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1978 San Diego Chargers (NFL) 2nd place American Football Conference Western Division 9-7-0 .563
Head Coach: Tommy Prothro (1-3); Don Coryell (8-4)
Offensive BacksEarnel Durden
Offensive LineBobb McKittrick
Offensive CoordinatorRay Perkins
Defensive CoordinatorJacki Simpson
Defensive LineJerry Smith
Defensive BacksLarrye Weaver
ReceiversErnie Zampese
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Fri8/4/1978ASeattle Seahawks9-17LSeattle, WAKingdome58853
Sat8/12/1978ALos Angeles Rams17-0WLos Angeles, CAMemorial Coliseum45497
Sat8/19/1978HNew York Jets10-23LSan Diego, CASan Diego Stadium42100
Sat8/26/1978ANew York Giants17-6WEast Rutherford, NJGiants Stadium37652
Sun9/3/1978ASeattle Seahawks24-20WSeattle, WAKingdome55778
Sun9/10/1978HOakland Raiders20-21LSan Diego, CASan Diego Stadium51653
Sun9/17/1978ADenver Broncos14-27LDenver, COMile High Stadium74983
Sun9/24/1978HGreen Bay Packers3-24LSan Diego, CASan Diego Stadium42755
Sun10/1/1978ANew England Patriots23-28LFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium60781
Sun10/8/1978HDenver Broncos23-0WSan Diego, CASan Diego Stadium50077
Sun10/15/1978HMiami Dolphins21-28LSan Diego, CASan Diego Stadium50637
Sun10/22/1978ADetroit Lions14-31LPontiac, MIPontiac Silverdome54031
Sun10/29/1978AOakland Raiders27-23WOakland, CAOakland-Alameda County Coliseum52612
Sun11/5/1978HCincinnati Bengals22-13WSan Diego, CASan Diego Stadium43639
Sun11/12/1978HKansas City Chiefs29-23WOTSan Diego, CASan Diego Stadium41395
Sun11/19/1978AMinnesota Vikings13-7WBloomington, MNMetropolitan Stadium38859
Sun11/26/1978AKansas City Chiefs0-23LKansas City, MOArrowhead Stadium26248
Mon12/4/1978HChicago Bears40-7WSan Diego, CASan Diego Stadium48492
Sun12/10/1978HSeattle Seahawks37-10WSan Diego, CASan Diego Stadium49975
Sun12/17/1978AHouston Oilers45-24WHouston, TXAstrodome49554
Non-league game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
NoPlayerPosHtWtAgeCollegeGPGS
64Charlie AiuOG6'225024Hawaii60
43Rickey AndersonRB6'121125South Carolina State160
60Dan AudickOG6'325024Hawaii10
35Larry BarnesRB5'1122024Tennessee State40
37Hank BauerFB5'1020024California Lutheran164
6Rolf BenirschkeK6'016523California-Davis150
87Larry BurtonWR6'119327Purdue30
82Pat CurranTE6'323833Iowa State; Lakeland140
71Fred DeanRDE6'322726Louisiana Tech1514
73Charles DeJurnettLDT-RDT6'426526West Los Angeles JC; San Jose State153
48Jerome DoveLCB6'119025Hutchinson CC; Colorado State147
27Glen EdwardsFS6'018531Florida A&M142
14Dan FoutsQB6'321027Oregon1514
42Mike FullerSS5'918225Auburn1616
50Don GoodeLLB6'224027Kansas1414
77Milton HardawayOT6'930924Blinn JC; Oklahoma State120
12James HarrisQB6'322131Grambling State92
55Bob HornMLB6'323924Oregon State1616
83John JeffersonWR6'120122Arizona State1414
79Gary JohnsonRDT6'225526Grambling State1514
18Charlie JoinerWR5'1118631Grambling State1615
68Leroy JonesLDE6'824528Norfolk State1615
74Louie KelcherLDT6'529025Southern Methodist1515
31Linden KingS6'424723Colorado State140
84Bob KleinTE6'523531Southern California1616
54Jim LaslavicLB6'223727Penn State160
69John LeeRDE6'225925Nebraska11
51Woodrow LoweRLB6'022724Alabama1616
62Don MacekC6'227024Boston College149
41Bo MatthewsFB6'322227Colorado119
88Gregg McCraryTE6'323226Clark Atlanta81
89Dwight McDonaldWR6'218727San Diego CC; U.S. International; San Diego State120
57Rick MiddletonLLB6'323027Ohio State122
26Lydell MitchellRB5'1119829Penn State1611
10Cliff OlanderQB-K-P6'518723New Mexico State90
85Artie OwensWR5'1118225West Virginia133
53Ralph PerrettaC6'225225Purdue158
52Ray PrestonLB6'022124Syracuse161
20Johnny RodgersRB-WR5'1018027Nebraska60
44Pete ShawFS5'1017824Northwestern1614
66Billy ShieldsLOT6'828125Georgia Tech1616
58Mark SlaterC6'224823Minnesota90
45Hal StringertRCB5'1118526Willamette; Hawaii1310
70Russ WashingtonROT6'629532Missouri1616
80Jeff WestP-TE6'321825Cincinnati160
67Ed WhiteROG6'226431California1515
63Doug WilkersonLOG6'325631North Carolina Central1616
40Clarence WilliamsRB5'1018523South Carolina101
29Mike WilliamsLCB5'1018625Louisiana State1615
33Don WoodsRB6'119127New Mexico Highlands; New Mexico167
99Wilbur YoungLDE6'628529William Penn102
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
John Jefferson114WRArizona State
Milton Hardaway241TOklahoma State
Rickey Anderson371RBSouth Carolina State
