1984 USFL season

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1984 United States Football League season
Regular season
Duration February 26 – June 25, 1984
Playoffs
Start date June 30, 1984
Eastern Conference champions Philadelphia Stars1984-07-08
Western Conference champions Arizona Wranglers1984-07-07
Championship
Date July 15, 1985
Site Tampa Stadium, Tampa, Fla.
Champions Philadelphia Stars
1983  USFL seasons  1985

The 1984 USFL season was the second season of the United States Football League.

Rule changes[edit]

  • The USFL added the side judge to the game officials, making a seven man crew.

Franchise changes[edit]

  • Boston Breakers are sold and relocate to New Orleans, Louisiana as the New Orleans Breakers
  • Six expansion teams: Houston Gamblers, Jacksonville Bulls, Memphis Showboats, Oklahoma Outlaws, Pittsburgh Maulers and San Antonio Gunslingers
  • Chicago Blitz's owner buys Arizona Wranglers and sells Blitz, almost all the Blitz players are traded to Arizona, almost the Wranglers players traded to Chicago. The Blitz coaches also go to Arizona, with Chicago acquiring a new coaching staff in 1984. The franchises also trade draft choices.

General news[edit]

On February 15, the USFL took control of the Chicago Blitz.

Players vote to form union, United States Football League Players Association. Doug Allen, was the executive director of the USFLPA.

Philadelphia and Tampa Bay played in a post season exhibition game in Wembley Stadium.

Regular season[edit]

W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT= Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against

  y  = Division Champion,   x  = Wild Card

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
Team W L T PCT PF PA Stadium 1984 Capacity Avg. Att. Avg. % filled Coach
y-Philadelphia Stars 16 2 0 .889 479 225 Veterans 72,204 28,668 40% Jim Mora
x-New Jersey Generals 14 4 0 .778 430 312 Meadowlands 76,891 37,716 49% Walt Michaels
Pittsburgh Maulers 3 15 0 .167 259 379 Three Rivers 59,000 22,858 39% Joe Pendry/Ellis Rainsberger
Washington Federals 3 15 0 .167 270 492 RFK 54,794 7,694 14% Ray Jauch/Dick Bielski
Southern Division
Team W L T PCT PF PA Stadium 1984 Capacity Avg. Att. Avg. % filled Coach
y-Birmingham Stallions 14 4 0 .778 539 316 Legion Field 77,000 36,850 48% Rollie Dotsch
x-Tampa Bay Bandits 14 4 0 .778 498 347 Tampa 72,812 46,158 63% Steve Spurrier
New Orleans Breakers 8 10 0 .444 349 395 Superdome 72,675 30,557 42% Dick Coury
Memphis Showboats 7 11 0 .389 320 455 Liberty Bowl 50,180 27,599 55% Pepper Rodgers
Jacksonville Bulls 6 12 0 .333 327 455 Gator Bowl 80,100 46,730 58% Lindy Infante
Western Conference
Pacific Division
Team W L T PCT PF PA Stadium 1984 Capacity Avg. Att. Avg. % filled Coach
y-Los Angeles Express 10 8 0 .556 338 373 LA Coliseum 94,000 15,361 16% John Hadl
x-Arizona Wranglers 10 8 0 .556 502 284 Sun Devil 70,030 25,568 37% George Allen
Denver Gold 9 9 0 .500 356 413 Mile High 75,123 33,953 45% Craig Morton
Oakland Invaders 7 11 0 .389 242 348 Oak. Coliseum 54,615 23,644 43% John Ralston/Chuck Hutchison
Central Division
Team W L T PCT PF PA Stadium 1984 Capacity Avg. Att. Avg. % filled Coach
y-Houston Gamblers 13 5 0 .722 618 400 Astrodome 47,695 28,152 59% Jack Pardee
x-Michigan Panthers 10 8 0 .556 400 382 Silverdome 80,638 32,457 40% Jim Stanley
San Antonio Gunslingers 7 11 0 .389 309 325 Alamo 32,000 15,444 48% Gil Steinke
Oklahoma Outlaws 6 12 0 .333 251 459 Skelly 40,235 21,038 52% Woody Widenhofer
Chicago Blitz 5 13 0 .278 340 466 Soldier Field 65,793 7,455 11% Marv Levy


Birmingham won the Southern Division championship over Tampa Bay based on a division record tiebreaker advantage (7-1-0 to 6-2-0). Birmingham and Tampa Bay tied in the first tiebreaking step, head-to-head (1-1-0).

