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1979 St. Louis Cardinals

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5-11-0, Finished 5th in NFC East Division  · 1979 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -2.7, Offense: -0.7, Defense: -2.0, SoS: 0.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 307 points (19.2/g), 17th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 358 points (22.4/g), 21st.
 Differential of -51 points (-3.2/g), 20th.  Expected W-L: 6.6-9.4.

Coach: Larry Wilson (2-1-0) and Bud Wilkinson (3-10-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Tom Bettis

Stadium: Civic Center Busch Memorial Stadium
 Training Camp: Lindenwoods Colleges (St. Charles, Missouri)

Starters

Hide Non-primary Starters · ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Pos Player Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Jim Hart 35 13 13 194 for 378, 2,218 yards, 9 td, 20 int, & 6 rushes for 11 yards and 0 td
RB Ottis Anderson*+ 22 Rook 16 331 rushes for 1,605 yards, 8 td, & 41 catches for 308 yards and 2 td St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 8th pick / 1979
FB Wayne Morris 25 3 15 106 rushes for 387 yards, 8 td, & 35 catches for 237 yards and 1 td St. Louis Cardinals / 5th / 141st pick / 1976
WR Mel Gray 31 8 13 25 catches for 447 yards, 1 td, & 4 rushes for 41 yards and 0 td St. Louis Cardinals / 6th / 147th pick / 1971
WR Pat Tilley 26 3 16 57 catches for 938 yards, 6 td St. Louis Cardinals / 4th / 114th pick / 1976
TE Gary Parris 29 6 7 14 catches for 174 yards, 0 td San Diego Chargers / 15th / 372nd pick / 1973
LT Keith Wortman 29 7 13 2 fumbles recovered Green Bay Packers / 10th / 242nd pick / 1972
LG Bob Young*+ 37 13 13 1 fumble recovered St. Louis Cardinals / 19th / 261st pick / 1964
C Tom Banks 31 8 14 St. Louis Cardinals / 8th / 189th pick / 1970
RG Terry Stieve 25 3 14 New Orleans Saints / 6th / 160th pick / 1976
RT Joe Bostic 22 Rook 14 St. Louis Cardinals / 3rd / 64th pick / 1979
 Defensive Starters
LDE Bob Pollard 31 8 16 New Orleans Saints / 11th / 262nd pick / 1971
NT Charles Davis 28 5 16 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 9th / 229th pick / 1974
RDE Mike Dawson 26 3 15 St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 22nd pick / 1976
LOLB Eric Williams 24 2 16 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered St. Louis Cardinals / 8th / 216th pick / 1977
LILB Steve Neils 28 5 9 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered St. Louis Cardinals / 5th / 111th pick / 1974
RILB Kurt Allerman 24 2 10 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered St. Louis Cardinals / 3rd / 78th pick / 1977
ROLB Mark Arneson 30 7 9 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered St. Louis Cardinals / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1972
LCB Carl Allen 24 2 12 5 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Cincinnati Bengals / 11th / 299th pick / 1977
RCB Roger Wehrli* 32 10 16 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 19th pick / 1969
SS Ken Greene 23 1 16 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 19th pick / 1978
FS Ken Stone 29 6 16 6 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Washington Redskins / 10th / 245th pick / 1973
 Special Teams Starters
K Steve Little 23 1 0 10 of 19 field goals & 24 of 32 extra points St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 15th pick / 1978
P Steve Little 23 1 0 79 punts for a 38.7 average, 2 blocked St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 15th pick / 1978
PR Willard Harrell 27 4 0 32 punt returns for a 6.4 average and 0 td Green Bay Packers / 3rd / 58th pick / 1975
KR Roy Green 22 Rook 0 41 kick returns for a 24.5 average and 1 td St. Louis Cardinals / 4th / 89th pick / 1979

