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    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 3
    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
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    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

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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
    Denver
    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
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    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
    Denver
    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

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    Okay I had a tough year with the San Diego Padres.....finished 6th in the NL West (dead last again) for the 4th time in a row....I finished 66-96; six games better in the win column than the previous season. Starting Pitcher Randy Jones had a team high 41 starts and finished 19-19 with an ERA of 3.15 and 190 strikeouts. SS Steve Huntz and LF Dan Thomas led team with 16 home runs. It was a tough run......We suffered numerous injuries thru the year and are hoping for better prospects for the next season. The New York Mets swept the California Angels 4-0 for the World Series Title....Mets Pitcher Nolan Ryan was the World Series MVP. Now give me a week to get caught back up on my Football Mogul Dynasty and I will get the ball....rolling and maybe get the SAN DIEGO!!!!! Chargers a Super Bowl Title......

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    Tuesday, September 27, 1977

    League round up

    “Titans improve to 4-0” – The New York Times

    Harvey Johnson’s New York Titans dismantled the Philadelphia Eagles 45-14 Sunday afternoon at Veterans Stadium. Titans signal caller Richard Todd threw for 224 yards and 2 touchdowns. Rookie fullback Rob Carpenter added 80 yards on the ground and 2 scores. On the defensive side of the ball, cornerback Mike Holmes picked off two Ron Jaworski passes. “We had a game plan and executed it to perfection. It was a heck of a performance,” commented Johnson after the game.

    “Lynch guides Green Bay to another victory” – Green Bay Press – Gazette

    Mike Lynch threw for 251 yards and 3 touchdowns en route to a 31-10 win over the hapless St. Louis Stampede. Green Bay’s linebacking trio of Carr, Carnell, and Dusek prevented St Louis from establishing any kind of tempo all afternoon.

    Other scores from around the league
    Toronto 17 @ Arizona 10; WR Drew Pearson 5 receptions, 78 yds, 1 td
    Cleveland 7 @ Kansas City 46; QB Travis Wilson 20/29, 217 yds, 3 td
    Cincinnati 34 @ Baltimore 20; QB James Hamilton 21/35, 4 td, 1 int
    San Francisco 0 @ Los Angeles 20; WR Emmitt Edwards 10 receptions, 110 yds, 1 td
    New Orleans 16 @ Tampa Bay 7; RB Sam Cunningham 131 tot yds, 1 td
    Seattle 20 @ Minnesota 16; QB Bo Levi Mitchell 26/39, 287 yds, 2 td
    Pittsburgh 28 @ Washington 17; QB Terry Bradshaw 20/34, 3 td 1 int
    Dallas 21 @ Detroit 23; WR Sam Dickerson 6 receptions, 146 yds, 1 td
    Chicago 20 @ Oakland 3; QB Alex Ross 27/41, 2 td, 1 int
    Tennessee 7 @ Jacksonville 35; QB Bob Griese 26/34, 3 td, 1 int
    New England 45 @ Oklahoma City 7; RB Steve Owens 128 tot yds, 4 td

    Top performances from Week 4
    Western Football Conference
    QB Archie Manning, New Orleans Saints, 324 passing yards
    RB Sam Cunningham, New Orleans Saints, 97 rushing yards
    WR Sam Dickerson, Detroit Lions, 146 receiving yards
    LB Frank Nunley, San Francisco 49ers, 12 tackles
    Eastern Football Conference
    QB James Hamilton, Cincinnati Bengals, 319 passing yards
    RB Ed Davis, Kansas City Chiefs. 106 rushing yards
    WR Charlie Joiner, San Diego Chargers, 129 receiving yards
    LB Adam Duhe, Tennessee Rebels, 13 tackles

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    NAFL EFC Quarterly report
    Eastern Conference Standings
    EFC EAST
    New York 4-0; New England 3-1; Baltimore 1-3; Washington 0-3; Philadelphia 0-4
    EFC CENTRAL
    Jacksonville 3-1; Pittsburgh 3-1; Houston 2-1; Tennessee 2-2; Cincinnati 1-3; Cleveland 0-3
    EFC WEST
    San Diego 4-0; Kansas City 3-1; Seattle 3-1; Denver 1-3; Oakland 1-3

