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1983 San Diego Chargers

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6-10-0, Finished 4th in AFC West Division  · 1983 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -4.6, Offense: 1.1, Defense: -5.7, SoS: 1.9, avg is 0.0.

Scored 358 points (22.4/g), 12th of 28 in the NFL. Allowed 462 points (28.9/g), 28th.
 Differential of -104 points (-6.5/g), 26th.  Expected W-L: 5.7-10.3.

Coach: Don Coryell (6-10-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Ernie Zampese
 Defensive Coordinator: Tom Bass
 Other Notable Asst.: Al Saunders (Wide Receivers)

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* 32 10 10 215 for 340, 2,975 yards, 20 td, 15 int, & 12 rushes for -5 yards and 1 td San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 64th pick / 1973
RB Chuck Muncie 30 7 12 235 rushes for 886 yards, 12 td, & 42 catches for 396 yards and 1 td New Orleans Saints / 1st / 3rd pick / 1976
WR Wes Chandler* 27 5 14 58 catches for 845 yards, 5 td, & 2 rushes for 25 yards and 0 td New Orleans Saints / 1st / 3rd pick / 1978
WR Charlie Joiner 36 14 16 65 catches for 960 yards, 3 td Houston Oilers / 4th / 93rd pick / 1969
TE Eric Sievers 26 2 9 33 catches for 452 yards, 3 td, & 1 rush for -7 yards and 0 td San Diego Chargers / 4th / 107th pick / 1981
TE Kellen Winslow* 26 4 16 88 catches for 1,172 yards, 8 td San Diego Chargers / 1st / 13th pick / 1979
LT Billy Shields 30 8 16 San Diego Chargers / 6th / 136th pick / 1975
LG Doug Wilkerson 36 13 12 Houston Oilers / 1st / 14th pick / 1970
C Don Macek 29 7 11 1 fumble recovered San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 31st pick / 1976
RG Ed White 36 14 16 1 fumble recovered Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 39th pick / 1969
RT Andrew Gissinger 24 1 16 San Diego Chargers / 6th / 141st pick / 1981
 Defensive Starters
LDE Keith Ferguson 24 2 16 5.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered San Diego Chargers / 5th / 131st pick / 1981
NT Rick Ackerman 24 1 13 1.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered
RDE Gary Johnson 31 8 16 3.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered San Diego Chargers / 1st / 8th pick / 1975
LOLB Linden King 28 5 16 8.0 sacks, 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 77th pick / 1977
LILB Mike Green 22 Rook 16 1.0 sacks, 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered San Diego Chargers / 9th / 245th pick / 1983
RILB Billy Ray Smith 22 Rook 16 3.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered San Diego Chargers / 1st / 5th pick / 1983
ROLB Woodrow Lowe 29 7 16 4.5 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered San Diego Chargers / 5th / 131st pick / 1976
LCB Gill Byrd 22 Rook 12 0.0 sacks, 1 interception, 0 fumbles recovered San Diego Chargers / 1st / 22nd pick / 1983
RCB Danny Walters 23 Rook 16 0.0 sacks, 7 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered San Diego Chargers / 4th / 95th pick / 1983
SS Andre Young 23 1 10 1.0 sacks, 2 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered San Diego Chargers / 10th / 273rd pick / 1982
