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|Colours:||Powder blue, sunshine gold & white|
|Hall of Famers:||Lance Alworth, Ron Mix, Dan Fouts, Kellen Winslow,Charlie Joiner, Fred Dean, Junior Seau, LaDainian Tomlinson, Bobby Beathard|
|Hall of Fame Coaches:||Sid Gillman|
|Rivals:||Las Vegas Raiders|
|Legends:||Lance Alworth, Junior Seau, LaDainian Tomlinson, John Hadl, Charlie Joiner, Ron Mix, Kellen Winsolw, Antonio Gates, Dan Fouts & Philip Rivers|
|Retired Numbers:||14, 19, 21 & 55|
|Super Bowl Championships:||0|
|Conference Championships:||1: 1994|
|1st 2021 Draft Pick:||#13 – Rashawn Slater|
|2021 Power Ranking:||17|
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When the Los Angeles Chargers started their rein in 1960 for the American Football League (a rival league to the National Football League), nobody thought they would leave the city after just one year.
But that was the case for the Chargers as even after winning the AFC Western division in their first year was not enough to get the fans flocking through the gate as owner Barron Hilton (who managed hotels and then created the Hilton Hotel chain), moved the franchise to San Diego, a year later.
Throughout their 55 year stint in San Diego from 1961-2016, the Chargers tasted various amounts of success (mainly in the 60s) albeit in short bursts here and there, but it was largely thanks to Hall of Fame coach Sid Gillman who made the Chargers an exciting team to watch, as they were high scoring which pleased the crowd.
With the AFL dying a slow death compared to the NFL, the Chargers introduced future Hall of Famers Lance Alworth, Kieth Lincoln, Paul Lowe and John Hadl who rejuvenated the AFL. On top of that they sparked the Chargers to five divisional championships in the first six years of the AFL, including clinching the AFC title in 1963 with a win over Boston.
By 1970, the AFL and NFL merged together to create the NFL. Meanwhile the Chargers would have to wait 13 years before they tasted the success of the 60s. Their moment came when they hired Don Coryell as coach for the 1978 to the 1986 seasons, and it paid dividends in 1979 when they won the division championship, mainly thanks to his style of play.
Coryell’s style of play was often referred to as “Air Coryell” which was a very offensive orientated game plan led by quarterback Dan Foults. With “Air Coryell” in full effect, the Chargers led the NFL in passing yards in all the years Coryell coached the team.
The Chargers then went back-to-back claiming the division titles in 1980 and 1981, as well as making back-to-back AFC Championship games during the same years, but ultimately fell short of a maiden Super Bowl berth.
It would be another 10 years before the Chargers made the playoffs this time with Bobby Ross coaching the team. After claiming the AFC West division title with a 11-5 record, they couldn’t make the most of their season as they lost the divisional round.
However, two years later the Chargers appeared in their maiden Super Bowl appearance after winning the AFC West division with a 11-5 record, then beating Miami in the division playoff and overcoming Pittsburgh by four points in the AFC Championship game, but fell to the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XXIX.
They made the playoffs the next year but crashed out in the wildcard round to the Indianapolis Colts. It would be a further eight year wait before the Chargers made the playoffs again, when in 2004 they made it to the wildcard round but fell to the New York Jets.
They made the playoffs from 2006 to 2009, but mostly fell out in the division playoffs. The closest the Chargers came to a second Super Bowl showing was in 2007, when they lost the AFC Championship game to New England.
They reached the playoffs in 2013 losing in the divisional round, which would subsequently be the last time they made the playoffs under the San Diego Chargers name. By 2016 Chargers owner Alex G. Sapos decided to move the franchise back to Los Angeles so they could play in a new stadium and enter the second biggest media market in the US.
By 2017, they returned back to LA, and although they missed the playoff by one game (they finished with nine wins which meant they ended the season in second place in the AFC West, compared to the Kansas City Chiefs who made the playoffs with 10 wins).
They made up for it a year later, when they returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2013. However, they went out in the divisional round. They couldn’t back up a playoff spot in 2019 as they finished bottom of the AFC West division with a 5-11 record.
After Week 11 of the 2020 NFL season the Chargers found themselves with a 3-7 win-loss record, with each of their seven losses having been decided by one score or less. Although Los Angeles won their final four games of the regular season to finish with a 7-9 record, the franchise fired Anthony Lynn as their head coach, attributing Lynn’s poor coaching as the reason behind their single score losses.
The shining light for the Chargers in 2020 was the Offensive Rookie of the Year season that quarterback Justin Herbert put together. After being drafted with the sixth pick in the 2020 NFL draft, Herbert got his first start in Week 2 of the NFL season and never looked back. Herbert finished his rookie year as the all-time rookie record holder in passing touchdowns (31), total touchdowns (36), completions (396), games with 300-plus passing yards (eight) and games with three-plus touchdowns (six). In Los Angeles’ Week 17 matchup at Kansas City, Herbert became the youngest player in NFL history to throw 30 touchdowns in a single season, at 22 years and 299 days old.
Herbert will enter his second year as a pro with Brandon Stanley calling the plays in Los Angeles. Stanley was hired to become the head coach of the Chargers in January of 2021.
The Chargers are a young and hungry team that showed flashes of greatness last season including a 17 point win over the Chiefs. Now the Chargers look to 2nd year quarterback Justin Herbert to propel them into the playoffs in the toughest division in football. Have the Chargers put enough pieces around the developing Herbert, or will this young team miss the playoffs again?
The Chargers enjoyed relatively good success over the past 2 decades with Phillip Rivers at the helm. This has since filled the hole caused by the departure of Rivers with Justin Herbert. Leading this Chargers squad will be first time head coach Brandon Staley. Staley is in his first year a coach of this Chargers team which looks to make the jump into the playoffs this year.
