1992 Houston Oilers season

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1992 Houston Oilers season
Head coach Jack Pardee
General manager Mike Holovak
Owner Bud Adams
Home field Astrodome
Results
Record 10–6
Division place 2nd AFC Central
Playoff finish Lost AFC Wildcard Playoff
Timeline
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< 1991 1993 >

The 1992 Houston Oilers season was the team's 33rd season and their 23rd in the National Football League (NFL).

The Oilers reached the playoffs for the 6th consecutive season, which was the longest such streak in the NFL at the time. (They would extend that to seven straight playoff appearances the next season.)

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1992 Houston Oilers staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Richard Smith

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Rehabilitation – Steve Watterson

Roster[edit]

1992 Houston Oilers Roster

Jersey# – Player – Pos – Games Played/Games Started – Birthdate – Height/Weight – College

76 – Jeff Alm – DT – 14/7 – March 31, 1968 – 6-6/284 – Notre Dame

58 – Joe Bowden – LB – 14/0 – February 25, 1970 – 5-11/230 – Oklahoma

33 – Gary Brown – RB – 16/0 – 07/01/1969 – 5-11/230 – Penn State

22 – Tony Brown – DB – 12/1 – May 15, 1970 – 5-9/183 – Fresno State

14 – Cody Carlson – QB – 11/6 – 11/05/1963 – 6-3/202 – Baylor

79 – Ray Childress – DT – 16/16 – October 20, 1962 – 6-6/272 – Texas A&M

87 – Pat Coleman – WR 14/0 – 04/08/1967 – 5-7/176 – Mississippi

66 – Doug Dawson – OG – 16/16 – December 27, 1961 – 6-3/288 – Texas

3 – Al Del Greco – K – 16/0 – 03/02/1962 – 5-10/200 – Auburn

28 – Cris Dishman – DB – 15/15 – August 13, 1965 – 6-0/195 – Purdue

77 – Kevin Donnalley – OG – 16/2 – 06/10/1968 – 6-5/310 – North Carolina

38 – Mike Dumas – DB – 16/1 – March 18, 1969 – 6-0/198 – Indiana

80 – Curtis Duncan – WR – 16/16 – January 26, 1965 – 5-11/184 – Northwestern

55 – John Flannery – C – 15/2 – January 13, 1969 – 6-4/303 – Syracuse

95 – William Fuller – DE – 15/14 – 03/08/1962 – 6-3/271 – North Carolina

81 – Ernest Givins – WR – 16/16 – 09/03/1964 – 5-9/178 – Louisville

93 – Rick Graf – LB – 16/5 – August 29, 1964 – 6-5/244 – Wisconsin

21 – Jerry Gray – DB – 16/16 – December 16, 1962 – 6-0/183 – Texas

86 – Corey Harris – DB – 5/0 – October 25, 1969 – 5-11/213 – Texas Tech

24 – Steve Jackson – DB – 16/1 – 04/08/1969 – 5-8/188 – Purdue

84 – Haywood Jeffires – WR – 16/16 – December 12, 1964 – 6-2/201 – N.C. State

23 – Richard Johnson – DB – 1/1 – September 16, 1963 – 6-1/195 – Wisconsin

96 – Sean Jones – DE – 15/15 – December 19, 1962 – 6-7/270 – Northeastern

56 – Scott Kozak – LB – 16/0 – November 28, 1965 – 6-3/226 – Oregon

57 – Lamar Lathon – LB – 11/11 – December 23, 1967 – 6-3/260 – Houston

29 – Darryll Lewis – DB – 13/0 – December 16, 1968 – 5-9/188 – Arizona

78 – Don Maggs – OT – 16/14 – 11/01/1961 – 6-5/287 – Tulane

79 – Bruce Matthews – OG – 16/16 – August 8, 1961 – 6-5/305 – Southern California

86 – Damon Mays – WR – 1/0 – May 20, 1968 – 5-9/170 – Missouri

25 – Bubba McDowell – DB – 16/16 – 11/04/1966 – 6-1/206 – Miami

91 – Johnny Meads – LB – 4/3 – June 25, 1961 – 6-2/231 – Nicholls State

94 – Glenn Montgomery – DT – 16/0 – March 31, 1967 – 6-0/282 – Houston

9 – Greg Montgomery – P – 16/0 – October 29, 1964 – 6-4/215 – Michigan State

1 – Warren Moon – QB – 11/10 – November 18, 1956 – 6-3/218 – Washington

63 – Mike Munchak – OG – 15/14 – 03/05/1960 – 6-3/281 – Penn State

64 – Erik Norgard – C – 15/0 – 11/04/1965 – 6-1/282 – Colorado

26 – Bo Orlando – DB – 6/1 – 04/03/1966 – 5-10/180 – West Virginia

72 – Willis Peguese – DE – 1/1 – December 18, 1966 – 6-4/273 – Miami

7 – Bucky Richardson – QB – 7/0 – 02/07/1969 – 6-1/228 – Texas A&M

68 – Tim Roberts – DE – 6/0 – April 14, 1969 – 6-6/318 – Southern Mississippi

31 – Marcus Robertson – DB – 16/14 – 10/02/1969 – 5-11/198 – Iowa State

50 – Eddie Robinson – LB – 16/11 – April 13, 1970 – 6-1/240 – Alabama State

53 – Eugene Seale – LB – 9/0 – 06/03/1964 – 5-10/250 – Lamar

89 – Webster Slaughter – WR – 12/9 – October 19, 1964 – 6-1/175 – San Diego State

