1979 New York Giants season

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1979 New York Giants season
Head coach Ray Perkins
General manager George Young
Owner Timothy J. Mara
Wellington Mara
Home field Giants Stadium
Results
Record 6–10
Division place 4th NFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1978 1980 >

The 1979 New York Giants season was the 55th season for the club in the National Football League. The Giants had a 6–10 record in 1979 and finished in fourth place in the National Football Conference East Division.[1]

The Giants were one of three franchises, not including the Seattle Seahawks (an expansion team that began play in 1976), which did not make the playoffs during any year of the 1970s. The others were the New York Jets and New Orleans Saints.[2]

Offseason[edit]

Before the 1979 NFL Draft, Bill Walsh, who was the new coach of the San Francisco 49ers, flew to Morehead State University with assistant coach Sam Wyche to work out quarterback Phil Simms.[3] Walsh was so impressed with him that he planned to draft Simms in the third round, actually preferring him over another young quarterback they scouted and ultimately drafted, future Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Montana.[4] The Giants, however, decided to make Simms their first-round pick to the surprise of many.[5] As Simms acknowledged, "most people have never heard of me."[5] When Simms' name was announced by Commissioner Pete Rozelle, his selection was booed loudly by Giants fans.[6] However, he became more popular with his teammates, who jokingly dubbed him "Prince Valiant" in his rookie training camp.[7]

NFL Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position School
1

Regular season[edit]

Simms won his first five starts in his rookie year.[8] He led the team to a 6–4 record as a starter, throwing for 1,743 yards and 13 touchdown passes, and was named to the NFL All Rookie Team.[9] According to his 1981 Topps trading card, he was runner-up in 1979 for Rookie of the Year, losing out to future teammate Ottis Anderson.[10]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 2, 1979 at Philadelphia Eagles L 23–17
67,366
2 September 9, 1979 St. Louis Cardinals L 27–14
71,370
3 September 17, 1979 at Washington Redskins L 27–0
54,672
4 September 23, 1979 Philadelphia Eagles L 17–13
74,265
5 September 30, 1979 at New Orleans Saints L 24–14
51,543
6 October 7, 1979 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 17–14
72,841
7 October 14, 1979 San Francisco 49ers W 32–16
70,352
8 October 21, 1979 at Kansas City Chiefs W 21–17
44,362
9 October 28, 1979 at Los Angeles Rams W 20–14
43,376
10 November 4, 1979 Dallas Cowboys L 16–14
76,490
11 November 11, 1979 Atlanta Falcons W 24–3
60,860
12 November 18, 1979 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 31–3
70,261
13 November 25, 1979 Washington Redskins W 14–6
72,641
14 December 2, 1979 at Dallas Cowboys L 28–7
63,787
15 December 9, 1979 at St. Louis Cardinals L 29–20
39,802
16 December 16, 1979 Baltimore Colts L 31–7
58,711

Game summaries[edit]

Week 6[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Buccaneers 0 7 0 7 14
• Giants 0 14 0 3 17

[11]

Standings[edit]

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Dallas Cowboys(1) 11 5 0 .688 6–2 10–2 371 313
Philadelphia Eagles(4) 11 5 0 .688 6–2 9–3 339 282
Washington Redskins 10 6 0 .625 5–3 8–4 348 295
New York Giants 6 10 0 .375 1–7 5–9 237 323
St. Louis Cardinals 5 11 0 .313 2–6 4–8 307 358

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1979 New York Giants". Pro Football Reference. Archived from the original on 2009-05-13. Retrieved May 9, 2009. 
  2. ^ 2000 National Football League Record & Fact Book. New York City: Workman Publishing Company. 2000. pp. 293–295. ISBN 0-7611-1982-5. 
  3. ^ Simms, Phil and Meier, Rick. Phil Simms On Passing. New York City: William Morrow and Company, 1998. pp. 74–75. ISBN 0-688-16108-1.
  4. ^ King, Peter. "The Rating Game: Nfl Quarterback", Sports Illustrated, August 27, 2001, accessed May 10, 2009. ISSN: 0038 – 822X.
  5. ^ a b Katz, Michael. "Giants Defend 'Value' in Choice of Simms; Perkins Optimistic Giants Selections", The New York Times, May 5, 1979, accessed March 20, 2007.
  6. ^ Mooney, Roger. "No team takes Phil Simms first in today's NFL", The Bradenton Herald, April 22, 2007, p. 1D.
  7. ^ Katz, Michael. "Giants Test Simms in A Workout; Pisarcik Overweight", The New York Times, May 11, 1979, accessed March 20, 2007.
  8. ^ Rovell, Darren. Roethlisberger in demand, ESPN, November 4, 2004, accessed January 1, 2007.
  9. ^ Neft, David S., Cohen, Richard M., and Korch, Rick. The Complete History of Professional Football from 1892 to the Present. New York City: St. Martin's Press, 1994. p. 660. ISBN 0-312-11435-4.
  10. ^ Topps Football (1981). Card #55.
  11. ^ "Tampa Bay Buccaneers 14 at New York Giants 17". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved October 18, 2013.