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1979 San Diego Chargers

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12-4-0, Finished 1st in AFC West Division  · 1979 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 11.8, Offense: 6.0, Defense: 5.7, SoS: 1.5, avg is 0.0.

Scored 411 points (25.7/g), 2nd of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 246 points (15.4/g), 2nd.
 Differential of 165 points (10.3/g), 1st.  Expected W-L: 12.3-3.7.

Coach: Don Coryell (12-4-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Joe Gibbs
 Defensive Coordinator: Jackie Simpson

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

Team Info

Principal Owner/President Eugene Klein
General Manager Johnny Sanders
Offensive Scheme Air Coryell
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 411 5583 1053 5.3 35 10 24 330 338 541 3915 24 25 6.8 192 481 1668 25 3.5 114
Team Defense 246 4456 989 4.5 46 18 19 268 261 472 2549 11 28 5.0 132 475 1907 19 4.0 117
Lg Rank Offense 2 5 8 1 5 5 1 6 22 3 25 27 2 26
Lg Rank Defense 2 5 3 10 7 19 7 1 3 5 1 8 17 15

Team Games & Schedule

Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 2 boxscore W 1-0 @ Seattle Seahawks 33 16 22 356 217 139 1 19 334 153 181 6
2 Sun September 9 boxscore W 2-0 Oakland Raiders 30 10 20 349 209 140 3 16 283 186 97 3
3 Sun September 16 boxscore W 3-0 Buffalo Bills 27 19 18 339 94 245 1 14 298 238 60
4 Sun September 23 boxscore L 3-1 @ New England Patriots 21 27 15 232 193 39 2 20 291 140 151 2
5 Sun September 30 boxscore W 4-1 San Francisco 49ers 31 9 22 317 246 71 2 14 242 122 120 3
6 Sun October 7 boxscore L 4-2 @ Denver Broncos 0 7 19 374 305 69 4 11 193 33 160 1
7 Sun October 14 boxscore W 5-2 Seattle Seahawks 20 10 19 391 295 96 18 280 147 133 1
8 Sun October 21 boxscore W 6-2 @ Los Angeles Rams 40 16 17 391 326 65 2 24 337 233 104 8
9 Thu October 25 boxscore L 6-3 @ Oakland Raiders 22 45 22 380 298 82 3 19 339 202 137
10 Sun November 4 boxscore W 7-3 @ Kansas City Chiefs 20 14 23 315 229 86 2 17 283 164 119 4
11 Sun November 11 boxscore W 8-3 @ Cincinnati Bengals 26 24 19 324 270 54 4 19 254 60 194
12 Sun November 18 boxscore W 9-3 Pittsburgh Steelers 35 7 14 218 120 98 4 14 191 125 66 8
13 Sun November 25 boxscore W 10-3 Kansas City Chiefs 28 7 30 460 325 135 1 9 190 125 65 1
14 Sun December 2 boxscore L 10-4 Atlanta Falcons 26 28 22 410 324 86 2 22 375 222 153 2
15 Sun December 9 boxscore W 11-4 @ New Orleans Saints 35 0 31 400 234 166 12 231 175 56 2
16 Mon December 17 boxscore W 12-4 Denver Broncos 17 7 17 327 230 97 4 20 335 224 111 5
Playoffs
Division Sat December 29 boxscore L 12-5 Houston Oilers 14 17 25 380 317 63 5 15 259 111 148 1

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*+ 28 QB 16 16 12-4-0 332 530 62.6 4082 24 4.5 24 4.5 65 7.7 6.6 12.3 255.1 82.6 28 195 6.97 5.89 5.0 1 1
12 James Harris 32 8 0 5 9 55.6 38 0 0.0 1 11.1 10 4.2 -0.8 7.6 4.8 26.4 2 15 2.09 -2.00 18.2
42 Mike Fuller 26 PR/SS 16 15 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
22 Mike Thomas 26 RB 14 9 1 1 100.0 18 0 0.0 0 0.0 18 18.0 18.0 18.0 1.3 118.7 0 0 18.00 18.00 0.0
37 Hank Bauer 25 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 1 13 -13.00 -13.00 100.0
Team Total 26.9 16 12-4-0 338 541 62.5 4138 24 4.4 25 4.6 65 7.6 6.5 12.2 258.6 81.6 31 223 6.84 5.72 5.4 1 1
Opp Total 16 261 472 55.3 2881 11 2.3 28 5.9 6.1 3.90 11.0 180.1 56.6 42 332 5.0 2.9 8.2

