1978 Detroit Lions season
|1978 Detroit Lions season|
|Head coach||Monte Clark|
|General manager||Russ Thomas|
|Owner||William Clay Ford, Sr.|
|Home field||Pontiac Silverdome|
|Division place||3rd NFC Central|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
The 1978 Detroit Lions season was the franchise's 49th season in the National Football League. Under new head coach and former NFL player Monte Clark, the Lions continue to struggle with mediocrity finishing in third place again with a less than stellar record of 7–9.
This season would also be the swan song for starting quarterback Greg Landry's stellar ten-year career in Detroit, as in the offseason was shipped to the Baltimore Colts for a 1979 fourth round pick (#88-Ulysses Norris), a 1979 fifth round pick (#131-Walt Brown), and a 1980 third round pick (#62-Mike Friede), in a rebuilding process begun by head coach Monte Clark.
|1978 Detroit Lions draft|
|1||11||Luther Bradley||Cornerback||Notre Dame|
|2||40||Al Baker *||Defensive end||Colorado State|
|Pro Bowl during careerMade roster Made at least one|
|1978 Detroit Lions staff|
Special teams coaches
|1978 Detroit Lions roster|
|1||September 3, 1978||Green Bay Packers||L 13–7|
|2||September 9, 1978||at Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 15–7|
|3||September 17, 1978||Chicago Bears||L 19–0|
|4||September 24, 1978||at Seattle Seahawks||L 28–16|
|5||October 1, 1978||at Green Bay Packers||L 35–14|
|6||October 8, 1978||Washington Redskins||L 21–19|
|7||October 15, 1978||at Atlanta Falcons||L 14–0|
|8||October 22, 1978||San Diego Chargers||W 31–14|
|9||October 29, 1978||at Chicago Bears||W 21–17|
|10||November 5, 1978||at Minnesota Vikings||L 17–7|
|11||November 12, 1978||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||W 34–23|
|12||November 19, 1978||at Oakland Raiders||L 29–17|
|13||November 23, 1978||Denver Broncos||W 17–14|
|14||December 3, 1978||at St. Louis Cardinals||L 21–14|
|15||December 9, 1978||Minnesota Vikings||W 45–14|
|16||December 17, 1978||San Francisco 49ers||W 33–14|
Week 9: at Chicago Bears
|Green Bay Packers||8||7||1||.531||5–2–1||6–5–1||249||269||L2|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||5||11||0||.313||2–6||3–11||241||259||L4|
- Daytona Beach Journal, sports article April 30, 1979.
- 1979 NFL Draft Pick Transactions, ProSportsTransactions.com, accessed March 31, 2012.
- "1978 Detroit Lions Draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
- "Executive and coaching staff profiles". 1978 Detroit Lions Media Guide. pp. 3–11.