There’s two ways of looking at the 2105 NFL season for the San Diego Chargers. You can start with the obvious, point to their 4-12 record and state for the record that they were not a very good football team. Or you can choose to scratch below the surface and analyze all that happened to the Chargers during the 16-game campaign. They lost 15 players to the injured reserve list. And they lost nine of their 12 games by eight points or less. It’s easy to forget that quarterback Phillip Rivers was a MVP contender in 2014.
Rivers has got Ken Whisenhunt back as his offensive co-ordinator, which should boost both his confidence and productivity. San Diego bolstered its lines on both sides of the football, so maybe in an AFC West that figures to be up for grabs, they’ve got what it takes to grab a piece of the pie.
The Chargers are one of two AFC West teams to have called Los Angeles home during their existence, albeit for just one season.
They began life as the Los Angeles Chargers in the AFL in 1960 before moving to San Diego in 1961. The Chargers won the AFL West title in four of their first five seasons, capturing an AFL title in 1963 with a 51-10 drubbing of the Boston Patriots.
The Oakland Raiders are the other AFC West team that previously made a home in L.A. and curiously, with both the Chargers and Raiders in search of new stadiums, there’s been speculation that the two teams might relocate together to Los Angeles and share a new stadium to be built there.
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You could make the argument that the two most important games on the Chargers slate this season are home dates against the Tennessee Titans in Week 9 and the Miami Dolphins in Week 10, which at first glance might seem like an odd suggestion.
But in between those games on Nov. 8, San Diego is expected to hold a referendum on whether to construct a new stadium for the team during the city’s general election. The Chargers gathered more than 110,000 names on a petition in order to get the question added to the ballot.
If the Chargers are on a roll, people are more likely to vote yes. If they are sinking, people might say good riddance and vote no.
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If the Chargers want to made any headway up the division standings, they’ll need to make some hay within the division. The Chargers were a dismal 0-6 against AFC West opponents during the 2015 NFL season.
The Chargers were 8-8 against the spread in 2015, 6-2 on the road but a dismal 2-6 at home while suffering their first losing season since 2003. Was it an abberation or are the Chargers really as bad as their 4-12 record would indicate?
Not everyone is sold on the San Diego Chargers possessing the potential to be a turnaound team in the NFL during the 2016 season. Pro Football Focus ranked the Charger’s roster as the 22nd best in the league.
A year ago, the the same web site listed the Chargers as being the 18th best team in the league, so in their opinion, the Chargers got worse since their 4-12 campaign of a year ago.
If the Chargers’ offensive line holds up, they have enough depth of skill to be a top-10 offense in the league. But it’s the defense that figures to be San Diego’s downfall.
The Chargers allowed an appalling six yards per play last season and opposition quarterbacks completed over 64 per cent of their passes against San Diego. The Chargers also allowed nearly 38 per cent of third downs to be converted against them.
The Chargers have made the playoffs in six of the last 12 seasons and posted four double-digit win seasons during that time frame, reaching the AFC Championship Game as recently as 2007.
They’ve also won four of their last eight playoff games, so to suggest that San Diego is an up and down team would seem to be an accurate assessment of the squad.
The four teams the Chargers defeated in 2015 all posted losing seasons – the Detroit Lions (7-9), the Cleveland Browns (3-13), the Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11) and the Miami Dolphins (6-10) – and were a combined 21-43.
Historically the Chargers tend to be a streaky team. The endured one losing season through their first 10 and then went 10 seasons in a row without posting a winning record.
Five straight winning campaigns and four playoff apperances followed that, but then they trended downward again and between 1983-91 the Chargers posted one winning season and saw no postseason action.
Five straight seasons without a losing campaign and including three playoff years ensued, but then it was back to the bad days, eight successive years without a winning season or a playoff game, including a dismal 1-15 mark in 2000.
Between 2004-14, the Chargers suffered through a solitary losing season and were playoff participants six times.