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1979 Detroit Lions

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2-14-0, Finished 5th in NFC Central Division  · 1979 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -11.0, Offense: -6.6, Defense: -4.4, SoS: -1.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 219 points (13.7/g), 28th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 365 points (22.8/g), 23rd.
 Differential of -146 points (-9.1/g), 28th.  Expected W-L: 3.7-12.3.

Coach: Monte Clark (2-14-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Bob Schnelker

Stadium: Pontiac Silverdome
 Training Camp: Oakland University (Rochester, Michigan)

Starters

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),Hide Non-primary Starters
Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Jeff Komlo 23 Rook 14 183 for 368, 2,238 yards, 11 td, 23 int, & 30 rushes for 107 yards and 2 td Detroit Lions / 9th / 231st pick / 1979
RB Dexter Bussey 27 5 10 144 rushes for 625 yards, 1 td, & 15 catches for 102 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 3rd / 65th pick / 1974
FB Bo Robinson 23 Rook 12 87 rushes for 302 yards, 2 td, & 14 catches for 118 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 3rd / 67th pick / 1979
WR Freddie Scott 27 5 14 62 catches for 929 yards, 5 td, & 6 rushes for 21 yards and 0 td Baltimore Colts / 7th / 174th pick / 1974
WR Gene Washington 32 10 13 14 catches for 192 yards, 1 td, & 1 rush for 24 yards and 0 td San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 16th pick / 1969
TE David Hill* 25 3 15 47 catches for 569 yards, 3 td, & 1 rush for 15 yards and 0 td Detroit Lions / 2nd / 46th pick / 1976
LT Karl Baldischwiler 23 1 16 Miami Dolphins / 7th / 178th pick / 1978
LG Homer Elias 24 1 14 Detroit Lions / 4th / 107th pick / 1978
C Larry Tearry 23 1 10 Detroit Lions / 4th / 109th pick / 1978
RG Russ Bolinger 25 3 16 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 68th pick / 1976
RT Keith Dorney 22 Rook 16 Detroit Lions / 1st / 10th pick / 1979
 Defensive Starters
LDE Dave Pureifory 30 7 15 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Green Bay Packers / 6th / 142nd pick / 1972
LDT Dave Gallagher 27 5 7 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Chicago Bears / 1st / 20th pick / 1974
RDT Doug English 26 4 0 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 38th pick / 1975
RDE Al Baker* 23 1 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 40th pick / 1978
LLB Ed O'Neil 27 5 12 Detroit Lions / 1st / 8th pick / 1974
MLB Charlie Weaver 30 8 8 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 48th pick / 1971
RLB James Harrell 22 Rook 8
LCB Walt Williams 25 2 7 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1977
RCB Luther Bradley 24 1 16 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Detroit Lions / 1st / 11th pick / 1978
SS Jimmy Allen 27 5 14 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 100th pick / 1974
FS James Hunter 25 3 15 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 1st / 10th pick / 1976
 Special Teams Starters
K Benny Ricardo 25 3 0 10 of 18 field goals & 25 of 26 extra points
P Larry Swider 24 Rook 0 88 punts for a 40.0 average, 0 blocked Denver Broncos / 7th / 185th pick / 1977
PR John Arnold 24 Rook 0 19 punt returns for a 8.6 average and 0 td
KR Ken Callicutt 24 1 0 24 kick returns for a 16.9 average and 0 td

