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1979 Los Angeles Rams

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9-7-0, Finished 1st in 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)

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 Pat Haden 26 3 10 163 for 290, 1,854 yards, 11 td, 14 int, & 16 rushes for 97 yards and 0 td Los Angeles Rams / 7th / 176th pick / 1975
RB Wendell Tyler 24 2 12 218 rushes for 1,109 yards, 9 td, & 32 catches for 308 yards and 1 td Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 79th pick / 1977
FB Cullen Bryant 28 6 16 177 rushes for 619 yards, 5 td, & 31 catches for 227 yards and 0 td Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 31st pick / 1973
WR Preston Dennard 24 1 11 43 catches for 766 yards, 4 td, & 4 rushes for 32 yards and 0 td
WR Billy Waddy 25 2 6 14 catches for 220 yards, 3 td Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 50th pick / 1977
TE Terry Nelson 28 6 16 25 catches for 293 yards, 3 td, & 2 rushes for -16 yards and 0 td Los Angeles Rams / 4th / 99th pick / 1973
LT Doug France 26 4 13 1 fumble recovered Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 20th pick / 1975
LG Kent Hill 22 Rook 9 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 26th pick / 1979
C Rich Saul* 31 9 16 Los Angeles Rams / 8th / 204th pick / 1970
RG Dennis Harrah* 26 4 12 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 11th pick / 1975
RT Jackie Slater 25 3 16 Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 86th pick / 1976
 Defensive Starters
LDE Jack Youngblood*+ 29 8 16 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 20th pick / 1971
LDT Larry Brooks*+ 29 7 16 Los Angeles Rams / 14th / 355th pick / 1972
RDT Mike Fanning 26 4 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 9th pick / 1975
RDE Fred Dryer 33 10 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered New York Giants / 1st / 13th pick / 1969
LLB Jim Youngblood* 29 6 16 5 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1973
MLB Jack Reynolds 32 9 16 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 22nd pick / 1970
RLB Bob Brudzinski 24 2 16 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 23rd pick / 1977
LCB Dwayne O'Steen 25 1 13 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
RCB Rod Perry 26 4 7 Los Angeles Rams / 4th / 98th pick / 1975
SS Dave Elmendorf 30 8 16 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 63rd pick / 1971
FS Nolan Cromwell 24 2 16 5 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 31st pick / 1977
 Special Teams Starters
K Frank Corral 24 1 0 13 of 25 field goals & 36 of 39 extra points Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 78th pick / 1978
P Ken Clark 31 Rook 0 93 punts for a 40.1 average, 2 blocked
PR Eddie Brown 27 5 5 56 punt returns for a 5.9 average and 0 td Cleveland Browns / 8th / 199th pick / 1974
KR Drew Hill 23 Rook 4 40 kick returns for a 20.1 average and 0 td Los Angeles Rams / 12th / 328th 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)
52 George Andrews 24 16 0 226 6-3 Nebraska 11/28/1955 Rook 3 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 19th pick / 1979
62 Bill Bain 27 8 0 279 6-4 Colorado,USC 8/9/1952 4 3 Green Bay Packers / 2nd / 47th pick / 1975
90 Larry Brooks*+ 29 LDT 16 16 255 6-3 Virginia St. 6/10/1950 7 11 Los Angeles Rams / 14th / 355th pick / 1972
25 Eddie Brown 27 fs 16 5 187 5-11 Tennessee 2/19/1952 5 3 Cleveland Browns / 8th / 199th pick / 1974
59 Bob Brudzinski 24 RLB 16 16 230 6-4 Ohio St. 1/1/1955 2 7 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 23rd pick / 1977
32 Cullen Bryant 28 FB 16 16 234 6-1 Colorado 5/20/1951 6 5 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 31st pick / 1973
13 Ken Clark 31 P 16 0 197 6-2 St. Mary's (Canada) 5/26/1948 Rook 2
3 Frank Corral 24 K 16 0 224 6-2 UCLA 6/16/1955 1 2 Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 78th pick / 1978
21 Nolan Cromwell 24 FS 16 16 200 6-1 Kansas 1/30/1955 2 6 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 31st pick / 1977
88 Preston Dennard 24 WR 15 11 185 6-1 New Mexico 11/28/1955 1 6
71 Reggie Doss 23 16 0 265 6-4 Hampton 12/7/1956 1 3 Los Angeles Rams / 7th / 189th pick / 1978
89 Fred Dryer 33 RDE 16 16 240 6-6 San Diego St. 7/6/1946 10 6 New York Giants / 1st / 13th pick / 1969
66 Bill Dunstan 30 10 0 250 6-4 Utah St. 1/3/1949 6 3 San Francisco 49ers / 14th / 361st pick / 1971
28 Ken Ellis 32 3 0 190 5-10 Southern 9/27/1947 9 2 Green Bay Packers / 4th / 93rd pick / 1970
42 Dave Elmendorf 30 SS 16 16 195 6-1 Texas A&M 6/20/1949 8 5 Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 63rd pick / 1971