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
27 Carl Allen 24 LCB 15 12 185 6-0 Southern Miss 12/21/1955 2 6 Cincinnati Bengals / 11th / 299th pick / 1977
50 Kurt Allerman 24 RILB 16 10 222 6-3 Penn St. 8/30/1955 2 4 St. Louis Cardinals / 3rd / 78th pick / 1977
32 Ottis Anderson*+ 22 RB 16 16 220 6-2 Miami (FL) 1/19/1957 Rook 13 St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 8th pick / 1979
57 Mark Arneson 30 ROLB 11 9 220 6-2 Arizona 9/9/1949 7 6 St. Louis Cardinals / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1972
54 Tom Banks 31 C 14 14 245 6-1 Auburn 8/20/1948 8 5 St. Louis Cardinals / 8th / 189th pick / 1970
58 John Barefield 24 15 8 224 6-2 Texas A&M-Kingsville 3/23/1955 1 3 St. Louis Cardinals / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1978
71 Joe Bostic 22 RT 16 14 265 6-3 Clemson 4/20/1957 Rook 5 St. Louis Cardinals / 3rd / 64th pick / 1979
51 Tom Brahaney 28 c 16 4 245 6-2 Oklahoma 10/23/1951 6 2 St. Louis Cardinals / 5th / 109th pick / 1973
61 Chuck Brown 22 4 0 235 6-1 Houston 3/15/1957 Rook 2
33 Theotis Brown 22 rb 16 1 225 6-2 UCLA 4/20/1957 Rook 4 St. Louis Cardinals / 2nd / 35th pick / 1979
87 Al Chandler 29 8 2 233 6-2 Oklahoma 11/18/1950 6 0 Cincinnati Bengals / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1973
86 Jimmy Childs 23 13 1 194 6-2 Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo 8/9/1956 1 1 St. Louis Cardinals / 4th / 97th pick / 1978
52 Sean Clancy 23 10 0 218 6-4 Amherst 10/22/1956 1 3 Miami Dolphins / 8th / 217th pick / 1978
66 George Collins 24 t 15 3 257 6-2 Georgia 12/9/1955 1 2 St. Louis Cardinals / 4th / 96th pick / 1978
76 Charles Davis 28 NT 16 16 269 6-1 TCU 11/17/1951 5 6 Pittsburgh Steelers / 9th / 229th pick / 1974
73 Mike Dawson 26 RDE 16 15 270 6-4 Arizona 10/16/1953 3 5 St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 22nd pick / 1976
72 Dan Dierdorf 30 2 2 275 6-3 Michigan 6/29/1949 8 2 St. Louis Cardinals / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1971
59 Calvin Favron 22 rolb 16 7 225 6-1 SE Louisiana 7/3/1957 Rook 3 St. Louis Cardinals / 2nd / 46th pick / 1979
61 Chris Garlich 22 9 0 220 6-1 Missouri 7/17/1957 Rook 3
85 Mel Gray 31 WR 13 13 175 5-9 Missouri 9/28/1948 8 4 St. Louis Cardinals / 6th / 147th pick / 1971
25 Roy Green 22 KR 16 0 195 6-0 Henderson St. 6/30/1957 Rook 1 St. Louis Cardinals / 4th / 89th pick / 1979
37 Ken Greene 23 SS 16 16 203 6-3 Washington St. 5/8/1956 1 6 St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 19th pick / 1978
39 Willard Harrell 27 PR 14 0 162 5-8 Pacific 9/16/1952 4 1 Green Bay Packers / 3rd / 58th pick / 1975
17 Jim Hart 35 QB 14 13 215 6-1 Southern Illinois 4/29/1944 13 5
48 Steve Henry 22 8 0 190 6-2 Emporia St. 3/5/1957 Rook 2 St. Louis Cardinals / 5th / 118th pick / 1979
56 Tim Kearney 29 5 5 227 6-2 Northern Michigan 11/5/1950 7 2 Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 83rd pick / 1972
