1979 New York Giants season
Head Coach Ray Perkins
Home Field Giants Stadium
Results
Record 6–10
Place 4th NFC East
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Timeline
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The 1979 New York Giants season was the 55th season for the club in the National Football League. The Giants had a 6–10 record in 1979 and finished in fourth place in the National Football Conference East Division.[1]

Offseason[edit | edit source]

Before the 1979 NFL Draft, Bill Walsh, who was the new coach of the San Francisco 49ers, flew to Morehead State University with assistant coach Sam Wyche to work out quarterback Phil Simms.[2] Walsh was so impressed with him that he planned to draft Simms in the third round, actually preferring him over another young quarterback they scouted and ultimately drafted, future Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe Montana.[3] The Giants, however, decided to make Simms their first-round pick to the surprise of many.[4] As Simms acknowledged, "most people have never heard of me."[4] When Simms' name was announced by Commissioner Pete Rozelle, his selection was booed loudly by Giants fans.[5] However, he became more popular with his teammates, who jokingly dubbed him "Prince Valiant" in his rookie training camp.[6]

NFL Draft[edit | edit source]

Round Pick Player Position School
1

Regular season[edit | edit source]

Simms won his first five starts in his rookie year.[7] He led the team to a 6–4 record as a starter, throwing for 1,743 yards and 13 touchdown passes, and was named to the NFL All Rookie Team.[8] According to his 1981 Topps trading card, he was runner-up in 1979 for Rookie of the Year, losing out to future teammate Ottis Anderson.[9]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 2 at Philadelphia Eagles L 23–17
67,366
2 September 9 St. Louis Cardinals L 27–14
71,370
3 September 17 at Washington Redskins L 27–0
54,672
4 September 23 Philadelphia Eagles L 17–13
74,265
5 September 30 at New Orleans Saints L 24–14
51,543
6 October 7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 17–14
72,841
7 October 14 San Francisco 49ers W 32–16
70,352
8 October 21 at Kansas City Chiefs W 21–17
44,362
9 October 28 at Los Angeles Rams W 20–14
43,376
10 November 4 Dallas Cowboys L 16–14
76,490
11 November 11 Atlanta Falcons W 24–3
60,860
12 November 18 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 31–3
70,261
13 November 25 Washington Redskins W 14–6
72,641
14 December 2 at Dallas Cowboys L 28–7
63,787
15 December 9 at St. Louis Cardinals L 29–20
39,802
16 December 16 Baltimore Colts L 31–7
58,711

Standings[edit | edit source]

NFC East
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Dallas Cowboys 11 5 0 .688 371 313 W-3
Philadelphia Eagles 11 5 0 .688 339 282 W-1
Washington Redskins 10 6 0 .625 348 295 L-1
New York Giants 6 10 0 .375 237 323 L-3
St. Louis Cardinals 5 11 0 .313 307 358 L-1

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1979 New York Giants. Pro Football Reference. Archived from the original on 2009-05-13. Retrieved on May 9, 2009.
  2. Simms, Phil and Meier, Rick. Phil Simms On Passing. New York City: William Morrow and Company, 1998. pp. 74–75. ISBN 0-688-16108-1.
  3. King, Peter. "The Rating Game: Nfl Quarterback", Sports Illustrated, August 27, 2001, accessed May 10, 2009. ISSN: 0038 – 822X.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Katz, Michael. "Giants Defend 'Value' in Choice of Simms; Perkins Optimistic Giants Selections", The New York Times, May 5, 1979, accessed March 20, 2007.
  5. Mooney, Roger. "No team takes Phil Simms first in today's NFL", The Bradenton Herald, April 22, 2007, p. 1D.
  6. Katz, Michael. "Giants Test Simms in A Workout; Pisarcik Overweight", The New York Times, May 11, 1979, accessed March 20, 2007.
  7. Rovell, Darren. Roethlisberger in demand, ESPN, November 4, 2004, accessed January 1, 2007.
  8. Neft, David S., Cohen, Richard M., and Korch, Rick. The Complete History of Professional Football from 1892 to the Present. New York City: St. Martin's Press, 1994. p. 660. ISBN 0-312-11435-4.
  9. Topps Football (1981). Card #55.
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