Gambler's 1977 End of Season Report
The Houston Gamblers ended their 4th season in the league with another disappointing season, finishing 4-12 for the second time in a row. The winless season is their fourth in as many seasons, who are losing their fan base and interest in the team.
There has been some highlights through out the season. Defensively, the Gambler's allowed 437 points, or 27.3 points average per game, to be scored this season. That's a 16% increase from the previous season when they allowed 507 points to be scored, and 2.9% dip from their best season when they allowed 424 pts to be scored. This increase can be attributed to several factors. The addition of players CB's Eugene Holland and Jesse Castillo, DT Leo Thompson, and LDE Donald Barry thru the first 3 rounds of the previous draft are a factor.
Holland started 14 games as the right side CB where he had 73 tackles, 1 sack while sharing this season team lead in interceptions with Cory Vargas with a total of 6. Castillo played in 15 games primarily as the Nickle Back in passing situations where he was quite effective, allowing an amazing 29.5% of catches to be caught. Thompson had 18 tackles and 5 sacks in the 582 snaps he was a part of.
This combination helped the Gamblers decrease the passing yards/game of opponents to 332 from 364 the previous season. The new guys also assisted in lowering the passing yards /attempt, Passing TD/game, and Rushes per game. Overall, Houston's defense improved to 21st this season as opposed to 27th last season with allowing 432 yards per game as opposed to 485 the previous season.
Offensively, Houston averaged 21.75 points for the season, which is an 4% decrease in points from their previous season. While at first glance this is disappointing, the front office wants to point out the positives of their offense. The Gamblers were in the top ten in several statistical categories. Houston had the 8th ranked passing offense while rotating their two QB's thru the season. James Lightfoot, who was picked up off waivers, was 224/381 for 3,049 yards and 19 TD's while throwing 9 picks for the season. And with the addition of two OL thru the draft, Houston reduced the number of sacks allowed per game from 3.4 the previous season to 1.9 this season. They also threw a new team record of 34 TD's this season. They also had two WR with over 1,000 yards receiving, another team record.
And on another note, 2nd year K Daniel McCormack was 26/27 (96.3%) in field goals attempts.
Houston has the 5th overall pick in the draft due to their record and will be looking to either improve their running game or defensive line with their selection. The possibility of moving down to get more picks or to move up to get their dream player is still undecided by management.