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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)

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 Dan Fouts 25 3 13 208 for 359, 2,535 yards, 14 td, 15 int, & 18 rushes for 65 yards and 0 td San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 64th pick / 1973
RB Don Woods 25 2 10 126 rushes for 450 yards, 3 td, & 34 catches for 224 yards and 1 td Green Bay Packers / 6th / 134th pick / 1974
FB Rickey Young 23 1 14 162 rushes for 802 yards, 4 td, & 47 catches for 441 yards and 1 td San Diego Chargers / 7th / 164th pick / 1975
WR Charlie Joiner* 29 7 14 50 catches for 1,056 yards, 7 td Houston Oilers / 4th / 93rd pick / 1969
WR Dwight McDonald 25 1 10 11 catches for 161 yards, 4 td
TE Pat Curran 31 7 14 33 catches for 349 yards, 1 td, & 1 rush for 12 yards and 0 td Los Angeles Rams / 6th / 151st pick / 1969
LT Billy Shields 23 1 14 San Diego Chargers / 6th / 136th pick / 1975
LG Doug Wilkerson 29 6 14 Houston Oilers / 1st / 14th pick / 1970
C Ed Flanagan 32 11 11 Detroit Lions / 5th / 64th pick / 1965
RG Don Macek 22 Rook 14 1 fumble recovered San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 31st pick / 1976
RT Russ Washington 30 8 14 1 fumble recovered San Diego Chargers / 1st / 4th pick / 1968
 Defensive Starters
LDE Leroy Jones 26 Rook 10 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 48th pick / 1975
LDT Louie Kelcher 23 1 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 30th pick / 1975
RDT Gary Johnson 24 1 14 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 8th pick / 1975
RDE Fred Dean 24 1 14 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1975
LLB Don Goode 25 2 14 6 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered San Diego Chargers / 1st / 15th pick / 1974
MLB Tom Graham 26 4 8 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Denver Broncos / 4th / 102nd pick / 1972
RLB Woodrow Lowe 22 Rook 14 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered San Diego Chargers / 5th / 131st pick / 1976
LCB Danny Colbert 26 2 9 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered San Diego Chargers / 9th / 210th pick / 1974
RCB Mike Williams 23 1 11 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered San Diego Chargers / 1st / 22nd pick / 1975
SS Mike Fuller 23 1 14 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1975
FS Chris Fletcher 28 6 12 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered San Diego Chargers / 9th / 223rd pick / 1970
 Special Teams Starters
K Toni Fritsch 31 5 0 6 of 12 field goals & 11 of 14 extra points
P Mitch Hoopes 23 1 0 42 punts for a 38.8 average, 2 blocked Dallas Cowboys / 8th / 200th pick / 1975
PR Mike Fuller 23 1 14 33 punt returns for a 13.2 average and 0 td San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1975
KR Artie Owens 23 Rook 0 25 kick returns for a 22.0 average and 0 td San Diego Chargers / 4th / 115th pick / 1976

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
64 Charles Aiu 22 12 0 251 6-2 Hawaii 5/22/1954 Rook 3
7 Eddie Bell 30 5 0 160 5-10 Idaho St. 9/13/1946 6 0 New York Jets / 9th / 228th pick / 1970
88 Chuck Bradley 26 7 0 243 6-6 Oregon 10/13/1950 1 0 Miami Dolphins / 2nd / 52nd pick / 1973
46 Danny Colbert 26 LCB 13 9 175 5-11 TCU,Tulsa 12/15/1950 2 5 San Diego Chargers / 9th / 210th pick / 1974
82 Pat Curran 31 TE 14 14 238 6-4 Iowa St.,Lakeland 9/21/1945 7 4 Los Angeles Rams / 6th / 151st pick / 1969
71 Fred Dean 24 RDE 14 14 230 6-3 Louisiana Tech 2/24/1952 1 6 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1975
73 Charles DeJurnett 24 13 0 263 6-4 San Jose St. 6/17/1952 Rook 3 San Diego Chargers / 17th / 418th pick / 1974
87 Larry Dorsey 23 wr 13 2 195 6-1 Tennessee St. 8/15/1953 Rook 1 San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 64th pick / 1976
54 Ed Flanagan 32 C 12 11 245 6-3 Purdue 2/23/1944 11 7 Detroit Lions / 5th / 64th pick / 1965
44 Chris Fletcher 28 FS 13 12 185 5-11 Temple 12/25/1948 6 6 San Diego Chargers / 9th / 223rd pick / 1970