Tampa Bay won the tiebreaker over New Jersey for the 3rd seed based on winning the head to head game.

Los Angeles won the Pacific Division championship over Arizona based on a conference record tiebreaker advantage (7-4-0 to 5-6-0). Los Angeles and Arizona tied in the first two tiebreaking steps, head-to-head (1-1-0) and best divisional record (3-3-0).

Michigan won the tiebreaker over Arizona for the 3rd seed based on winning the head to head game.

Pittsburgh finished ahead of Washington based on a head-to-head tiebreaker advantage (2-0-0).

Playoffs[edit]

Home team in CAPITALS

Conference Semifinals June 30 – July 1

  • PHILADELPHIA 28, New Jersey 7
  • LOS ANGELES 27, Michigan 21 (3 OT)
  • BIRMINGHAM 36, Tampa Bay 17
  • Arizona 17, HOUSTON 16

Conference Championships July 7–8

  • ARIZONA 35, Los Angeles 23
  • PHILADELPHIA 20, Birmingham 10

USFL Championship Game July 15 (at Tampa, Florida)

  • PHILADELPHIA 23, Arizona 3

Statistics[edit]

1984 regular season stat leaders[edit]

1984 Passing Leaders (over 100 pass attempts & 55+ QB rating)
Name, Team Att Comp % yards YDs/Att TD TD % INT INT % Rating
Chuck Fusina, PHIL 465 302 64.9 3837 8.25 31 6.7 9 1.9 104.7
Fred Mortensen, DENV 100 64 64.0 994 9.94 4 4.0 2 2.0 101.8
Cliff Stoudt, BIRM 366 212 57.9 3121 8.53 26 7.1 7 1.9 101.6
Jim Kelly, HOU 587 370 63.0 5219 8.89 44 7.5 26 4.4 98.2
Mike Kelley, MEM 120 82 68.3 1014 8.45 8 6.7 6 5.0 95.6
Greg Landry, AZ 449 283 63.0 3534 7.87 26 5.8 15 3.3 92.8
John Reaves, TB 544 313 57.5 4092 7.52 28 5.1 16 2.9 86.3
Brian Sipe, NJ 324 192 59.3 2540 7.84 17 5.2 15 4.6 82.3
Walter Lewis, MEM 276 161 58.3 1862 6.75 15 5.4 10 3.6 81.8
Steve Young, LA 310 179 57.7 2361 7.62 10 3.2 9 2.9 80.6
Craig Penrose, DENV 262 158 60.3 1984 7.57 12 4.6 14 5.3 76.9
Bobby Hebert, MICH 500 272 54.4 3758 7.52 24 4.8 22 4.4 76.4
Fred Besana, OAK 446 257 57.6 2792 6.26 14 3.1 12 2.7 75.4
Robbie Mahfouz, JACK 309 180 58.3 2174 7.04 11 3.6 13 4.2 74.3
Mike Hohensee, WASH 401 231 57.6 2766 6.90 17 4.2 20 5.0 72.2
Johnnie Walton, NO 512 280 54.7 3554 6.94 17 3.3 19 3.7 72.2
Rick Neuheisel, SA 383 211 55.1 2542 6.64 14 3.7 15 3.9 71.5
Matt Robinson, JACK 235 125 53.2 1687 7.18 7 3.0 12 5.1 65.0
Glenn Carano, PITT 354 190 53.7 2368 6.69 13 3.7 19 5.4 64.6
Alan Risher, AZ 103 63 61.2 722 7.01 3 2.9 7 6.8 63.7
