.


NFL Draft

Main article: 1977 NFL Draft

1977 Detroit Lions draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
2 42 Walt Williams  CB New Mexico State
3 69 Rick Kane  RB San Jose State
4 96 Luther Blue  WR Iowa State
5 114 Ron Crosby  LB Penn State from Seattle
6 166 Reggie Pinkney  DB East Carolina from New England
7 179 Tim Black  LB Baylor
8 209 Mark Griffin  OT North Carolina
9 236 Steve Mathieson  QB Florida State
10 236 Gary Anderson  G Stanford
11 293 Tony Daykin  LB Georgia Tech
12 320 Dave Greenwood  G Iowa State
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Notes

Personnel

Staff

1977 Detroit Lions staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Floyd Reese
  • Assistant Special Teams – Bill Belichick

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Floyd Reese

[2]

Roster

1977 Detroit Lions roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad



Rookies in italics

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 18 at Chicago Bears L 30–20
51,530
2 September 25 New Orleans Saints W 23–19
51,458
3 October 2 Philadelphia Eagles W 17–13
57,236
4 October 9 at Minnesota Vikings L 14–7
45,860
5 October 16 Green Bay Packers W 10–6
78,452
6 October 23 at San Francisco 49ers L 28–7
39,392
7 October 30 at Dallas Cowboys L 37–0
63,160
8 November 6 San Diego Chargers W 20–0
72,559
9 November 13 at Atlanta Falcons L 17–6
47,461
10 November 20 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 16–7
49,751
11 November 24 Chicago Bears L 31–14
71,373
12 December 4 at Green Bay Packers L 10–9
56,267
13 December 11 at Baltimore Colts W 13–10
45,124
14 December 17 Minnesota Vikings L 30–21
78,572

Standings

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Minnesota Vikings(3) 9 5 0 .643 6–1 8–4 231 227 W1
Chicago Bears(4) 9 5 0 .643 6–1 8–4 255 253 W6
Detroit Lions 6 8 0 .429 2–5 4–8 183 252 L1
Green Bay Packers 4 10 0 .286 2–5 4–7 134 219 W1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 2 12 0 .143 0–4 2–11 103 223 W2

References

  1. ^ 1977 Detroit Lions
  2. ^ "Executive and coaching staff profiles". 1977 Detroit Lions Media Guide. pp. 3–10.