FS Ken Greene 27 5 9 0.0 sacks, 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 19th pick / 1978
 Special Teams Starters
K Rolf Benirschke 28 6 0 15 of 24 field goals & 43 of 45 extra points Oakland Raiders / 12th / 334th pick / 1977
P Maury Buford 23 1 0 63 punts for a 43.9 average, 0 blocked San Diego Chargers / 8th / 215th pick / 1982
PR James Brooks 25 2 5 18 punt returns for a 7.6 average and 0 td San Diego Chargers / 1st / 24th pick / 1981
KR James Brooks 25 2 5 32 kick returns for a 19.0 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)
91 Rick Ackerman 24 NT 15 13 258 6-4 Memphis 6/16/1959 1 5
6 Rolf Benirschke 28 K 16 0 171 6-0 California-Davis 2/7/1955 6 2 Oakland Raiders / 12th / 334th pick / 1977
50 Carlos Bradley 23 16 0 224 6-0 Wake Forest 4/27/1960 2 1 San Diego Chargers / 11th / 300th pick / 1981
21 James Brooks 25 KR 15 5 180 5-10 Auburn 12/28/1958 2 5 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 24th pick / 1981
61 Don Brown 24 13 0 262 6-6 Santa Clara 4/2/1959 Rook 1
7 Maury Buford 23 P 16 0 191 6-1 Texas Tech 2/18/1960 1 3 San Diego Chargers / 8th / 215th pick / 1982
22 Gill Byrd 22 LCB 14 12 195 5-11 San Jose St. 2/20/1961 Rook 4 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 22nd pick / 1983
25 John Cappelletti 31 1 0 215 6-1 Penn St. 8/9/1952 9 0 Los Angeles Rams / 1st / 11th pick / 1974
81 Roger Carr 31 4 0 200 6-3 Louisiana Tech 7/1/1952 9 0 Baltimore Colts / 1st / 24th pick / 1974
89 Wes Chandler* 27 WR 16 14 196 6-0 Florida 8/22/1956 5 7 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 3rd pick / 1978
77 Sam Claphan 27 16 0 285 6-6 Oklahoma 10/10/1956 2 1 Cleveland Browns / 2nd / 47th pick / 1979
82 Bobby Duckworth 25 wr 16 2 198 6-3 Arkansas 11/27/1958 1 3 San Diego Chargers / 6th / 162nd pick / 1981
78 Chuck Ehin 22 9 0 261 6-4 BYU 7/1/1961 Rook 0 San Diego Chargers / 12th / 329th pick / 1983
90 Bill Elko 24 nt 11 3 278 6-5 Arizona St.,LSU 12/28/1959 Rook 2 San Diego Chargers / 7th / 192nd pick / 1983
56 Larry Evans 30 3 0 216 6-2 Mississippi Col. 7/11/1953 7 0 Denver Broncos / 14th / 390th pick / 1976
76 Keith Ferguson 24 LDE 16 16 252 6-5 Ohio St. 4/3/1959 2 6 San Diego Chargers / 5th / 131st pick / 1981
84 Hosea Fortune 24 4 0 174 6-0 Rice 3/4/1959 Rook 0
14 Dan Fouts* 32 QB 10 10 204 6-3 Oregon 6/10/1951 10 9 San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 64th pick / 1973
48 Tim Fox 30 FS 12 8 186 5-11 Ohio St. 11/1/1953 7 3 New England Patriots / 1st / 21st pick / 1976
75 Andrew Gissinger 24 RT 16 16 280 6-5 Syracuse 7/4/1959 1 8 San Diego Chargers / 6th / 141st pick / 1981
69 Derrel Gofourth 28 15 0 260 6-3 Oklahoma St. 3/20/1955 6 1 Green Bay Packers / 7th / 172nd pick / 1977
58 Mike Green 22 LILB 16 16 235 6-0 Oklahoma St. 6/29/1961 Rook 5 San Diego Chargers / 9th / 245th pick / 1983
28 Ken Greene 27 FS 16 9 203 6-3 Washington St. 5/8/1956 5 3 St. Louis Cardinals / 1st / 19th pick / 1978
43 Bob Gregor 26 ss 5 5 192 6-2 Washington St. 2/10/1957 2 1 San Diego Chargers / 4th / 108th pick / 1980
20 Reuben Henderson 25 db 14 4 196 6-1 Oklahoma St.,San Diego St. 10/3/1958 2 2 Chicago Bears / 6th / 150th pick / 1981
88 Pete Holohan 24 te 16 3 237 6-4 Notre Dame 7/25/1959 2 2 San Diego Chargers / 7th / 189th pick / 1981
