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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)

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*+ 28 6 16 332 for 530, 4,082 yards, 24 td, 24 int, & 26 rushes for 49 yards and 2 td San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 64th pick / 1973
RB Mike Thomas 26 4 9 91 rushes for 353 yards, 1 td, & 32 catches for 388 yards and 0 td Washington Redskins / 5th / 108th pick / 1975
FB Clarence Williams 24 2 16 200 rushes for 752 yards, 12 td, & 51 catches for 352 yards and 0 td San Diego Chargers / 5th / 124th pick / 1977
WR John Jefferson*+ 23 1 15 61 catches for 1,090 yards, 10 td San Diego Chargers / 1st / 14th pick / 1978
WR Charlie Joiner* 32 10 16 72 catches for 1,008 yards, 4 td, & 1 rush for -12 yards and 0 td Houston Oilers / 4th / 93rd pick / 1969
TE Bob Klein 32 10 14 37 catches for 424 yards, 5 td Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 21st pick / 1969
LT Billy Shields 26 4 16 1 fumble recovered San Diego Chargers / 6th / 136th pick / 1975
LG Doug Wilkerson 32 9 12 1 fumble recovered Houston Oilers / 1st / 14th pick / 1970
C Bob Rush 24 2 10 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 24th pick / 1977
RG Ed White* 32 10 16 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 39th pick / 1969
RT Russ Washington* 33 11 16 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 4th pick / 1968
 Defensive Starters
LDE Leroy Jones 29 3 15 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 48th pick / 1975
LDT Wilbur Young 30 8 16 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered Kansas City Chiefs / 2nd / 39th pick / 1971
RDT Gary Johnson* 27 4 15 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered San Diego Chargers / 1st / 8th pick / 1975
RDE Fred Dean* 27 4 12 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1975
LLB Ray Preston 25 3 16 5 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered San Diego Chargers / 11th / 295th pick / 1976
MLB Bob Horn 25 3 16 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered San Diego Chargers / 4th / 94th pick / 1976
RLB Woodrow Lowe 25 3 14 5 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered San Diego Chargers / 5th / 131st pick / 1976
LCB Willie Buchanon 29 7 16 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Green Bay Packers / 1st / 7th pick / 1972
RCB Mike Williams 26 4 16 4 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered San Diego Chargers / 1st / 22nd pick / 1975
SS Mike Fuller 26 4 15 4 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1975
FS Glen Edwards 32 8 13 4 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered
 Special Teams Starters
K Mike Wood 25 1 0 11 of 14 field goals & 28 of 31 extra points Minnesota Vikings / 8th / 204th pick / 1978
P Jeff West 26 4 0 75 punts for a 36.5 average, 0 blocked Cincinnati Bengals / 5th / 122nd pick / 1975
PR Mike Fuller 26 4 15 46 punt returns for a 9.7 average and 0 td San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1975
KR Artie Owens 26 3 2 35 kick returns for a 22.6 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)
60 Dan Audick 25 t 16 4 252 6-3 Hawaii 11/15/1954 2 3 Pittsburgh Steelers / 4th / 106th pick / 1977
37 Hank Bauer 25 16 0 200 5-10 California Lutheran 7/15/1954 2 0
6 Rolf Benirschke 24 4 0 171 6-0 California-Davis 2/7/1955 2 1 Oakland Raiders / 12th / 334th pick / 1977
28 Willie Buchanon 29 LCB 16 16 190 6-0 San Diego St. 11/4/1950 7 7 Green Bay Packers / 1st / 7th pick / 1972
87 Larry Burton 28 12 0 192 6-1 Purdue 12/15/1951 4 1 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 7th pick / 1975
71 Fred Dean* 27 RDE 13 12 230 6-3 Louisiana Tech 2/24/1952 4 9 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1975
73 Charles DeJurnett 27 nt 12 4 263 6-4 San Jose St. 6/17/1952 3 3 San Diego Chargers / 17th / 418th pick / 1974
48 Jerome Dove 26 16 0 190 6-0 Colorado St. 10/3/1953 2 4 Oakland Raiders / 8th / 220th pick / 1976
47 Frank Duncan 23 4 0 190 6-1 San Francisco St. 11/16/1956 Rook 3 San Diego Chargers / 12th / 321st pick / 1979
27 Glen Edwards 32 FS 15 13 185 6-0 Florida A&M 7/31/1947 8 7
86 John Floyd 23 wr 8 2 195 6-1 La-Monroe 9/10/1956 Rook 2 San Diego Chargers / 4th / 104th pick / 1979
14 Dan Fouts*+ 28 QB 16 16 204 6-3 Oregon 6/10/1951 6 16 San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 64th pick / 1973
