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1979 Los Angeles Rams

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9-7-0, NFC West Division  · 1979 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -0.6, Offense: -1.2, Defense: 0.6, SoS: -1.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 323 points (20.2/g), 15th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 309 points (19.3/g), 11th.
 Differential of 14 points (0.9/g), 13th.  Expected W-L: 8.4-7.6.

Coach: Ray Malavasi (9-7-0)
 Defensive Coordinator: Bud Carson

Stadium: Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
 Training Camp: Fullerton State (Fullerton, California)

Team Info

Majority Owner/Chairman Georgia Frontiere
General Manager Don Klosterman
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 323 5133 1087 4.7 49 20 27 299 242 456 2673 19 29 5.4 138 592 2460 16 4.2 134
Team Defense 309 4553 1054 4.3 41 16 18 266 220 454 2556 24 25 5.1 133 548 1997 13 3.6 115
Lg Rank Offense 15 13 27 22 14 15 17 12 28 18 7 7 15 10
Lg Rank Defense 11 7 10 14 6 10 9 24 7 7 19 10 5 8

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 0-1 Oakland Raiders 17 24 21 340 217 123 4 16 240 110 130 1
2 Thu September 6 boxscore W 1-1 @ Denver Broncos 13 9 15 277 181 96 12 179 106 73 2
3 Sun September 16 boxscore W 2-1 San Francisco 49ers 27 24 25 387 165 222 1 17 239 120 119 1
4 Sun September 23 boxscore L 2-2 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 6 21 11 186 76 110 4 15 249 101 148 3
5 Sun September 30 boxscore W 3-2 St. Louis Cardinals 21 0 24 392 206 186 2 9 231 149 82 3
6 Sun October 7 boxscore W 4-2 @ New Orleans Saints 35 17 22 295 154 141 2 13 234 132 102 6
7 Sun October 14 boxscore L 4-3 @ Dallas Cowboys 6 30 11 158 99 59 3 23 403 202 201 1
8 Sun October 21 boxscore L 4-4 San Diego Chargers 16 40 24 337 233 104 8 17 391 326 65 2
9 Sun October 28 boxscore L 4-5 New York Giants 14 20 20 366 271 95 4 10 234 124 110 1
10 Sun November 4 boxscore W 5-5 @ Seattle Seahawks 24 0 29 475 172 303 1 1 -7 -30 23 1
11 Sun November 11 boxscore L 5-6 @ Chicago Bears 23 27 16 321 76 245 3 19 272 190 82
12 Mon November 19 boxscore W 6-6 Atlanta Falcons 20 14 18 339 160 179 3 19 336 135 201 4
13 Sun November 25 boxscore W 7-6 @ San Francisco 49ers 26 20 18 322 198 124 3 22 374 238 136 3
14 Sun December 2 boxscore W OT 8-6 Minnesota Vikings 27 21 14 300 174 126 3 26 409 268 141 4
15 Sun December 9 boxscore W 9-6 @ Atlanta Falcons 34 13 15 348 177 171 2 24 347 239 108 5
16 Sun December 16 boxscore L 9-7 New Orleans Saints 14 29 16 290 114 176 6 23 422 146 276 4
Playoffs
Division Sun December 30 boxscore W 10-7 @ Dallas Cowboys 21 19 16 361 202 159 2 17 306 150 156 1
ConfChamp Sun January 6 boxscore W 11-7 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 9 0 23 369 153 216 1 7 177 85 92 1
SuperBowl Sun January 20 boxscore L 11-8 N Pittsburgh Steelers 19 31 16 301 194 107 1 19 393 309 84 3

