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1979 San Diego Chargers (NFL) 1st place American Football Conference Western Division 12-4-0 .750
Head Coach: Don Coryell
Offensive BacksEarnel Durden
Offensive CoordinatorJoe Gibbs
Assistant Head Coach/Offensive LineJim Hanifan
Special TeamsWayne Sevier
Defensive CoordinatorJacki Simpson
Defensive BacksLarrye Weaver
ReceiversErnie Zampese
DayDateOpponentScoreLocationVenueAttendanceNotes
Sun9/2/1979ASeattle Seahawks33-16WSeattle, WAKingdome62287
Sat8/4/1979ASan Francisco 49ers10-13LSan Francisco, CACandlestick Park32275
Sat8/11/1979HMinnesota Vikings19-0WSan Diego, CASan Diego Stadium49037
Sun9/9/1979HOakland Raiders30-10WSan Diego, CASan Diego Stadium50255
Sun9/16/1979HBuffalo Bills27-19WSan Diego, CASan Diego Stadium50709
Sat8/18/1979ANew York Giants7-3WEast Rutherford, NJGiants Stadium22341
Sun9/23/1979ANew England Patriots21-27LFoxborough, MASchaefer Stadium60916
Sat8/25/1979ALos Angeles Rams7-23LLos Angeles, CAMemorial Coliseum50089
Sun9/30/1979HSan Francisco 49ers31-9WSan Diego, CASan Diego Stadium50893
Sun10/7/1979ADenver Broncos0-7LDenver, COMile High Stadium74997
Sun10/14/1979HSeattle Seahawks20-10WSan Diego, CASan Diego Stadium50007
Sun10/21/1979ALos Angeles Rams40-16WLos Angeles, CAMemorial Coliseum64245
Thu10/25/1979AOakland Raiders22-45LOakland, CAOakland-Alameda County Coliseum53709
Sun11/4/1979AKansas City Chiefs20-14WKansas City, MOArrowhead Stadium59353
Sun11/11/1979ACincinnati Bengals26-24WCincinnati, OHRiverfront Stadium40782
Sun11/18/1979HPittsburgh Steelers35-7WSan Diego, CASan Diego Stadium52426
Sun11/25/1979HKansas City Chiefs28-7WSan Diego, CASan Diego Stadium50078
Sun12/2/1979HAtlanta Falcons26-28LSan Diego, CASan Diego Stadium50198
Sun12/9/1979ANew Orleans Saints35-0WNew Orleans, LALouisiana Superdome61059
Mon12/17/1979HDenver Broncos17-7WSan Diego, CASan Diego Stadium51906
Sat12/29/1979HHouston Oilers14-17LSan Diego, CASan Diego Stadium51192AFC Divisional Playoff
Non-league game. Playoff game. A=Away game. H=Home game. N=Neutral site game. W=Win. L=Loss. T=Tie. OT=Overtime.
NoPlayerPosHtWtAgeCollegeGPGS
60Dan AudickLOG6'325025Hawaii164
37Hank BauerRB5'1020025California Lutheran160
6Rolf BenirschkeK6'016524California-Davis40
28Willie BuchanonLCB6'018929MiraCosta JC; San Diego State1616
87Larry BurtonWR6'119328Purdue120
71Fred DeanRDE6'322727Louisiana Tech1312
73Charles DeJurnettLDE-RDE6'426527West Los Angeles JC; San Jose State124
48Jerome DoveCB6'119026Hutchinson CC; Colorado State160
47Frank DuncanS6'118823San Mateo JC; San Francisco State40
27Glen EdwardsFS6'018532Florida A&M1513
86John FloydWR6'119523Louisiana-Monroe82
14Dan FoutsQB6'321028Oregon1616
42Mike FullerSS5'918226Auburn1615
9Roy GerelaK5'1018531New Mexico State30
50Don GoodeLLB6'224028Kansas121
12James HarrisQB6'322132Grambling State80
55Bob HornMLB6'323925Oregon State1616
83John JeffersonWR6'120123Arizona State1515
79Gary JohnsonRDT6'225527Grambling State1615
18Charlie JoinerWR5'1118632Grambling State1616
68Leroy JonesLDE6'824529Norfolk State1615
74Louie KelcherDT6'529026Southern Methodist10
57Linden KingLB6'424724Colorado State161
84Bob KleinTE6'523532Southern California1514
69John LeeRDE6'225926Nebraska102
51Woodrow LoweRLB6'022725Alabama1614
62Don MacekC-OG6'227025Boston College96
41Bo MatthewsFB6'322228Colorado160
88Gregg McCraryTE6'323227Clark Atlanta140
26Lydell MitchellHB5'1119830Penn State125
10Cliff OlanderQB6'518724New Mexico State40
24Artie OwensHB5'1118226West Virginia162
53Ralph PerrettaC6'225226Purdue160
52Ray PrestonLLB6'022125Syracuse1616
56Bob RushC6'527024Memphis1610
44Pete ShawFS5'1017825Northwestern163
66Billy ShieldsLOT6'828126Georgia Tech1616
45Hal StringertCB5'1118527Willamette; Hawaii151
22Mike ThomasHB5'1119026Oklahoma; Nevada-Las Vegas149
59Cliff ThriftLB6'223423East Central160
70Russ WashingtonROT6'629533Missouri1616
8Jeff WestP6'321826Cincinnati160
67Ed WhiteROG6'226432California1616
63Doug WilkersonLOG6'325632North Carolina Central1212
40Clarence WilliamsFB5'1018524South Carolina1616
29Mike WilliamsRCB5'1018626Louisiana State1616
80Kellen WinslowTE6'525122Missouri71
16Mike WoodK5'1119925Southeast Missouri State90
