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1981 San Diego Chargers

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10-6-0, Finished 1st in AFC West Division  · 1981 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 4.4, Offense: 9.2, Defense: -4.7, SoS: -1.1, avg is 0.0.

Scored 478 points (29.9/g), 1st of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 390 points (24.4/g), 26th.
 Differential of 88 points (5.5/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 9.9-6.1.

Coach: Don Coryell (10-6-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Larrye Weaver
 Defensive Coordinator: Jack Pardee

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

Starters

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Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Dan Fouts* 30 8 16 360 for 609, 4,802 yards, 33 td, 17 int, & 22 rushes for 56 yards and 0 td San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 64th pick / 1973
RB Chuck Muncie* 28 5 14 251 rushes for 1,144 yards, 19 td, & 43 catches for 362 yards and 0 td New Orleans Saints / 1st / 3rd pick / 1976
WR Wes Chandler 25 3 11 52 catches for 857 yards, 5 td, & 5 rushes for -1 yards and 0 td New Orleans Saints / 1st / 3rd pick / 1978
WR Charlie Joiner 34 12 16 70 catches for 1,188 yards, 7 td Houston Oilers / 4th / 93rd pick / 1969
TE Eric Sievers 24 Rook 10 22 catches for 276 yards, 3 td San Diego Chargers / 4th / 107th pick / 1981
TE Kellen Winslow*+ 24 2 16 88 catches for 1,075 yards, 10 td San Diego Chargers / 1st / 13th pick / 1979
LT Billy Shields 28 6 16 San Diego Chargers / 6th / 136th pick / 1975
LG Doug Wilkerson* 34 11 16 1 fumble recovered Houston Oilers / 1st / 14th pick / 1970
C Don Macek 27 5 15 1 fumble recovered San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 31st pick / 1976
RG Ed White 34 12 16 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 39th pick / 1969
RT Russ Washington 35 13 13 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 4th pick / 1968
 Defensive Starters
LDE Leroy Jones 31 5 14 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 48th pick / 1975
LDT Louie Kelcher 28 6 14 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 30th pick / 1975
RDT Gary Johnson*+ 29 6 16 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered San Diego Chargers / 1st / 8th pick / 1975
RDE John Woodcock 27 5 12 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Detroit Lions / 3rd / 76th pick / 1976
LLB Linden King 26 3 16 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 77th pick / 1977
MLB Bob Horn 27 5 11 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered San Diego Chargers / 4th / 94th pick / 1976
RLB Woodrow Lowe 27 5 16 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered San Diego Chargers / 5th / 131st pick / 1976
LCB Willie Buchanon 31 9 16 5 interceptions, 4 fumbles recovered Green Bay Packers / 1st / 7th pick / 1972
RCB Mike Williams 28 6 12 3 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered San Diego Chargers / 1st / 22nd pick / 1975
SS Pete Shaw 27 4 12 3 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered San Diego Chargers / 6th / 152nd pick / 1977
FS Glen Edwards 34 10 8 2 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered
 Special Teams Starters
K Rolf Benirschke 26 4 0 19 of 26 field goals & 55 of 61 extra points Oakland Raiders / 12th / 334th pick / 1977
P George Roberts 26 3 0 62 punts for a 41.0 average, 1 blocked
PR James Brooks 23 Rook 2 22 punt returns for a 13.2 average and 0 td San Diego Chargers / 1st / 24th pick / 1981
KR James Brooks 23 Rook 2 40 kick returns for a 23.7 average and 0 td San Diego Chargers / 1st / 24th pick / 1981