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
11 Pat Haden 26 QB 10 10 5-5-0 163 290 56.2 1854 11 3.8 14 4.8 50 6.4 5.0 11.4 185.4 68.1 21 178 5.39 4.07 6.8 0 0
15 Vince Ferragamo 25 qb 8 5 4-1-0 53 110 48.2 778 5 4.5 10 9.1 71 7.1 3.9 14.7 97.3 49.0 11 115 5.48 2.59 9.1 1 1
8 Jeff Rutledge 22 qb 3 1 0-1-0 13 32 40.6 125 1 3.1 4 12.5 22 3.9 -1.1 9.6 41.7 23.0 3 27 2.80 -1.77 8.6
19 Bob Lee 33 3 0 11 22 50.0 243 2 9.1 1 4.5 41 11.0 10.8 22.1 81.0 101.1 4 39 7.85 7.65 15.4 0 1
13 Ken Clark 31 P 16 0 2 2 100.0 32 0 0.0 0 0.0 30 16.0 16.0 16.0 2.0 118.7 0 0 16.00 16.00 0.0
Team Total 26.7 16 9-7-0 242 456 53.1 3032 19 4.2 29 6.4 71 6.6 4.6 12.5 189.5 61.4 39 359 5.40 3.53 7.9 1 2
Opp Total 16 220 454 48.5 3007 24 5.3 25 5.5 6.6 5.20 13.7 187.9 64.7 52 451 5.1 3.8 10.3

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
26 Wendell Tyler 24 RB 16 12 218 1109 9 63 5.1 69.3 13.6 32 308 9.6 1 71 2.0 19.3 1417 10 9
32 Cullen Bryant 28 FB 16 16 177 619 5 15 3.5 38.7 11.1 31 227 7.3 0 24 1.9 14.2 846 5 2
30 Lawrence McCutcheon 29 rb 11 4 73 243 0 21 3.3 22.1 6.6 19 101 5.3 0 11 1.7 9.2 344 0 1
34 Elvis Peacock 23 11 0 52 224 0 15 4.3 20.4 4.7 21 261 12.4 0 49 1.9 23.7 485 0 1
24 Eddie Hill 22 16 0 29 114 1 27 3.9 7.1 1.8 4 36 9.0 1 21 0.3 2.3 150 2 4
11 Pat Haden 26 QB 10 10 16 97 0 17 6.1 9.7 1.6 97 0 4
43 Jim Jodat 25 7 0 6 6 0 4 1.0 0.9 0.9 6 0 1
8 Jeff Rutledge 22 qb 3 1 5 27 0 14 5.4 9.0 1.7 27 0 0
88 Preston Dennard 24 WR 15 11 4 32 0 15 8.0 2.1 0.3 43 766 17.8 4 50 2.9 51.1 798 4 1
19 Bob Lee 33 3 0 4 -5 0 0 -1.3 -1.7 1.3 -5 0 1
15 Vince Ferragamo 25 qb 8 5 3 -2 0 2 -0.7 -0.3 0.4 -2 0 2
83 Terry Nelson 28 TE 16 16 2 -16 0 -6 -8.0 -1.0 0.1 25 293 11.7 3 26 1.6 18.3 277 3 1
82 Willie Miller 32 wr 3 3 1 4 0 4 4.0 1.3 0.3 8 111 13.9 1 23 2.7 37.0 115 1 0
13 Ken Clark 31 P 16 0 1 3 0 3 3.0 0.2 0.1 3 0 1
21 Nolan Cromwell 24 FS/lcb 16 16 1 5 1 5 5.0 0.3 0.1 5 1 0
84 Ron Smith 23 wr 12 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 16 300 18.8 1 38 1.3 25.0 300 1 2
80 Billy Waddy 25 WR 13 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 14 220 15.7 3 40 1.1 16.9 220 3 0
86 Charle Young 28 15 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 13 144 11.1 2 23 0.9 9.6 144 2 2
81 Ron Jessie 31 wr 6 6 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 11 169 15.4 2 39 1.8 28.2 169 2 0
87 Drew Hill 23 KR 16 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 94 23.5 1 43 0.3 5.9 94 1 2
52 George Andrews 24 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 2 2.0 0 2 0.1 0.1 2 0 0
Team Total 26.7 16 592 2460 16 63 4.2 153.8 37.0 242 3032 12.5 19 71 15.1 189.5 5492 35 38
Opp Total 16 548 1997 13 3.6 124.8 34.3 220 2556 11.6 24 13.8 159.8 4553 37 38

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
25 Eddie Brown 27 fs/PR 16 5 56 332 0 30 5.9 5 103 0 28 20.6 435
87 Drew Hill 23 KR 16 4 1 0 0 0 0.0 40 803 0 39 20.1 897
24 Eddie Hill 22 16 0 15 305 0 43 20.3 455
34 Elvis Peacock 23 11 0 3 46 0 18 15.3 531
43 Jim Jodat 25 7 0 2 19 0 19 9.5 25
31 Sid Justin 25 13 0 1 -2 0 -2 -2.0 -2
26 Wendell Tyler 24 RB 16 12 1 16 0 16 16.0 1433
Team Total 26.7 16 58 330 0 30 5.7 66 1292 0 43 19.6 7114
Opp Total 16 59 405 0 6.9 58 1303 0 22.5

