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1979 New York Jets

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8-8-0, AFC East Division  · 1979 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -2.9, Offense: 1.1, Defense: -4.0, SoS: -0.0, avg is 0.0.

Scored 337 points (21.1/g), 13th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 383 points (23.9/g), 25th.
 Differential of -46 points (-2.9/g), 19th.  Expected W-L: 6.8-9.2.

Coach: Walt Michaels (8-8-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: John Idzik
 Defensive Coordinator: John Mazur

Stadium: Shea Stadium
 Training Camp: Hofstra University (Hempstead, New York)

Team Info

Principal Owner Leon Hess
President/General Manager Jim Kensil
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 337 5244 1035 5.1 38 13 20 299 190 369 2598 16 25 6.5 126 634 2646 23 4.2 153
Team Defense 383 5821 1094 5.3 40 19 26 331 339 570 4115 31 21 7.0 198 502 1706 13 3.4 107
Lg Rank Offense 13 9 13 4 14 27 21 20 22 6 1 1 7 8
Lg Rank Defense 25 26 12 7 25 28 28 28 15 26 5 3 5 3

Team Games & Schedule

Score Offense Defense
Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 2 boxscore L OT 0-1 Cleveland Browns 22 25 24 390 161 229 2 24 423 292 131 4
2 Sun September 9 boxscore L 0-2 @ New England Patriots 3 56 12 134 45 89 6 30 597 365 232 3
3 Sun September 16 boxscore W 1-2 Detroit Lions 31 10 22 387 178 209 1 12 229 176 53 3
4 Sun September 23 boxscore L 1-3 @ Buffalo Bills 31 46 22 416 151 265 4 25 497 348 149 1
5 Sun September 30 boxscore W 2-3 Miami Dolphins 33 27 16 354 186 168 1 21 354 286 68 1
6 Sun October 7 boxscore L 2-4 @ Baltimore Colts 8 10 19 358 174 184 3 14 276 232 44 2
7 Mon October 15 boxscore W 3-4 Minnesota Vikings 14 7 16 245 62 183 20 310 256 54 7
8 Sun October 21 boxscore W 4-4 Oakland Raiders 28 19 16 328 161 167 3 25 459 346 113 5
9 Sun October 28 boxscore L OT 4-5 @ Houston Oilers 24 27 20 357 225 132 3 17 311 199 112 1
10 Sun November 4 boxscore W 5-5 @ Green Bay Packers 27 22 20 382 136 246 2 22 395 287 108 4
11 Sun November 11 boxscore L 5-6 Buffalo Bills 12 14 16 237 170 67 3 15 270 132 138
12 Sun November 18 boxscore L 5-7 @ Chicago Bears 13 23 20 320 180 140 3 19 254 108 146
13 Mon November 26 boxscore L 5-8 @ Seattle Seahawks 7 30 21 365 226 139 2 25 399 313 86 1
14 Sun December 2 boxscore W 6-8 Baltimore Colts 30 17 21 368 190 178 1 21 343 240 103 3
15 Sun December 9 boxscore W 7-8 New England Patriots 27 26 20 281 127 154 19 320 213 107 1
16 Sat December 15 boxscore W 8-8 @ Miami Dolphins 27 24 14 322 226 96 4 22 384 322 62 4

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
14 Richard Todd 26 QB 15 15 8-7-0 171 334 51.2 2660 16 4.8 22 6.6 72 8.0 6.0 15.6 177.3 66.5 25 222 6.79 4.92 7.0
17 Matt Robinson 24 qb 15 1 0-1-0 17 31 54.8 191 0 0.0 2 6.5 33 6.2 3.3 11.2 12.7 46.6 5 30 4.47 1.97 13.9
4 Pat Ryan 24 1 0 2 4 50.0 13 0 0.0 1 25.0 7 3.3 -8.0 6.5 13.0 17.7 2 14 -0.17 -7.67 33.3
Team Total 25.0 16 8-8-0 190 369 51.5 2864 16 4.3 25 6.8 72 7.8 5.6 15.1 179.0 63.6 32 266 6.48 4.47 8.0 0 0
Opp Total 16 339 570 59.5 4288 31 5.4 21 3.7 7.5 6.95 12.6 268.0 85.8 22 173 7.0 6.4 3.7