42 Mike Fuller 26 PR 16 15 188 5-10 Auburn 4/7/1953 4 8 San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1975
7 Roy Gerela 31 3 0 185 5-10 New Mexico St. 4/2/1948 10 -1 Houston Oilers / 4th / 96th pick / 1969
50 Don Goode 28 lb 12 1 234 6-2 Kansas 6/21/1951 5 2 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 15th pick / 1974
12 James Harris 32 8 0 210 6-4 Grambling St. 7/20/1947 10 0 Buffalo Bills / 8th / 192nd pick / 1969
55 Bob Horn 25 MLB 16 16 235 6-3 Oregon St. 2/6/1954 3 9 San Diego Chargers / 4th / 94th pick / 1976
83 John Jefferson*+ 23 WR 15 15 198 6-1 Arizona St. 2/3/1956 1 12 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 14th pick / 1978
79 Gary Johnson* 27 RDT 16 15 257 6-2 Grambling St. 8/31/1952 4 10 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 8th pick / 1975
18 Charlie Joiner* 32 WR 16 16 188 5-11 Grambling St. 10/14/1947 10 11 Houston Oilers / 4th / 93rd pick / 1969
68 Leroy Jones 29 LDE 16 15 263 6-8 Norfolk St. 9/29/1950 3 8 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 48th pick / 1975
74 Louie Kelcher 26 1 0 291 6-5 SMU 8/23/1953 4 3 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 30th pick / 1975
57 Linden King 24 lb 16 1 241 6-4 Colorado St. 6/28/1955 1 2 San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 77th pick / 1977
84 Bob Klein 32 TE 15 14 235 6-5 USC 7/27/1947 10 5 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 21st pick / 1969
69 John Lee 26 de 10 2 255 6-2 Nebraska 2/17/1953 3 2 San Diego Chargers / 13th / 351st pick / 1976
51 Woodrow Lowe 25 RLB 16 14 227 6-0 Alabama 6/9/1954 3 10 San Diego Chargers / 5th / 131st pick / 1976
62 Don Macek 25 c 10 6 261 6-3 Boston Col. 7/21/1954 3 3 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 31st pick / 1976
41 Bo Matthews 28 16 0 230 6-4 Colorado 11/15/1951 5 1 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 2nd pick / 1974
88 Greg McCrary 27 14 0 233 6-1 Clark (GA) 3/24/1952 4 0 Atlanta Falcons / 5th / 123rd pick / 1975
26 Lydell Mitchell 30 rb 12 5 204 5-11 Penn St. 5/30/1949 7 3 Baltimore Colts / 2nd / 48th pick / 1972
10 Cliff Olander 24 4 0 191 6-5 New Mexico St. 5/15/1955 2 0 San Diego Chargers / 5th / 128th pick / 1977
24 Artie Owens 26 KR 16 2 176 5-10 West Virginia 1/14/1953 3 3 San Diego Chargers / 4th / 115th pick / 1976
53 Ralph Perretta 26 16 0 252 6-2 Purdue 1/30/1953 4 4 San Diego Chargers / 8th / 206th pick / 1975
52 Ray Preston 25 LLB 16 16 218 6-0 Syracuse 1/25/1954 3 9 San Diego Chargers / 11th / 295th pick / 1976
56 Bob Rush 24 C 16 10 265 6-5 Memphis 2/27/1955 2 5 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 24th pick / 1977
44 Pete Shaw 25 db 16 3 183 5-10 Northwestern 8/25/1954 2 3 San Diego Chargers / 6th / 152nd pick / 1977
66 Billy Shields 26 LT 16 16 272 6-8 Georgia Tech 8/23/1953 4 8 San Diego Chargers / 6th / 136th pick / 1975
45 Hal Stringert 27 db 15 1 185 5-11 Hawaii,Willamette 1/2/1952 4 1
22 Mike Thomas 26 RB 14 9 190 5-11 Oklahoma,UNLV 7/17/1953 4 7 Washington Redskins / 5th / 108th pick / 1975
59 Cliff Thrift 23 16 0 232 6-1 East Central (OK) 5/3/1956 Rook 5 San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1979
70 Russ Washington* 33 RT 16 16 289 6-6 Missouri 12/17/1946 11 12 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 4th pick / 1968
8 Jeff West 26 P 16 0 212 6-3 Cincinnati 4/6/1953 4 1 Cincinnati Bengals / 5th / 122nd pick / 1975
67 Ed White* 32 RG 16 16 269 6-1 California 4/4/1947 10 12 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 39th pick / 1969
63 Doug Wilkerson 32 LG 12 12 253 6-3 North Carolina Central 3/27/1947 9 6 Houston Oilers / 1st / 14th pick / 1970
40 Clarence Williams 24 FB 16 16 194 5-9 South Carolina 1/25/1955 2 10 San Diego Chargers / 5th / 124th pick / 1977
29 Mike Williams 26 RCB 16 16 181 5-10 LSU 11/22/1953 4 8 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 22nd pick / 1975
80 Kellen Winslow 22 te 7 1 251 6-5 Missouri 11/5/1957 Rook 3 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 13th pick / 1979
16 Mike Wood 25 K 9 0 199 5-11 SE Missouri St. 9/3/1954 1 3 Minnesota Vikings / 8th / 204th pick / 1978
33 Don Woods 28 15 0 210 6-1 New Mex. Highlands,New Mexico 2/17/1951 5 0 Green Bay Packers / 6th / 134th pick / 1974
99 Wilbur Young 30 LDT 16 16 285 6-6 William Penn 4/20/1949 8 9 Kansas City Chiefs / 2nd / 39th pick / 1971
Team Total 26.9 16 222.1 6-1.7 4.2