1979 San Diego Chargers Statistics

National Football League (NFL)
Team Record: 12-4
Finishing 1st in the NFL's West Division of the American Football Conference
Postseason: 0-1 Lost Division Playoff
Coach: Don Coryell (12-4)
Location: San Diego, California
1979 San Diego Chargers Roster
1979 San Diego Chargers Results

The San Diego Chargers of the National Football League ended the 1979 season with a record of 12 wins and 4 losses, finishing first in the NFL's West Division of the American Football Conference. The team compiled a postseason mark of 0-1.

The Chargers moved the ball well, scoring 411 points, and the rigid defensive squad yielded 246. Dan Fouts directed the offense, slinging for 4,082 yards. Charlie Joiner paced all receivers, grabbing 72 passes, while John Jefferson accumulated 1,090 receiving yards.

Clarence Williams carried the pigskin for a team-best 752 yards for San Diego.

The sticky-fingered defense pounced on 46 turnovers. Ray Preston and Woodrow Lowe each seized 5 opponent throws.

Don Coryell coached the team. The 1979 San Diego Chargers lost in the Division Playoff.

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Player Att Comp Comp % Yds Yds/Att TDs TD % Ints Int % Long Sacked Yds Lost Rating
Dan Fouts53033262.640827.7244.5244.5652819582.6
James Harris9555.6384.200.0111.11021526.4
Mike Thomas11100.01818.000.000.01800118.8
Hank Bauer0000001130.0
Mike Fuller100.
Totals54133862.541387.6244.4254.665 31223


Player No. Yds Avg. Long TDs
Clarence Williams2007523.855 12
Mike Thomas913533.921 1
Lydell Mitchell632113.315 0
Artie Owens401513.823 1
Bo Matthews301123.722 1
Dan Fouts26491.926 2
Hank Bauer22281.38
James Harris6264.318 0
Mike Fuller100.00
Jeff West1-2-2.0-2 0
Charlie Joiner1-12-12.0-12 0
Totals48116683.555 25


Player No. Yds Avg. Long TDs
Charlie Joiner72100814.039 4
John Jefferson61109017.965 10
Clarence Williams513526.914 0
Bob Klein3742411.554 5
Mike Thomas3238812.132 0
Kellen Winslow2525510.230 2
Lydell Mitchell191598.424 1
Artie Owens1517611.732 1
John Floyd1015215.240 1
Bo Matthews7405.713 0
Greg McCrary5326.419 0
Larry Burton46215.523 0
Totals338413812.265 24


Player X/CA X/CM X/CP % FGA FGM FG % Pts.
Mike Wood312890.3141178.661
Rolf Benirschke131292.344100.024
Roy Gerela7685.77114.39
Cliff Olander11100.010.01


Player No. Yds Avg. Long
Jeff West75273636.562

Punt Returns:

Player No. Yds Avg. Long TDs
Mike Fuller464489.727 0
Pete Shaw22110.511 0
Mike Williams3196.310 0
Don Goode100.00
Totals524889.427 0

Kick Returns:

Player No. Yds Avg. Long TDs
Artie Owens3579122.640 0
Mike Fuller611519.241 0
Hank Bauer49223.031 0
Clarence Williams11919.019 0
Lydell Mitchell11515.015 0
Cliff Thrift11111.011 0
Ralph Perretta199.00
Bo Matthews144.00
Totals50105621.141 0


Player No. Yds Avg. Long TDs
Woodrow Lowe515030.077 2
Ray Preston512124.235 0
Glen Edwards49924.853 0
Mike Williams45513.850 0
Mike Fuller4399.823 0
Pete Shaw35418.030 0
Bob Horn24422.030 0
Don Goode100.00
Totals2856220.177 2

Defense and Fumbles:

Total Scoring:

Touchdowns Other Total
Player Rush Rec Punt Kick MFG Int Fum Other FG X/C Single 2Pt Saf Points
Clarence Williams120000072
Mike Wood1128061
John Jefferson1000060
Hank Bauer8000048
Bob Klein500030
Rolf Benirschke412024
Charlie Joiner0400024
Dan Fouts200012
Woodrow Lowe200012
Artie Owens11000012
Kellen Winslow200012
Roy Gerela1609
Wilbur Young100018
Lydell Mitchell0100006
Bo Matthews1000006
John Floyd10006
Mike Thomas100006
Greg McCrary000012
Cliff Olander0101