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  1. #151
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    Re: The San Diego Chargers "Glory Road....or not"

    Tuesday, September 20, 1977

    League round up

    “Huff sidelined for 4 weeks” – The Arizona Republic

    Coach Jurgensen and the Arizona Wranglers will head into the next four weeks without one of the best signal callers in NAFL. Gary Huff suffered an apparent injury with 8:20 left in the fourth quarter of last Sunday’s loss to the New England Patriots. Huff was later diagnosed with a torn hamstring. Backup quarterback Parnell Dickinson out of Southern Mississippi will fill the role as the starter in his absence. Arizona lost to New England 27-13

    “The Pack improves to 3-0” – Green Bay Press – Gazette

    In a key WFC North matchup the Green Bay Packers held off the Detroit Lions 16-10. Starting running back Curtis Brown broke the century for the first time in his career. He finished the day with 111 yards on the ground. Wide out Steve Holden was on the receiving end of 8 receptions in the victory. Coach Starr praised his defense for holding down rookie sensation Tony Dorsett to 44 yards rushing and 55 yards receiving.

    “New York quietly improves to 3-0” – The New York Times

    Titans Head Coach Harvey Johnson improved to 70-40-4 as the lead man in New York with a 14-13 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Express. Richard Todd threw for 257 yards and 1 touchdown. His main target was Ricky Feacher, who caught 5 passes for 94 yards. Linebacker Wade Brantley helped hold Bert Jones and his Express offense down with 9 tackles and 2 sacks.

    Other scores from around the league
    Tampa Bay 14 @ Atlanta 37; WR Ron Shanklin 6 receptions, 104 yards, 2 TD
    Houston 17 @ Jacksonville 13; RB Hoyle Granger 116 total yards
    Philadelphia 24 @ Seattle 35; RB Greg Pruitt 157 total yards, 2 TD
    Minnesota 7 @ Chicago 35; RB Walter Payton 130 total yards, 2 TD
    Baltimore 17 @ St. Louis 28; WR John Gilliam 7 receptions, 99 yards, 2 TD
    Oklahoma City 24 @ Dallas 31; QB Roger Staubach 24/42, 4 TD 1 INT
    Carolina 10 @ Tennessee 42; QB Jordan West 24/37, 265 yards, 3 TD
    Oakland 16 @ Denver 17; WR Tom Reynolds 5 receptions, 88 yards, 1 td
    Cincinnati 6 @ Pittsburgh 23; WR Danny Burnette 6 receptions, 102 yards
    Washington 10 @ San Francisco 33; WR Nat Moore 9 receptions, 184 yards, 1 TD

    Top performances from Week 2
    Western Football Conference
    QB Roger Staubach, Dallas Texans, 368 passing yards
    RB George Amundson, St. Louis Stampede, 126 rushing yards
    WR Nat Moore, San Francisco 49ers, 184 receiving yards
    LB Charlie Weaver, Los Angeles Express, 10 tackles
    Eastern Football Conference
    QB Jim Plunkett, New England Patriots 337 passing yards
    RB Chuck Muncie, San Diego Chargers, 159 yards rushing
    WR Boyd Dowler, Jacksonville Bulls, 166 receiving yards
    LB Fred Dean, San Diego Chargers, 13 tackles
    Last edited by CATLEW2002; 05-09-2017 at 12:51 AM.

  2. #152
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    Re: The San Diego Chargers "Glory Road....or not"

    Thursday, September 22, 1977

    Thursday practice report

    The Director of Football Operations, Edwin Altizer and General Manager Johnny Sanders confirmed the rumors that possible trade negotiations may have begun with several teams. Both men would not comment much further other to say that there are some options available to the team at this moment. When reached for a comment, Coach Coryell really had nothing much to say, “I leave the operations of the organization to those guys and focus on coaching who I have on my roster.” With the player salary budget approaching $1.3 million of the cap it has become clear not all contract negotiations will end on the side of San Diego. “We have budget goals we have to meet, per league rules, and there eleven players whose career’s currently do not extend past the 1977 season,” remarked Johnny Sanders. I would love to get all those guys inked to contract extensions. However, I know it is just not going to happen.” Sanders noted that three players Johnny Rodgers, Don Woods, and Brandon Stewart are of particular importance.

