1988 Atlanta Falcons season
Head coachMarion Campbell
Home fieldFulton County Stadium
Results
Record5–11
Division place4th NFC West
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro Bowlers

The 1988 Atlanta Falcons season was the franchise’s 23rd season in the National Football League (NFL). The team was marred by tragedy when cornerback David Croudip died on October 10 after a cocaine overdose.[1] It would be the first of three player deaths of the team in the space of two seasons.

Offseason

NFL Draft

Main article: 1988 NFL Draft

1988 Atlanta Falcons draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 1 Aundray Bruce  Linebacker Auburn
2 28 Marcus Cotton  Linebacker USC
3 56 Alex Higdon  Tight end Ohio State
5 110 Charles Dimry  Cornerback UNLV
6 138 George Thomas  Wide receiver UNLV
6 140 Houston Hoover  Guard Jackson State
7 166 Michael Haynes  Wide receiver Northern Arizona
8 194 Phillip Brown  Linebacker Alabama
9 222 James Primus  Running back UCLA
10 250 Stan Clayton  Guard Penn State
11 278 James Milling  Wide receiver Maryland
12 306 Carter Wiley  Defensive back Virginia Tech
      Made roster  

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Personnel

Staff

1988 Atlanta Falcons staff
Front office
  • Chairman of the board – Rankin M. Smith Sr.
  • President – Rankin M. Smith, Jr.
  • Executive vice president – Taylor Smith
  • Director of player personnel – Ken Herock
  • Director of pro personnel – Bill Jobko

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special teams – Foge Fazio

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and conditioning – Tim Jorgensen

Roster

1988 Atlanta Falcons final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad



Rookies in italics

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Attendance
1 September 4 at Detroit Lions L 31–17 0–1 31,075
2 September 11 New Orleans Saints L 29–21 0–2 48,901
3 September 18 at San Francisco 49ers W 34–17 1–2 60,168
4 September 25 at Dallas Cowboys L 26–20 1–3 39,702
5 October 2 Seattle Seahawks L 31–20 1–4 28,619
6 October 9 Los Angeles Rams L 33–0 1–5 30,852
7 October 16 at Denver Broncos L 30–14 1–6 75,287
8 October 23 New York Giants L 23–16 1–7 45,092
9 October 30 at Philadelphia Eagles W 27–24 2–7 60,091
10 November 6 Green Bay Packers W 20–0 3–7 29,952
11 November 13 San Diego Chargers L 10–7 3–8 26,329
12 November 20 at Los Angeles Raiders W 12–6 4–8 40,967
13 November 27 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 17–10 5–8 14,020
14 December 4 San Francisco 49ers L 13–3 5–9 44,048
15 December 11 at Los Angeles Rams L 22–7 5–10 42,828
16 December 18 at New Orleans Saints L 10–9 5–11 60,566
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Standings

NFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
San Francisco 49ers(2) 10 6 0 .625 4–2 8–4 369 294 L1
Los Angeles Rams(5) 10 6 0 .625 4–2 8–4 407 293 W3
New Orleans Saints 10 6 0 .625 3–3 6–6 312 283 W1
Atlanta Falcons 5 11 0 .313 1–5 4–8 244 315 L3

References

  1. ^ "Falcon David Croudip Dies; Cocaine Cocktail Suspected". Los Angeles Times. October 10, 1988 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "1988 Atlanta Falcons Draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved December 15, 2013.