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1978 Los Angeles Rams season

 

1978 Los Angeles Rams season

1978 Los Angeles Rams season
Head coach Ray Malavasi
Owner Carroll Rosenbloom
Home field Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Results
Record 12–4
Division place 1st NFC West
Playoff finish Won Divisional
Lost Conference
Timeline
Previous season Next season
1977 1979

The 1978 Los Angeles Rams season was the team's 41st year with the National Football League and the 33rd season in Los Angeles.

The Rams won their sixth-straight division title and appeared in the NFC Championship game.

Contents

  • Offseason 1
    • NFL Draft 1.1
  • Regular season 2
    • Schedule 2.1

Offseason

Chuck Knox, who had coached the Rams for the previous five seasons, left the team after the 1977 season to join the Buffalo Bills.

In February, 1978, Rams owner Washington Redskins, whom he had coached from 1971–1977.

His second stint as the Rams' head coach was an unfortunate experience for all concerned. Allen did not have full authority over personnel and thus worked with general manager Don Klosterman to oversee a talented roster that had made the team a perennial playoff challenger. Allen brought with him his scrupulous discipline and attention to detail, which extended to practice-field protocol and dining-hall decorum. Almost immediately, a group of Ram players chafed at the regulations, and some made their grievances public. A few, including standout linebacker Isiah Robertson, briefly left camp.

As newspaper reports were quoting players expressing confidence that differences would be resolved, the Rams played listlessly and lost the first two games of the 1978 exhibition schedule. Rosenbloom decided that for the season to be salvaged a change must be made, and the announcement of Allen's abrupt dismissal was made on August 13, 1978, just weeks before the season opener. Many of Allen's own players were surprised by the decision. Defensive coordinator Ray Malavasi, well-respected and liked by players (and the only holdover from Chuck Knox' staff), replaced Allen.

NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Notes Attendance
1 September 3, 1978 at Philadelphia Eagles W 16–14 Rookie kicker Frank Corral won it with a 46-yard field goal.
64,721
2 September 10, 1978 Atlanta Falcons W 10–0 Rams dominated on both offense and defense, outgaining the Falcons 358 yards to 73. Cullen Bryant had a TD run.
46,201
3 September 17, 1978 Dallas Cowboys W 27–14 Rams
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