    “Fouts suits up for practice” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    Dan Fouts had a rough afternoon last Sunday against a bull rushing defense that planted him into the ground seven times. Though a little battered, he has still found a way to participate in practice this week. “We have been watching him closely and limited his time of the field which gave him more time to watch game film,” commented Offensive Backs Coach Earnel Durden Thursday evening. Durden also mentioned that running back Clarence Williams will back up Muncie, as Mike Montgomery is still recovering from a sprained ankle he suffered in last week’s game.

    Week 4 league injury report
    QB Gary Huff, Arizona, will miss the next 4 weeks with a torn hamstring
    T Phillip LaPorta Jr, Cincinnati, is out ofr the next 7 weeks with a broken foot
    RB Paul Robinson, Cincinnati, will be sidelined for the next 4 weeks with a sprained ankle
    CB Emmitt Thomas, Kansas City, is out for the next 3 weeks with a foot stress fracture
    WR Freddie Solomon, Los Angeles, will miss the next 7 weeks with a fractured forearm
    T Doug Davis, Minnesota, will be sidelined for the next 6 weeks with a broken finger
    DT Gerald Irons, New York, is out for the next 9 weeks with a stretched knee ligament

    Week 4 free agent tracker
    The Arizona front office announced this week that they have signed veteran defensive end Ron McDole to a one year deal. McDole. who is in his 17th season, has 110 career sacks, good for 4th all time.
    The Atlanta Falcon organization has signed ex-colt tight end Grant Gardner to a 2 year deal. Gardner is in his 6th NAFL season.
    Defensive end Rodney Trout out the University of Temple has come to terms with the Carolina Panthers. Trout is entering his 8th season in the league. In addition, the Carolina front office also announced that aging veteran linebacker Lee Roy Jordan will also be joining the team.
    The Dallas Texans have signed free agent guards Timothy Williams (Michigan) 6th season and Sam Gruneisen (Villanova) 16th season.
    The Express have announced that veteran center Ray Mansfield (Washington; 15th season) will join the team on Friday.
    The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to terms with tackle Steve Alexakos (San Jose State) 8th season

  3. #153
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    Friday, September 23, 1977

    “Bolts travel to Mile High Stadium face the Broncos” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    (3-0) San Diego Chargers @ (1-2) Denver Broncos pre-game report
    Location/time: Mile High Stadium; Denver, Colorado; 1 PM start time
    Last meeting: November 7, 1976; Denver 28 @ San Diego 38
    All time record: 5-8-1
    Point spread: -8 (SD)
    Power Rank: San Diego 1; Denver 29

    The San Diego Chargers head to Mile High Stadium this weekend to face off against the Denver Broncos. San Diego, who moved into the top spot in the power rankings this past week, take the 4th ranked offense (453 YPG) and the 9th ranked defense (309.3 YPG) into Colorado. Dan Fouts hopes to rebound after perhaps his worst performance in recent memory. He will face the 18th ranked defense in the league (11th against the pass, 236.3 YPG; 29th against the run, 162.3 YPG) “Muncie and Woods could have a field day. They are not having much success stopping the run this season,” mentioned Coach Coryell Friday afternoon. “But it is a division rival game….so anything can happen. The last time we were in Denver we lost 28-24.”

    Injury report
    San Diego
    RB Mike Montgomery is out for 1 week with a sprained ankle
    Denver: none

    Team leaders
    San Diego
    Passing leader: Dan Fouts 61-89, 682 yards, 10 TD, 68.5 PCT, 7.66 yds/att, QBR 128.4
    Rushing leader: Chuck Muncie 65 carries, 411 yards
    Receiving leader: John Cathey 20 receptions, 237 yards, 6 tds
    Tackle leader: Fred Dean 23 tackles (20 solo/3 assist)
    Sack leader: David Wright 3.5 sacks
    Interception leader: Ron Bolton 3 INT
    Passing leader: Bill Nelsen 31-104-9, 436 yards, 2 TD, 29.8 PCT, 6.64 yds/att; QBR 14.6
    Rushing leader: Otis Armstrong 29 carries, 120 yards
    Receiving leader: Tom Reynolds 10 receptions, 160 yards
    Tackle leader: Fred Forsberg 24 tackles (20 solo/4 assist)
    Sack leader: Randy Gradishar 3.5 sacks
    Interception leader: Steve Foley 3 INT

    Week 4 Power Rankings
    1. San Diego Chargers
    2. Green Bay Packers
    3. Pittsburgh Steelers
    4. New Orleans Saints
    5. Chicago Bears
    6. Oklahoma City Outlaws
    7. Jacksonville Bulls
    8. Seattle Seahawks
    9. Kansas City Chiefs
    10. Toronto Argonauts
    Last edited by CATLEW2002; 05-07-2017 at 09:51 AM.

