1981 Houston Oilers season

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1981 Houston Oilers season
Head coach Ed Biles
General manager Ladd Herzeg
Owner Bud Adams
Home field Astrodome
Results
Record 7–9
Division place 3rd AFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
A ticket for an October 1981 game between the Oilers and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The 1981 Houston Oilers season was the franchise's 22nd overall and the 12th in the National Football League (NFL). Bum Phillips was fired as head coach during the off season for failing to reach the Super Bowl, and replaced by Ed Biles. However, the Oilers defensive problems would catch up with them as they finished with a disappointing 7-9 record, as Earl Campbell fought through injuries to rush for 1,376 yards. After a fast 4-2 start, Houston would struggle in the second half, going 3-7 in their final 10 games, including a critical loss to the New Orleans Saints, who finished 4-12 in 1981.

Offseason[edit]

NFL draft[edit]

1981 Houston Oilers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
3 79 Mike Holston  Wide receiver Morgan State
4 106 Nick Eyre  Offensive tackle BYU
5 133 Delbert Fowler  Linebacker West Virginia
6 159 Bill Kay  Defensive back Purdue
7 193 Don Washington  Defensive back Texas A&M–Kingsville
8 217 Willie Tullis  Defensive back Troy
9 243 Avon Riley  Linebacker UCLA
10 270 Larry Jones  Running back Colorado State
11 297 Claude Matthews  Guard Auburn
12 324 Bill Capece  Placekicker Florida State
      Made roster  

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1981 Houston Oilers staff
Front office
  • Owner/Chairman of the Board/President – Bud Adams
  • Executive Vice President/General Manager – Ladd Herzeg

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches



Roster[edit]

1981 Houston Oilers roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams


Rookies in italics

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 6, 1981 at Los Angeles Rams W 27–20
63,198
2 September 13, 1981 at Cleveland Browns W 9–3
79,483
3 September 20, 1981 Miami Dolphins L 16–10
47,379
4 September 27, 1981 at New York Jets L 33–17
50,309
5 October 4, 1981 Cincinnati Bengals W 17–10
44,350
6 October 11, 1981 Seattle Seahawks W 35–17
42,671
7 October 18, 1981 at New England Patriots L 38–10
60,474
8 October 26, 1981 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 26–13
52,732
9 November 1, 1981 at Cincinnati Bengals L 34–21
54,736
10 November 8, 1981 Oakland Raiders W 17–16
45,519
11 November 15, 1981 at Kansas City Chiefs L 23–10
73,984
12 November 22, 1981 New Orleans Saints L 27–24
49,581
13 November 29, 1981 Atlanta Falcons L 31–27
40,201
14 December 3, 1981 Cleveland Browns W 17–13
44,502
15 December 13, 1981 at San Francisco 49ers L 28–6
55,707
16 December 20, 1981 Pittsburgh Steelers W 21–20
41,056

Standings[edit]

AFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Cincinnati Bengals(1) 12 4 0 .750 4–2 10–2 421 304 W2
Pittsburgh Steelers 8 8 0 .500 3–3 5–7 356 297 L3
Houston Oilers 7 9 0 .438 4–2 6–6 281 355 W1
Cleveland Browns 5 11 0 .313 1–5 2–10 276 375 L5

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1981 Houston Oilers draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved October 22, 2014. 

External links[edit]