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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.

1978 Detroit Lions season
Head coachMonte Clark
General managerRuss Thomas
OwnerWilliam Clay Ford, Sr.
Home fieldPontiac Silverdome
Results
Record7–9
Division place3rd NFC Central
Playoff finishdid not qualify

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.[1][2]

Contents

OffseasonEdit

NFL draftEdit

1978 Detroit Lions draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 11 Luther Bradley  Cornerback Notre Dame
2 40 Al Baker *  Defensive end Colorado State
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

[3]

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

1978 Detroit Lions staff
Front office

Head coaches

  • Head Coach – Monte Clark

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches


[4]

RosterEdit

1978 Detroit Lions roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad {{{practice_squad}}}


Rookies in italics

Regular seasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 3, 1978 Green Bay Packers L 13–7
51,187
2 September 9, 1978 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 15–7
64,445
3 September 17, 1978 Chicago Bears L 19–0
65,982
4 September 24, 1978 at Seattle Seahawks L 28–16
60,040
5 October 1, 1978 at Green Bay Packers L 35–14
54,601
6 October 8, 1978 Washington Redskins L 21–19
60,555
7 October 15, 1978 at Atlanta Falcons L 14–0
51,172
8 October 22, 1978 San Diego Chargers W 31–14
54,031
9 October 29, 1978 at Chicago Bears W 21–17
53,378
10 November 5, 1978 at Minnesota Vikings L 17–7
46,008
11 November 12, 1978 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 34–23
60,320
12 November 19, 1978 at Oakland Raiders L 29–17
44,517
13 November 23, 1978 Denver Broncos W 17–14
71,785
14 December 3, 1978 at St. Louis Cardinals L 21–14
39,200
15 December 9, 1978 Minnesota Vikings W 45–14
78,685
16 December 17, 1978 San Francisco 49ers W 33–14
56,674

Game summariesEdit

Week 9: at Chicago BearsEdit

1 234Total
Lions 7 1400 21
Bears 3 770 17

StandingsEdit

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Minnesota Vikings(3) 8 7 1 .531 5–2–1 7–4–1 294 306 L2
Green Bay Packers 8 7 1 .531 5–2–1 6–5–1 249 269 L2
Detroit Lions 7 9 0 .438 4–4 5–7 290 300 W2
Chicago Bears 7 9 0 .438 3–5 7–5 253 274 W2
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 11 0 .313 2–6 3–11 241 259 L4

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Daytona Beach Journal, sports article April 30, 1979.
  2. ^ 1979 NFL Draft Pick Transactions, ProSportsTransactions.com, accessed March 31, 2012.
  3. ^ "1978 Detroit Lions Draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved January 10, 2014.
  4. ^ "Executive and coaching staff profiles". 1978 Detroit Lions Media Guide. pp. 3–11.

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