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1979 New England Patriots

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9-7-0, Finished 2nd in AFC East Division  · 1979 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 5.1, Offense: 6.1, Defense: -1.1, SoS: -0.2, avg is 0.0.

Scored 411 points (25.7/g), 2nd of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 326 points (20.4/g), 15th.
 Differential of 85 points (5.3/g), 3rd.  Expected W-L: 10.1-5.9.

Coach: Ron Erhardt (9-7-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Jim Ringo
 Defensive Coordinator: Fritz Shurmur

Stadium: Schaefer Stadium
 Training Camp: Bryant College (Smithfield, Rhode Island)

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 Steve Grogan 26 4 16 206 for 423, 3,286 yards, 28 td, 20 int, & 64 rushes for 368 yards and 2 td New England Patriots / 5th / 116th pick / 1975
RB Horace Ivory 25 2 9 143 rushes for 522 yards, 1 td, & 23 catches for 216 yards and 2 td New England Patriots / 2nd / 44th pick / 1977
FB Sam Cunningham 29 6 12 159 rushes for 563 yards, 5 td, & 29 catches for 236 yards and 0 td New England Patriots / 1st / 11th pick / 1973
WR Harold Jackson 33 11 16 45 catches for 1,013 yards, 7 td, & 3 rushes for 12 yards and 0 td Los Angeles Rams / 12th / 323rd pick / 1968
WR Stanley Morgan* 24 2 16 44 catches for 1,002 yards, 12 td, & 7 rushes for 39 yards and 0 td New England Patriots / 1st / 25th pick / 1977
TE Russ Francis 26 4 12 39 catches for 557 yards, 5 td New England Patriots / 1st / 16th pick / 1975
LT Dwight Wheeler 24 1 10 New England Patriots / 4th / 102nd pick / 1978
LG John Hannah*+ 28 6 16 1 fumble recovered New England Patriots / 1st / 4th pick / 1973
C Bill Lenkaitis 33 11 16 1 fumble recovered San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1968
RG Sam Adams 31 7 13
RT Shelby Jordan 27 4 13 1 fumble recovered Houston Oilers / 7th / 157th pick / 1973
 Defensive Starters
LDE Mel Lunsford 29 6 16 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Oakland Raiders / 3rd / 72nd pick / 1972
NT Ray Hamilton 28 6 16 New England Patriots / 14th / 342nd pick / 1973
RDE Richard Bishop 29 3 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Cincinnati Bengals / 5th / 127th pick / 1974
LOLB Mike Hawkins 24 1 14 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 7th / 188th pick / 1978
LILB Steve Nelson 28 5 15 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered New England Patriots / 2nd / 34th pick / 1974
RILB Sam Hunt 28 5 15 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New England Patriots / 15th / 374th pick / 1974
ROLB Rod Shoate 26 4 14 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered New England Patriots / 2nd / 41st pick / 1975
LCB Raymond Clayborn 24 2 16 5 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 1st / 16th pick / 1977
RCB Mike Haynes* 26 3 15 3 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 1st / 5th pick / 1976