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
40 Jimmy Allen 27 SS 16 14 194 6-2 Pierce College (CA),UCLA 3/6/1952 5 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 100th pick / 1974
42 Nate Allen 31 3 0 170 5-10 Texas Southern 5/13/1948 8 2 Kansas City Chiefs / 11th / 276th pick / 1971
47 John Arnold 24 PR 7 0 175 5-10 Wyoming 10/5/1955 Rook 0
60 Al Baker* 23 RDE 16 16 265 6-6 Colorado St. 12/9/1956 1 8 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 40th pick / 1978
76 Karl Baldischwiler 23 LT 16 16 265 6-5 Oklahoma 1/19/1956 1 4 Miami Dolphins / 7th / 178th pick / 1978
89 Luther Blue 25 9 3 185 5-11 Iowa St. 10/21/1954 2 1 Detroit Lions / 4th / 96th pick / 1977
73 Russ Bolinger 25 RG 16 16 255 6-5 California-Riverside,Long Beach St. 9/10/1954 3 4 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 68th pick / 1976
27 Luther Bradley 24 RCB 16 16 195 6-2 Notre Dame 5/7/1955 1 5 Detroit Lions / 1st / 11th pick / 1978
53 Jon Brooks 22 15 10 215 6-2 Clemson 6/22/1957 Rook 3 Detroit Lions / 4th / 92nd pick / 1979
24 Dexter Bussey 27 RB 16 10 195 6-1 Oklahoma,Texas-Arlington 3/11/1952 5 4 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 65th pick / 1974
31 Ken Callicutt 24 KR 16 0 190 6-0 Clemson 8/20/1955 1 0
66 Karl Chandler 27 1 1 250 6-5 Princeton 2/15/1952 5 2
63 Garry Cobb 22 8 0 227 6-2 USC 3/16/1957 Rook 3 Dallas Cowboys / 9th / 247th pick / 1979
50 Eddie Cole 23 lb 15 2 235 6-2 Mississippi 12/16/1956 Rook 2 Detroit Lions / 11th / 302nd pick / 1979
70 Keith Dorney 22 RT 16 16 268 6-5 Penn St. 12/3/1957 Rook 4 Detroit Lions / 1st / 10th pick / 1979
72 Cleveland Elam 27 8 0 252 6-4 Tennessee St. 4/5/1952 4 3 San Francisco 49ers / 4th / 85th pick / 1975
61 Homer Elias 24 LG 15 14 255 6-3 Tennessee St. 5/1/1955 1 4 Detroit Lions / 4th / 107th pick / 1978
20 Ken Ellis 32 7 0 190 5-10 Southern 9/27/1947 9 2 Green Bay Packers / 4th / 93rd pick / 1970
78 Doug English 26 RDT 16 0 255 6-5 Texas 8/25/1953 4 6 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 38th pick / 1975
57 Ken Fantetti 22 MLB 16 8 230 6-2 Wyoming 4/7/1957 Rook 3 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 37th pick / 1979
65 Amos Fowler 23 c 12 1 250 6-3 Southern Miss 2/11/1956 1 1 Detroit Lions / 5th / 121st pick / 1978
58 Dennis Franks 26 13 0 241 6-1 Michigan 5/29/1953 3 2
38 Lawrence Gaines 26 16 0 237 6-1 Wyoming 12/15/1953 3 0 Detroit Lions / 1st / 16th pick / 1976
71 Dave Gallagher 27 LDT 10 7 256 6-4 Michigan 1/2/1952 5 6 Chicago Bears / 1st / 20th pick / 1974
79 William Gay 24 de 15 2 250 6-5 USC 5/28/1955 1 2 Denver Broncos / 2nd / 55th pick / 1978
17 Jerry Golsteyn 25 qb 1 1 207 6-4 Northern Illinois 8/6/1954 2 0 New York Giants / 12th / 333rd pick / 1976
51 James Harrell 22 RLB 9 8 224 6-1 Florida 7/19/1957 Rook 3
81 David Hill* 25 TE 16 15 229 6-2 Texas A&M-Kingsville 1/1/1954 3 4 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 46th pick / 1976
28 James Hunter 25 FS 15 15 195 6-3 Grambling St. 3/8/1954 3 4 Detroit Lions / 1st / 10th pick / 1976
10 Scott Hunter 32 13 0 205 6-2 Alabama 11/11/1947 8 1 Green Bay Packers / 6th / 140th pick / 1971