Staley is a defensive minded coach who was the defensive coordinator of the best defense in football. Staley’s one year tenure at the Rams yielded great dividends, and landed him a head coaching job. Before his role at the Rams, Staley started in 2006 as a graduate assistant for Northern Illinois.
He then continued to work as a defensive coach in college before getting an NFL coaching job with the Bears in 2017. He has since had a rapid rise to become a head coach in just his 4th in the NFL. Staley will have his work cut out for him as he tries to lead a team, notoriously ravaged by injuries.
The front office has not been super active as the roster was already decent. The key emphasis of this offseason was giving Herbert the pieces he needs to elevate his play and have a big second year jump. The biggest moves they made were signing Corey Linsley and Jared Cook to help protect Herbert as well as give him options in the passing game.
The front office also drafted tackle Rashawn Slater in the first round to protect Herbert. Slater looks to be a potential star with a good showing in the preseason. This front office has gone out and given Staley and Herbert the pieces they need to elevate, now it is up to Herbert to make the most of the offensive talent around him, and for Staley to make a good defense even better through clever scheming.
The Chargers offense last season had some poor showings, namely a 45-0 blowout loss to the Patriots, and some flashes of greatness, namely the 38-21 win against the superpower Chiefs. This year there are high expectations for this offense and for the entire unit which now has an overhauled offensive line.
They have added heavily crucial offensive line pieces in Slater, Linsley, Matt Feiler and Oday Aboushi to strengthen the pass protection unit which now has 4 new starters. The Chargers seemed to have made their line a lot better this season for Herbert.
The Chargers focal point will be the passing game which features Pro Bowl receiver Keenan Allen, the big wide receiver Mike Williams, tight end Jared Cook and the dynamic Austin Eckler. Watch for the Chargers to feed all of these talented weapons this season and allow them to make plays.
The key offensive player outside of Herbert is Austin Eckler. He is a weapon in both the run game and passing attack. Although Eckler has been a good but not great runner in the past, he should improve behind this revamped offensive line.
This Chargers offense, on paper, seems like they are primed to make a big leap. From their performance down the stretch last season, they seemed primed to continue putting up big points going into Herbert’s second year.
The defense has been one of the most injured over the past few years. This includes injuries to their All Pro Joey Bosa and Derwin James. Now with the squad seemingly healthy (fingers crossed) and with new defensive minded head coach Brandon Staley, this unit could be a top 5 unit. Although this unit certainly has holes, they have elite talent on all three levels.
The defensive line has several questions around Justin Jones and Jerry Tillery due to their inconsistency, but they are anchored by Pro Bowler Linval Joseph at nose tackle. At the linebacker position, they have good depth with Drue Tranquill and Kyzir White who will play adjacent to impactful second year Kenneth Murray. The most important player in the linebacker group and on the entire defense is the disruptive Joey Bosa.
Bosa will be the focal point for this ascending defense. The secondary looks good as well with Chris Harris Jr, Michael Davis and break out candidate Asante Samuel Jr. Overall the Chargers defense looks pretty good. Although they likely won’t be able to shut out the elite teams, they will do enough to slow them down. If the offense can play up to their full potential, this could be a team that makes it deep into the playoffs.
The Los Angeles Chargers finished the 2020 season with a win-loss record of 7-9. Contrastingly, the Chargers record against the spread was 9-7, which can be attributed to so many of their games being decided by less than one score.
The Chargers were also 9-7 when looking at total points, exceeding their total points line in nine of their 16 games last season. With Brandon Stanley taking over as the head coach, the Chargers are certain to be much better on defense in 2021 (which will affect their Over/Under early in the season), as Stanley was the architect and defensive coordinator behind the Rams No. 1 ranked defense in 2020.
Los Angeles have opened with the same odds as Arizona to win Super Bowl LVI, +3300.
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Where do the Los Angeles Chargers play?
The Los Angeles Chargers play their home games at SoFi stadium.
Who owns the Los Angeles Chargers?
Dean Spanos owns the Los Angeles Chargers.
Has the Los Angeles Chargers won an NFL Super Bowl?
The Los Angeles Chargers have never won a Super Bowl.
Who is the Los Angeles Chargers coach?
Brandon Staley was named head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers in the 2021 offseason.
Do the Los Angeles Chargers play tonight?
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What is the Los Angeles Chargers record?
The Los Angeles Chargers finished the 2020 season with a 7-9 record.
Did the Los Angeles Chargers win last night?
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How much is the Los Angeles Chargers worth?
According to Forbes magazine, the Los Angeles Chargers are with $2.5 billion.
Who do the Los Angeles Chargers play tonight?
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How to watch the Los Angeles Chargers?
You can watch the Los Angeles Chargers on CBS, NBC, FOX, ESPN, NFL Network, NFL Red Zone, DIRECTTV NFL Sunday Ticket and on Chargers.com. You can also stream Los Angeles Chargers games on the Chargers app, Yahoo sports app, CBS All Access, Fox Sports, NBC Sports, ESPN, Amazon Prime Video, DIRECTTV Sunday Ticket, NFL Sunday ticket, NFL GamePass and NFL Mobile app. You can also listen to coverage on NFL GamePass, Westwood One, TuneIn and Sirius XM.
Will the Los Angeles Chargers make the playoffs this year?
The Los Angeles Chargers did not make the playoffs last year after finishing with a 7-9 record, third in the AFC West and 11th in the AFC.
When do the Los Angeles Chargers play?
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When is the next Los Angeles Chargers game?
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Where did the Los Angeles Chargers finish the season?
The Los Angeles Chargers finished third in the AFC West and 11th in the AFC.
How many games did the Los Angeles Chargers win?
The Los Angeles Chargers won seven games in the 2020 NFL season.
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