Layne Reeves, DENV 140 72 51.4 843 6.02 2 1.4 4 2.9 62.9
Tom Rozantz, PITT 130 63 48.5 878 6.75 4 3.1 6 4.6 61.6
Doug Williams, OKL 528 261 49.4 3084 5.84 15 2.8 21 4.0 60.5
Vince Evans, CHIC 411 200 48.7 2624 6.38 14 3.4 22 5.4 58.3
1984 Rushing leaders
Name, Team Att Yds Ave. TDs
Joe Cribbs, BIRM 297 1467 4.9 8
Kelvin Bryant, PHIL 297 1406 4.7 13
Herschel Walker, NJ 293 1339 4.6 16
Buford Jordan, NO 214 1276 6.0 8
Tim Spencer, AZ 227 1212 5.3 17
Curtis Bledsoe, WASH 246 1080 4.4 7
Maurice Carthon, NJ 238 1042 4.4 11
Kevin Long, AZ 225 1010 4.5 15
Greg Boone, TB 193 1009 5.2 8
Gary Anderson, TB 267 1008 3.8 19
Todd Fowler, HOU 170 1003 5.9 11
John Williams, MICH 197 984 5.0 8
Harry Sydney, DENV 230 961 4.2 10
Larry Canada, CHIC 169 915 5.4 7
Kevin Nelson, LA 216 828 3.8 7
Mike Rozier, PITT 223 792 3.6 3
Leon Perry, BIRM 189 774 4.1 13
Eric Jordan, OAK 135 744 5.5 6
Alan Reid, MEM 191 723 3.8 3
Sam Harrell, HOU 120 697 5.8 14
Marcus Dupree, NO 145 684 4.7 9
Mel Gray, LA 133 625 4.7 3
Tom Newton, OAK 146 571 3.9 5
Walter Lewis, MEM 60 552 9.2 5
Ken Lacy, MICH 134 548 4.1 2
Steve Young, LA 79 515 6.5 7
Scott Stamper, SA 123 500 4.1 3
1984 Receiving Leaders
Name, Team Rec Yds Ave. TDs
Richard Johnson, HOU 115 1455 12.7 15
Ricky Sanders, HOU 101 1378 13.6 11
Joey Walters, WASH 98 1410 14.4 13
Trumaine Johnson, AZ 90 1268 14.1 13
Jim Smith, BIRM 89 1481 16.6 8
Eric Truvillion, TB 70 1044 14.9 9
Marvin Harvey, TB 70 938 13.4 9
Gary Anderson, TB 66 682 10.3 2
Dan Ross, NO 65 833 12.8 2
Gordon Banks, OAK 64 937 14.6 5
Greg Anderson, PITT 63 994 15.8 6
Derek Holloway, MICH 62 1219 19.7 9
Derrick Crawford, MEM 61 703 11.5 12
JoJo Townsell, LA 58 889 15.3 7
Gary Shirk, MEM 57 604 10.6 2
Willie Collier, PHIL 56 757 13.5 7
Frank Lockett, NO 56 1199 21.4 8
Gary Clark, JACK 56 760 13.6 2
Scott Fitzkee, PHIL 55 895 16.3 9
Mike Cobb, MICH 54 573 10.6 5
Billy Taylor, WASH 51 387 7.6 1
Jackie Flowers, CHIC/PITT 51 904 17.7 8
Ron Wheeler, OKL 51 651 12.8 2
Willie Gillespie, TB 50 803 16.1 5
Alphonso Williams, OKL 50 1087 21.7 7
Marcus Anderson, CHIC 50 940 18.8 5
Kelvin Bryant, PHIL 48 453 9.4 1
Paul Bergmann, JACK 48 647 13.5 3
Larry Canada, CHIC 48 358 7.5 2
Lenny Willis, AZ 48 814 17.0 7
Steve Folsom, PHIL 46 485 10.5 6
Tim Spencer, AZ 46 589 12.8 2
Jerry Gordon, SA 45 648 14.4 4
Buford Jordan, NO 45 427 9.5 4
Perry Kemp, JACK 44 730 16.6 2