SS Doug Beaudoin 25 3 7 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered New England Patriots / 9th / 243rd pick / 1976
FS Tim Fox 26 3 16 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New England Patriots / 1st / 21st pick / 1976
 Special Teams Starters
K John Smith 30 5 0 23 of 33 field goals & 46 of 49 extra points
P Eddie Hare 22 Rook 0 83 punts for a 36.6 average, 1 blocked New England Patriots / 4th / 106th pick / 1979
PR Stanley Morgan* 24 2 16 29 punt returns for a 10.0 average and 1 td New England Patriots / 1st / 25th pick / 1977
KR Allan Clark 22 Rook 0 37 kick returns for a 22.1 average and 0 td New England Patriots / 10th / 271st 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)
85 Julius Adams 31 de 16 2 270 6-3 Texas Southern 4/26/1948 8 2 New England Patriots / 2nd / 27th pick / 1971
61 Sam Adams 31 RG 15 13 256 6-3 Prairie View 9/20/1948 7 7
27 Doug Beaudoin 25 SS 10 7 193 6-1 Minnesota 5/15/1954 3 4 New England Patriots / 9th / 243rd pick / 1976
64 Richard Bishop 29 RDE 14 14 275 6-1 Louisville 3/23/1950 3 7 Cincinnati Bengals / 5th / 127th pick / 1974
58 Pete Brock 25 lt 16 7 267 6-5 Colorado 7/14/1954 3 4 New England Patriots / 1st / 12th pick / 1976
63 Mark Buben 22 16 0 260 6-3 Tufts 3/23/1957 Rook 4
44 Don Calhoun 27 fb 16 6 206 6-0 Kansas St. 4/29/1952 5 4 Buffalo Bills / 10th / 249th pick / 1974
12 Matt Cavanaugh 23 13 0 212 6-2 Pittsburgh 10/27/1956 Rook 0 New England Patriots / 2nd / 50th pick / 1978
82 Al Chandler 29 7 0 233 6-2 Oklahoma 11/18/1950 6 0 Cincinnati Bengals / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1973
35 Allan Clark 22 KR 16 0 186 5-10 Northern Arizona 6/8/1957 Rook 1 New England Patriots / 10th / 271st pick / 1979
26 Raymond Clayborn 24 LCB 16 16 186 6-0 Texas 1/2/1955 2 7 New England Patriots / 1st / 16th pick / 1977
22 Dick Conn 28 1 0 185 6-0 Georgia 1/9/1951 5 2
55 Ray Costict 24 lb 16 1 217 6-0 Mississippi St. 3/19/1955 2 2 New England Patriots / 11th / 303rd pick / 1977
75 Bob Cryder 23 t 16 2 275 6-4 Alabama 9/7/1956 1 2 New England Patriots / 1st / 18th pick / 1978
39 Sam Cunningham 29 FB 12 12 226 6-3 USC 8/15/1950 6 6 New England Patriots / 1st / 11th pick / 1973
68 Terry Falcon 24 10 0 260 6-3 Minot St.,Montana 8/30/1955 1 4 New England Patriots / 8th / 198th pick / 1978
48 Tim Fox 26 FS 16 16 186 5-11 Ohio St. 11/1/1953 3 7 New England Patriots / 1st / 21st pick / 1976
81 Russ Francis 26 TE 12 12 240 6-6 Oregon 4/3/1953 4 5 New England Patriots / 1st / 16th pick / 1975
51 Bob Golic 22 1 0 264 6-2 Notre Dame 10/26/1957 Rook 3 New England Patriots / 2nd / 52nd pick / 1979
14 Steve Grogan 26 QB 16 16 210 6-4 Kansas St. 7/24/1953 4 14 New England Patriots / 5th / 116th pick / 1975
71 Ray Hamilton 28 NT 16 16 244 6-1 Oklahoma 1/20/1951 6 7 New England Patriots / 14th / 342nd pick / 1973
73 John Hannah*+ 28 LG 16 16 265 6-2 Alabama 4/4/1951 6 15 New England Patriots / 1st / 4th pick / 1973
8 Eddie Hare 22 P 16 0 209 6-4 Tulsa 5/30/1957 Rook 1 New England Patriots / 4th / 106th pick / 1979
