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1978 San Diego Chargers

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9-7-0, Finished 4th in AFC West Division  · 1978 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 3.6, Offense: 4.6, Defense: -0.9, SoS: 0.7, avg is 0.0.

Scored 355 points (22.2/g), 6th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 309 points (19.3/g), 21st.
 Differential of 46 points (2.9/g), 7th.  Expected W-L: 9.3-6.7.

Coach: Tommy Prothro (1-3-0) and Don Coryell (8-4-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Ray Perkins
 Defensive Coordinator: Jackie Simpson

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 27 5 14 224 for 381, 2,999 yards, 24 td, 20 int, & 20 rushes for 43 yards and 2 td San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 64th pick / 1973
RB Lydell Mitchell 29 6 11 214 rushes for 820 yards, 3 td, & 57 catches for 500 yards and 2 td Baltimore Colts / 2nd / 48th pick / 1972
FB Don Woods 27 4 7 151 rushes for 514 yards, 3 td, & 34 catches for 295 yards and 0 td Green Bay Packers / 6th / 134th pick / 1974
WR John Jefferson* 22 Rook 14 56 catches for 1,001 yards, 13 td, & 1 rush for 7 yards and 0 td San Diego Chargers / 1st / 14th pick / 1978
WR Charlie Joiner 31 9 15 33 catches for 607 yards, 1 td Houston Oilers / 4th / 93rd pick / 1969
TE Bob Klein 31 9 16 34 catches for 413 yards, 2 td Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 21st pick / 1969
LT Billy Shields 25 3 16 1 fumble recovered San Diego Chargers / 6th / 136th pick / 1975
LG Doug Wilkerson 31 8 16 Houston Oilers / 1st / 14th pick / 1970
C Don Macek 24 2 9 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 31st pick / 1976
RG Ed White 31 9 15 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 39th pick / 1969
RT Russ Washington* 32 10 16 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 4th pick / 1968
 Defensive Starters
LDE Leroy Jones 28 2 15 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 48th pick / 1975
LDT Louie Kelcher*+ 25 3 15 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 30th pick / 1975
RDT Gary Johnson 26 3 14 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered San Diego Chargers / 1st / 8th pick / 1975
RDE Fred Dean 26 3 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1975
LLB Don Goode 27 4 14 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered San Diego Chargers / 1st / 15th pick / 1974
MLB Bob Horn 24 2 16 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered San Diego Chargers / 4th / 94th pick / 1976
RLB Woodrow Lowe 24 2 16 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered San Diego Chargers / 5th / 131st pick / 1976
LCB Hal Stringert 26 3 10 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered
RCB Mike Williams 25 3 15 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered San Diego Chargers / 1st / 22nd pick / 1975
SS Mike Fuller 25 3 16 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1975
FS Pete Shaw 24 1 14 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered San Diego Chargers / 6th / 152nd pick / 1977
 Special Teams Starters
K Rolf Benirschke 23 1 0 18 of 22 field goals & 37 of 43 extra points Oakland Raiders / 12th / 334th pick / 1977
P Jeff West 25 3 0 73 punts for a 37.3 average, 2 blocked Cincinnati Bengals / 5th / 122nd pick / 1975
PR Mike Fuller 25 3 16 39 punt returns for a 11.2 average and 0 td San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1975
KR Artie Owens 25 2 2 20 kick returns for a 26.2 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 24 6 0 251 6-2 Hawaii 5/22/1954 2 3
43 Rickey Anderson 25 16 0 211 6-1 South Carolina St. 5/21/1953 Rook 0 San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 71st pick / 1978
60 Dan Audick 24 1 0 252 6-3 Hawaii 11/15/1954 1 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 106th pick / 1977
35 Larry Barnes 24 4 0 220 5-11 Tennessee St. 7/17/1954 1 0 San Diego Chargers / 6th / 151st pick / 1977
37 Hank Bauer 24 rb 16 4 200 5-10 California Lutheran 7/15/1954 1 3
6 Rolf Benirschke 23 K 15 0 171 6-0 California-Davis 2/7/1955 1 4 Oakland Raiders / 12th / 334th pick / 1977
87 Larry Burton 27 3 0 192 6-1 Purdue 12/15/1951 3 1 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 7th pick / 1975
82 Pat Curran 33 14 0 238 6-4 Iowa St.,Lakeland 9/21/1945 9 1 Los Angeles Rams / 6th / 151st pick / 1969
71 Fred Dean 26 RDE 15 14 230 6-3 Louisiana Tech 2/24/1952 3 6 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1975
73 Charles DeJurnett 26 nt 15 3 263 6-4 San Jose St. 6/17/1952 2 2 San Diego Chargers / 17th / 418th pick / 1974