1984 USFL regular season sortable offensive team statistics[edit]

Team Pts. Ave. Rank Total
Yards
Ave. Rank Rush.
Yards
Ave. Rank Pass.
Yards
Ave. Rank
Houston 618 34.3 1 7684 427 1 2373 132 7 5311 295 1
Birmingham 539 29.9 2 6714 373 2 3313 184 1 3401 189 9
Arizona 502 27.9 3 6709 373 3 2719 151 4 3990 222 3
Tampa Bay 498 27.7 4 6634 369 4 2341 130 8 4293 239 2
Philadelphia 479 26.6 5 6426 357 5 2820 157 3 3606 200 8
New Jersey 430 23.9 6 5553 309 9 2848 158 2 2705 150 16
Michigan 400 22.2 7 6030 335 7 2194 122 11 3836 213 4
Denver 356 19.8 8 5325 296 12 2056 114 14 3269 182 11
New Orleans 349 19.4 9 6400 356 6 2589 144 5 3811 212 5
Chicago 340 18.9 10 5361 298 11 2230 124 9 3131 174 13
Los Angeles 338 18.8 11 5671 315 8 2464 137 6 3207 178 12
Jacksonville 327 18.2 12 5390 299 10 1731 96 17 3659 203 6
Memphis 320 17.8 13 4895 272 16 2163 120 12 2732 152 15
San Antonio 309 17.2 14 4808 267 17 2205 123 10 2603 145 17
Washington 270 15.0 15 5324 296 13 2002 111 16 3322 185 10
Pittsburgh 259 14.4 16 4909 273 15 2011 112 15 2898 161 14
Oklahoma 251 13.9 17 5152 286 14 1537 85 18 3615 201 7
Oakland 242 13.4 18 4592 255 18 2150 119 13 2442 136 18

1984 USFL regular season sortable defensive team statistics[edit]

Team Pts. Ave. Rank Total
Yards
Ave. Rank Rush.
Yards
Ave. Rank Pass.
Yards
Ave. Rank
Philadelphia 225 12.5 1 4863 270 2 1859 103 1 3004 167 2
Arizona 284 15.8 2 4517 251 1 2061 115 6 2456 136 1
New Jersey 312 17.3 3 5341 297 4 1992 111 4 3349 186 8
Birmingham 316 17.6 4 5541 308 6 1869 104 2 3672 204 14
San Antonio 325 18.1 5 5752 320 11 1910 106 3 3842 213 17
Tampa Bay 347 19.3 6 5583 310 8 2009 112 5 3574 199 10
Oakland 348 19.3 7 5911 328 13 2590 144 13 3321 185 7
Pittsburgh 373 20.7 8 5742 319 10 2633 146 15 3109 173 4
Los Angeles 379 21.1 9 5508 306 5 2207 123 8 3301 183 6
Michigan 382 21.2 10 5299 294 3 2268 126 9 3031 168 3
New Orleans 395 21.9 11 5573 310 7 2277 127 10 3296 183 5
Houston 400 22.2 12 5793 322 12 2136 119 7 3657 203 13
Denver 413 22.9 13 6196 344 15 2617 145 14 3579 199 11
Jacksonville 455 25.3 14 6328 352 16 2721 151 16 3607 200 12
Memphis 455 25.3 15 6116 340 14 2289 127 11 3827 213 15
Oklahoma 459 25.5 16 5704 317 9 2296 128 12 3408 189 9
Chicago 466 25.9 17 6877 382 17 3037 169 18 3840 213 16
Washington 492 27.3 18 6933 385 18 2975 165 17 3958 220 18

Awards[edit]

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