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1976 San Diego Chargers

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6-8-0, Finished 3rd in AFC West Division  · 1976 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -1.2, Offense: -1.7, Defense: 0.5, SoS: 1.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 248 points (17.7/g), 19th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 285 points (20.4/g), 18th.
 Differential of -37 points (-2.6/g), 17th.  Expected W-L: 5.9-8.1.

Coach: Tommy Prothro (6-8-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Bill Walsh

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

Team Info

Principal Owner/President Eugene Klein
General Manager Johnny Sanders
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 248 4456 907 4.9 31 13 18 256 223 388 2416 17 18 5.6 127 473 2040 13 4.3 111
Team Defense 285 4676 925 5.1 31 11 14 259 219 386 2628 21 20 6.4 132 516 2048 10 4.0 113
Lg Rank Offense 19 11 7 6 13 9 8 9 15 10 22 17 18 7
Lg Rank Defense 18 22 18 25 18 20 27 25 11 26 13 14 2 13

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 12 boxscore W 1-0 @ Kansas City Chiefs 30 16 27 467 200 267 19 330 217 113 4
2 Sun September 19 boxscore W 2-0 @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers 23 0 16 326 131 195 2 5 125 -4 129 4
3 Sun September 26 boxscore W 3-0 St. Louis Cardinals 43 24 24 451 245 206 22 364 240 124 5
4 Sun October 3 boxscore L 3-1 @ Denver Broncos 0 26 12 240 152 88 3 17 311 170 141 2
5 Sun October 10 boxscore L 3-2 Oakland Raiders 17 27 22 383 229 154 1 22 476 323 153 1
6 Sun October 17 boxscore W 4-2 Houston Oilers 30 27 24 468 245 223 2 16 380 329 51 1
7 Sun October 24 boxscore L 4-3 @ Cleveland Browns 17 21 19 310 232 78 1 22 374 237 137 2
8 Sun October 31 boxscore L 4-4 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 0 23 7 134 90 44 5 20 361 106 255 3
9 Sun November 7 boxscore L 4-5 Baltimore Colts 21 37 23 293 230 63 1 26 481 300 181 1
10 Sun November 14 boxscore L 4-6 Denver Broncos 0 17 8 128 95 33 6 13 255 194 61 2
11 Sun November 21 boxscore W 5-6 @ Buffalo Bills 34 13 20 382 198 184 4 14 219 71 148 3
12 Sun November 28 boxscore L 5-7 Kansas City Chiefs 20 23 24 400 190 210 4 20 368 191 177 2
13 Sun December 5 boxscore W OT 6-7 San Francisco 49ers 13 7 19 267 97 170 18 281 96 185 1
14 Sun December 12 boxscore L 6-8 @ Oakland Raiders 0 24 11 207 82 125 2 25 351 158 193

Passing

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 Dan Fouts 25 QB 14 13 5-8-0 208 359 57.9 2535 14 3.9 15 4.2 81 7.1 6.0 12.2 181.1 75.4 39 220 5.82 4.82 9.8 1 2
16 Clint Longley 24 qb 3 1 1-0-0 12 24 50.0 130 2 8.3 3 12.5 28 5.4 1.5 10.8 43.3 54.5 7 51 2.55 -0.52 22.6
19 Neal Jeffrey 23 5 0 2 2 100.0 11 0 0.0 0 0.0 7 5.5 5.5 5.5 2.2 89.6 0 0 5.50 5.50 0.0
33 Don Woods 25 RB 11 10 1 2 50.0 11 1 50.0 0 0.0 11 5.5 15.5 11.0 1.0 106.2 0 0 5.50 15.50 0.0
18 Charlie Joiner* 29 WR 14 14 0 1 0.0 0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 39.6 0 0 0.00 0.00 0.0
Team Total 25.5 14 6-8-0 223 388 57.5 2687 17 4.4 18 4.6 81 6.9 5.7 12.0 191.9 74.1 46 271 5.57 4.48 10.6 1 2
Opp Total 14 219 386 56.7 2822 21 5.4 20 5.2 7.3 6.07 12.9 201.6 76.4 23 194 6.4 5.3 5.6

Rushing & Receiving

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
34 Rickey Young 23 FB 14 14 162 802 4 46 5.0 57.3 11.6 47 441 9.4 1 33 3.4 31.5 1243 5 2
33 Don Woods 25 RB 11 10 126 450 3 24 3.6 40.9 11.5 34 224 6.6 1 34 3.1 20.4 674 4 1
30 Sam Scarber 27 rb 14 2 61 236 1 14 3.9 16.9 4.4 14 96 6.9 1 13 1.0 6.9 332 2 3
23 Mercury Morris 29 13 0 50 256 2 30 5.1 19.7 3.8 8 52 6.5 0 20 0.6 4.0 308 2 1
41 Bo Matthews 25 rb 12 2 46 199 3 42 4.3 16.6 3.8 12 81 6.8 0 15 1.0 6.8 280 3 3
14 Dan Fouts 25 QB 14 13 18 65 0 13 3.6 4.6 1.3 65 0 8
16 Clint Longley 24 qb 3 1 4 22 0 9 5.5 7.3 1.3 22 0 0
10 Mitch Hoopes 23 P 9 0 2 10 0 10 5.0 1.1 0.2 10 0 0
82 Pat Curran 31 TE 14 14 1 12 0 12 12.0 0.9 0.1 33 349 10.6 1 29 2.4 24.9 361 1 0
87 Larry Dorsey 23 wr 13 2 1 -12 0 -12 -12.0 -0.9 0.1 8 108 13.5 0 19 0.6 8.3 96 0 1
19 Neal Jeffrey 23 5 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0 0 1
80 Jeff West 23 p 6 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.2 0 0 0
18 Charlie Joiner* 29 WR 14 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 50 1056 21.1 7 81 3.6 75.4 1056 7 0
89 Dwight McDonald 25 WR 12 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 11 161 14.6 4 44 0.9 13.4 161 4 0
85 Artie Owens 23 KR 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 54 18.0 1 28 0.2 3.9 54 1 1
27 Gary Garrison 32 wr 2 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 58 29.0 1 36 1.0 29.0 58 1 0
88 Chuck Bradley 26 7 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 7 7.0 0 7 0.1 1.0 7 0 0
Team Total 25.5 14 473 2040 13 46 4.3 145.7 33.8 223 2687 12.0 17 81 15.9 191.9 4727 30 27
Opp Total 14 516 2048 10 4.0 146.3 36.9 219 2628 12.0 21 15.6 187.7 4676 31 24

