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1979 New York Giants

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6-10-0, Finished 4th in NFC East Division  · 1979 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -6.1, Offense: -5.4, Defense: -0.8, SoS: -0.8, avg is 0.0.

Scored 237 points (14.8/g), 27th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 323 points (20.2/g), 14th.
 Differential of -86 points (-5.4/g), 25th.  Expected W-L: 5.2-10.8.

Coach: Ray Perkins (6-10-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Bill Parcells
 Other Notable Asst.: Bill Belichick (Special Teams)

Stadium: Giants Stadium
 Training Camp: Pace University (Pleasantville, New York)

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 Phil Simms 24 Rook 11 134 for 265, 1,743 yards, 13 td, 14 int, & 29 rushes for 166 yards and 1 td New York Giants / 1st / 7th pick / 1979
RB Doug Kotar 28 5 14 160 rushes for 616 yards, 3 td, & 25 catches for 230 yards and 0 td
FB Billy Taylor 23 1 9 198 rushes for 700 yards, 7 td, & 28 catches for 253 yards and 4 td New York Giants / 4th / 90th pick / 1978
WR Earnest Gray 22 Rook 14 28 catches for 537 yards, 4 td, & 2 rushes for 2 yards and 0 td New York Giants / 2nd / 36th pick / 1979
WR Jim Robinson 26 3 7 13 catches for 146 yards, 0 td Atlanta Falcons / 15th / 367th pick / 1975
TE Gary Shirk 29 3 15 31 catches for 471 yards, 2 td
LT Brad Benson 24 1 10 1 fumble recovered New England Patriots / 8th / 219th pick / 1977
LG Doug Van Horn 35 13 13 Kansas City Chiefs / 5th / 39th pick / 1966
Detroit Lions / 4th / 55th pick / 1966
C Jim Clack 32 8 15 1 fumble recovered
RG J.T. Turner 26 2 16
RT Tom Neville 36 14 11 1 fumble recovered Boston Patriots / 7th / 55th pick / 1965
Pittsburgh Steelers / 9th / 115th pick / 1965
 Defensive Starters
LDE George Martin 26 4 16 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered New York Giants / 11th / 262nd pick / 1975
NT John Mendenhall 31 7 11 New York Giants / 3rd / 55th pick / 1972
RDE Gary Jeter 24 2 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New York Giants / 1st / 5th pick / 1977
LOLB Brad Van Pelt* 28 6 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New York Giants / 2nd / 40th pick / 1973
LILB Dan Lloyd 26 3 8 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered New York Giants / 6th / 162nd pick / 1976
RILB Harry Carson* 26 3 15 3 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered New York Giants / 4th / 105th pick / 1976
ROLB Brian Kelley 28 6 16 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered New York Giants / 14th / 353rd pick / 1973
LCB Terry Jackson 24 1 16 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New York Giants / 5th / 120th pick / 1978
RCB Ray Rhodes 29 5 15 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered New York Giants / 10th / 236th pick / 1974
SS Beasley Reece 25 3 16 1 interception, 3 fumbles recovered Dallas Cowboys / 9th / 264th pick / 1976
FS Ray Oldham 28 6 9 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Baltimore Colts / 8th / 189th pick / 1973
 Special Teams Starters
K Joe Danelo 26 4 0 9 of 20 field goals & 28 of 29 extra points Miami Dolphins / 10th / 257th pick / 1975
P Dave Jennings*+ 27 5 0 104 punts for a 42.7 average, 0 blocked
PR Steve Odom 27 5 0 9 punt returns for a 2.9 average and 0 td Green Bay Packers / 5th / 116th pick / 1974
KR Steve Odom 27 5 0 15 kick returns for a 21.8 average and 0 td Green Bay Packers / 5th / 116th pick / 1974