80 Don Hasselbeck 24 te 16 4 245 6-7 Colorado 4/1/1955 2 2 New England Patriots / 2nd / 52nd pick / 1977
59 Mike Hawkins 24 LOLB 16 14 235 6-2 Texas A&M-Kingsville 11/29/1955 1 7 New England Patriots / 7th / 188th pick / 1978
40 Mike Haynes* 26 RCB 16 15 192 6-2 Arizona St. 7/1/1953 3 12 New England Patriots / 1st / 5th pick / 1976
50 Sam Hunt 28 RILB 15 15 248 6-1 S.F. Austin 8/6/1951 5 7 New England Patriots / 15th / 374th pick / 1974
23 Horace Ivory 25 RB 11 9 197 6-0 Oklahoma 8/8/1954 2 6 New England Patriots / 2nd / 44th pick / 1977
29 Harold Jackson 33 WR 16 16 175 5-10 Jackson St. 1/6/1946 11 10 Los Angeles Rams / 12th / 323rd pick / 1968
87 Ray Jarvis 30 7 0 200 6-0 Norfolk St. 2/2/1949 8 0 Atlanta Falcons / 5th / 111th pick / 1971
32 Andy Johnson 27 rb 5 5 204 6-0 Georgia 10/18/1952 5 2 New England Patriots / 5th / 112th pick / 1974
74 Shelby Jordan 27 RT 14 13 260 6-7 Washington (MO) 1/23/1952 4 6 Houston Oilers / 7th / 157th pick / 1973
52 Steve King 28 lb 16 1 232 6-4 Tulsa 6/10/1951 6 2
67 Bill Lenkaitis 33 C 16 16 255 6-4 Penn St. 6/30/1946 11 8 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 43rd pick / 1968
72 Mel Lunsford 29 LDE 16 16 256 6-3 Central State (OH) 6/13/1950 6 8 Oakland Raiders / 3rd / 72nd pick / 1972
53 Bill Matthews 23 lb 16 1 235 6-2 South Dakota St. 3/12/1956 Rook 2 New England Patriots / 5th / 129th pick / 1978
34 Prentice McCray 28 ss 14 6 188 6-1 Arizona St. 3/1/1951 5 3 Detroit Lions / 8th / 200th pick / 1973
78 Tony McGee 30 de 16 2 250 6-4 Wyoming,Bishop 1/18/1949 8 2 Chicago Bears / 3rd / 64th pick / 1971
86 Stanley Morgan* 24 PR 16 16 181 5-11 Tennessee 2/17/1955 2 11 New England Patriots / 1st / 25th pick / 1977
57 Steve Nelson 28 LILB 15 15 230 6-2 Augsburg,North Dakota St. 4/26/1951 5 7 New England Patriots / 2nd / 34th pick / 1974
17 Tom Owen 27 6 0 195 6-1 Wichita St. 9/1/1952 5 1 San Francisco 49ers / 13th / 322nd pick / 1974
88 Carlos Pennywell 23 6 0 180 6-2 Grambling St. 3/18/1956 1 0 New England Patriots / 3rd / 77th pick / 1978
77 Garry Puetz 27 g 5 3 263 6-3 Valparaiso 3/14/1952 6 2 New York Jets / 12th / 300th pick / 1973
25 Rick Sanford 22 db 16 4 192 6-1 South Carolina 1/9/1957 Rook 3 New England Patriots / 1st / 25th pick / 1979
56 Rod Shoate 26 ROLB 14 14 214 6-1 Oklahoma 4/26/1953 4 7 New England Patriots / 2nd / 41st pick / 1975
1 John Smith 30 K 16 0 186 6-0 King Alfred's (England),South (England) 12/30/1949 5 5
30 Mosi Tatupu 24 16 0 227 6-0 USC 4/26/1955 1 1 New England Patriots / 8th / 215th pick / 1978
21 Mark Washington 32 12 0 188 5-10 Morgan St. 12/28/1947 9 3 Dallas Cowboys / 13th / 335th pick / 1970
83 Don Westbrook 26 16 0 185 5-10 Nebraska 11/1/1953 2 2 Baltimore Colts / 6th / 131st pick / 1975
62 Dwight Wheeler 24 LT 13 10 269 6-3 Tennessee St. 1/13/1955 1 5 New England Patriots / 4th / 102nd pick / 1978
54 John Zamberlin 23 lb 16 1 230 6-2 Pacific Lutheran 2/13/1956 Rook 2 New England Patriots / 5th / 135th pick / 1979
Team Total 26.4 16 224.3 6-1.8 3.8