    EFC Passing Yards Leaders
    Bob Griese (JAX) 1,319; Jim Plunkett (NE) 1,216; Joe Reed (BAL); 1,055; Dan Fouts (SD) 998; Terry Bradshaw (PIT) 960; Travis Wilson (KC) 944; James Hamilton (CIN) 940; Richard Todd (NY) 915; Jordan West (TN) 893; Ken Stabler (OAK) 828

    EFC Rushing Yards Leaders
    Chuck Muncie (SD) 456; Larry Crowe (JAX) 424; John Brockington (PIT) 334; Dickie Post (TN) 317; Ed Davis (KC) 310; Mark Van Eeghen (OAK) 281; Steve Owens (NE) 264; Hoyle Granger (HOU) 256; Rob Carpenter (NY) 254; Greg Pruitt (SEA) 244

    EFC Receiving Yards Leaders
    Boyd Dowler (JAX) 532; Otis Taylor (KC) 325; Roger Carr (NE) 323; Charlie Joiner (SD) 320; Danny Burnette (PIT) 295; John Cathey (SD) 289; Isaac Curtis (CIN) 263; James Fuller (SEA) 257; Dwight Scales (TN) 254; Roy Jefferson (BAL) 247

    EFC Tackles Leaders
    Monte Johnson (SEA) 37; Kim Bokamper (TN) 32; Fred Forsberg (DEN) 30; Frank LeMaster (PHI) 30; Adam Duhe (TN) 29; Tom Jackson (DEN) 28; Randy Gradishar (DEN) 27; Thomas Hyatt (PHI) 27; Fred Dean (SD) 27; Waymond Bryant (CIN) 26

    EFC Sack Leaders
    Monte Johnson (SEA) 7; Bobby Bell (KC) 6; Waymond Bryant (CIN) 5; Al Atkinson (NY) 5; Wade Brantley 5; Bubba Smith (BAL) 4.5; Cory Russo (JAX) 4.5; Willie Lanier (KC) 4.5; Dwight White (PIT) 4.5

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    NAFL WFC Quarterly report
    WFC SOUTH
    New Orleans 3-0; Carolina 2-1; Atlanta 2-1; Dallas 1-3; Tampa Bay 1-3
    WFC NORTH
    Green Bay 4-0; Chicago 3-1; Detroit 3-1; Toronto 2-1; Minnesota 0-4
    WFC WEST
    Los Angeles 2-2; Oklahoma City 2-2; St. Louis 1-2; Arizona 1-3; San Francisco 1-3

    WFC Passing Yards Leaders
    Alex Ross (CHI) 1,346; Roger Staubach (DAL) 1,302; David Dawson (DET) 1,054; Mike Lynch (GB) 1,050; Archie Manning (NO) 1,036; Bert Jones (LA) 1,012; Bobby Mercer (SF) 870; Greg Cook (OKC) 830; Bobby Scott (TOR) 811; Gary Huff (ARI) 767

    WFC Rushing Yards Leaders
    Chuck Foreman (MIN) 316; Tony Dorsett (DET) 312; Jimmie Lee Jones (CAR) 302; Curtis Brown (GB) 288;
    Lawrence McCutcheon (LA) 266; Robert Newhouse (DAL) 231; Walter Payton (CHI) 223; James Johnson (TB) 210; George Amundson (STL) 207; Sam Cunningham (NO) 182

    WFC Receiving Yards Leaders
    Herman Franklin (DAL) 486; Sam Dickerson (DET) 412; Golden Richards (MIN) 354; Elmo Wright (OKC) 343; Nat Moore (SF) 325; Steve Holden (GB) 314; Byron Matthews (TOR) 296; Bob Wallace (CHI) 285; Dan Fortmann (CHI) 283; Lance Rentzel (DAL) 273