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
60 Brad Benson 24 LT 10 10 262 6-3 Penn St. 11/25/1955 1 2 New England Patriots / 8th / 219th pick / 1977
45 Alan Caldwell 23 16 1 176 6-0 North Carolina 5/22/1956 Rook 2
53 Harry Carson* 26 RILB 16 15 237 6-2 South Carolina St. 11/26/1953 3 10 New York Giants / 4th / 105th pick / 1976
41 Todd Christensen 23 1 0 230 6-3 BYU 8/3/1956 Rook 0 Dallas Cowboys / 2nd / 56th pick / 1978
56 Jim Clack 32 C 16 15 250 6-3 Wake Forest 10/26/1947 8 4
59 Randy Coffield 26 9 1 215 6-4 Florida St. 12/12/1953 3 3 Seattle Seahawks / 10th / 266th pick / 1976
78 Gus Coppens 24 9 7 270 6-5 UCLA 2/7/1955 Rook 2 Los Angeles Rams / 12th / 330th pick / 1978
18 Joe Danelo 26 K 16 0 166 5-9 Washington St. 9/2/1953 4 2 Miami Dolphins / 10th / 257th pick / 1975
15 Randy Dean 24 16 1 195 6-3 Northwestern 6/10/1955 2 1 New York Giants / 5th / 117th pick / 1977
84 Al Dixon 25 te 5 1 230 6-5 Iowa St. 4/5/1954 2 0 New York Giants / 7th / 178th pick / 1977
34 Zachary Dixon 23 3 0 203 6-0 Temple 3/5/1956 Rook 0 Denver Broncos / 11th / 297th pick / 1979
58 Keith Eck 24 13 1 255 6-5 UCLA 11/28/1955 Rook 2
65 Dan Fowler 23 1 0 260 6-4 Kentucky 4/12/1956 Rook 1 New York Giants / 10th / 256th pick / 1979
71 Gordon Gravelle 30 t 4 3 250 6-5 BYU 6/12/1949 7 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 38th pick / 1972
83 Earnest Gray 22 WR 16 14 195 6-3 Memphis 3/2/1957 Rook 4 New York Giants / 2nd / 36th pick / 1979
34 Tony Green 23 4 0 185 5-9 Florida 9/26/1956 1 0 Washington Redskins / 6th / 159th pick / 1978
33 Bobby Hammond 27 4 0 171 5-10 Morgan St. 2/20/1952 3 0
29 Eddie Hicks 24 14 0 210 6-2 East Carolina 7/26/1955 Rook 0 New York Giants / 6th / 158th pick / 1979
81 Cleveland Jackson 23 2 0 230 6-4 Michigan St.,UNLV 10/1/1956 Rook 0 New York Giants / 5th / 117th pick / 1979
24 Terry Jackson 24 LCB 16 16 197 5-10 San Diego St. 12/9/1955 1 7 New York Giants / 5th / 120th pick / 1978
13 Dave Jennings*+ 27 P 16 0 203 6-4 St. Lawrence 6/8/1952 5 4
70 Gary Jeter 24 RDE 16 16 259 6-4 USC 1/24/1955 2 7 New York Giants / 1st / 5th pick / 1977
48 Ken Johnson 23 9 6 220 6-2 Miami (FL) 11/27/1956 Rook 2 New York Giants / 11th / 284th pick / 1979
31 Ernie Jones 26 5 5 180 6-3 Miami (FL) 1/3/1953 3 3 Seattle Seahawks / 5th / 153rd pick / 1976
55 Brian Kelley 28 ROLB 16 16 230 6-3 California Lutheran 9/1/1951 6 8 New York Giants / 14th / 353rd pick / 1973
72 Gordon King 23 7 0 275 6-6 Stanford 2/3/1956 1 2 New York Giants / 1st / 10th pick / 1978
44 Doug Kotar 28 RB 16 14 205 5-11 Kentucky 6/11/1951 5 6
54 Dan Lloyd 26 LILB 13 8 225 6-2 Washington 11/9/1953 3 4 New York Giants / 6th / 162nd pick / 1976
51 Frank Marion 28 16 0 227 6-3 Florida A&M 3/16/1951 2 4
75 George Martin 26 LDE 16 16 245 6-4 Oregon 2/16/1953 4 7 New York Giants / 11th / 262nd pick / 1975
79 Mike McCoy 31 3 2 284 6-5 Notre Dame 9/6/1948 9 3 Green Bay Packers / 1st / 2nd pick / 1970