14 Dan Fouts 25 QB 14 13 204 6-3 Oregon 6/10/1951 3 11 San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 64th pick / 1973
15 Toni Fritsch 31 K 5 0 190 5-7 none 7/10/1945 5 1
42 Mike Fuller 23 PR 14 14 188 5-10 Auburn 4/7/1953 1 7 San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1975
27 Gary Garrison 32 wr 2 2 193 6-2 San Diego St. 1/21/1944 10 1 Philadelphia Eagles / 6th / 77th pick / 1965
50 Don Goode 25 LLB 14 14 234 6-2 Kansas 6/21/1951 2 8 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 15th pick / 1974
58 Tom Graham 26 MLB 10 8 235 6-2 Oregon 4/15/1950 4 5 Denver Broncos / 4th / 102nd pick / 1972
22 Tom Hayes 30 LCB 9 8 199 6-1 San Diego St. 4/18/1946 5 5 Atlanta Falcons / 6th / 137th pick / 1971
10 Mitch Hoopes 23 P 9 0 207 6-1 Arizona 7/8/1953 1 1 Dallas Cowboys / 8th / 200th pick / 1975
55 Bob Horn 22 mlb 14 6 235 6-3 Oregon St. 2/6/1954 Rook 3 San Diego Chargers / 4th / 94th pick / 1976
19 Neal Jeffrey 23 5 0 180 6-1 Baylor 7/23/1953 Rook 0 San Diego Chargers / 17th / 423rd pick / 1975
79 Gary Johnson 24 RDT 14 14 257 6-2 Grambling St. 8/31/1952 1 6 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 8th pick / 1975
18 Charlie Joiner* 29 WR 14 14 188 5-11 Grambling St. 10/14/1947 7 12 Houston Oilers / 4th / 93rd pick / 1969
68 Leroy Jones 26 LDE 14 10 263 6-8 Norfolk St. 9/29/1950 Rook 5 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 48th pick / 1975
74 Louie Kelcher 23 LDT 14 14 291 6-5 SMU 8/23/1953 1 6 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 30th pick / 1975
69 John Lee 23 de 14 4 255 6-2 Nebraska 2/17/1953 Rook 3 San Diego Chargers / 13th / 351st pick / 1976
16 Clint Longley 24 qb 3 1 193 6-1 Abilene Christian 7/28/1952 2 1 Cincinnati Bengals / 1st / 1st pick / 1974 Supp
51 Woodrow Lowe 22 RLB 14 14 227 6-0 Alabama 6/9/1954 Rook 7 San Diego Chargers / 5th / 131st pick / 1976
62 Don Macek 22 RG 14 14 261 6-3 Boston Col. 7/21/1954 Rook 7 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 31st pick / 1976
41 Bo Matthews 25 rb 12 2 230 6-4 Colorado 11/15/1951 2 2 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 2nd pick / 1974
89 Dwight McDonald 25 WR 12 10 185 6-3 U.S. International,San Diego St. 5/24/1951 1 2
83 Larry Mialik 26 7 0 226 6-2 Wisconsin 5/15/1950 4 0 Atlanta Falcons / 12th / 302nd pick / 1972
57 Rick Middleton 25 10 0 228 6-2 Ohio St. 11/28/1951 2 3 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 13th pick / 1974
23 Mercury Morris 29 13 0 190 5-10 West Texas A&M 1/5/1947 7 3 Miami Dolphins / 3rd / 63rd pick / 1969
85 Artie Owens 23 KR 14 0 176 5-10 West Virginia 1/14/1953 Rook 1 San Diego Chargers / 4th / 115th pick / 1976
53 Ralph Perretta 23 c 13 3 252 6-2 Purdue 1/30/1953 1 2 San Diego Chargers / 8th / 206th pick / 1975
52 Ray Preston 22 14 0 218 6-0 Syracuse 1/25/1954 Rook 3 San Diego Chargers / 11th / 295th pick / 1976
30 Sam Scarber 27 rb 14 2 230 6-3 New Mexico 6/24/1949 1 3 Dallas Cowboys / 3rd / 69th pick / 1971
66 Billy Shields 23 LT 14 14 272 6-8 Georgia Tech 8/23/1953 1 7 San Diego Chargers / 6th / 136th pick / 1975
72 Ron Singleton 24 13 0 260 6-7 Grambling St. 4/15/1952 Rook 3 San Diego Chargers / 4th / 113th pick / 1976
45 Hal Stringert 24 db 11 2 185 5-11 Hawaii,Willamette 1/2/1952 1 2
43 Jim Tolbert 32 4 0 200 6-4 Lincoln (MO) 3/12/1944 10 3 San Diego Chargers / 7th / 61st pick / 1966
70 Russ Washington 30 RT 14 14 289 6-6 Missouri 12/17/1946 8 7 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 4th pick / 1968
6 Ray Wersching 26 9 0 213 5-11 California 8/21/1950 3 1
80 Jeff West 23 6 0 212 6-3 Cincinnati 4/6/1953 1 2 Cincinnati Bengals / 5th / 122nd pick / 1975
63 Doug Wilkerson 29 LG 14 14 253 6-3 North Carolina Central 3/27/1947 6 7 Houston Oilers / 1st / 14th pick / 1970
20 Mike Williams 23 RCB 14 11 181 5-10 LSU 11/22/1953 1 6 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 22nd pick / 1975
33 Don Woods 25 RB 11 10 210 6-1 New Mex. Highlands,New Mexico 2/17/1951 2 6 Green Bay Packers / 6th / 134th pick / 1974
34 Rickey Young 23 FB 14 14 196 6-2 Jackson St. 12/7/1953 1 11 San Diego Chargers / 7th / 164th pick / 1975
Team Total 25.5 14 220.6 6-1.9 2.7