33Don WoodsRB6'119128New Mexico Highlands; New Mexico150
99Wilbur YoungLDT6'628530William Penn1616
DRAFT LISTRoundOverallPosCollegeNotes
Kellen Winslow113TEMissourifrom CLE
Cliff Thrift373LBEast Central
John Floyd4104WRLouisiana-Monroefrom HOU
Wilbert Haslip82105BHawaii
Alvin Garrett9237WRAngelo State
Tony Petruccio10265DTPenn Statefrom PHI
Al Green10269DBLouisiana State
Dave Rader11295QBTulsa
Frank Duncan12321DBSan Francisco State
SCORING BY QUARTERS1st2nd3rd4thOT
Team Totals8013593103
Opponents Totals82424874
TEAM STATSTOP1ST DOWNSRushPassPen3RD DOWNAttPct4TH DOWNAttPctPENYDS
Team Totals31:35330114192248720542.4108908
Opponents Totals28:25268117132197320835.1100812
SCORINGTDX1X1APCTFGFGAPCTSAFPTS
Clarence Williams120000072
Mike Wood0283190.3111478.6061
John Jefferson100000060
Hank Bauer80000048
Bob Klein50000030
Rolf Benirschke0121392.344100.0024
Charlie Joiner40000024
Dan Fouts20000012
Woodrow Lowe20000012
Artie Owens20000012
Kellen Winslow20000012
Roy Gerela06785.71714.309
Wilbur Young1000018
John Floyd1000006
Bo Matthews1000006
Lydell Mitchell1000006
Mike Thomas1000006
Gregg McCrary0000012
Cliff Olander011100.0010.001
Team Totals52475290.4162661.52411
Opponents Totals32283287.581266.71246
FIELD GOALSMADEATTPCT1-1920-2930-3940-4950+
Rolf Benirschke44100.00/02/21/11/10/0
Roy Gerela1714.30/01/20/20/30/0
Cliff Olander010.00/00/00/00/10/0
Mike Wood111478.60/04/46/61/10/3
Team Totals162661.50/07/87/92/60/3
Opponents Totals81266.71/11/16/60/40/0
RUSHINGATTYDSAVGLGTD
Clarence Williams2007523.855t12
Mike Thomas913533.9211
Lydell Mitchell632113.3150
Artie Owens401513.8231
Bo Matthews301123.7221
Dan Fouts26491.9262
Hank Bauer22281.368
James Harris6264.3180
Mike Fuller100.000
Jeff West1-2-2.0-20
Charlie Joiner1-12-12.0-120
Team Totals48116683.555t25
Opponents Totals47519074.03319
PASSINGATTCOMPCTINCYDSY/ATTY/COMLGTDTD%INTINT%TSYLNYPRTG
Dan Fouts53033262.617440827.712.365t244.5244.528195388782.6
Mike Thomas11100.001818.018.01800.000.00018118.8
Mike Fuller100.0100.000.000.000039.6
James Harris9555.63384.27.61000.0111.12152326.4
Hank Bauer00000113-13
Team Totals54133862.517841387.612.265t244.4254.631223391581.6
Opponents Totals47226155.318328816.111.084t112.3285.942332254956.6
RECEIVINGRECYDSAVGLGTD
Charlie Joiner72100814.0394
John Jefferson61109017.965t10
Clarence Williams513526.9140
Bob Klein3742411.554t5
Mike Thomas3238812.1320
Kellen Winslow2525510.2302
Lydell Mitchell191598.4241
Artie Owens1517611.732t1
John Floyd1015215.2401
Bo Matthews7405.7130
Gregg McCrary5326.4190
Larry Burton46215.5230
Team Totals338413812.265t24
Opponents Totals261288111.084t11
INTERCEPTIONSINTYDSAVGLGTD
Woodrow Lowe515030.077t2
Ray Preston512124.2350
Glen Edwards49924.8530
Mike Williams45513.8500
Mike Fuller4399.8230
Pete Shaw35418.0300
Bob Horn24422.0300
Don Goode100.000
Team Totals2856220.177t2
Opponents Totals2527911.2961
PUNTINGNOYDSAVGLGBLTBI20RYDSNYDSNET
Jeff West75273636.5620923204235231.4
Team Totals75273636.5620923204235231.4
Opponents Totals83338040.7742712488275233.2
PUNT RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Mike Fuller4674489.7270
Mike Williams30196.3100
Pete Shaw222110.5110
Don Goode1000.000
Team Totals5294889.4270
Opponents Totals34182046.0320
KICKOFF RETURNSNOFCYDSAVGLGTD
Artie Owens3579122.6400
Mike Fuller611519.2410
Hank Bauer49223.0310
Clarence Williams11919.0190
Lydell Mitchell11515.0150
Cliff Thrift11111.0110
Ralph Perretta199.090
Bo Matthews144.040
Don Woods01010L0
Team Totals50106621.3410
Opponents Totals72153521.3104t1
FUMBLESNOLOSTOWNOPPRECYDSTD
Hank Bauer110100
Willie Buchanon00011240
Fred Dean0003320
Jerome Dove0002220
Glen Edwards0002200
Dan Fouts13606-200
Mike Fuller4101-80
James Harris1101-70
Bob Horn0001100
Gary Johnson1112360
Charlie Joiner100000
Leroy Jones0001130
Linden King0002200
Bob Klein0010100
Woodrow Lowe0001120
Bo Matthews110100
Lydell Mitchell200000
Artie Owens100000
Billy Shields0010100
Mike Thomas420200
Cliff Thrift0011200
Doug Wilkerson0010100
Clarence Williams120200
Kellen Winslow100000
Wilbur Young0003331
Team Totals3112191837371
Opponents Totals3018910190
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