Kick & Punt Returns

Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
42 Mike Fuller 23 PR/SS 14 14 33 436 0 43 13.2 20 420 0 47 21.0 856
85 Artie Owens 23 KR 14 0 25 551 0 40 22.0 605
7 Eddie Bell 30 5 0 7 31 0 10 4.4 1 18 0 18 18.0 49
20 Mike Williams 23 RCB 14 11 5 23 0 15 4.6 23
53 Ralph Perretta 23 c 13 3 2 24 0 20 12.0 24
55 Bob Horn 22 mlb 14 6 1 7 0 7 7.0 7
41 Bo Matthews 25 rb 12 2 1 19 0 19 19.0 299
57 Rick Middleton 25 10 0 1 21 0 21 21.0 21
52 Ray Preston 22 14 0 1 16 0 16 16.0 16
Team Total 25.5 14 45 490 0 43 10.9 52 1076 0 47 20.7 6293
Opp Total 14 45 601 1 13.4 49 1072 0 21.9

Kicking & Punting

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
10 Mitch Hoopes 23 P 9 0 42 1628 57 2 38.8
80 Jeff West 23 p 6 0 38 1548 57 0 40.7
15 Toni Fritsch 31 K 5 0 2 1 4 2 6 3 12 6 50.0% 14 11 78.6%
6 Ray Wersching 26 k 9 0 1 1 3 2 3 1 1 8 4 50.0% 16 14 87.5%
42 Mike Fuller 23 PR/SS 14 14 1 1 100.0%
Team Total 25.5 14 3 2 7 4 9 4 1 20 10 50.0% 31 26 83.9% 80 3176 57 2 39.7
Opp Total 14 34 17 50.0% 34 30 88.2% 66 2719 41.2

Defense & Fumbles

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
14 Dan Fouts 25 QB 14 13 0 8 4 -5 0
50 Don Goode 25 LLB 14 14 6 82 0 27 0 0 1 1 0 0
41 Bo Matthews 25 rb 12 2 0 3 3 0 1
42 Mike Fuller 23 PR/SS 14 14 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0
30 Sam Scarber 27 rb 14 2 0 3 2 0 0
58 Tom Graham 26 MLB 10 8 3 55 0 25 0 0 0 1 0 0
20 Mike Williams 23 RCB 14 11 4 76 0 35 0
51 Woodrow Lowe 22 RLB 14 14 1 8 0 8 0 0 0 2 0 0
22 Tom Hayes 30 lcb 9 8 2 37 1 37 0
69 John Lee 23 de 14 4 0 0 2 0 0
34 Rickey Young 23 FB 14 14 0 2 0 0 0
46 Danny Colbert 26 LCB 13 9 0 0 1 0 0
87 Larry Dorsey 23 wr 13 2 0 1 0 0 0
54 Ed Flanagan 32 C 12 11 0 1 0 0 0
44 Chris Fletcher 28 FS 13 12 0 0 1 0 0
55 Bob Horn 22 mlb 14 6 1 6 0 6 0
19 Neal Jeffrey 23 5 0 0 1 0 -8 0
18 Charlie Joiner* 29 WR 14 14 0 0 1 5 0
68 Leroy Jones 26 LDE 14 10 1 11 0 11 0
74 Louie Kelcher 23 LDT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
62 Don Macek 22 RG 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
57 Rick Middleton 25 10 0 0 0 1 0 0
23 Mercury Morris 29 13 0 0 1 0 0 0
85 Artie Owens 23 KR 14 0 0 1 0 0 0
53 Ralph Perretta 23 c 13 3 0 1 0 -32 0
52 Ray Preston 22 14 0 0 0 1 0 0
45 Hal Stringert 24 db 11 2 1 24 0 24 0
70 Russ Washington 30 RT 14 14 0 0 1 0 0
33 Don Woods 25 RB 11 10 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 25.5 14 20 299 1 37 0 0 27 24 -40 1
Opp Total 14 46 24 13

Scoring Summary

No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
18 Charlie Joiner* 29 WR 14 14 7 7 42
34 Rickey Young 23 FB 14 14 4 1 5 30
15 Toni Fritsch 31 K 5 0 11 6 29
6 Ray Wersching 26 k 9 0 14 4 26
41 Bo Matthews 25 rb 12 2 3 1 4 24
89 Dwight McDonald 25 WR 12 10 4 4 24
33 Don Woods 25 RB 11 10 3 1 4 24
23 Mercury Morris 29 13 0 2 2 12
30 Sam Scarber 27 rb 14 2 1 1 2 12
82 Pat Curran 31 TE 14 14 1 1 6
27 Gary Garrison 32 wr 2 2 1 1 6
22 Tom Hayes 30 lcb 9 8 1 1 6
85 Artie Owens 23 KR 14 0 1 1 6
42 Mike Fuller 23 PR/SS 14 14 1 1
Team Total 25.5 14 13 17 1 1 32 26 10 248
Opp Total 14 10 21 1 1 1 30 17 285