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
40 Clarence Williams 24 FB 16 16 200 752 12 55 3.8 47.0 12.5 51 352 6.9 0 14 3.2 22.0 1104 12 1
22 Mike Thomas 26 RB 14 9 91 353 1 21 3.9 25.2 6.5 32 388 12.1 0 32 2.3 27.7 741 1 4
26 Lydell Mitchell 30 rb 12 5 63 211 0 15 3.3 17.6 5.3 19 159 8.4 1 24 1.6 13.3 370 1 2
24 Artie Owens 26 KR 16 2 40 151 1 23 3.8 9.4 2.5 15 176 11.7 1 32 0.9 11.0 327 2 1
41 Bo Matthews 28 16 0 30 112 1 22 3.7 7.0 1.9 7 40 5.7 0 13 0.4 2.5 152 1 1
14 Dan Fouts*+ 28 QB 16 16 26 49 2 26 1.9 3.1 1.6 49 2 13
37 Hank Bauer 25 16 0 22 28 8 6 1.3 1.8 1.4 28 8 1
12 James Harris 32 8 0 6 26 0 18 4.3 3.3 0.8 26 0 1
18 Charlie Joiner* 32 WR 16 16 1 -12 0 -12 -12.0 -0.8 0.1 72 1008 14.0 4 39 4.5 63.0 996 4 1
42 Mike Fuller 26 PR/SS 16 15 1 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.1 0 0 4
8 Jeff West 26 P 16 0 1 -2 0 -2 -2.0 -0.1 0.1 -2 0 0
83 John Jefferson*+ 23 WR 15 15 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 61 1090 17.9 10 65 4.1 72.7 1090 10 0
84 Bob Klein 32 TE 15 14 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 37 424 11.5 5 54 2.5 28.3 424 5 0
80 Kellen Winslow 22 te 7 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 25 255 10.2 2 30 3.6 36.4 255 2 1
86 John Floyd 23 wr 8 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 10 152 15.2 1 40 1.3 19.0 152 1 0
88 Greg McCrary 27 14 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 5 32 6.4 0 19 0.4 2.3 32 0 0
87 Larry Burton 28 12 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 4 62 15.5 0 23 0.3 5.2 62 0 0
Team Total 26.9 16 481 1668 25 55 3.5 104.3 30.1 338 4138 12.2 24 65 21.1 258.6 5806 49 31
Opp Total 16 475 1907 19 4.0 119.2 29.7 261 2549 9.8 11 16.3 159.3 4456 30 30

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 26 PR/SS 16 15 46 448 0 27 9.7 6 115 0 41 19.2 563
24 Artie Owens 26 KR 16 2 35 791 0 40 22.6 1118
37 Hank Bauer 25 16 0 4 92 0 31 23.0 120
29 Mike Williams 26 RCB 16 16 3 19 0 10 6.3 19
44 Pete Shaw 25 db 16 3 2 21 0 11 10.5 21
50 Don Goode 28 lb 12 1 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
41 Bo Matthews 28 16 0 1 4 0 4 4.0 156
26 Lydell Mitchell 30 rb 12 5 1 15 0 15 15.0 385
53 Ralph Perretta 26 16 0 1 9 0 9 9.0 9
59 Cliff Thrift 23 16 0 1 11 0 11 11.0 11
40 Clarence Williams 24 FB 16 16 1 19 0 19 19.0 1123
33 Don Woods 28 15 0 0 10 0 10 10
Team Total 26.9 16 52 488 0 27 9.4 50 1066 0 41 21.3 7360
Opp Total 16 34 204 0 6.0 72 1535 1 21.3

