1984 USFL season

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1984 USFL season
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Regular season
DurationFebruary 26 – June 25, 1984
Start dateJune 30, 1984
Eastern Conference championsPhiladelphia Stars1984-07-08
Western Conference championsArizona Wranglers1984-07-07
DateJuly 15, 1984
Site Tampa Stadium, Tampa, Florida
ChampionsPhiladelphia Stars

The 1984 USFL season was the second season of the United States Football League.


Rule changes

Franchise changes

General news

On September 21, 1983, the New Jersey Generals were sold to real estate tycoon and future President of the United States Donald Trump.

On October 19, 1983, the United States Football League awarded the 1984 USFL Champion Game to Tampa Stadium in Tampa, FL and the 1985 USFL Championship Game to the Pontiac Silverdome in Pontiac, MI.

On February 15, the USFL took control of the Chicago Blitz.

The Denver Gold were sold during the 1984 season.

In May 1984, the USFL announced a "new" Chicago franchise would be created for the 1985 season.

Players vote to form a union, United States Football League Players Association, with former Buffalo Bills linebacker Doug Allen serving as executive director.

Philadelphia and Tampa Bay played in a post season exhibition game billed as "The Jetsave Challenge Cup" [2] in Wembley Stadium on July 21. Philadelphia won 24–21.

On August 22, 1984, the owners voted to move to a fall schedule starting in 1986.

On October 19, 1984, the owners reaffirmed the move to the fall.

Regular season

W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, PCT= Winning Percentage, PF= Points For, PA = Points Against

 y  = Division Champion,  x  = Wild Card

Eastern Conference
Atlantic Division
TeamWLTPCTPFPAStadium1984 CapacityAvg. Att.Avg. % filledCoach
y-Philadelphia Stars 1620.889479225 Veterans Stadium 72,20428,66840% Jim Mora
x-New Jersey Generals 1440.778430312 Giants Stadium 76,89137,71649% Walt Michaels
Pittsburgh Maulers 3150.167259379 Three Rivers Stadium 59,00022,85839% Joe Pendry/Ellis Rainsberger
Washington Federals 3150.167270492 RFK Stadium 54,7947,69414% Ray Jauch/Dick Bielski
Southern Division
TeamWLTPCTPFPAStadium1984 CapacityAvg. Att.Avg. % filledCoach
y-Birmingham Stallions 1440.778539316 Legion Field 77,00036,85048% Rollie Dotsch
x-Tampa Bay Bandits 1440.778498347 Tampa Stadium 72,81246,15863% Steve Spurrier
New Orleans Breakers 8100.444349395 Louisiana Superdome 72,67530,55742% Dick Coury
Memphis Showboats 7110.389320455 Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium 50,18027,59955% Pepper Rodgers
Jacksonville Bulls 6120.333327455 Gator Bowl Stadium 80,10046,73058% Lindy Infante
Western Conference
Pacific Division
TeamWLTPCTPFPAStadium1984 CapacityAvg. Att.Avg. % filledCoach
y-Los Angeles Express 1080.556338373 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum 94,00015,36116% John Hadl
x-Arizona Wranglers 1080.556502284 Sun Devil Stadium 70,03025,56837% George Allen
Denver Gold 990.500356413 Mile High Stadium 75,12333,95345% Craig Morton
Oakland Invaders 7110.389242348 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum 54,61523,64443% John Ralston/Chuck Hutchison
Central Division
TeamWLTPCTPFPAStadium1984 CapacityAvg. Att.Avg. % filledCoach
y-Houston Gamblers 1350.722618400 Houston Astrodome 47,69528,15259% Jack Pardee
x-Michigan Panthers 1080.556400382 Pontiac Silverdome 80,63832,45740% Jim Stanley
San Antonio Gunslingers 7110.389309325 Alamo Stadium 32,00015,44448% Gil Steinke
Oklahoma Outlaws 6120.333251459 Skelly Stadium 40,23521,03852% Woody Widenhofer
Chicago Blitz 5130.278340466 Soldier Field 65,7937,45511% Marv Levy

Birmingham won the Southern Division championship over Tampa Bay based on a division record tiebreaker advantage (7-1-0 to 6-2-0). Birmingham and Tampa Bay tied in the first tiebreaking step, head-to-head (1-1-0).

Tampa Bay won the tiebreaker over New Jersey for the 3rd seed based on winning the head-to-head game.

Los Angeles won the Pacific Division championship over Arizona based on a conference record tiebreaker advantage (7-4-0 to 5-6-0). Los Angeles and Arizona tied in the first two tiebreaking steps, head-to-head (1-1-0) and best divisional record (3-3-0).

Michigan won the tiebreaker over Arizona for the 3rd seed based on winning the head-to-head game.

Pittsburgh finished ahead of Washington based on a head-to-head tiebreaker advantage (2-0-0).


