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1979 Atlanta Falcons

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6-10-0, Finished 3rd in NFC West Division  · 1979 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -6.6, Offense: -1.9, Defense: -4.7, SoS: -1.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 300 points (18.8/g), 19th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 388 points (24.2/g), 26th.
 Differential of -88 points (-5.5/g), 26th.  Expected W-L: 5.6-10.4.

Coach: Leeman Bennett (6-10-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Jerry Glanville

Stadium: Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium
 Training Camp: Atlanta Falcons Training Facility (Suwanee, Georgia)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Steve Bartkowski 27 4 14 204 for 380, 2,505 yards, 17 td, 20 int, & 14 rushes for 36 yards and 2 td Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 1st pick / 1975
RB Bubba Bean 25 3 11 88 rushes for 393 yards, 1 td, & 12 catches for 137 yards and 0 td Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 9th pick / 1976
FB William Andrews 24 Rook 15 239 rushes for 1,023 yards, 3 td, & 39 catches for 309 yards and 2 td Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 79th pick / 1979
WR Wallace Francis 28 6 16 74 catches for 1,013 yards, 8 td Buffalo Bills / 5th / 110th pick / 1973
WR Alfred Jenkins 27 4 16 50 catches for 858 yards, 3 td
TE Jim Mitchell 32 10 16 16 catches for 118 yards, 2 td Atlanta Falcons / 4th / 81st pick / 1969
LT Mike Kenn 23 1 16 2 fumbles recovered Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 13th pick / 1978
LG Dave Scott 26 3 16 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 71st pick / 1976
C Jeff Van Note 33 10 16 1 fumble recovered Atlanta Falcons / 11th / 262nd pick / 1969
RG R.C. Thielemann 24 2 11 2 fumbles recovered Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 36th pick / 1977
RT Warren Bryant 24 2 16 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 6th pick / 1977
 Defensive Starters
LDE Jeff Yeates 28 5 16 0 interceptions, 5 fumbles recovered Buffalo Bills / 4th / 103rd pick / 1973
LDT Wilson Faumuina 25 2 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 20th pick / 1977
RDT Edgar Fields 25 2 15 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 63rd pick / 1977
RDE Don Smith 22 Rook 15 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 17th pick / 1979
LLB Fulton Kuykendall 26 4 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 132nd pick / 1975
MLB Robert Pennywell 25 2 16 1 interception, 3 fumbles recovered San Francisco 49ers / 6th / 168th pick / 1976
RLB Greg Brezina 33 11 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Atlanta Falcons / 11th / 275th pick / 1968
LCB Rolland Lawrence 28 6 16 6 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered
RCB Rick Byas 29 5 16 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered
SS Frank Reed 25 3 11 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Atlanta Falcons / 8th / 219th pick / 1976
FS Ray Easterling 30 7 16 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Atlanta Falcons / 9th / 223rd pick / 1972
 Special Teams Starters
K Tim Mazzetti 23 1 0 13 of 25 field goals & 31 of 37 extra points
P John James 30 7 0 83 punts for a 39.7 average, 1 blocked
PR Dennis Pearson 24 1 0 12 punt returns for a 9.6 average and 0 td Atlanta Falcons / 5th / 125th pick / 1978
KR Dennis Pearson 24 1 0 30 kick returns for a 19.0 average and 0 td Atlanta Falcons / 5th / 125th pick / 1978