54 – Al Smith – LB – 16/16 – November 26, 1964 – 6-1/244 – Utah State

99 – Doug Smith – DT – 6/6 – June 13, 1959 – 6-4/294 – Auburn

32 – Spencer Tillman – RB – 16/0 – April 21, 1964 – 5-11/206 – Oklahoma

71 – Craig Veasey – DT – 4/0 – December 25, 1966 – 6-2/285 – Houston

88 – Gary Wellman – WR – 9/0 – 08/09/1967 – 5-9/170 – Southern California

44 – Lorenzo White – RB – 16/16 – 04/12/1966 – 5-11/222 – Michigan State

73 – David Williams – OT – 16/16 – June 21, 1966 – 6-5/294 – Florida

97 – Lee Williams – DE – 16/5 – October 15, 1962 – 6-6/269 – Bethune-Cookman

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 6, 1992 Pittsburgh Steelers L 29–24
63,713
2 September 13, 1992 at Indianapolis Colts W 20–10
44,851
3 September 20, 1992 Kansas City Chiefs W 23–20
60,955
4 September 27, 1992 San Diego Chargers W 27–0
57,491
5 Bye
6 October 11, 1992 at Cincinnati Bengals W 38–24
54,254
7 October 18, 1992 at Denver Broncos L 27–21
74,827
8 October 25, 1992 Cincinnati Bengals W 26–10
58,701
9 November 1, 1992 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 21–20
58,074
10 November 8, 1992 Cleveland Browns L 24–14
57,348
11 November 15, 1992 at Minnesota Vikings W 17–13
56,726
12 November 22, 1992 at Miami Dolphins L 19–16
63,597
13 November 26, 1992 at Detroit Lions W 24–21
73,711
14 December 7, 1992 Chicago Bears W 24–7
62,193
15 December 13, 1992 Green Bay Packers L 16–14
57,285
16 December 20, 1992 at Cleveland Browns W 17–14
59,898
17 December 27, 1992 Buffalo Bills W 27–3
61,742

Standings[edit]

AFC Central
Team W L T PCT PF PA
Pittsburgh Steelers 11 5 0 .688 299 225
Houston Oilers 10 6 0 .625 352 258
Cleveland Browns 7 9 0 .438 272 275
Cincinnati Bengals 5 11 0 .313 274 364

Playoffs[edit]

AFC Wildcard[edit]

The Oilers held a 35–3 lead on the Buffalo Bills. Bills backup quarterback Frank Reich led the Bills on a 38–3 run in the second half and overtime against the Oilers defense en route to a 41–38 overtime victory. The game is the largest comeback in NFL history, regular or postseason. Houston, whose 1992 team some believed gave them their best chance to win the Super Bowl, made several sweeping changes in the offseason.

Defensive coordinator Jim Eddy was fired shortly after the game. Oilers cornerback Cris Dishman called it "the biggest choke in history,"[1]

According to statistics site Football Outsiders, who does play-by-play analyses of each team each season, the Oilers were the best team in the AFC at the end of the 1992 season. "So if you are a Houston Oilers/Tennessee Titans fan," says the site, "who agonizes over the Frank Reich comeback game blowing your franchise's best shot at a Super Bowl title, well, here's another opportunity to feel sad."[2]

Scoring summary

1 2 3 4 OT Total
Oilers 7 21 7 3 0 38
Bills 3 0 28 7 3 41
  • HOU – Jeffires 3-yard pass from Moon (Del Greco kick) 7–0 HOU
  • BUF – FG Christie 36-yards 7–3 HOU
  • HOU – Slaughter 7-yard pass from Moon (Del Greco kick) 14–3 HOU
  • HOU – Duncan 26-yard pass from Moon (Del Greco kick) 21–3 HOU
  • HOU – Jeffires 27-yard pass from Moon (Del Greco kick) 28–3 HOU
  • HOU – McDowell 58-yard interception return (Del Greco kick) 35–3 HOU
  • BUF – K. Davis 1-yard run (Christie kick) 35–10 HOU
  • BUF – Beebe 38-yard pass from Reich (Christie kick) 35–17 HOU
  • BUF – Reed 26-yard pass from Reich (Christie kick) 35–24 HOU
  • BUF – Reed 18-yard pass from Reich (Christie kick) 35–31 HOU
  • BUF – Reed 17-yard pass from Reich (Christie kick) 38–35 BUF
  • HOU – FG Del Greco 26-yards 38–38 tie
  • BUF – FG Christie 32-yards 41–38 BUF

Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ JOHN McCLAIN, "WE CHOKED'/Oilers squander 32-point lead in historic 41–38 loss to Bills"|Houston Chronicle, January 4, 1993|Retrieved January 8, 2012
  2. ^ Football Outsiders: 1992 DVOA Ratings and Commentary
  3. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 450

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