44 Ernie Jackson 29 2 0 173 5-10 Duke 4/11/1950 7 2 New Orleans Saints / 7th / 164th pick / 1972
46 Doug Jones 29 10 6 202 6-2 Arizona St.,Cal State-Northridge 5/31/1950 6 2 Kansas City Chiefs / 6th / 145th pick / 1973
32 Rick Kane 25 rb 16 6 200 5-11 Oregon,San Jose St. 11/12/1954 2 3 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 69th pick / 1977
25 Horace King 26 rb 16 4 208 5-10 Georgia 3/5/1953 4 2 Detroit Lions / 6th / 141st pick / 1975
19 Jeff Komlo 23 QB 16 14 200 6-2 Delaware 7/30/1956 Rook 4 Detroit Lions / 9th / 231st pick / 1979
26 Tony Leonard 26 1 0 170 5-11 Virginia Union 2/28/1953 3 2 San Francisco 49ers / 5th / 140th pick / 1976
48 Eddie Lewis 26 8 0 177 6-0 Kansas 12/15/1953 3 2 San Francisco 49ers / 2nd / 57th pick / 1976
62 Don Morrison 30 15 0 255 6-5 Texas-Arlington 12/16/1949 8 2 New Orleans Saints / 4th / 98th pick / 1971
80 Ulysses Norris 22 te 16 2 230 6-4 Georgia 1/15/1957 Rook 0 Detroit Lions / 4th / 88th pick / 1979
55 Ed O'Neil 27 LLB 16 12 236 6-3 Penn St. 9/8/1952 5 5 Detroit Lions / 1st / 8th pick / 1974
44 Dave Parkin 23 9 2 191 6-0 Utah St. 1/7/1956 Rook 2 Atlanta Falcons / 9th / 239th pick / 1979
43 Don Patterson 22 2 0 175 5-11 Georgia Tech 10/31/1957 Rook 2
67 Wally Pesuit 25 16 5 252 6-4 Kentucky 3/4/1954 3 2 Dallas Cowboys / 5th / 151st pick / 1976
75 Dave Pureifory 30 LDE 15 15 260 6-1 East. Michigan 7/12/1949 7 6 Green Bay Packers / 6th / 142nd pick / 1972
14 Joe Reed 31 qb 2 1 195 6-1 Baylor,Mississippi St. 1/8/1948 7 0 San Francisco 49ers / 11th / 283rd pick / 1971
1 Benny Ricardo 25 K 16 0 175 5-10 San Diego St. 1/4/1954 3 3
36 Bo Robinson 23 FB 14 12 228 6-2 West Texas A&M 5/27/1956 Rook 3 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 67th pick / 1979
82 Ken Sanders 29 5 4 240 6-5 Howard Payne 8/22/1950 7 2 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 65th pick / 1972
87 Freddie Scott 27 WR 14 14 180 6-2 Amherst 8/5/1952 5 7 Baltimore Colts / 7th / 174th pick / 1974
15 Tom Skladany 24 2 0 192 6-0 Ohio St. 6/29/1955 1 0 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 46th pick / 1977
46 Jimmy Stewart 25 5 3 190 5-11 Tulsa 10/15/1954 2 2 New Orleans Saints / 8th / 201st pick / 1977
12 Larry Swider 24 P 14 0 195 6-2 Pittsburgh 2/1/1955 Rook 2 Denver Broncos / 7th / 185th pick / 1977
54 Larry Tearry 23 C 11 10 260 6-3 Wake Forest 4/24/1956 1 4 Detroit Lions / 4th / 109th pick / 1978
39 Leonard Thompson 27 wr 15 1 192 5-11 Oklahoma St. 7/28/1952 4 4 Detroit Lions / 8th / 194th pick / 1975
52 Dave Washington 31 7 0 223 6-5 Alcorn St. 9/12/1948 9 3 Denver Broncos / 9th / 219th pick / 1970
18 Gene Washington 32 WR 16 13 185 6-2 Stanford 1/14/1947 10 2 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 16th pick / 1969
59 Charlie Weaver 30 MLB 8 8 220 6-2 USC 7/12/1949 8 6 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 48th pick / 1971
21 Walt Williams 25 LCB 12 7 185 6-1 Ashland,New Mexico St. 7/10/1954 2 3 Detroit Lions / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1977
42 Robert Woods 24 1 0 170 5-7 Grambling St. 7/3/1955 1 0 Kansas City Chiefs / 5th / 134th pick / 1978
Team Total 25.7 16 215.6 6-1.7 3.2