    WFC Tackles Leaders
    Kevin Reilly (ARI) 33; Dave Wilcox (SF) 32; Frank Nunley (SF) 32; Matt Blair (MIN) 30; Skip Vanderbundt (SF) 29; Patrick Williams (TB) 28; Jon Holt (LA) 27; David Rowe (ARI) 26; John Andrews (MIN) 26; Bob Breunig (DAL) 25

    WFC Sack Leaders
    Doug Buffone (CHI) 5.5; Jon Holt (LA) 5.5; Matt Blair (MIN) 5.5; Fred Carr (GB) 5; Joe Rizzo (LA) 4.5; Randy White (DAL) 4; Mike Kadish (OKC) 4; Jack Youngblood (OKC) 4; Ken Hutcherson (TOR) 3.5; John Dutton (ARI) 3

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    Thursday, September 29, 1977

    “Bolts head into much needed bye week” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    Veteran and fan favorite running back Mike Montgomery returned to practice Thursday afternoon. “It was nice to see Monte back in full gear. He is definitely one of our team leaders,” commented Coach Coryell about is veteran back. Coryell also mentioned that linebacker David Wright, safety Clarence Duran, and receiver Dwight McDonald were all full participants at Thursday’s practice for the Bolts. As fans recall, David Wright left last week’s game in Denver early in the first with an apparent knee injury and did not return. San Diego’s coaching staff has been quiet all week concerning the injury and possible loss of playing time for the veteran team captain. However, most of southern San Diego breathed a sigh of relief when it was announced today that Wright had suited up.“A quarter of the way through the season and heading into the bye week at 100 percent……sure that feels good……but we got a long way to go……right now I am just focused on Dick Vermeil’s Eagles….” Coach Coryell continued at his Thursday afternoon ‘meet the press’ conference.

    The Denver camp has reported the second year sensation Tony Leonard will remain sidelined for the next seven weeks with ruptured knee ligaments. Leonard had started 20 consecutive games for the Broncos. He has recorded 61 tackles , 12 passes defended, and 7 interceptions since been drafted number one in 1976.”Losing him puts a serious strain on our defensive secondary, “mentioned a disappointed Coach Red Miller hen he addressed the press concerning Leonard’s injury.

    Other significant injuries reported around the league include:
    WR Cliff Branch, Oakland Raiders, 5 weeks torn quadriceps
    LB Jim Youngblood, Oklahoma City, 7 weeks stretched knee ligament
    T Kyle Petty, Seattle, out for season torn labrium (hip)

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    Friday, September 30, 1977

    “Trade alert” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    The Direction of Football Operations, Edwin Altizer and GM Johnny Sanders met up with Nicholas McKenzie and Bernie Erickson Friday morning to discuss a couple of interesting trade options presented to the organization over the past week. With the salary cap looming at 1.3 million, several players yet to be extended past the current season, and the trade deadline fast approaching, it has become a bit of challenge for the front office. The Chicago Bears GM Jim Finks contacted Sanders this past Tuesday shopping for a receiver to replace wide out Lester McClain, who will be sitting out the rest of the 77’ campaign with a serious knee injury. “They were looking to deal for a receiver and gave us a great option,” Sanders announced Friday afternoon. “Rodgers is headed to Chicago and in return we get a veteran cornerback and a 5th round pick in 79’ draft. Willie Alexander will join the team on Monday. I think Willie is looking forward to his new role in a Chargers uniform and understands at the end of the day we have a business to run,” continued Sanders. Willie Alexander is in his seventh season in the NAFL, all with Chicago, and has 228 tackles, 29 passes defended, and 10 interceptions while appearing in 90 games. Sanders also mentioned that some cap space has been freed up and that rookie running back Clarence Williams will take over kick and punt return duties for the remainder of the season. Receiver Johnny Rodgers was not immediately available for any comment concerning the move.

    In addition, rookie wide out Gerald Butler has been promoted from the practice squad and will suit up as part of the 53 man roster next week when the Bolts take on Philadelphia. To make room for Alexander, cornerback Sam Williams has been designated for assignment. If he passes through waivers, Williams will join the practice squad next week. Williams, who spent most of last season on the practice squad, is eligible for his final stint on the squad due to only suiting up for 4 games this season.