Home team in CAPITALS

Divisional Playoffs June 30 – July 1

Conference Championships July 7–8

USFL Championship Game July 15 (at Tampa, Florida)


1984 regular season stat leaders

1984 Passing Leaders (over 100 pass attempts & 55+ QB rating)
Name, TeamAttComp%yardsYDs/AttTDTD %INTINT %Rating
Chuck Fusina, PHIL 46530264.938378.25316.791.9104.7
Fred Mortensen, DENV 1006464.09949.9444.022.0101.8
Cliff Stoudt, BIRM 36621257.931218.53267.171.9101.6
Jim Kelly, HOU 58737063.052198.89447.5264.498.2
Mike Kelley, MEM 1208268.310148.4586.765.095.6
Greg Landry, AZ 44928363.035347.87265.8153.392.8
John Reaves, TB 54431357.540927.52285.1162.986.3
Brian Sipe, NJ 32419259.325407.84175.2154.682.3
Walter Lewis, MEM 27616158.318626.75155.4103.681.8
Steve Young, LA 31017957.723617.62103.292.980.6
Craig Penrose, DENV 26215860.319847.57124.6145.376.9
Bobby Hebert, MICH 50027254.437587.52244.8224.476.4
Fred Besana, OAK 44625757.627926.26143.1122.775.4
Robbie Mahfouz, JACK 30918058.321747.04113.6134.274.3
Mike Hohensee, WASH 40123157.627666.90174.2205.072.2
Johnnie Walton, NO 51228054.735546.94173.3193.772.2
Rick Neuheisel, SA 38321155.125426.64143.7153.971.5
Matt Robinson, JACK 23512553.216877.1873.0125.165.0
Glenn Carano, PITT 35419053.723686.69133.7195.464.6
Alan Risher, AZ 1036361.27227.0132.976.863.7
Ron Reeve, DENV 1407251.48436.0221.442.962.9
Tom Rozantz, PITT 1306348.58786.7543.164.661.6
Doug Williams, OKL 52826149.430845.84152.8214.060.5
Vince Evans, CHIC 41120048.726246.38143.4225.458.3
1984 Rushing leaders
Name, TeamAttYdsAve.TDs
Joe Cribbs, BIRM 29714674.98
Kelvin Bryant, PHIL 29714064.713
Herschel Walker, NJ 29313394.616
Buford Jordan, NO 21412766.08
Tim Spencer, AZ 22712125.317
Curtis Bledsoe, WASH 24610804.47
Maurice Carthon, NJ 23810424.411
Kevin Long, AZ 22510104.515
Greg Boone, TB 19310095.28
Gary Anderson, TB 26710083.819
Todd Fowler, HOU 17010035.911
John Williams, MICH 1979845.08
Harry Sydney, DENV 2309614.210
Larry Canada, CHIC 1699155.47
Kevin Nelson, LA 2168283.87
Mike Rozier, PITT 2237923.63
Leon Perry, BIRM 1897744.113
Eric Jordan, OAK 1357445.56
Alan Reid, MEM 1917233.83
Sam Harrell, HOU 1206975.814
Marcus Dupree, NO 1456844.79
Mel Gray, LA 1336254.73
Tom Newton, OAK 1465713.95
Walter Lewis, MEM 605529.25
Ken Lacy, MICH 1345484.12
Steve Young, LA 795156.57
Scott Stamper, SA 1235004.13
1984 Receiving Leaders
Name, TeamRecYdsAve.TDs
Richard Johnson, HOU 115145512.715
Ricky Sanders, HOU 101137813.611
Joey Walters, WASH 98141014.413
Trumaine Johnson, AZ 90126814.113
Jim Smith, BIRM 89148116.68
Eric Truvillion, TB 70104414.99
Marvin Harvey, TB 7093813.49
Gary Anderson, TB 6668210.32
Dan Ross, NO 6583312.82
Gordon Banks, OAK 6493714.65
Greg Anderson, PITT 6399415.86
Derek Holloway, MICH 62121919.79
Derrick Crawford, MEM 6170311.512
JoJo Townsell, LA 5888915.37
Gary Shirk, MEM 5760410.62
Willie Collier, PHIL 5675713.57
Frank Lockett, NO 56119921.48
Gary Clark, JACK 5676013.62
Scott Fitzkee, PHIL 5589516.39
Mike Cobb, MICH 5457310.65
Billy Taylor, WASH 513877.61
Jackie Flowers, CHIC/PITT 5190417.78
Ron Wheeler, OKL 5165112.82
Willie Gillespie, TB 5080316.15
Alphonso Williams, OKL 50108721.77
Marcus Anderson, CHIC 5094018.85
Kelvin Bryant, PHIL 484539.41
Paul Bergmann, JACK 4864713.53
Larry Canada, CHIC 483587.52
Lenny Willis, AZ 4881417.07
Steve Folsom, PHIL 4648510.56
Tim Spencer, AZ 4658912.82
Jerry Gordon, SA 4564814.44
Buford Jordan, NO 454279.54
Perry Kemp, JACK 4473016.62

1984 USFL regular season sortable offensive team statistics

Tampa Bay49827.74663436942341130842932392
New Jersey43023.965553309928481582270515016
New Orleans34919.49640035662589144538112125
Los Angeles33818.8115671315824641376320717812
San Antonio30917.214480826717220512310260314517

1984 USFL regular season sortable defensive team statistics

New Jersey31217.33534129741992111433491868
San Antonio32518.1557523201119101063384221317
Tampa Bay34719.365583310820091125357419910
Los Angeles37921.19550830652207123833011836
New Orleans39521.9115573310722771271032961835


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