|1976 Buffalo Bills season|
|Head Coach||Lou Saban (2-3-0) |
Jim Ringo (0-9-0)
|Home Field||Rich Stadium|
|Place||5th in AFC East|
|Playoff Finish||Did not qualify for playoffs|
|Previous Season||Next Season|
The 1976 Buffalo Bills went 2-12 finishing last in the AFC East.
Buffalo's season was troubled from the start, as the team was in a contract dispute with star running back O.J. Simpson. Simpson had been demanding a trade, before finally agreeing to a three-year, $2.5 million contract.
The Bills started the season 2–2, before losing their final ten games of the season. Quarterback Joe Ferguson only started the first seven games before being sidelined for the season with a back injury. Backup quarterback Gary Marangi started Buffalo's final seven games, all losses.
The lowest point of the season was when O.J. Simpson was ejected from a game for getting into a fight with New England Patriots defensive end Mel Lunsford. Lunsford was also ejected from the game as well. Neither player was fined or suspended by the league.
Offseason[edit | edit source]
1976 Expansion Draft[edit | edit source]
|0||0||Gary Hayman||Running back||Seattle|
|0||0||Frank Oliver||Defensive back||Tampa Bay|
|0||0||Pat Toomay||Defensive end||Tampa Bay|
NFL Draft[edit | edit source]
- Main article: 1976 NFL Draft
Note: 1976 was the final year in which the NFL draft was seventeen rounds; it would be reduced to twelve rounds in 1977.
The Bills' 1976 draft produced four long-time starters with their first four picks. First round pick Mario Clark played for seven seasons with the Bills. Offensive guard Ken Jones played for the Bills for eleven years. Offensive tackle Joe Devlin played every game of his 14-year career with the Bills, playing in all 191 regular-season games until his retirement after the 1989 season. Defensive end Ben Williams played for the Bills for 10 years; he was a Pro Bowler and second-team All-Pro for the 1982 season.
|= Pro Bowler |
|2||45||Ken Jones||G||Arkansas State|
|5||142||Fred Coleman||TE||N.E. Louisiana|
|6||171||Scott Piper||Wide receiver||Arizona|
|7||195||Jackie Williams||DB||Texas A & M|
|8||226||Bobby Joe Easter||RB||Middle Tennessee|
|9||255||Bob Kotzur||DT||Southwest Texas State|
|11||309||Forry Smith||WR||Iowa State|
|12||336||Joe Lowery||RB||Jackson State|
|14||392||Tony Williams||WR||Middle Tennessee|
|16||448||Gary Gorrell||LB||Boise State|
|17||477||Bob Berg||K||New Mexico|
Personnel[edit | edit source]
Staff/Coaches[edit | edit source]
|1976 Buffalo Bills staff|
Defensive/Special Teams Coaches
Roster[edit | edit source]
|1976 Buffalo Bills roster|
|Note: Rookies in italics|
References[edit | edit source]
- Neft, David S.; Cohen, Richard M.; and Korch, Rich The Sports Encyclopedia: Pro Football, 12th Edition, p. 306, Martin's Press, August 1994, Template:ISBN
- Databasefootball.com: Joe Devlin Template:Webarchive
- Players are identified as a Pro Bowler if they were selected for the Pro-Bowl at any time in their career.
- 1982 Pro Bowler