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Rushing Receiving
No. Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
21 Clark Gaines 25 FB 16 9 186 905 0 52 4.9 56.6 11.6 29 219 7.6 0 15 1.8 13.7 1124 0 1
25 Scott Dierking 24 RB 16 14 186 767 3 40 4.1 47.9 11.6 10 121 12.1 0 27 0.6 7.6 888 3 1
33 Kevin Long 24 fb 12 6 116 442 7 25 3.8 36.8 9.7 10 115 11.5 0 27 0.8 9.6 557 7 3
42 Bruce Harper 24 KR/PR 16 0 65 282 0 31 4.3 17.6 4.1 17 250 14.7 2 72 1.1 15.6 532 2 6
44 Tom Newton 25 16 0 37 145 6 51 3.9 9.1 2.3 4 33 8.3 0 11 0.3 2.1 178 6 0
14 Richard Todd 26 QB 15 15 36 93 5 21 2.6 6.2 2.4 93 5 7
17 Matt Robinson 24 qb 15 1 3 4 1 10 1.3 0.3 0.2 4 1 0
46 Woody Bennett 24 15 0 2 4 1 3 2.0 0.3 0.1 1 9 9.0 0 9 0.1 0.6 13 1 1
15 Chuck Ramsey 27 P 16 0 2 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 2
89 Bobby Jones 24 wr 10 7 1 4 0 4 4.0 0.4 0.1 19 379 19.9 1 51 1.9 37.9 383 1 2
81 Derrick Gaffney 24 WR 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 32 534 16.7 1 43 2.0 33.4 534 1 0
83 Jerome Barkum 29 TE 13 13 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 27 401 14.9 4 40 2.1 30.8 401 4 1
85 Wesley Walker 24 WR 9 9 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 23 569 24.7 5 71 2.6 63.2 569 5 0
82 Mickey Shuler 23 te 16 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 16 225 14.1 3 46 1.0 14.1 225 3 1
86 Bob Raba 24 8 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 9 4.5 0 6 0.3 1.1 9 0 0
Team Total 25.0 16 634 2646 23 52 4.2 165.4 39.6 190 2864 15.1 16 72 11.9 179.0 5510 39 26
Opp Total 16 502 1706 13 3.4 106.6 31.4 339 4115 12.1 31 21.2 257.2 5821 44 34

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
42 Bruce Harper 24 KR/PR 16 0 33 290 0 51 8.8 55 1158 0 52 21.1 1980
48 Ken Schroy 27 db 16 1 2 24 0 19 12.0 6 179 0 51 29.8 203
89 Bobby Jones 24 wr 10 7 7 140 0 36 20.0 523
21 Clark Gaines 25 FB 16 9 2 29 0 20 14.5 1153
63 John Hennessy 24 16 0 2 15 0 12 7.5 15
46 Woody Bennett 24 15 0 1 7 0 7 7.0 20
84 Paul Darby 23 15 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
44 Tom Newton 25 16 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 178
86 Bob Raba 24 8 0 1 18 0 18 18.0 27
82 Mickey Shuler 23 te 16 6 1 15 0 15 15.0 240
Team Total 25.0 16 36 314 0 51 8.7 76 1561 0 52 20.5 7385
Opp Total 16 33 260 0 7.9 70 1529 1 21.8

