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1973 San Diego Chargers

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2-11-1, Finished 4th in AFC West Division  · 1973 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -12.0, Offense: -3.6, Defense: -8.4, SoS: 2.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 188 points (13.4/g), 25th of 26 in the NFL. Allowed 386 points (27.6/g), 24th.
 Differential of -198 points (-14.1/g), 25th.  Expected W-L: 2.2-11.8.

Coach: Harland Svare (1-6-1) and Ron Waller (1-5-0)

Stadium: San Diego Stadium
 Training Camp: UC Irvine (Irvine, California)

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Dan Fouts 22 Rook 6 87 for 194, 1,126 yards, 6 td, 13 int, & 7 rushes for 32 yards and 0 td San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 64th pick / 1973
RB Mike Garrett 29 7 9 114 rushes for 467 yards, 0 td, & 15 catches for 124 yards and 1 td Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 18th pick / 1966
Kansas City Chiefs / 20th / 178th pick / 1966
FB Cid Edwards 30 5 12 133 rushes for 609 yards, 1 td, & 25 catches for 164 yards and 0 td
WR Ron Holliday 25 Rook 6 14 catches for 182 yards, 0 td, & 6 rushes for 70 yards and 0 td
WR Jerry LeVias 27 4 11 30 catches for 536 yards, 3 td, & 2 rushes for 33 yards and 0 td Houston Oilers / 2nd / 40th pick / 1969
TE Pettis Norman 34 11 12 13 catches for 200 yards, 0 td, & 1 rush for 10 yards and 0 td Dallas Texans / 16th / 123rd pick / 1962
LT Terry Owens 29 7 14 San Diego Chargers / 11th / 99th pick / 1966
Chicago Bears / 11th / 167th pick / 1966
LG Doug Wilkerson 26 3 14 Houston Oilers / 1st / 14th pick / 1970
C Carl Mauck 26 4 14 1 fumble recovered Baltimore Colts / 13th / 337th pick / 1969
RG Walt Sweeney 32 10 14 1 fumble recovered San Diego Chargers / 1st / 2nd pick / 1963
Cleveland Browns / 8th / 107th pick / 1963
RT Russ Washington 27 5 14 1 fumble recovered San Diego Chargers / 1st / 4th pick / 1968
 Defensive Starters
LDE Deacon Jones 35 12 12 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Los Angeles Rams / 14th / 186th pick / 1961
LDT Ron East 30 6 10 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
RDT Dave Costa 32 10 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 29th pick / 1963
Oakland Raiders / 7th / 49th pick / 1963
RDE Coy Bacon 31 5 9 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered
LLB Mike Stratton 32 11 9 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered Buffalo Bills / 13th / 100th pick / 1962
MLB Carl Gersbach 26 3 8 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered
RLB Rick Redman 30 8 11 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered San Diego Chargers / 5th / 38th pick / 1965
Philadelphia Eagles / 10th / 132nd pick / 1965
LCB Bob Howard 29 6 13 5 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 48th pick / 1967
RCB Lenny Dunlap 24 2 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Baltimore Colts / 1st / 26th pick / 1971
SS Ron Smith 30 8 9 1 interception, 6 fumbles recovered
FS Joe Beauchamp 29 7 8 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
 Special Teams Starters
K Ray Wersching 23 Rook 0 11 of 25 field goals & 13 of 15 extra points
P Dennis Partee 27 5 0 72 punts for a 41.1 average, 3 blocked San Diego Chargers / 11th / 291st pick / 1968
PR Ron Smith 30 8 9 27 punt returns for a 13.0 average and 2 td
KR Ron Smith 30 8 9 36 kick returns for a 26.3 average and 0 td

