1979 St. Louis Cardinals (NFL) season

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1979 St. Louis Cardinals season
Head coach Bud Wilkinson
Larry Wilson interim
Owner Bill Bidwill
Home field Busch Memorial Stadium
Results
Record 5–11
Division place 5th NFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 1979 St. Louis Cardinals season was the team's 60th year with the National Football League and the 20th season in St. Louis. Bud Wilkinson would be fired in week 13 after starting 3-10, Larry Wilson would take over as interim head coach and lead the Cardinals to a 2-1 record to finish the season. Wilson however would not return for the 1980 season but would return 9 years later when the Cardinals had moved to Phoenix as Vice President and General Manager.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1979 NFL Draft
Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1979 St. Louis Cardinals staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Jerry Thompson

Strength and conditioning

  • Flexibility and Strength – Don Brown

Regular season[edit]

In his NFL debut, Ottis Anderson had 193 rushing yards.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 2, 1979 Dallas Cowboys L 22–21
50,855
2 September 9, 1979 at New York Giants W 27–14
71,370
3 September 16, 1979 Pittsburgh Steelers L 24–21
50,416
4 September 23, 1979 Washington Redskins L 17–7
50,680
5 September 30, 1979 at Los Angeles Rams L 21–0
48,160
6 October 7, 1979 at Houston Oilers W 24–17
53,043
7 October 14, 1979 Philadelphia Eagles L 24–20
48,367
8 October 21, 1979 at Dallas Cowboys L 22–13
64,300
9 October 28, 1979 Cleveland Browns L 38–20
47,845
10 November 4, 1979 Minnesota Vikings W 37–7
47,213
11 November 11, 1979 at Washington Redskins L 30–28
50,868
12 November 18, 1979 at Philadelphia Eagles L 16–13
70,235
13 November 25, 1979 at Cincinnati Bengals L 34–28
25,103
14 December 2, 1979 San Francisco 49ers W 13–10
41,593
15 December 9, 1979 New York Giants W 29–20
39,802
16 December 16, 1979 at Chicago Bears L 42–6
42,810

Standings[edit]

NFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Dallas Cowboys(1) 11 5 0 .688 6–2 10–2 371 313 W3
Philadelphia Eagles(4) 11 5 0 .688 6–2 9–3 339 282 W1
Washington Redskins 10 6 0 .625 5–3 8–4 348 295 L1
New York Giants 6 10 0 .375 1–7 5–9 237 323 L3
St. Louis Cardinals 5 11 0 .313 2–6 4–8 307 358 L1

Awards and records[edit]

  • Ottis Anderson, Associated Press Offensive Rookie of the Year[1]

Milestones[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sports Illustrated, Oct. 27, 2008, p.24, Vol. 109, No. 16