John Choma5135GVirginiafrom LARM
Cliff Featherstone7180DBColorado State
Gavin Hedrick8220PWashington Statefrom OAK
Henry Bradley9237DTAlcorn State
Blake Whitlatch9248LBLouisiana Statefrom OAK
Charles Price10264TECincinnati
Kevin Bell12321WRLamar
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4thOT
Team Totals6411187876
Opponents Totals5811247920
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushPassPen3RD DOWNAttPct4TH DOWNAttPctPENYDS
Team Totals31:38315116171289623341.298748
Opponents Totals28:22273114141188121837.299862
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
Rolf Benirschke0374386.0182281.8091
John Jefferson130000078
Hank Bauer90000054
Lydell Mitchell50000030
Larry Burton30000018
Don Woods30000018
Pat Curran20000012
Dan Fouts20000012
Bob Klein20000012
Mike Fuller1000006
Gary Johnson1000006
Charlie Joiner1000006
Gregg McCrary1000006
Dwight McDonald1000006
Team Totals44374386.0182281.80355
Opponents Totals40364090.0112250.00309
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
Rolf Benirschke182281.82/29/104/63/40/0
Team Totals182281.82/29/104/63/40/0
Opponents Totals112250.00/03/55/53/110/1
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
Lydell Mitchell2148203.8253
Don Woods1515143.4273
Hank Bauer853043.637t8
Bo Matthews712864.0280
Clarence Williams27762.8120
Dan Fouts20432.2222
Gregg McCrary2189.0160
Rickey Anderson3113.760
Larry Barnes382.740
John Jefferson177.070
James Harris1070.790
Johnny Rodgers155.050
Jeff West100.000
Cliff Olander1-3-3.0-30
Team Totals59020963.637t16
Opponents Totals51022084.35812
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPRTG
Dan Fouts38122458.813729997.913.455t246.3205.222130286983.0
James Harris884247.7375185.912.334t22.3910.284347534.4
Cliff Olander8562.52496.19.82200.0112.52183140.1
Team Totals47727156.817635667.513.255t265.5306.332191337572.5
Opponents Totals44123753.718228256.411.964t235.2225.054474235170.2
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTD
Lydell Mitchell575008.855t2
John Jefferson56100117.946t13
Bob Klein3441312.1242
Don Woods342958.7290
Charlie Joiner3360718.4461
Bo Matthews11787.1130
Hank Bauer10787.814t1
Artie Owens918820.9410
Pat Curran99210.2202
Larry Burton512725.455t3
Johnny Rodgers5479.4120
Dwight McDonald38428.037t1
Larry Barnes2136.570
Gregg McCrary12929.029t1
Clarence Williams11717.0170
Rickey Anderson1-3-3.0-30
Team Totals271356613.255t26
Opponents Totals237282511.964t23
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
Mike Fuller44411.0231
Glen Edwards34314.3240
Mike Williams3237.7230
Hal Stringert242.020
Pete Shaw200.000
Gary Johnson15252.052t1
Woodrow Lowe11616.0160
Jerome Dove144.040
Linden King133.030
Rick Middleton122.020
Don Goode100.000
Bob Horn100.000
Louie Kelcher100.000
Team Totals221918.752t2
Opponents Totals3047015.777t2
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20RYDSNYDSNET
Jeff West73272037.3592822356220429.4
Team Totals75272036.3592822356220429.4
Opponents Totals99380838.5690515590311831.5
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Mike Fuller391043611.2340
Johnny Rodgers115888.0150
Pete Shaw434611.5160
Artie Owens102020.0200
Mike Williams1100.000
Don Goode1000.000
Team Totals571959010.4340
Opponents Totals3793569.675t1
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Artie Owens2052426.2770
Johnny Rodgers1128726.1380
Clarence Williams614323.8330
Rickey Anderson68313.8210
Mike Fuller510921.8320
Don Woods23718.5190
Bob Horn22713.5160
Ray Preston11515.0150
Bob Klein11313.0130
Don Macek166.060
Rick Middleton155.050
Mark Slater133.030
Hal Stringert100.000
Team Totals58125221.6770
Opponents Totals69145721.1480
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
Rickey Anderson0001100
Hank Bauer200000
Larry Burton110100
Fred Dean0001100
Jerome Dove0022420
Dan Fouts10303-40
Mike Fuller101100
James Harris5202-170
Bob Horn0002200
John Jefferson0010100
Charlie Joiner200000
Leroy Jones00011320
Louie Kelcher0001100
Linden King00101140
Woodrow Lowe0001100
Don Macek100000
Bo Matthews500000
Rick Middleton0001100
Lydell Mitchell210100
Ralph Perretta0010100
Johnny Rodgers110100
Pete Shaw0001100
Billy Shields0010100
Hal Stringert0002200
Jeff West100000
Mike Williams1022190
Don Woods5101-150
Team Totals3722151631310
Opponents Totals32161620361
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