1980 Green Bay Packers season

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1980 Green Bay Packers season
Head coach Bart Starr
Home field Lambeau Field
Milwaukee County Stadium
Results
Record 5–10–1
Division place 5th NFC Central
Playoff finish did not qualify

The 1980 Green Bay Packers season was their 62nd season overall and their 60th in the National Football League. The club posted a 5–10–1 record under coach Bart Starr, earning them a fifth-place finish in the NFC Central division.

Offseason

NFL Draft

1980 Packers Draft Selections
Round Overall Player Position College
1 4 Bruce Clark DT Penn State
1 26 George Cumby LB Oklahoma
2 34 Mark Lee CB Washington
3 61 Syd Kitson G Wake Forest
4 87 Fred Nixon WR Oklahoma
6 143 Karl Swanke OT Boston College
7 169 Buddy Aydelette OT Alabama
8 199 Tim Smith DB Oregon State
9 195 Kelly Saalfeld C Nebraska
10 253 Jafus White DB Texas A&I
12 310 James Stewart DB Memphis

Players highlighted in yellow indicate players selected to the Pro Bowl during their NFL career.

Personnel

Staff

1980 Green Bay Packers staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – John Marshall


[1]

Roster

1980 Green Bay Packers roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams


Rookies in italics

Regular season

Another Bad Season for Green Bay

Before the 1980 season even began, first-round draft pick Bruce Clark bolted directly for the Canadian Football League, never playing a down for the Packers. He forced a trade to the New Orleans Saints upon returning to the United States.

Green Bay regrouped and started strong by outlasting the Chicago Bears in an overtime thriller in the season opener. But with 27 players on injured reserved during the course of the year, the team was unable to replenish its roster and Green Bay suffered their 7th losing season in 8 years.

The season hit rock bottom in the rematch with the Bears. Exactly three months after the opener at Lambeau Field, Chicago exacted revenge by embarrassing its archrival 61-7 at Soldier Field.

Schedule

Date Opponent Result Score Record Venue Attendance
09/07/1980 Chicago Bears W 12–6 (OT) 1–0–0 Lambeau Field
54,381
09/14/1980 Detroit Lions L 29–7 1–1–0 Milwaukee County Stadium
53,099
09/21/1980 at Los Angeles Rams L 51–21 1–2–0 Anaheim Stadium
63,850
09/28/1980 Dallas Cowboys L 28–7 1–3–0 Milwaukee County Stadium
54,776
10/05/1980 Cincinnati Bengals W 14–9 2–3–0 Lambeau Field
55,006
10/12/1980 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers T 14–14 (OT) 2–3–1 Tampa Stadium
64,854
10/19/1980 at Cleveland Browns L 26–21 2–4–1 Cleveland Stadium
75,548
10/26/1980 Minnesota Vikings W 16–3 3–4–1 Lambeau Field
56,191
11/02/1980 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 22–20 3–5–1 Three Rivers Stadium
52,165
11/09/1980 San Francisco 49ers W 23–16 4–5–1 Milwaukee County Stadium
54,475
11/16/1980 at New York Giants L 27–21 4–6–1 Giants Stadium
76,609
11/23/1980 at Minnesota Vikings W 25–13 5–6–1 Metropolitan Stadium
47,234
11/30/1980 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 20–17 5–7–1 Milwaukee County Stadium
54,225
12/07/1980 at Chicago Bears L 61–7 5–8–1 Soldier Field
57,176
12/14/1980 Houston Oilers L 22–3 5–9–1 Lambeau Field
53,201
12/21/1980 at Detroit Lions L 24–3 5–10–1 Pontiac Silverdome
75,111

Standings

NFC Central
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Minnesota Vikings(3) 9 7 0 .563 5–3 8–4 317 308 L1
Detroit Lions 9 7 0 .563 5–3 9–5 334 272 W2
Chicago Bears 7 9 0 .438 5–3 7–5 304 264 W1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 5 10 1 .344 1–6–1 4–7–1 271 341 L3
Green Bay Packers 5 10 1 .344 3–4–1 4–7–1 231 371 L4

Game summaries

Week 2: Detroit Lions

1 2 3 4 Total
Lions 3 13 6 7 29
Packers 0 7 0 0 7

at Milwaukee County Stadium, Milwaukee

  • Date: September 14
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: 64°F, wind 14 mph
  • Box Score

Awards and records

Hall of Famers

In 1980 Packer great Herb Adderley was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

References

  1. ^ "All Time Coaches Database". Packers.com. Retrieved February 22, 2011. 
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