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
8 Jeff West 26 P 16 0 75 2736 62 0 36.5
16 Mike Wood 25 K 9 0 4 4 6 6 1 1 3 14 11 78.6% 31 28 90.3%
6 Rolf Benirschke 24 k 4 0 2 2 1 1 1 1 4 4 100.0% 13 12 92.3%
7 Roy Gerela 31 k 3 0 2 1 2 3 7 1 14.3% 7 6 85.7%
10 Cliff Olander 24 4 0 1 1 0.0% 1 1 100.0%
Team Total 26.9 16 8 7 9 7 6 2 3 26 16 61.5% 52 47 90.4% 75 2736 62 0 36.5
Opp Total 16 12 8 66.7% 32 28 87.5% 83 3378 40.7

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*+ 28 QB 16 16 0 13 6 -20 0
42 Mike Fuller 26 PR/SS 16 15 4 39 0 23 0 0 4 1 -8 0
27 Glen Edwards 32 FS 15 13 4 99 0 53 0 0 0 2 0 0
51 Woodrow Lowe 25 RLB 16 14 5 150 2 77 0 0 0 1 2 0
22 Mike Thomas 26 RB 14 9 0 4 2 0 0
52 Ray Preston 25 LLB 16 16 5 121 0 35 0
29 Mike Williams 26 RCB 16 16 4 55 0 50 0
71 Fred Dean* 27 RDE 13 12 0 0 3 2 0
55 Bob Horn 25 MLB 16 16 2 44 0 30 0 0 0 1 0 0
79 Gary Johnson* 27 RDT 16 15 0 1 2 36 0
44 Pete Shaw 25 db 16 3 3 54 0 30 0
40 Clarence Williams 24 FB 16 16 0 1 2 0 0
99 Wilbur Young 30 LDT 16 16 0 0 3 3 1 1
37 Hank Bauer 25 16 0 0 1 1 0 0
48 Jerome Dove 26 16 0 0 0 2 2 0
12 James Harris 32 8 0 0 1 1 -7 0
57 Linden King 24 lb 16 1 0 0 2 0 0
41 Bo Matthews 28 16 0 0 1 1 0 0
26 Lydell Mitchell 30 rb 12 5 0 2 0 0 0
59 Cliff Thrift 23 16 0 0 0 2 0 0
28 Willie Buchanon 29 LCB 16 16 0 0 1 24 0
50 Don Goode 28 lb 12 1 1 0 0 0 0
18 Charlie Joiner* 32 WR 16 16 0 1 0 0 0
68 Leroy Jones 29 LDE 16 15 0 0 1 3 0
84 Bob Klein 32 TE 15 14 0 0 1 0 0
24 Artie Owens 26 KR 16 2 0 1 0 0 0
66 Billy Shields 26 LT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
63 Doug Wilkerson 32 LG 12 12 0 0 1 0 0
80 Kellen Winslow 22 te 7 1 0 1 0 0 0
Team Total 26.9 16 28 562 2 77 0 0 31 37 37 1 2
Opp Total 16 31 30 12 1

Scoring Summary

No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
40 Clarence Williams 24 FB 16 16 12 12 72
16 Mike Wood 25 K 9 0 28 11 61
83 John Jefferson*+ 23 WR 15 15 10 10 60
37 Hank Bauer 25 16 0 8 8 48
84 Bob Klein 32 TE 15 14 5 5 30
6 Rolf Benirschke 24 k 4 0 12 4 24
18 Charlie Joiner* 32 WR 16 16 4 4 24
14 Dan Fouts*+ 28 QB 16 16 2 2 12
51 Woodrow Lowe 25 RLB 16 14 2 2 12
24 Artie Owens 26 KR 16 2 1 1 2 12
80 Kellen Winslow 22 te 7 1 2 2 12
7 Roy Gerela 31 k 3 0 6 1 9
99 Wilbur Young 30 LDT 16 16 1 1 1 8
86 John Floyd 23 wr 8 2 1 1 6
41 Bo Matthews 28 16 0 1 1 6
26 Lydell Mitchell 30 rb 12 5 1 1 6
22 Mike Thomas 26 RB 14 9 1 1 6
88 Greg McCrary 27 14 0 1 2
10 Cliff Olander 24 4 0 1 1
Team Total 26.9 16 25 24 1 2 52 47 16 2 411
Opp Total 16 19 11 1 1 28 8 1 246