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NFL '98
Scouting Report | Inside Slant | Lineup
By the Numbers

Tennessee Oilers

1997 record: 8-8 (3rd in AFC Central)
1997 NFL rank (rush/pass/total): offense 3/29/18; defense 4/27/22
1998 schedule strength: NFL rank: 5 (tie), Opponents' 1997 winning percentage: .539, Games against playoff teams: 8

Coming Up Dry

Tennessee's Anthony Cook was the only defensive lineman in the NFL to start all 16 regular-season games last year and fail to record a sack. (In addition, the Oilers' Barron Wortham was one of only two linebackers who started every game without recording either a sack, a fumble recovery or an interception; the 49ers' Gary Plummer, who retired after the season, was the other.) Of the six other linemen in the 1990s who, like Cook, were shut out, only two markedly improved their sack output the following season.

  Year GS Sacks Next year GS Sacks
Anthony Cook, Oilers 1997 16 0 1998 ? ?
Luther Elliss, Lions 1995 16 0 1996 14 6 1/2
Jimmie Jones, Rams 1995 16 0 1996 14 5 1/2
Gerald Williams, Panthers 1995 16 0 1996 14 1
Moe Gardner, Falcons 1994 16 0 1995 16 1/2
William Perry, Eagles* 1994 16 0
Ken Clarke, Vikings* 1991 16 0

Statistical boxes compiled by Elias Sports Bureau

*Perry and Clarke played their last NFL games in 1994 and 1991, respectively.

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