1979 Detroit Lions season

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1979 Detroit Lions season
Head coach Monte Clark
Home field Pontiac Silverdome
Results
Record 2–14
Division place 5th NFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 1978 1980 >

The 1979 Detroit Lions season was the 50th season in franchise history. In the midst of what was a major rebuilding project, The woeful Lions finished the season with the worst record in the NFL and would have the first pick overall in the 1980 NFL Draft.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position College
1 10 Keith Dorney Tackle Penn State
2 37 Ken Fantetti Linebacker Wyoming
3 67 Bo Robinson Running Back West Texas A&M
4 88 Ulysses Norris Tight End Georgia
4 92 Jon Brooks Linebacker Clemson
5 131 Walt Brown Center Pittsburgh
8 213 John Mohring Linebacker C.W. Post
9 231 Jeff Komlo Quarterback Delaware
11 302 Eddie Cole Linebacker Mississippi
12 313 Bob Forester Center Brown
12 326 Bryan Sweeney Wide Receiver Texas A&M-Kingsville

[1]

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 1, 1979 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 31–16
68,225
2 September 9, 1979 Washington Redskins L 27–24
54,991
3 September 16, 1979 at New York Jets L 31–10
49,612
4 September 23, 1979 Atlanta Falcons W 24–23
56,249
5 September 30, 1979 Minnesota Vikings L 13–10
75,295
6 October 7, 1979 at New England Patriots L 24–17
60,629
7 October 14, 1979 at Green Bay Packers L 24–16
53,930
8 October 21, 1979 at New Orleans Saints L 17–7
57,428
9 October 28, 1979 Buffalo Bills L 20–17
61,911
10 November 4, 1979 at Chicago Bears L 35–7
50,108
11 November 11, 1979 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 16–14
70,461
12 November 18, 1979 at Minnesota Vikings L 14–7
43,650
13 November 22, 1979 Chicago Bears W 20–0
66,219
14 December 2, 1979 at Philadelphia Eagles L 44–7
66,128
15 December 9, 1979 Miami Dolphins L 28–10
78,087
16 December 15, 1979 Green Bay Packers L 18–13
57,376

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Standings[edit]

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Tampa Bay Buccaneers(2) 10 6 0 .625 6–2 8–6 273 237
Chicago Bears(5) 10 6 0 .625 5–3 8–4 306 249
Minnesota Vikings 7 9 0 .438 5–3 6–6 259 337
Green Bay Packers 5 11 0 .313 3–5 4–8 246 316
Detroit Lions 2 14 0 .125 1–7 2–10 219 365

Roster[edit]

Detroit Lions roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists
  • Currently vacant

Rookies in italics

Player stats[edit]

Passing[edit]

Note: Comp = Completions; ATT = Attempts; TD = Touchdowns; INT = Interceptions

Player Games Comp Att Yards TD INT Rating
Jeff Komlo 16 183 368 2238 11 23 52.8
Scott Hunter 13 18 41 321 1 1 69.3
Joe Reed 2 14 32 164 2 1 67.7
Jerry Golsteyn 1 2 9 16 0 2 0.0
Tom Skladany 2 0 1 0 0 0 28.6
Larry Swider 14 1 1 36 0 0 118.7

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Rushing[edit]

Note: Att = Attempts; Yds = Yards; TD = Touchdowns

Player Games Att Yds TD Long
Dexter Bussey 16 144 625 1 38
Rick Kane 16 94 332 4 26
Bo Robinson 14 87 302 2 29
Horace King 16 39 160 1 23
Jeff Komlo 16 30 107 2 16
Lawrence Gaines 16 23 55 0 6
Freddie Scott 14 6 21 0 18
Leonard Thompson 15 5 24 0 16
Ken Callicut 16 3 6 0 10
Scott Hunter 13 2 3 1 2
Joe Reed 2 2 11 0 11
David Hill 16 1 15 0 15
Gene A. Washington 16 1 24 0 24
Luther Blue 9 1 −8 0 −8
Jerry Golsteyn 1 1 0 0 0
Ed O'Neil 16 1 0 0 0
Larry Swider 14 1 0 0 0

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Receiving[edit]

Note: Rec = Receptions; Yds = Yards; Avg = Average Yards per Reception; TD = Touchdowns

Player Games Rec Yds Avg TD Long
Freddie Scott 14 62 929 15.0 5 50
David Hill 16 47 569 12.1 3 40
Leonard Thompson 15 24 451 18.8 2 82
Horace King 16 18 150 8.3 0 30
Dexter Bussey 16 15 102 6.8 0 22
Gene A. Washington 16 14 192 13.7 1 29
Bo Robinson 14 14 118 8.4 0 14
Rick Kane 16 9 104 11.6 1 36
Luther Blue 9 8 102 12.8 1 26
Ulysses Norris 16 4 43 10.8 1 34
Ken Callicutt 16 2 16 8.0 0 11
Russ Bolinger 16 1 −1 −1.0 0 −1

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Awards and records[edit]

References[edit]