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
31 William Andrews 24 FB 15 15 206 6-0 Auburn 12/25/1955 Rook 9 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 79th pick / 1979
10 Steve Bartkowski 27 QB 14 14 216 6-4 California 11/12/1952 4 7 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 1st pick / 1975
44 Bubba Bean 25 RB 11 11 195 5-11 Texas A&M 1/26/1954 3 4 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 9th pick / 1976
50 Greg Brezina 33 RLB 16 16 226 6-0 Houston 1/7/1946 11 5 Atlanta Falcons / 11th / 275th pick / 1968
66 Warren Bryant 24 RT 16 16 273 6-6 Kentucky 11/11/1955 2 6 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 6th pick / 1977
38 Rick Byas 29 RCB 16 16 180 5-9 East. Michigan,Wayne State (MI) 10/19/1950 5 6
51 Brian Cabral 23 3 0 233 6-1 Colorado 6/23/1956 Rook 2 Atlanta Falcons / 4th / 95th pick / 1978
21 Lynn Cain 24 rb 10 2 205 6-1 USC 10/16/1955 Rook 3 Atlanta Falcons / 4th / 100th pick / 1979
55 Tony Daykin 24 11 0 215 6-1 Georgia Tech 5/13/1955 2 2 Detroit Lions / 11th / 293rd pick / 1977
32 Ray Easterling 30 FS 16 16 195 6-0 Richmond 9/3/1949 7 3 Atlanta Falcons / 9th / 223rd pick / 1972
74 Wilson Faumuina 25 LDT 14 14 275 6-5 San Jose St. 6/11/1954 2 4 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 20th pick / 1977
77 Edgar Fields 25 RDT 16 15 255 6-2 Texas A&M 3/10/1954 2 5 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 63rd pick / 1977
89 Wallace Francis 28 WR 16 16 190 5-11 Ark-Pine Bluff 11/7/1951 6 8 Buffalo Bills / 5th / 110th pick / 1973
36 Bob Glazebrook 23 13 0 200 6-1 Fresno St. 3/7/1956 1 3 Oakland Raiders / 11th / 304th pick / 1978
64 Pat Howell 22 rg 15 5 257 6-5 USC 3/12/1957 Rook 3 Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 49th pick / 1979
85 Alfred Jackson 24 12 0 176 5-11 Texas 8/3/1955 1 1 Atlanta Falcons / 7th / 167th pick / 1978
6 John James 30 P 16 0 197 6-3 Florida 1/21/1949 7 2
84 Alfred Jenkins 27 WR 16 16 170 5-10 Morris Brown 1/25/1952 4 7
14 June Jones 26 qb 5 2 200 6-4 Oregon,Hawaii,Portland St. 2/19/1953 2 2
78 Mike Kenn 23 LT 16 16 273 6-7 Michigan 2/9/1956 1 6 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 13th pick / 1978
33 Jerome King 24 1 0 175 5-10 Purdue 1/4/1955 Rook 2
54 Fulton Kuykendall 26 LLB 16 16 225 6-4 UCLA 6/10/1953 4 5 Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 132nd pick / 1975
22 Rolland Lawrence 28 LCB 16 16 179 5-10 Tabor 3/24/1951 6 6
69 Mike Lewis 30 13 2 261 6-4 Wiley,Ark-Pine Bluff 7/14/1949 8 2
39 James Mayberry 22 rb 16 1 210 5-11 Colorado 11/5/1957 Rook 2 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 75th pick / 1979
4 Tim Mazzetti 23 K 16 0 175 6-1 Pennsylvania 2/1/1956 1 0
56 Ron McCartney 25 16 0 220 6-1 Tennessee 7/20/1954 2 2 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 53rd pick / 1976
52 Dewey McClain 25 15 0 236 6-3 East Central (OK) 4/25/1954 3 3
73 Phil McKinnely 25 15 0 248 6-4 UCLA 7/8/1954 3 3 Atlanta Falcons / 9th / 246th pick / 1976
75 Jeff Merrow 26 de 3 2 236 6-4 West Virginia 7/12/1953 4 1 Atlanta Falcons / 11th / 263rd pick / 1975
87 Russ Mikeska 24 16 0 225 6-3 Texas A&M 9/10/1955 Rook 0
86 Jim Mitchell 32 TE 16 16 234 6-1 Prairie View 10/19/1947 10 1 Atlanta Falcons / 4th / 81st pick / 1969
45 Tom Moriarty 26 16 0 185 6-0 Bowling Green 4/7/1953 2 3
15 Mike Moroski 22 2 0 200 6-4 California-Davis 9/4/1957 Rook 0 Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 154th pick / 1979
33 Ricky Patton 25 4 0 190 5-11 Ferris St.,Michigan,Jackson St. 4/6/1954 1 0 Atlanta Falcons / 10th / 257th pick / 1978
81 Dennis Pearson 24 KR 16 0 177 5-11 Washington,San Diego St. 2/9/1955 1 1 Atlanta Falcons / 5th / 125th pick / 1978
59 Robert Pennywell 25 MLB 16 16 222 6-1 Grambling St. 11/6/1954 2 6 San Francisco 49ers / 6th / 168th pick / 1976
27 Tom Pridemore 23 fs 16 5 186 5-10 West Virginia 4/29/1956 1 3 Atlanta Falcons / 9th / 236th pick / 1978
28 Frank Reed 25 SS 11 11 193 5-11 Washington 5/13/1954 3 4 Atlanta Falcons / 8th / 219th pick / 1976
82 Billy Ryckman 24 14 0 172 5-11 Louisiana Tech 2/28/1955 2 0 Atlanta Falcons / 10th / 257th pick / 1977
53 Paul Ryczek 27 16 0 230 6-2 Virginia 6/25/1952 5 3 Atlanta Falcons / 10th / 252nd pick / 1974
70 Dave Scott 26 LG 16 16 276 6-4 Kansas 12/26/1953 3 6 Atlanta Falcons / 3rd / 71st pick / 1976
65 Don Smith 22 RDE 16 15 256 6-5 Miami (FL) 5/9/1957 Rook 5 Atlanta Falcons / 1st / 17th pick / 1979
24 Haskel Stanback 27 13 3 210 6-0 Tennessee 3/19/1952 5 2 Cincinnati Bengals / 5th / 114th pick / 1974
25 Ray Strong 23 6 0 184 5-9 UNLV 5/7/1956 1 0 Atlanta Falcons / 10th / 263rd pick / 1978
68 R.C. Thielemann 24 RG 11 11 255 6-4 Arkansas 8/12/1955 2 4 Atlanta Falcons / 2nd / 36th pick / 1977
57 Jeff Van Note 33 C 16 16 247 6-2 Kentucky 2/7/1946 10 10 Atlanta Falcons / 11th / 262nd pick / 1969
58 Joel Williams 23 16 0 222 6-1 Peru St.,Wisc-LaCrosse 12/13/1956 Rook 2
79 Jeff Yeates 28 LDE 16 16 248 6-3 Boston Col. 8/3/1951 5 6 Buffalo Bills / 4th / 103rd pick / 1973
63 Mike Zele 23 13 0 239 6-3 Kent St. 7/3/1956 Rook 2 Atlanta Falcons / 5th / 127th pick / 1979
Team Total 25.5 16 217.1 6-1.4 2.9