    Within two hour of the move, Sanders and Altizer also announced that receiver Dwight McDonald has signed a contract extension keeping him in a Chargers uniform through the 1978 season. McDonald’s extension is worth a total of $620,000 over two seasons ($310,000 a year) and included a $30,000 signing bonus. “I love San Diego and this coaching staff. I am glad I get an opportunity to continue my career here. The Fans are awesome,” mentioned McDonald when Warner caught up with him Friday afternoon. Coach Coryell was not available for comment due ot scheduled meetings, but OC Ernie Zampese was indifferent about the Rodgers trade. “He is a talented guy. The Bears got themselves a heck of a ball player there.”

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    Monday, October 3, 1977

    “Eags, Viks, Dogs and Feds 0-17 thru first five weeks of NAFL season” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    The Philadelphia Eagles entered their bye week with a 0-4 record. They have been outscored by their opponents 62-144. It does not get any easier for Vermeil and his crew as they travel to San Diego for a week 6 showdown with the Bolts. Aging Vet Fran Tarkenton and his Minnesota Vikings lost an intense defensive struggle with the Carolina Panthers 6-3 to drop to 0-5 on the young season. Tarkenton, who has thrown for 45,704 and has two super bowl rings, is having a rough 77’ campaign. Coach Nick Skorich took his Cleveland Browns to Pittsburgh to face the divisional rival Steelers. Pitt outlasted the Dogs 28-24 and handed Skorich his worst start in his 8 years in Cleveland. The Washington Federals traveled west to the Music City and dropped a heart breaker to the Tennessee Rebels 20-16. Despite the loss, Feds wide out Charley Taylor hauled in 16 receptions for 205 yards. The 14 year vet has collected 873 receptions, 12,549 yards and 98 touchdowns, and is well on his way to the Hall of Fame.

    “Last of the WFC undefeated; Pack improves to 5-0” – Green Bay Press – Gazette

    Curtis Brown, Jim Jensen, and Ron Johnson combined for 159 yards on the ground and Mike Lynch added another 193 through the air as the Pack downed the Atlanta Falcons 20-13. “We played a great game, on both side of the ball, against a solid team,” stated Coach Starr when the press caught up with him after the game. “We still have eleven games to go…..no sense talking undefeated season just yet.” Green Bay has a tough match up next weekend as division rival Chicago Bears, who are coming off a 17-13 victory over the Detroit Lions, travel to Wisconsin. Both teams are a combined 9-1 through the first 5 weeks of the 77’ campaign.

    Scores from around the league
    Oklahoma City 45 @ Arizona 17; WR Elmo Wright 6 receptions, 162 yards, 2 td
    Denver 17 @ Seattle 35; FB Jim Harrison 142 total yards, 1 td
    New England 21 @ Baltimore 16; QB Jim Plunkett 22/37, 272 yards, 3 td
    Oakland 14 @ Kansas City 27; WR Otis Taylor 4 receptions, 63 yards, 1 td
    St. Louis 10 @ Los Angeles 31; RB Lawrence McCutcheon 111 total yards, 1 td
    Tampa Bay 13 @ Toronto 24; QB Bobby Scott, 18/23, 233 yards, 3 td
    Dallas 30 @ New Orleans 7; QB Roger Staubach 25/36, 294 yards, 3 td
    Houston 3 @ Cincinnati 20; QB James Hamilton 20/33, 237 yards, 2 td
    Jacksonville 24 @ New York 20; WR Boyd Dowler 8 receptions, 137 yards, 2 td

