An original AFL team, the San Diego Chargers were a power right from that league’s first season in 1960. San Diego played in the first AFL Championship Game and in five of the first six AFL title games, winning in all in 1963 via a resonding 51-10 victory over the Boston Patriots. During their AFL history, the Chargers endured just one losing season, but things went south following the AFL-NFL merger in 1970. As a member of the AFC West, the Chargers endured seven successive losing seasons from 1970-76.
The skid included a 2-11-1 campaign in 1973 and a 2-12 season in 1975 in which San Diego won its last two games to avoid becoming the first team in NFL history to go 0-14.
The original owner of the San Diego Chargers was Paris Hilton’s grandfather. Lamar Hunt, longtime owner of the Kansas City Chiefs, convinced Barron Hilton of the Hilton Hotel empire to put an AFL franchise in Los Angeles for the AFL’s first season in 1960.
Even though the Chargers made it to the AFL final, Hilton opted to relocate the team in 1961 to San Diego rather than but heads for a fanbase with the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams. With the assistance of San Diego Union sports editor Jack Murphy, Hilton helped to get Qualcomm Stadium, the team’s current home, constructed in 1965.
The Chargers continued to be the dominant team in the AFL West right up until Hilton sold the team in 1966.
In the late 1970s under head coach Don Coryell, the Chargers finally found their legs and won three straight AFC West titles from 1979-81 and made four successive playoff appearances from 1979-82.
Another period of success was enjoyed from 1992-95, with three playoff spots earned and the franchise’s first and so far only Super Bowl appearance. From 2004-14, San Diego posted eight winning seasons and made a half dozen playoff apperances, which leaves a question to be answered – was the 4-12 mark posted by the Chargers in 2015 an abberation or an indication of the beginning of another downward trend for the team?
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San Diego’s third season under head coach Mike McCoy was their first losing season since 2012 and the first time the Chargers have suffered double digit setbacks in a season since 2003.
Curiously, as bad as they were in the standings, from a betting standpoint they weren’t nearly as bad. Against the spread the Chargers were 8-8, and oddly enough, a much better wager on the road, where they went 6-2 against the spread.
Compare that to an awful 2-6 mark at Qualcomm Stadium. Even though in real time, San Diego was 1-7 on the road in terms of the scoreboard result last season.
Thanks to a last-place finish, the Chargers will draw the benefit of the NFL’s balanced last-place schedule in 2016. Of their 16 regular-season games, 10 are against teams that didn’t make the playoffs in 2015 and in five of those games San Diego will face teams that like the Chargers, lost more than 10 games last season.
Even so, the Chargers figure to be hard-pressed to avoid another double-digit loss campaign. Just one of San Diego’s last nine victories have come against a team that posted a winning record.
Are the San Diego Chargers a good bet to be one of NFL’s surprise teams during the 2016 season?
USA Today thinks so, listing them as the top NFL team that’s likely to make a turnaround. Factors that could lead to a rebound by the Chargers would include a healthier outlook for the team, which has been riddled with serious injury each of the past two seasons.
And Ken Whisenhunt is back as San Diego’s offensive co-ordinator and the last time he filled that role in 2014. Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers was an NFL MVP candidate.
If the San Diego Chargers want to get back on track, two areas in need of improvement are the running game and the offensive line.
Melvin Gordon, their 2015 first round draft pick, struggled as a rookie with just 3.5 yards per game, five fumbles, and no touchdowns on the ground, his season ultimately sidetracked by a micro fracture to the knee that required surgery.
San Diego’s offensive line allowed 40 sacks in 2015. Among AFC West teams, only the Kansas City Chiefs (46) were higher. The Chargers permitted 107 quarterback hits, the worst total of any AFC West team.
They created the lowest per carry rushing average of any NFL team (3.5 yards) and also blocked the way to an NFL-low four touchdowns on the ground.