Roster

No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
37 Hank Bauer 27 16 0 200 5-10 California Lutheran 7/15/1954 4 0
45 Doug Beaudoin 27 4 0 193 6-1 Minnesota 5/15/1954 5 0 New England Patriots / 9th / 243rd pick / 1976
6 Rolf Benirschke 26 K 16 0 171 6-0 California-Davis 2/7/1955 4 4 Oakland Raiders / 12th / 334th pick / 1977
50 Carlos Bradley 21 8 0 224 6-0 Wake Forest 4/27/1960 Rook 0 San Diego Chargers / 11th / 300th pick / 1981
82 Billy Brooks 28 7 0 204 6-3 Oklahoma 7/22/1953 5 0 Cincinnati Bengals / 1st / 11th pick / 1976
21 James Brooks 23 KR 14 2 180 5-10 Auburn 12/28/1958 Rook 8 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 24th pick / 1981
28 Willie Buchanon 31 LCB 16 16 190 6-0 San Diego St. 11/4/1950 9 5 Green Bay Packers / 1st / 7th pick / 1972
25 John Cappelletti 29 fb 16 5 215 6-1 Penn St. 8/9/1952 7 3 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 11th pick / 1974
89 Wes Chandler 25 WR 12 11 196 6-0 Florida 8/22/1956 3 9 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 3rd pick / 1978
77 Sam Claphan 25 16 0 285 6-6 Oklahoma 10/10/1956 Rook 2 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 47th pick / 1979
71 Fred Dean*+ 29 de 3 2 230 6-3 Louisiana Tech 2/24/1952 6 5 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 33rd pick / 1975
47 Frank Duncan 25 db 7 4 190 6-1 San Francisco St. 11/16/1956 2 1 San Diego Chargers / 12th / 321st pick / 1979
27 Glen Edwards 34 FS 8 8 185 6-0 Florida A&M 7/31/1947 10 2
48 Allan Ellis 30 rcb 11 6 185 5-11 UCLA 8/19/1951 8 1 Chicago Bears / 5th / 107th pick / 1973
76 Keith Ferguson 22 de 16 1 252 6-5 Ohio St. 4/3/1959 Rook 1 San Diego Chargers / 5th / 131st pick / 1981
81 Scott Fitzkee 24 5 0 187 6-0 Penn St. 8/4/1957 2 0 Philadelphia Eagles / 5th / 126th pick / 1979
14 Dan Fouts* 30 QB 16 16 204 6-3 Oregon 6/10/1951 8 19 San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 64th pick / 1973
43 Bob Gregor 24 fs 14 6 192 6-2 Washington St. 2/10/1957 Rook 2 San Diego Chargers / 4th / 108th pick / 1980
32 Wyatt Henderson 25 15 0 180 5-10 Fresno St. 11/10/1956 Rook 1
88 Pete Holohan 22 7 0 237 6-4 Notre Dame 7/25/1959 Rook 0 San Diego Chargers / 7th / 189th pick / 1981
55 Bob Horn 27 MLB 16 11 235 6-3 Oregon St. 2/6/1954 5 4 San Diego Chargers / 4th / 94th pick / 1976
79 Gary Johnson*+ 29 RDT 16 16 257 6-2 Grambling St. 8/31/1952 6 11 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 8th pick / 1975
18 Charlie Joiner 34 WR 16 16 188 5-11 Grambling St. 10/14/1947 12 13 Houston Oilers / 4th / 93rd pick / 1969
68 Leroy Jones 31 LDE 16 14 263 6-8 Norfolk St. 9/29/1950 5 6 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 48th pick / 1975
74 Louie Kelcher 28 LDT 14 14 291 6-5 SMU 8/23/1953 6 8 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 30th pick / 1975
57 Linden King 26 LLB 16 16 241 6-4 Colorado St. 6/28/1955 3 6 San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 77th pick / 1977
54 Jim Laslavic 30 16 0 237 6-2 Penn St. 10/24/1951 8 1 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 71st pick / 1973