    Top performances from Week 5
    Western Football Conference
    QB Greg Cook, Oklahoma City Outlaws, 353 passing yards
    RB Clark Gaines, Arizona Wranglers, 128 rushing yards
    WR Elmo Wright, Oklahoma City Outlaws, 162 receiving yards
    LB John Andrews, Minnesota Vikings, 14 tackles
    Eastern Football Conference
    QB Joe Theismann, Washington Federals, 346 passing yards
    RB Greg Pruitt, Seattle Seahawks, 118 rushing yards
    WR Charley Taylor, Washington Federals, 205 receiving yards
    LB Wade Brantley, New York Titans, 13 tackles
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    Thursday, October 6, 1977

    “Woods inks extension” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    It was reported early Thursday morning that the San Diego front office and Don Woods had worked out a deal keeping him a in Bolts uniform through the 1978 season. The deal is, reportedly, worth $510,000 a year over the course of next two seasons and includes a$20,000 signing bonus. “My starting eleven are locked up thru the 1978 season……that was good news to here today,” Mentioned Offensive Coordinator Ernie Zampese when the press cornered him after practice. Woods has appeared in 51 games, starting 42, and has 1,742 yards rushing. He also has 86 receptions for 776 yards and has a total of 17 rushing/receiving touchdowns.

    “San Diego welcomes Philly to Southern California this weekend” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    (0-4) Philadelphia Eagles @ (4-0) San Diego Chargers pre-game report
    Location/time: San Diego Stadium; San Diego, California; 1 PM start time
    Last meeting: November 30, 1975; San Diego 20 @ Philadelphia 38
    All time record: 1-2
    Point spread: -10.5 (SD)
    Power Rank: San Diego 1; Philadelphia 27

    First Year NAFL Head Coach Dick Vermeil will be looking for a lot of firsts this weekend, included his first NAFL victory, as he takes his Eagles to the west coast for a showdown with Air Coryell. Vermeil will be relying on fifth year vet Ron Jaworski to get the Eagles their first win of the 77’ campaign. Jaws has thrown for 10,254 yards and 71 touchdowns. Philadelphia will arrive in San Diego with the 26th ranked offense and the 29th ranked defense in the league.

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    Sunday, October 9, 1977
    Philadelphia Eagles @ San Diego Chargers
    Location: San Diego Stadium
    Attendance: 52,596
    Weather: Cloudy 79 degrees; Wind from the SW 5 mph
    Game MVP: Dan Fouts

    “Fouts throws 4 TD’s as Bolts down Philly” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    The San Diego Chargers improved to 5-0 on the season after sweeping aside the Philadelphia Eagles 35-14 Sunday afternoon. The Bolts drew first blood with 39 seconds left in the first quarter. Dan Fouts found Dwight McDonald wide open in the end zone for a 15 yard strike. It was McDonald’s first touchdown reception of his career. He would finish the day with 4 receptions for 45 yards and a touchdown. McDonald replaced Charlie Joiner early in the first after an apparent injury left him headed to the locker room. Shortly thereafter, Eagles running back Ernie Davis went to work scoring on a 2 yard plunge with 6:55 left in the second and 1 yard reception at the 3:38 mark. Then Fouts and his offense got on a roll and a 28-0 scoring run to storm past the visiting Eagles. It, however, may turn out to be a costly victory for the Bolts as Mike Fuller, Leroy Jones, and Keith Harris joined Joiner in the locker room before the game concluded Sunday afternoon. “We played a great game today….but we suffered some key injuries…..I have do not have any information as of yet….I will meet with the medical staff a little later this evening. Until then I have nothing,” commented Coryell after his Bolts put another mark in the win column. Coryell was quick to point out that rookie safety Pete Shaw got his first career interception playing for an injured Mike Fuller.