89 Loaird McCreary 26 11 0 227 6-5 Tennessee St. 3/15/1953 3 0 Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 49th pick / 1976
23 Odis McKinney 22 15 2 187 6-2 Colorado 5/19/1957 1 3 New York Giants / 2nd / 37th pick / 1978
64 John Mendenhall 31 NT 13 11 255 6-1 Grambling St. 12/3/1948 7 5 New York Giants / 3rd / 55th pick / 1972
62 Ron Mikolajczyk 29 1 1 275 6-3 Marshall,Tampa 6/2/1950 3 1 Oakland Raiders / 5th / 127th pick / 1973
76 Calvin Miller 26 11 2 260 6-2 Oklahoma St. 8/31/1953 Rook 2
80 Emery Moorehead 25 te 13 3 218 6-2 Colorado 3/22/1954 2 1 New York Giants / 6th / 153rd pick / 1977
81 Tom Mullady 22 2 0 232 6-3 Rhodes 1/30/1957 Rook 0 Buffalo Bills / 7th / 170th pick / 1979
74 Tom Neville 36 RT 14 11 260 6-4 Mississippi St. 8/12/1943 14 4 Boston Patriots / 7th / 55th pick / 1965
Pittsburgh Steelers / 9th / 115th pick / 1965
84 Steve Odom 27 KR 6 0 173 5-8 Utah 9/5/1952 5 0 Green Bay Packers / 5th / 116th pick / 1974
25 Ray Oldham 28 FS 15 9 200 6-0 Middle Tenn. St. 2/23/1951 6 5 Baltimore Colts / 8th / 189th pick / 1973
86 Johnny Perkins 26 13 6 205 6-2 Abilene Christian 4/21/1953 2 3 New York Giants / 2nd / 32nd pick / 1977
76 Jim Pietrzak 26 3 0 260 6-5 East. Michigan 2/21/1953 5 1 New York Giants / 6th / 132nd pick / 1974
9 Joe Pisarcik 27 qb 4 4 220 6-4 New Mexico St. 7/2/1952 2 2
28 Beasley Reece 25 SS 16 16 193 6-1 North Texas 3/18/1954 3 7 Dallas Cowboys / 9th / 264th pick / 1976
22 Ray Rhodes 29 RCB 15 15 185 5-11 TCU,Tulsa 10/20/1950 5 6 New York Giants / 10th / 236th pick / 1974
85 Jim Robinson 26 WR 11 7 170 5-9 Georgia Tech 1/3/1953 3 1 Atlanta Falcons / 15th / 367th pick / 1975
88 Dwight Scales 26 wr 15 5 178 6-2 Grambling St. 5/30/1953 3 2 Los Angeles Rams / 5th / 155th pick / 1976
87 Gary Shirk 29 TE 16 15 220 6-1 Morehead St. 2/23/1950 3 4
69 Roy Simmons 23 16 3 264 6-3 Georgia Tech 11/8/1956 Rook 2 New York Giants / 8th / 201st pick / 1979
11 Phil Simms 24 QB 12 11 216 6-3 Morehead St. 11/3/1955 Rook 6 New York Giants / 1st / 7th pick / 1979
57 John Skorupan 28 14 0 222 6-2 Penn St. 5/17/1951 6 3 Buffalo Bills / 6th / 136th pick / 1973
80 Phil Tabor 23 15 8 255 6-4 Oklahoma 11/30/1956 Rook 4 New York Giants / 4th / 90th pick / 1979
38 Billy Taylor 23 FB 16 9 215 6-0 Texas Tech 7/6/1956 1 6 New York Giants / 4th / 90th pick / 1978
39 Bob Torrey 22 6 0 231 6-4 Penn St. 1/30/1957 Rook 0 New York Giants / 6th / 145th pick / 1979
68 J.T. Turner 26 RG 16 16 253 6-3 Duke 4/17/1953 2 4
63 Doug Van Horn 35 LG 15 13 245 6-3 Ohio St. 6/24/1944 13 4 Kansas City Chiefs / 5th / 39th pick / 1966
Detroit Lions / 4th / 55th pick / 1966
10 Brad Van Pelt* 28 LOLB 16 16 235 6-5 Michigan St. 4/5/1951 6 8 New York Giants / 2nd / 40th pick / 1973
84 Gene Washington 26 2 0 172 5-9 Georgia 6/6/1953 Rook 0 San Diego Chargers / 9th / 234th pick / 1977
73 Jeff Weston 23 16 1 259 6-5 Notre Dame 4/10/1956 Rook 2 Miami Dolphins / 9th / 244th pick / 1979
Team Total 25.9 16 223.8 6-2.2 2.8