1979 Detroit Lions season

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

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. Detroit entered the year as a favorite in the NFC Central, but a season-ending injury to quarterback Gary Danielson in the preseason forced the Lions to ultimately turn to a rookie ninth-round pick, Jeff Komlo, behind center, with disastrous results.

Offseason

NFL Draft

RoundPickPlayerPositionCollege
110Keith DorneyTacklePenn State
237Ken FantettiLinebackerWyoming
367Bo RobinsonRunning BackWest Texas A&M
488Ulysses NorrisTight EndGeorgia
492Jon BrooksLinebackerClemson
5131Walt BrownCenterPittsburgh
8213John MohringLinebackerC.W. Post
9231Jeff KomloQuarterbackDelaware
11302Eddie ColeLinebackerMississippi
12313Bob ForesterCenterBrown
12326Bryan SweeneyWide ReceiverTexas A&M-Kingsville

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Roster

Detroit Lions roster
Quarterbacks

Running Backs

  • 31 Ken Callicutt

Wide Receivers

Tight Ends

Offensive Linemen

Defensive Linemen

Linebackers
  • 50 Eddie Cole

Defensive Backs

Special Teams

Reserve Lists

Rookies in italics

Regular season

Schedule

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

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Tampa Bay Buccaneers(2) 10 6 0 .625 6–2 8–6 273 237 W1
Chicago Bears(5) 10 6 0 .625 5–3 8–4 306 249 W3
Minnesota Vikings 7 9 0 .438 5–3 6–6 259 337 L1
Green Bay Packers 5 11 0 .313 3–5 4–8 246 316 W1
Detroit Lions 2 14 0 .125 1–7 2–10 219 365 L3

Player stats

Passing

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

PlayerGamesCompAttYardsTDINTRating
Jeff Komlo161833682238112352.8
Scott Hunter1318413211169.3
Joe Reed214321642167.7
Jerry Golsteyn12916020.0
Tom Skladany20100028.6
Larry Swider14113600118.7

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Rushing

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

PlayerGamesAttYdsTDLong
Dexter Bussey16144625138
Rick Kane1694332426
Bo Robinson1487302229
Horace King1639160123
Jeff Komlo1630107216
Lawrence Gaines16235506
Freddie Scott14621018
Leonard Thompson15524016
Ken Callicut1636010
Scott Hunter132312
Joe Reed2211011
David Hill16115015
Gene A. Washington16124024
Luther Blue91−80−8
Jerry Golsteyn11000
Ed O'Neil161000
Larry Swider141000

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Receiving

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

PlayerGamesRecYdsAvgTDLong
Freddie Scott146292915.0550
David Hill164756912.1340
Leonard Thompson152445118.8282
Horace King16181508.3030
Dexter Bussey16151026.8022
Gene A. Washington161419213.7129
Bo Robinson14141188.4014
Rick Kane16910411.6136
Luther Blue9810212.8126
Ulysses Norris1644310.8134
Ken Callicutt162168.0011
Russ Bolinger161−1−1.00−1

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References

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