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
13 Ken Clark 31 P 16 0 93 3731 60 2 40.1
3 Frank Corral 24 K 16 0 1 1 5 5 6 2 12 5 1 25 13 52.0% 39 36 92.3%
Team Total 26.7 16 1 1 5 5 6 2 12 5 1 25 13 52.0% 39 36 92.3% 93 3731 60 2 40.1
Opp Total 16 21 14 66.7% 38 35 92.1% 108 4352 40.3

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
25 Eddie Brown 27 fs/PR 16 5 3 32 0 25 0 0 3 5 24 0
26 Wendell Tyler 24 RB 16 12 0 9 1 0 0
21 Nolan Cromwell 24 FS/lcb 16 16 5 109 0 34 0 0 0 3 0 0
24 Eddie Hill 22 16 0 0 4 4 0 0
11 Pat Haden 26 QB 10 10 0 4 3 0 0
33 Dwayne O'Steen 25 LCB 16 13 4 42 0 36 0 0 0 1 1 0
53 Jim Youngblood* 29 LLB 16 16 5 89 2 34 0
27 Pat Thomas 25 rcb 8 7 3 5 0 5 0 0 0 1 0 0
32 Cullen Bryant 28 FB 16 16 0 2 1 0 0
42 Dave Elmendorf 30 SS 16 16 3 39 0 32 0
15 Vince Ferragamo 25 qb 8 5 0 2 1 0 0
86 Charle Young 28 15 0 0 2 1 0 0
59 Bob Brudzinski 24 RLB 16 16 1 26 0 26 0 0 0 1 3 0
13 Ken Clark 31 P 16 0 0 1 1 0 0
88 Preston Dennard 24 WR 15 11 0 1 1 0 0
87 Drew Hill 23 KR 16 4 0 2 0 0 0
43 Jim Jodat 25 7 0 0 1 1 0 0
31 Sid Justin 25 13 0 1 13 0 13 0 0 1 0 0 0
19 Bob Lee 33 3 0 0 1 1 0 0
34 Elvis Peacock 23 11 0 0 1 1 0 0
64 Jack Reynolds 32 MLB 16 16 0 0 2 4 1
84 Ron Smith 23 wr 12 2 0 2 0 0 0
52 George Andrews 24 16 0 0 0 1 0 0
89 Fred Dryer 33 RDE 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
79 Mike Fanning 26 RDT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
77 Doug France 26 LT 16 13 0 0 1 0 0
30 Lawrence McCutcheon 29 rb 11 4 0 1 0 0 0
83 Terry Nelson 28 TE 16 16 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 26.7 16 25 355 2 36 0 0 38 33 32 1
Opp Total 16 39 38 22 2

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
3 Frank Corral 24 K 16 0 36 13 75
26 Wendell Tyler 24 RB 16 12 9 1 10 60
32 Cullen Bryant 28 FB 16 16 5 5 30
88 Preston Dennard 24 WR 15 11 4 4 24
83 Terry Nelson 28 TE 16 16 3 3 18
80 Billy Waddy 25 WR 13 6 3 3 18
24 Eddie Hill 22 16 0 1 1 2 12
81 Ron Jessie 31 wr 6 6 2 2 12
86 Charle Young 28 15 0 2 2 12
53 Jim Youngblood* 29 LLB 16 16 2 2 12
21 Nolan Cromwell 24 FS/lcb 16 16 1 1 6
51 Joe Harris 27 13 0 1 1 6
87 Drew Hill 23 KR 16 4 1 1 6
43 Jim Jodat 25 7 0 1 1 6
31 Sid Justin 25 13 0 1 1 6
82 Willie Miller 32 wr 3 3 1 1 6
64 Jack Reynolds 32 MLB 16 16 1 1 6
84 Ron Smith 23 wr 12 2 1 1 6
Team Total 26.7 16 16 19 1 2 3 41 36 13 1 321
Opp Total 16 13 24 1 35 14 2 309