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
87 Lionel Aldridge 32 10 9 254 6-3 Utah St. 2/14/1941 10 3 Houston Oilers / 6th / 47th pick / 1963
Green Bay Packers / 4th / 54th pick / 1963
79 Coy Bacon 31 RDE 12 9 270 6-4 Jackson St. 8/30/1942 5 5
40 Joe Beauchamp 29 FS 9 8 188 6-0 Iowa St. 4/11/1944 7 5
45 Reggie Berry 23 8 1 190 6-0 Long Beach St. 3/13/1950 1 2
13 Wayne Clark 26 qb 11 4 203 6-2 U.S. International 5/30/1947 3 2 San Diego Chargers / 8th / 198th pick / 1970
64 Dave Costa 32 RDT 14 14 250 6-2 Utah 10/27/1941 10 5 Los Angeles Rams / 3rd / 29th pick / 1963
Oakland Raiders / 7th / 49th pick / 1963
61 Al Dennis 22 7 0 250 6-4 Grambling St. 6/24/1951 Rook 2
52 Jay Douglas 23 14 0 250 6-6 Arkansas,Memphis 9/1/1950 Rook 2 San Diego Chargers / 11th / 268th pick / 1973
39 Lenny Dunlap 24 RCB 14 14 196 6-1 North Texas 6/25/1949 2 5 Baltimore Colts / 1st / 26th pick / 1971
77 Ron East 30 LDT 13 10 250 6-4 Montana St.,Oregon St. 8/26/1943 6 5
37 Cid Edwards 30 FB 13 12 230 6-3 Tennessee St. 10/10/1943 5 5
44 Chris Fletcher 25 db 9 3 185 5-11 Temple 12/25/1948 3 2 San Diego Chargers / 9th / 223rd pick / 1970
14 Dan Fouts 22 QB 10 6 204 6-3 Oregon 6/10/1951 Rook 2 San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 64th pick / 1973
20 Mike Garrett 29 RB 10 9 191 5-9 USC 4/12/1944 7 4 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 18th pick / 1966
Kansas City Chiefs / 20th / 178th pick / 1966
27 Gary Garrison 29 wr 7 4 193 6-2 San Diego St. 1/21/1944 7 2 Philadelphia Eagles / 6th / 77th pick / 1965
54 Carl Gersbach 26 MLB 14 8 230 6-1 Duke,West Chester 1/8/1947 3 3
69 Ira Gordon 26 6 0 275 6-3 Kansas St. 5/5/1947 3 2 Philadelphia Eagles / 8th / 190th pick / 1970
81 Ron Holliday 25 WR 11 6 168 5-9 Pittsburgh 2/12/1948 Rook 2
38 Robert Holmes 28 13 2 221 5-9 Southern 10/5/1945 5 3 Kansas City Chiefs / 14th / 375th pick / 1968
24 Bob Howard 29 LCB 13 13 174 6-2 Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo,San Diego St. 11/19/1944 6 6 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 48th pick / 1967
26 Clint Jones 28 rb 12 3 205 6-0 Michigan St. 5/24/1945 6 2 Minnesota Vikings / 1st / 2nd pick / 1967
75 Deacon Jones 35 LDE 12 12 272 6-5 South Carolina St.,Miss. Valley St. 12/9/1938 12 5 Los Angeles Rams / 14th / 186th pick / 1961
51 Pete Lazetich 23 de 12 3 245 6-3 Stanford 2/4/1950 1 2 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 36th pick / 1972
25 Jerry LeVias 27 WR 14 11 177 5-9 SMU 9/5/1946 4 5 Houston Oilers / 2nd / 40th pick / 1969
55 Carl Mauck 26 C 14 14 243 6-4 Southern Illinois 7/7/1947 4 4 Baltimore Colts / 13th / 337th pick / 1969
28 Willie McGee 23 11 0 179 5-11 Alcorn St. 5/14/1950 Rook 1 San Diego Chargers / 5th / 123rd pick / 1973
88 Pettis Norman 34 TE 14 12 222 6-3 Johnson C. Smith 1/4/1939 11 2 Dallas Texans / 16th / 123rd pick / 1962
76 Terry Owens 29 LT 14 14 260 6-0 Jacksonville St. 7/5/1944 7 4 San Diego Chargers / 11th / 99th pick / 1966
Chicago Bears / 11th / 167th pick / 1966
80 Gary Parris 23 9 1 226 6-2 Florida St. 6/13/1950 Rook 0 San Diego Chargers / 15th / 372nd pick / 1973
29 Dennis Partee 27 P 14 0 229 6-1 SMU 9/2/1946 5 1 San Diego Chargers / 11th / 291st pick / 1968
66 Rick Redman 30 RLB 11 11 220 6-1 Washington 3/7/1943 8 5 San Diego Chargers / 5th / 38th pick / 1965
Philadelphia Eagles / 10th / 132nd pick / 1965
57 Floyd Rice 24 5 3 223 6-3 Alcorn St. 8/31/1949 2 2 Houston Oilers / 9th / 212th pick / 1971
53 Mel Rogers 26 llb 10 4 231 6-2 Florida A&M 4/23/1947 2 2
82 Tim Rossovich 27 mlb 13 6 240 6-4 USC 3/14/1946 5 2 Philadelphia Eagles / 1st / 14th pick / 1968
30 Bryant Salter 23 13 8 195 6-4 Pittsburgh 1/22/1950 2 3 San Diego Chargers / 5th / 115th pick / 1971
48 Ron Smith 30 KR 14 9 195 6-1 Wisconsin 5/3/1943 8 7
71 Cal Snowden 27 4 0 253 6-4 Indiana 11/29/1946 4 2 St. Louis Cardinals / 9th / 227th pick / 1969
58 Mike Stratton 32 LLB 14 9 224 6-3 Tennessee 4/10/1941 11 4 Buffalo Bills / 13th / 100th pick / 1962
78 Walt Sweeney 32 RG 14 14 256 6-4 Syracuse 4/18/1941 10 4 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 2nd pick / 1963
Cleveland Browns / 8th / 107th pick / 1963
86 Jim Thaxton 24 te 10 3 240 6-2 Tennessee St. 1/11/1949 Rook 1 San Diego Chargers / 4th / 84th pick / 1973
35 Bob Thomas 25 14 2 201 5-10 Arizona St. 8/23/1948 2 1 Cincinnati Bengals / 15th / 379th pick / 1971
19 Johnny Unitas 40 qb 5 4 194 6-1 Louisville 5/7/1933 17 1 Pittsburgh Steelers / 9th / 102nd pick / 1955
70 Russ Washington 27 RT 14 14 289 6-6 Missouri 12/17/1946 5 4 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 4th pick / 1968
62 Ralph Wenzel 30 14 0 250 6-2 San Jose St.,San Diego St. 3/13/1943 7 2 Green Bay Packers / 11th / 168th pick / 1966
15 Ray Wersching 23 K 14 0 213 5-11 California 8/21/1950 Rook -1
63 Doug Wilkerson 26 LG 14 14 253 6-3 North Carolina Central 3/27/1947 3 4 Houston Oilers / 1st / 14th pick / 1970
84 Dave Williams 28 6 5 207 6-2 Washington 8/10/1945 6 1 St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 16th pick / 1967
68 Gregory Wojcik 27 10 0 268 6-6 USC 1/27/1946 2 2
Team Total 27.4 14 224.6 6-1.9 4.7