79 Mike Fanning 26 RDT 16 16 255 6-6 Notre Dame 2/2/1953 4 6 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 9th pick / 1975
15 Vince Ferragamo 25 qb 8 5 212 6-3 California,Nebraska 4/24/1954 2 2 Los Angeles Rams / 4th / 91st pick / 1977
77 Doug France 26 LT 16 13 270 6-5 Ohio St. 4/26/1953 4 5 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 20th pick / 1975
73 Gordon Gravelle 30 t 8 3 250 6-5 BYU 6/12/1949 7 2 Pittsburgh Steelers / 2nd / 38th pick / 1972
11 Pat Haden 26 QB 10 10 182 5-11 USC 1/23/1953 3 5 Los Angeles Rams / 7th / 176th pick / 1975
60 Dennis Harrah* 26 RG 13 12 260 6-5 Miami (FL) 3/9/1953 4 6 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 11th pick / 1975
51 Joe Harris 27 13 0 225 6-1 Georgia Tech 12/6/1952 2 3 Chicago Bears / 8th / 197th pick / 1975
87 Drew Hill 23 KR 16 4 170 5-9 Georgia Tech 10/5/1956 Rook 1 Los Angeles Rams / 12th / 328th pick / 1979
24 Eddie Hill 22 16 0 205 6-2 Memphis 5/13/1957 Rook 1 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 54th pick / 1979
72 Kent Hill 22 LG 16 9 260 6-5 Georgia Tech 3/7/1957 Rook 4 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 26th pick / 1979
81 Ron Jessie 31 wr 6 6 185 6-0 Kansas 2/4/1948 8 1 Dallas Cowboys / 8th / 206th pick / 1971
43 Jim Jodat 25 7 0 210 5-11 Carthage 3/3/1954 2 0 Los Angeles Rams / 12th / 344th pick / 1976
31 Sid Justin 25 13 0 170 5-10 Long Beach St. 8/14/1954 Rook 2
19 Bob Lee 33 3 0 195 6-2 Arizona St.,Pacific 8/7/1946 10 1 Minnesota Vikings / 17th / 441st pick / 1968
30 Lawrence McCutcheon 29 rb 11 4 205 6-1 Colorado St. 6/2/1950 7 2 Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 70th pick / 1972
50 Kevin McLain 25 10 0 230 6-2 Colorado St. 9/15/1954 3 3 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 26th pick / 1976
82 Willie Miller 32 wr 3 3 172 5-9 Colorado St. 4/26/1947 4 1 Houston Oilers / 12th / 302nd pick / 1975
83 Terry Nelson 28 TE 16 16 233 6-2 Ark-Pine Bluff 5/20/1951 6 2 Los Angeles Rams / 4th / 99th pick / 1973
33 Dwayne O'Steen 25 LCB 16 13 193 6-1 California,San Jose St. 12/20/1954 1 4
23 Ricky Odom 23 3 0 183 6-0 USC 9/16/1956 1 2 Kansas City Chiefs / 7th / 168th pick / 1978
34 Elvis Peacock 23 11 0 212 6-1 Oklahoma 11/7/1956 Rook 3 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 20th pick / 1978
49 Rod Perry 26 RCB 9 7 178 5-9 Colorado 9/11/1953 4 2 Los Angeles Rams / 4th / 98th pick / 1975
64 Jack Reynolds 32 MLB 16 16 232 6-1 Tennessee 11/22/1947 9 7 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 22nd pick / 1970
8 Jeff Rutledge 22 qb 3 1 195 6-1 Alabama 1/22/1957 Rook 0 Los Angeles Rams / 9th / 246th pick / 1979
54 Dan Ryczek 30 c 16 3 249 6-3 Virginia 8/24/1949 6 2 Washington Redskins / 13th / 322nd pick / 1971
61 Rich Saul* 31 C 16 16 241 6-3 Michigan St. 2/5/1948 9 8 Los Angeles Rams / 8th / 204th pick / 1970
45 Jeff Severson 30 1 0 183 6-1 Long Beach St. 9/16/1949 7 2 Washington Redskins / 12th / 297th pick / 1971
78 Jackie Slater 25 RT 16 16 277 6-4 Jackson St. 5/27/1954 3 6 Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 86th pick / 1976
56 Doug Smith 23 c 4 1 259 6-3 Bowling Green 11/25/1956 1 1
84 Ron Smith 23 wr 12 2 185 6-0 San Diego St. 11/20/1956 1 2 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 53rd pick / 1978
37 Ivory Sully 22 8 0 198 6-0 Delaware 6/20/1957 Rook 2
27 Pat Thomas 25 rcb 8 7 183 5-9 Texas A&M 9/1/1954 3 3 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 39th pick / 1976
26 Wendell Tyler 24 RB 16 12 198 5-10 UCLA 5/20/1955 2 9 Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 79th pick / 1977
80 Billy Waddy 25 WR 13 6 187 5-11 Colorado 2/19/1954 2 2 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 50th pick / 1977
20 Jackie Wallace 28 4 0 197 6-3 Arizona 3/13/1951 5 2 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 34th pick / 1973
57 Greg Westbrooks 26 5 0 215 6-2 Mesa,Colorado 2/24/1953 4 3 New Orleans Saints / 17th / 422nd pick / 1975
70 Jerry Wilkinson 23 16 0 248 6-9 Oregon St. 2/27/1956 Rook 3 Los Angeles Rams / 4th / 108th pick / 1979
75 John Williams 34 11 7 256 6-3 Minnesota 10/27/1945 11 3 Baltimore Colts / 1st / 23rd pick / 1968
86 Charle Young 28 15 0 234 6-4 USC 2/5/1951 6 1 Philadelphia Eagles / 1st / 6th pick / 1973
85 Jack Youngblood*+ 29 LDE 16 16 247 6-4 Florida 1/26/1950 8 11 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 20th pick / 1971
53 Jim Youngblood* 29 LLB 16 16 235 6-3 Tennessee Tech 2/23/1950 6 11 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 42nd pick / 1973
Team Total 26.7 16 218.4 6-1.8 3.9