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1980 San Diego Chargers season

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Record  11–5
Head coach  Don Coryell
Start date  1980
Division place  1st AFC West
Owner  Eugene V. Klein
Home field  Qualcomm Stadium
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General manager  Johnny Sanders (Since 1976)
Playoff finish  Won Divisional Playoffs (Bills) (20–14) Lost Conference Playoffs (Raiders) (27–34)
Pro Bowlers  8 QB Dan Fouts TE Kellen Winslow WR John Jefferson WR Charlie Joiner G Doug Wilkerson DE Fred Dean DT Gary Johnson DT Louie Kelcher
AP All-Pros  9 QB Dan Fouts TE Kellen Winslow WR John Jefferson WR Charlie Joiner G Doug Wilkerson LB Woodrow Lowe DE Fred Dean DT Gary Johnson DT Louie Kelcher
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1980 san diego chargers season top 5 facts

The 1980 San Diego Chargers season began with the team trying to improve on their 12–4 record in 1979. They won their first playoff game in 17 years. The season ended with loss to the Raiders in the playoffs.


Dan Fouts broke his own record with over 4,500 yards passing, with 30 touchdowns. The Chargers finished #1 in total offense #2 in scoring. The defensive unit finished #6, leading the NFL with 60 QB sacks. The Chargers finished 11-5, winning the tiebreaker with the Oakland Raiders for the AFC West crown.

To help bolster a sagging running game,Running back Chuck Muncie was traded from the New Orleans Saints mid-season.

The Chargers Achilles heel that season was turnovers which they led the league in giveaways. In the divisional playoff a 50-yard touchdown pass from Fouts to Ron Smith in the final 3 minutes of the game lifted the Chargers. In the AFC Championship Game big plays and turnovers got the Chargers down, 28 to 7. The Chargers comeback fell short as the Raiders hung on to win 34 to 27, with Oakland running out the final 7 minutes of the 4th quarter.

Week 2

SD: Glen Edwards 2 INT, Willie Buchanon INT


1980 San Diego Chargers Team Starters Rookies in italics Offense 14 Dan Fouts QB 40 Clarence Williams RB 25 John Cappelletti FB 83 John Jefferson WR 18 Charlie Joiner WR 80 Kellen Winslow TE 66 Billy Shields LT 63 Doug Wilkerson LG 62 Don Macek C 67 Ed White RG 60 Dan Audick RT Defense 68 Leroy Jones LDE 74 Louie Kelcher LDT 79 Gary Johnson RDT 71 Fred Dean RDE 52 Ray Preston LB 55 Bob Horn LB 51 Woodrow Lowe LB 28 Willie Buchanon LCB 29 Mike Williams RCB 44 Pete Shaw SS 27 Glen Edwards FS Kicking Team 6 Rolf Benirschke K 17 Rick Partridge P 42 Mike Fuller PR 46 Chuck Muncie KR

Awards and records

  • John Jefferson, NFL Leader in Receiving Yards, (1,340)
  • Kellen Winslow, Second in NFL in Receiving Yards, (1,290)
  • Milestones

  • The San Diego Chargers became the first team in NFL history to have three of its receivers with over 1,000 receiving yards.
  • References

    1980 San Diego Chargers season Wikipedia

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