12 Steve Little 23 K 16 0 180 6-0 Arkansas 2/19/1956 1 2 St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 15th pick / 1978
26 Thomas Lott 22 10 0 205 5-11 Oklahoma 8/1/1957 Rook 0 St. Louis Cardinals / 6th / 144th pick / 1979
40 Randy Love 23 4 0 208 6-1 Houston 9/30/1956 Rook 0 New England Patriots / 8th / 216th pick / 1979
24 Wayne Morris 25 FB 15 15 207 6-0 SMU 5/3/1954 3 5 St. Louis Cardinals / 5th / 141st pick / 1976
80 Bill Murrell 23 12 3 220 6-3 Winston-Salem St. 6/14/1956 Rook 0 Pittsburgh Steelers / 6th / 157th pick / 1979
53 Steve Neils 28 LILB 9 9 217 6-2 Minnesota 5/2/1951 5 5 St. Louis Cardinals / 5th / 111th pick / 1974
38 Lee Nelson 25 16 0 185 5-10 Florida St. 1/30/1954 3 3 St. Louis Cardinals / 15th / 420th pick / 1976
65 Brad Oates 26 11 3 274 6-6 Duke,BYU 9/30/1953 3 2 St. Louis Cardinals / 3rd / 83rd pick / 1976
87 Richard Osborne 26 7 3 230 6-3 Texas A&M 10/31/1953 3 0 Philadelphia Eagles / 9th / 248th pick / 1976
89 Gary Parris 29 TE 9 7 226 6-2 Florida St. 6/13/1950 6 2 San Diego Chargers / 15th / 372nd pick / 1973
36 Rod Phillips 27 11 0 220 6-0 Cincinnati,Jackson St. 12/23/1952 4 0
15 Steve Pisarkiewicz 26 qb 6 3 205 6-2 Missouri 11/10/1953 1 2 St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 19th pick / 1977
82 Bob Pollard 31 LDE 16 16 250 6-3 Texas Southern,Weber St. 12/30/1948 8 5 New Orleans Saints / 11th / 262nd pick / 1971
79 Jim Ramey 22 7 0 261 6-4 Kentucky 3/9/1957 Rook 2 Cleveland Browns / 3rd / 70th pick / 1979
75 Bob Rozier 24 6 0 240 6-3 California 7/28/1955 Rook 2 St. Louis Cardinals / 9th / 228th pick / 1979
70 Keith Simons 25 16 0 254 6-3 Minnesota 4/26/1954 3 3 Kansas City Chiefs / 3rd / 63rd pick / 1976
45 Perry Smith 28 db 16 4 195 6-1 Mesa,Colorado St. 3/29/1951 6 2 Oakland Raiders / 4th / 92nd pick / 1973
84 Dave Stief 23 wr 16 3 195 6-3 Portland St. 1/29/1956 1 3 St. Louis Cardinals / 7th / 181st pick / 1978
68 Terry Stieve 25 RG 14 14 256 6-2 Wisconsin 3/10/1954 3 5 New Orleans Saints / 6th / 160th pick / 1976
23 Ken Stone 29 FS 16 16 179 6-1 Vanderbilt 9/14/1950 6 7 Washington Redskins / 10th / 245th pick / 1973
83 Pat Tilley 26 WR 16 16 178 5-10 Louisiana Tech 2/15/1953 3 9 St. Louis Cardinals / 4th / 114th pick / 1976
22 Roger Wehrli* 32 RCB 16 16 190 6-0 Missouri 11/26/1947 10 9 St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 19th pick / 1969
55 Eric Williams 24 LOLB 16 16 227 6-2 USC 6/17/1955 2 6 St. Louis Cardinals / 8th / 216th pick / 1977
19 Mike Wood 25 3 0 199 5-11 SE Missouri St. 9/3/1954 1 -1 Minnesota Vikings / 8th / 204th pick / 1978
62 Keith Wortman 29 LT 13 13 260 6-2 Nebraska 7/20/1950 7 5 Green Bay Packers / 10th / 242nd pick / 1972
78 Ron Yankowski 33 16 0 244 6-5 Kansas St. 10/23/1946 8 3 St. Louis Cardinals / 8th / 199th pick / 1971
64 Bob Young*+ 37 LG 13 13 270 6-1 Texas,Texas St.,Howard Payne 9/3/1942 13 10 St. Louis Cardinals / 19th / 261st pick / 1964
63 John Zook 32 5 1 243 6-4 Kansas 9/24/1947 10 2 Los Angeles Rams / 4th / 99th pick / 1969
Team Total 26.2 16 222.8 6-1.6 3.6