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT Punting
No. Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
15 Chuck Ramsey 27 P 16 0 73 2979 64 0 40.8
5 Pat Leahy 28 K 6 0 1 1 2 2 8 5 2 13 8 61.5% 15 12 80.0%
1 Dave Jacobs 22 k 4 0 4 3 2 1 3 1 9 5 55.6% 11 10 90.9%
2 Toni Linhart 37 k 5 0 1 1 4 2 1 6 3 50.0% 14 11 78.6%
10 Rich Szaro 31 k 1 0 1 1 2 0.0% 2 2 100.0%
Team Total 25.0 16 2 1 7 6 14 8 7 1 30 16 53.3% 42 35 83.3% 73 2979 64 0 40.8
Opp Total 16 29 22 75.9% 46 39 84.8% 69 2525 36.6

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
14 Richard Todd 26 QB 15 15 0 7 4 -10 0
22 Burgess Owens 28 FS 16 16 6 41 0 15 0 0 0 4 32 0
42 Bruce Harper 24 KR/PR 16 0 0 6 2 0 0
54 Stan Blinka 22 MLB 16 16 2 12 0 8 0 0 0 2 0 0
40 Bobby Jackson 23 LCB 16 16 4 63 1 58 0
29 Johnny Lynn 23 RCB 16 14 2 46 0 32 0 0 0 2 0 0
23 Shafer Suggs 26 SS 16 15 3 41 1 32 0 0 0 1 0 0
83 Jerome Barkum 29 TE 13 13 0 1 2 0 0
33 Kevin Long 24 fb 12 6 0 3 0 0 0
93 Marty Lyons 22 RDE 16 16 0 0 3 0 0
15 Chuck Ramsey 27 P 16 0 0 2 1 -34 0
51 Greg Buttle 25 LLB 16 16 2 27 0 27 0
25 Scott Dierking 24 RB 16 14 0 1 1 0 0
21 Clark Gaines 25 FB 16 9 0 1 1 0 0
89 Bobby Jones 24 wr 10 7 0 2 0 0 0
58 Mark Merrill 24 lb 6 4 0 0 2 0 0
46 Woody Bennett 24 15 0 0 1 0 0 0
55 Ron Crosby 24 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
84 Paul Darby 23 15 0 0 0 1 0 0
53 Mike McKibben 23 RLB 16 10 1 5 0 5 0
37 Tim Moresco 25 16 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
44 Tom Newton 25 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
76 Lawrence Pillers 27 LDE 16 15 0 0 1 0 0
4 Pat Ryan 24 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
48 Ken Schroy 27 db 16 1 1 4 0 4 0
82 Mickey Shuler 23 te 16 6 0 1 0 0 0
50 John Sullivan 23 12 0 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 25.0 16 21 239 2 58 0 0 26 31 -12 0 1
Opp Total 16 32 34 15 1

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
33 Kevin Long 24 fb 12 6 7 7 42
5 Pat Leahy 28 K 6 0 12 8 36
44 Tom Newton 25 16 0 6 6 36
14 Richard Todd 26 QB 15 15 5 5 30
85 Wesley Walker 24 WR 9 9 5 5 30
1 Dave Jacobs 22 k 4 0 10 5 25
83 Jerome Barkum 29 TE 13 13 4 4 24
2 Toni Linhart 37 k 5 0 11 3 20
25 Scott Dierking 24 RB 16 14 3 3 18
82 Mickey Shuler 23 te 16 6 3 3 18
42 Bruce Harper 24 KR/PR 16 0 2 2 12
46 Woody Bennett 24 15 0 1 1 6
81 Derrick Gaffney 24 WR 16 16 1 1 6
40 Bobby Jackson 23 LCB 16 16 1 1 6
89 Bobby Jones 24 wr 10 7 1 1 6
29 Johnny Lynn 23 RCB 16 14 1 1 6
17 Matt Robinson 24 qb 15 1 1 1 6
23 Shafer Suggs 26 SS 16 15 1 1 6
37 Tim Moresco 25 16 0 1 2
10 Rich Szaro 31 k 1 0 2 2
Team Total 25.0 16 23 16 2 1 42 35 16 1 337
Opp Total 16 13 31 1 1 39 22 1 383