64 Chuck Loewen 24 t 9 3 263 6-3 South Dakota St. 1/23/1957 1 3 San Diego Chargers / 7th / 175th pick / 1980
51 Woodrow Lowe 27 RLB 16 16 227 6-0 Alabama 6/9/1954 5 6 San Diego Chargers / 5th / 131st pick / 1976
11 Ed Luther 24 16 0 206 6-3 San Jose St. 1/2/1957 1 0 San Diego Chargers / 4th / 101st pick / 1980
62 Don Macek 27 C 15 15 261 6-3 Boston Col. 7/21/1954 5 10 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 31st pick / 1976
46 Chuck Muncie* 28 RB 15 14 227 6-3 California 3/17/1953 5 14 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 3rd pick / 1976
23 Irvin Phillips 21 15 0 192 6-1 Arkansas Tech 1/23/1960 Rook 1 San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 77th pick / 1981
52 Ray Preston 27 16 0 218 6-0 Syracuse 1/25/1954 5 1 San Diego Chargers / 11th / 295th pick / 1976
60 Don Reese 30 dt 5 2 254 6-6 Jackson St. 9/4/1951 7 1 Miami Dolphins / 1st / 26th pick / 1974
4 George Roberts 26 P 16 0 181 6-0 Virginia Tech 6/10/1955 3 2
56 Bob Rush 26 c 16 1 265 6-5 Memphis 2/27/1955 4 2 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 24th pick / 1977
87 Dwight Scales 28 wr 16 4 178 6-2 Grambling St. 5/30/1953 5 5 Los Angeles Rams / 5th / 155th pick / 1976
44 Pete Shaw 27 SS 16 12 183 5-10 Northwestern 8/25/1954 4 3 San Diego Chargers / 6th / 152nd pick / 1977
66 Billy Shields 28 LT 16 16 272 6-8 Georgia Tech 8/23/1953 6 11 San Diego Chargers / 6th / 136th pick / 1975
85 Eric Sievers 24 TE 16 10 236 6-4 Maryland 11/9/1957 Rook 3 San Diego Chargers / 4th / 107th pick / 1981
84 Ron Smith 25 wr 9 1 185 6-0 San Diego St. 11/20/1956 3 1 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 53rd pick / 1978
81 Aundra Thompson 28 1 0 186 6-1 Texas A&M-Commerce 1/2/1953 4 0 Green Bay Packers / 5th / 132nd pick / 1976
59 Cliff Thrift 25 mlb 7 5 232 6-1 East Central (OK) 5/3/1956 2 2 San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1979
70 Russ Washington 35 RT 13 13 289 6-6 Missouri 12/17/1946 13 9 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 4th pick / 1968
61 Jimmy Webb 29 dt 16 1 247 6-5 Mississippi St. 4/13/1952 6 1 San Francisco 49ers / 1st / 10th pick / 1975
67 Ed White 34 RG 16 16 269 6-1 California 4/4/1947 12 11 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 39th pick / 1969
63 Doug Wilkerson* 34 LG 16 16 253 6-3 North Carolina Central 3/27/1947 11 14 Houston Oilers / 1st / 14th pick / 1970
40 Clarence Williams 26 rb 14 1 194 5-9 South Carolina 1/25/1955 4 1 San Diego Chargers / 5th / 124th pick / 1977
72 Jeff Williams 26 12 0 256 6-4 Rhode Island 4/15/1955 4 1 Los Angeles Rams / 5th / 134th pick / 1977
29 Mike Williams 28 RCB 14 12 181 5-10 LSU 11/22/1953 6 3 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 22nd pick / 1975
80 Kellen Winslow*+ 24 TE 16 16 251 6-5 Missouri 11/5/1957 2 12 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 13th pick / 1979
90 John Woodcock 27 RDE 12 12 246 6-3 New Mexico,Hawaii 3/19/1954 5 5 Detroit Lions / 3rd / 76th pick / 1976
99 Wilbur Young 32 de 5 2 285 6-6 William Penn 4/20/1949 10 1 Kansas City Chiefs / 2nd / 39th pick / 1971
Team Total 27.3 16 223.1 6-2.1 4.6