41 Earnest Jackson 24 12 0 213 5-9 Texas A&M 12/18/1959 Rook 1 San Diego Chargers / 8th / 202nd pick / 1983
40 Jim Jodat 29 15 0 210 5-11 Carthage 3/3/1954 6 0 Los Angeles Rams / 12th / 344th pick / 1976
79 Gary Johnson 31 RDE 16 16 257 6-2 Grambling St. 8/31/1952 8 5 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 8th pick / 1975
18 Charlie Joiner 36 WR 16 16 188 5-11 Grambling St. 10/14/1947 14 8 Houston Oilers / 4th / 93rd pick / 1969
68 Leroy Jones 33 12 0 263 6-8 Norfolk St. 9/29/1950 7 1 Los Angeles Rams / 2nd / 48th pick / 1975
74 Louie Kelcher 30 8 0 291 6-5 SMU 8/23/1953 8 0 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 30th pick / 1975
57 Linden King 28 LOLB 16 16 241 6-4 Colorado St. 6/28/1955 5 6 San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 77th pick / 1977
30 Bruce Laird 33 14 0 193 6-0 American Int. 5/23/1950 11 1 Baltimore Colts / 6th / 152nd pick / 1972
51 Woodrow Lowe 29 ROLB 16 16 227 6-0 Alabama 6/9/1954 7 5 San Diego Chargers / 5th / 131st pick / 1976
11 Ed Luther 26 qb 16 6 206 6-3 San Jose St. 1/2/1957 3 3 San Diego Chargers / 4th / 101st pick / 1980
62 Don Macek 29 C 11 11 261 6-3 Boston Col. 7/21/1954 7 5 San Diego Chargers / 2nd / 31st pick / 1976
12 Bruce Mathison 24 1 0 205 6-3 Nebraska 4/25/1959 Rook 0 San Diego Chargers / 10th / 272nd pick / 1983
60 Dennis McKnight 24 C 16 9 273 6-3 Drake 9/12/1959 1 5
24 Miles McPherson 23 11 0 184 5-11 New Haven 3/30/1960 1 1 Los Angeles Rams / 10th / 256th pick / 1982
46 Chuck Muncie 30 RB 15 12 227 6-3 California 3/17/1953 7 8 New Orleans Saints / 1st / 3rd pick / 1976
55 Derrie Nelson 25 15 0 236 6-2 Nebraska 2/8/1958 Rook 1 Dallas Cowboys / 4th / 108th pick / 1981
31 Darrell Pattillo 23 1 0 194 5-10 San Diego St.,Long Beach St. 9/28/1960 Rook 0
52 Ray Preston 29 16 0 218 6-0 Syracuse 1/25/1954 7 1 San Diego Chargers / 11th / 295th pick / 1976
87 Dwight Scales 30 wr 7 1 178 6-2 Grambling St. 5/30/1953 7 0 Los Angeles Rams / 5th / 155th pick / 1976
66 Billy Shields 30 LT 16 16 272 6-8 Georgia Tech 8/23/1953 8 8 San Diego Chargers / 6th / 136th pick / 1975
85 Eric Sievers 26 TE 16 9 236 6-4 Maryland 11/9/1957 2 4 San Diego Chargers / 4th / 107th pick / 1981
54 Billy Ray Smith 22 RILB 16 16 235 6-3 Arkansas 8/10/1961 Rook 5 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 5th pick / 1983
47 Sherman Smith 29 rb 13 2 225 6-4 Miami (OH) 11/1/1954 7 1 Seattle Seahawks / 2nd / 58th pick / 1976
59 Cliff Thrift 27 6 0 232 6-1 East Central (OK) 5/3/1956 4 0 San Diego Chargers / 3rd / 73rd pick / 1979
23 Danny Walters 23 RCB 16 16 189 6-1 Arkansas 11/4/1960 Rook 6 San Diego Chargers / 4th / 95th pick / 1983
67 Ed White 36 RG 16 16 269 6-1 California 4/4/1947 14 8 Minnesota Vikings / 2nd / 39th pick / 1969
63 Doug Wilkerson 36 LG 12 12 253 6-3 North Carolina Central 3/27/1947 13 6 Houston Oilers / 1st / 14th pick / 1970
45 Henry Williams 27 1 0 180 5-10 San Diego St. 12/2/1956 4 0 Oakland Raiders / 6th / 156th pick / 1979
80 Kellen Winslow* 26 TE 16 16 251 6-5 Missouri 11/5/1957 4 10 San Diego Chargers / 1st / 13th pick / 1979
49 Andre Young 23 SS 15 10 199 6-0 Louisiana Tech 11/22/1960 1 4 San Diego Chargers / 10th / 273rd pick / 1982
Team Total 27.0 16 224.2 6-2.1 4.3