    Game Information
    First Quarter
    SD – TD Dwight McDonald 15 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Gary Ellsworth kick); 7-0 SD
    Second Quarter
    PHI – TD Ernie Davis 2 yard run (Edward Seigler Kick); 7-7
    PHI – TD Ernie Davis 1 yard pass from Ron Jaworski (Edward Seigler kick) 14-7 PHI
    SD – TD John Cathey 11 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Gary Ellsworth kick) 14-14
    Third Quarter
    SD – TD John Cathey 13 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Gary Ellsworth kick) 21-14 SD
    SD – TD John Cathey 8 yard pass from Dan Fouts (Gary Ellsworth kick) 28-14 SD
    Fourth Quarter
    SD – TD Chuck Muncie 3 yard run (Gary Ellsworth kick) 35-14 SD

    Top performers
    San Diego
    QB Dan Fouts 22-35-1, 268 yards, 4 td
    RB Chuck Muncie 18 carries, 66 yards, 1 td; 7 receptions, 75 yards
    WR John Cathey 7 receptions, 89 yards, 3 td
    WR Dwight McDonald 4 receptions, 45 yards, 1 td
    LB Fred Dean 8 tackles, 1 sack
    DE Gary Johnson 4 tackles, 2 sacks
    LB David Wright 4 tackles, 1 sack
    Philadelphia
    QB Ron Jaworski 15-29-1, 179 yards, 1 td
    RB Ernie Davis 11 carries, 42 yards, 1 td; 2 receptions, 22 yards, 1 td
    TE John Sawyer 8 receptions, 78 yards
    LB Frank LeMaster 9 tackles
    LB Ron Hornsby 7 tackles

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

    Monday, October 10, 1977

    “Injury report – Jones and Harris sidelined” – David Warner, san Diego Tribune

    Charlie Joiner, Mike Fuller, Leroy Jones and Keith Harris all departed Sunday’s game with apparent injuries. This afternoon the medical staff reported to Coach Coryell that two defensive players will not be returning to practice right away. Defensive end Leroy Jones, who is in his third season with the Bolts, suffered a chipped knee cap. The injury will keep the 6’8”, 263 lb defensive end out of Norfolk State on the sidelines for the next five weeks. Jones has started 22 games in a Chargers uniform and has 44 tackles and 3 recorded sacks to his name. To make matters worse backup defensive end Keith Harris hobbled off the field late in the fourth quarter with an apparent ankle injury. Harris will miss next week's game against Denver with a strained ankle. Rookie defensive end Dave Lindstrom will get his first NAFL start. In addition, defensive end John Grant has been called up from the practice squad and will suit up for next Sunday’s game. “We are going be really thin at the defensive end position for next week’s game. We got Lindstrom starting…..and Grant is our only backup,” mentioned Defensive Coordinator Jackie Simpson Monday evening. “I have heard talk of signing veteran free agent Wes Miller….but I think it’s only talk at this time,” added Simpson. Good news for the Bolts is that Joiner and Fuller suffered only minor injuries and should be available for next week’s contest. “Both men have not been released for practice…but it is only Monday. I suspect they both will be ready to go by Wednesday,” stated Coach Coryell when pushed about the condition of his starting wide out and safety.

    Scores from around the league
    St. Louis 20 @ Atlanta 24; QB Sean Goldrich25/36, 250 yds, 2 td
    New Orleans 16 @ Houston 6; QB Archie Manning 18/29, 1 td, 1 int
    Tennessee 10 @ Pittsburgh 28; WR Danny Woodhead 8 rec, 99 yds, 1 td
    Cincinnati 17 @ Dallas 10; WR Isaac Curtis 8 rec, 100 yds, 1 td
    Arizona 3 @ Minnesota 27; QB Fran Tarkenton 24/28, 289 yds, 3 td
    Oklahoma City 27 @ San Francisco 21; QB Greg Cook 25/39, 3 td , 1 int
    Washington 24 @ Denver 16; QB Joe Theismann 18/29, 3 td, 1 int
    Cleveland 24 @ New England 14; RB Robert Hudson 143 tot yds, 1 td
    Carolina 24 @ Tampa Bay 13; WR Terry Metcalf 5 rec, 113 yds, 1 td
    Toronto 28 @ Detroit 35; QB David Dawson 22/32, 2 td, 2 int
    Baltimore 6 @ New York 15; WR Rich Caster 6 rec, 88 yds
    Chicago 13 @ Green Bay 20; QB Mike Lynch 20/32, 177 yds, 2 td
    Seattle 13 @ Oakland 22; Ken Stabler 25/35, 1 td, 2 int

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