  4. #154
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    Re: The San Diego Chargers "Glory Road....or not"

    Sunday, September 25, 1977
    Chargers @ Broncos
    Location: Mile High Stadium; Denver, Colorado
    Attendance: 65,708
    Weather: Sunny 61 degrees; wind, calm
    Game MVP: Dan Fouts

    “Fouts throws 4 touchdown passes in rout at Mile High Stadium” David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    Dan Fouts tossed 4 touchdown passes as his San Diego Chargers dismantled the Denver Broncos 38-10. A long kickoff return by ace return man Johnny Rodgers set up the first score of the day. Fouts found running back Chuck Muncie for a 4 yard strike with 13:30 left in the first. Fouts would again strike gold in the first hooking up with wide out John Cathey on an 18 yard strike to the back of the end zone. “It’s always good to jump on an opponent. I would love to start every game with a 14-0 lead,” commented Coach Coryell after the game. Fouts threw his first interception of the season with 5:35 left in the second when Tony Leonard stepped in front of a pass intended for Charlie Joiner. The turnover set up Denver’s first score of the afternoon. Backup quarterback Dan Pastorini, playing for Bill Nelsen who had left the game with an apparent shoulder injury, found receiver Tom Reynolds for a 16 yard touchdown pass. Bolts kicker Gary Ellsworth added a 44 yard field goal to end the scoring in the first thirty and his team took a 17-7 lead into half time. Dan Pastorini and his Broncos began the third quarter with a 9 play, 71 yard drive that ended with a Chester Marcol 26 yard field goal. “When you establish a tempo and march down the field….it’s disappointing to come away with only 3. Especially when you’re playing a high octane offence like Coach Coryell’s got,” mentioned Broncos coach Red Miller after the loss. Fouts and his corps of offensive weapons returned the favor on the next drive with an 11 play, 80 yard drive that was capped off with a Don Woods 1 yard touchdown plunge. Bolts tight end Bob Klein added another six to the score with his first touchdown reception in a Chargers uniform and his team took a 31-10 lead into the final quarter. Fouts added his final touchdown pass of the day with 5:12 left in the game. He connected with fullback Don Woods for 11 yards and extended the lead to 38-10. “It was a great game. Dan was on target all afternoon…..and our defense….well they played out of their minds today,” added an excited Coach Coryell at his post game press conference.

    Game Information
    First Quarter
    SD – TD Chuck Muncie 4 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Gary Ellsworth kick 7-0 SD
    SD – TD John Cathey 18 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Gary Ellsworth kick); 14-0 SD
    Second Quarter
    DEN – TD Tom Reynolds 16 yard pass from Dan Pastorini (Chester Marcol kick); 14-7 SD
    SD – FG Gary Ellsworth 44 yards; 17-7 SD
    Third Quarter
    DEN – FG Chester Marcol 26 yards; 17-10 SD
    SD – TD Don Woods 1 yard run (Gary Ellsworth kick); 24-10 SD
    SD – TD Bob Klein 8 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Gary Ellsworth kick); 31-10 SD
    Fourth Quarter
    SD – TD Don Woods 11 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Gary Ellsworth kick) 38-10 SD

    Top Performers
    San Diego
    QB Dan Fouts 26-36-1, 316 yards, 4 TD
    RB Chuck Muncie15 carries, 75 yards; 6 receptions, 26 yards, 1 TD
    FB Don Woods 6 carries, 46 yards, 1 TD; 3 receptions, 25 yards 1 TD
    WR Charlie Joiner 8 receptions, 129 yards
    DT Wally Chambers 5 tackles
    LB Woodrow Lowe 7 tackles
    S Bruce Laird 7 tackles
    QB Dan Pastorini 15-38-2, 214 yards, 1 TD
    TE Chad Caparella 7 receptions, 96 yards
    WR Tom Reynolds 4 receptions, 75 yards, 1 TD
    LB John Carroll 11 tackles
    LB Tom Jackson 9 tackles
    S Steve Foley 7 tackles

  5. #155
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    Re: The San Diego Chargers "Glory Road....or not"

    For those of you following this Football Mogul dynasty....I am on pause for the time being while playing my baseball mogul; I will start up again soon; thanks
    Last edited by CATLEW2002; 06-02-2017 at 11:46 PM.

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