1978 San Diego Chargers season

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1978 San Diego Chargers season
Head coach Don Coryell
Home field San Diego Stadium
Results
Record 9–7
Division place 3rd AFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1977 1979 >

The 1978 San Diego Chargers season was the team's 19th season, and 9th in the National Football League.

The Chargers improved on their 7–7 record in 1977. This season included the "Holy Roller" game. It was Don Coryell's first season as the team's head coach, replacing Tommy Prothro after four games, and the team's first 16 game schedule.

Said the 2006 edition of Pro Football Prospectus,[1] "The Chargers were one of the worst franchises in the NFL before they hired Don Coryell four games into the 1978 season. The Chargers were 1–3 at the time, but finished 8–4 under Coryell, winning seven of their last eight games. Blessed with Hall of Famer Dan Fouts, the creative Coryell always designed potent offenses, but the San Diego Defense didn't catch up until 1979...."

NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1978 NFL Draft
Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 3, 1978 at Seattle Seahawks W 24–20
55,778
2 September 10, 1978 Oakland Raiders L 21–20
51,653
3 September 17, 1978 at Denver Broncos L 27–14
74,983
4 September 24, 1978 Green Bay Packers L 24–3
42,755
5 October 1, 1978 at New England Patriots L 28–23
60,781
6 October 8, 1978 Denver Broncos W 23–0
50,077
7 October 15, 1978 Miami Dolphins L 28–21
50,637
8 October 22, 1978 at Detroit Lions L 31–14
54,031
9 October 29, 1978 at Oakland Raiders W 27–23
52,612
10 November 5, 1978 Cincinnati Bengals W 22–13
43,639
11 November 12, 1978 Kansas City Chiefs W 29–23
41,395
12 November 19, 1978 at Minnesota Vikings W 13–7
38,859
13 November 26, 1978 at Kansas City Chiefs L 23–0
26,248
14 December 4, 1978 Chicago Bears W 40–7
48,492
15 December 10, 1978 Seattle Seahawks W 37–10
49,975
16 December 17, 1978 at Houston Oilers W 45–24
49,554

Standings[edit]

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Denver Broncos(3) 10 6 0 .625 7–1 8–4 282 198
Seattle Seahawks 9 7 0 .563 4–4 6–6 345 358
Oakland Raiders 9 7 0 .563 3–5 5–7 311 283
San Diego Chargers 9 7 0 .563 5–3 7–5 355 309
Kansas City Chiefs 4 12 0 .250 1–7 4–10 243 327

Roster[edit]

1978 San Diego Chargers Team Starters
Offense
14   Dan Fouts          QB
26   Lydell Mitchell    RB
33   Don Woods          FB
83   John Jefferson     WR
18   Charlie Joiner     WR
84   Bob Klein          TE
66   Billy Shields      LT
63   Doug Wilkerson     LG
62   Don Macek          C
67   Ed White           RG
70   Russ Washington    RT
Defense
68   Leroy Jones       LDE
74   Louie Kelcher     LDT
79   Gary Johnson      RDT
71   Fred Dean         RDE
50   Don Goode         LB
55   Bob Horn          LB
51   Woodrow Lowe        LB
45   Hal Stringert     LCB
29   Mike Williams  RCB
42   Mike Fuller      SS/PR
44   Pete Shaw         FS
Kicking Team
6   Rolf Benirschke   K
8   Jeff West         P
85  Artie Owens       KR

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pro Football Prospectus 2006 (ISBN 0761142177), p.73-75