48 Jerome Dove 25 lcb 14 7 190 6-0 Colorado St. 10/3/1953 1 5 Oakland Raiders / 8th / 220th pick / 1976
27 Glen Edwards 31 db 14 2 185 6-0 Florida A&M 7/31/1947 7 2
14 Dan Fouts 27 QB 15 14 204 6-3 Oregon 6/10/1951 5 12 San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 64th pick / 1973
42 Mike Fuller 25 PR 16 16 188 5-10 Auburn 4/7/1953 3 8 San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1975
50 Don Goode 27 LLB 14 14 234 6-2 Kansas 6/21/1951 4 6 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 15th pick / 1974
77 Buddy Hardaway 24 12 0 309 6-9 Oklahoma St. 12/12/1954 Rook 4 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 41st pick / 1978
12 James Harris 31 qb 9 2 210 6-4 Grambling St. 7/20/1947 9 2 Buffalo Bills / 8th / 192nd pick / 1969
55 Bob Horn 24 MLB 16 16 235 6-3 Oregon St. 2/6/1954 2 8 San Diego Chargers / 4th / 94th pick / 1976
83 John Jefferson* 22 WR 14 14 198 6-1 Arizona St. 2/3/1956 Rook 11 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 14th pick / 1978
79 Gary Johnson 26 RDT 15 14 257 6-2 Grambling St. 8/31/1952 3 7 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 8th pick / 1975
18 Charlie Joiner 31 WR 16 15 188 5-11 Grambling St. 10/14/1947 9 7 Houston Oilers / 4th / 93rd pick / 1969
68 Leroy Jones 28 LDE 16 15 263 6-8 Norfolk St. 9/29/1950 2 7 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 48th pick / 1975
74 Louie Kelcher*+ 25 LDT 15 15 291 6-5 SMU 8/23/1953 3 12 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 30th pick / 1975
31 Linden King 23 14 0 241 6-4 Colorado St. 6/28/1955 Rook 4 San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 77th pick / 1977
84 Bob Klein 31 TE 16 16 235 6-5 USC 7/27/1947 9 5 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 21st pick / 1969
54 Jim Laslavic 27 16 0 237 6-2 Penn St. 10/24/1951 5 4 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 71st pick / 1973
69 John Lee 25 de 1 1 255 6-2 Nebraska 2/17/1953 2 0 San Diego Chargers / 13th / 351st pick / 1976
51 Woodrow Lowe 24 RLB 16 16 227 6-0 Alabama 6/9/1954 2 7 San Diego Chargers / 5th / 131st pick / 1976
62 Don Macek 24 C 14 9 261 6-3 Boston Col. 7/21/1954 2 5 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 31st pick / 1976
41 Bo Matthews 27 FB 11 9 230 6-4 Colorado 11/15/1951 4 3 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 2nd pick / 1974
88 Greg McCrary 26 te 8 1 233 6-1 Clark (GA) 3/24/1952 3 0 Atlanta Falcons / 5th / 123rd pick / 1975
89 Dwight McDonald 27 12 0 185 6-3 U.S. International,San Diego St. 5/24/1951 3 1
57 Rick Middleton 27 lb 12 2 228 6-2 Ohio St. 11/28/1951 4 2 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 13th pick / 1974
26 Lydell Mitchell 29 RB 16 11 204 5-11 Penn St. 5/30/1949 6 12 Baltimore Colts / 2nd / 48th pick / 1972
10 Cliff Olander 23 9 0 191 6-5 New Mexico St. 5/15/1955 1 0 San Diego Chargers / 5th / 128th pick / 1977
85 Artie Owens 25 KR 13 2 176 5-10 West Virginia 1/14/1953 2 2 San Diego Chargers / 4th / 115th pick / 1976
53 Ralph Perretta 25 C 15 8 252 6-2 Purdue 1/30/1953 3 4 San Diego Chargers / 8th / 206th pick / 1975
52 Ray Preston 24 lb 16 0 218 6-0 Syracuse 1/25/1954 2 4 San Diego Chargers / 11th / 295th pick / 1976
20 Johnny Rodgers 27 6 0 180 5-10 Nebraska 7/5/1951 1 1 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 25th pick / 1973
44 Pete Shaw 24 FS 16 14 183 5-10 Northwestern 8/25/1954 1 7 San Diego Chargers / 6th / 152nd pick / 1977
66 Billy Shields 25 LT 16 16 272 6-8 Georgia Tech 8/23/1953 3 7 San Diego Chargers / 6th / 136th pick / 1975
58 Mark Slater 23 9 0 257 6-2 Minnesota 2/1/1955 Rook 3 Philadelphia Eagles / 12th / 315th pick / 1978
45 Hal Stringert 26 LCB 13 10 185 5-11 Hawaii,Willamette 1/2/1952 3 5
70 Russ Washington* 32 RT 16 16 289 6-6 Missouri 12/17/1946 10 10 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 4th pick / 1968
80 Jeff West 25 P 16 0 212 6-3 Cincinnati 4/6/1953 3 1 Cincinnati Bengals / 5th / 122nd pick / 1975
67 Ed White 31 RG 15 15 269 6-1 California 4/4/1947 9 7 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 39th pick / 1969
63 Doug Wilkerson 31 LG 16 16 253 6-3 North Carolina Central 3/27/1947 8 7 Houston Oilers / 1st / 14th pick / 1970
40 Clarence Williams 23 rb 10 1 194 5-9 South Carolina 1/25/1955 1 1 San Diego Chargers / 5th / 124th pick / 1977
29 Mike Williams 25 RCB 16 15 181 5-10 LSU 11/22/1953 3 8 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 22nd pick / 1975
33 Don Woods 27 FB 16 7 210 6-1 New Mex. Highlands,New Mexico 2/17/1951 4 7 Green Bay Packers / 6th / 134th pick / 1974
99 Wilbur Young 29 de 10 2 285 6-6 William Penn 4/20/1949 7 1 Kansas City Chiefs / 2nd / 39th pick / 1971
Team Total 26.2 16 225.9 6-1.9 3.4