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Looking at the Chargers worst moments since 1987

The team-by-team tour of the worst moments for each NFL franchise since the last work stoppage took us today to sunny (we assume) San Diego, where the local football team has from time to time performed just well enough to rip out the hearts of the fan base.

We’ve picked the four worst moments, and Wednesday’s PFT Live counted them down from four to one.

After you’ve finished watching the clip, feel free to find a quiet spot where you can don a helmet with a dark visor and pout.

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15 Responses to “Looking at the Chargers worst moments since 1987”
  1. cornellsteelers says: Jun 1, 2011 3:47 PM

    How about the 2008 Divisional Game at Pittsburgh? If the Chargers win that game they host the WC Ravens in the AFC Championship and then get the Cardinals in the SB. That might have been the Chargers’ best ever chance to win a SB, especially considering the way they ended the 2008 regular season and the “team of destiny” feel they had.

  2. jgrange says: Jun 1, 2011 4:22 PM

    Chargers will never win a Super Bowl. They are Cali’s red headed step child, forever.

  3. citizenstrange says: Jun 1, 2011 4:30 PM

    It seemed like the Chargers just kind of blew it all apart when they fired Marty Schottenheimer.

    Every coach takes some tough, tough, playoff losses. Ask Belichick.

  4. humb0lt says: Jun 1, 2011 4:41 PM

    citizenstrange – Not so fast, think about it…

    In Norv’s first year as HC the Bolts won two playoff games, advancing to the AFC Championship game.

    The following year Norv’s Bolts again won a playoff game, beating the Colts in Indy.

    I would argue that Norv’s first two seasons were more successful than any season Marty had in San Diego.

    However…the early playoff exit in 2009 put Norv on Marty’s level and last year’s underachieving performance did make me pine for Marty again.

  5. lightninglucci says: Jun 1, 2011 5:09 PM

    I’m not sure if other Bolt fans would agree with me, but that Super Bowl lost doesn’t quite feel like a “worst” moment. My expectations were just not that high, and I had more of “just happy to be there” feeling going into that game.

    I’d put Merriman’s knee injury in that top 4. He had 17 sacks in 12 games after the suspension. The following year he had 10.5 sacks in 14 games until that injury. Since then? 6 sacks in 3+ years. This has been the problem with the defense. Great stats, but no playmaker, thus making the defense exploitable at times.

    But certainly, that 2006 loss to NE was the worse. Dominated the first half and then found every conceivable way to keep giving the ball back to NE:

    1. Two dropped third down passes – Parker.
    2. Fumbled punt – Parker.
    3. Defensive personal foul (head-butt) on a failed NE third down – Florence.
    4. The INT-fumble – McCree.

    All in the second half. Arggh. Yes, if the pain still hurts, then it’s a worst moment.

  6. vikesfansteve says: Jun 1, 2011 5:27 PM

    humbolt that game vs Indianapolis was in San Diego genius.

  7. djrando7 says: Jun 1, 2011 5:43 PM

    humb0lt says:
    Jun 1, 2011 4:41 PM
    citizenstrange – Not so fast, think about it…

    In Norv’s first year as HC the Bolts won two playoff games, advancing to the AFC Championship game.

    The following year Norv’s Bolts again won a playoff game, beating the Colts in Indy.

    I would argue that Norv’s first two seasons were more successful than any season Marty had in San Diego.

    However…the early playoff exit in 2009 put Norv on Marty’s level and last year’s underachieving performance did make me pine for Marty again.
    __________________________________

    Please tell me you are kidding me… NORV’s Bolts? The Chargettes were only good those years because of the team Schotty built.

    The Chargettes will keep wearing their skirts, talking big, with NOT ONE RING to show for it. The small window is CLOSED.

  8. panamon says: Jun 1, 2011 5:57 PM

    AJ Smith built that team and after Schottenheimer lost in the 2006 playoffs he lost his entire staff.

  9. jcdavey2011 says: Jun 1, 2011 6:07 PM

    for me it was hearing about the death of rodney culver

    as for games , it was pretty much ryan leaf’s time in sd

    as for the whole marty / norv thing

    norv’s not as bad as that soul sucking playoff pariah marty schottenheimer

  10. dasmol says: Jun 1, 2011 6:55 PM

    LightningLucci summed it up perfectly:
    —————————————————–
    But certainly, that 2006 loss to NE was the worse. Dominated the first half and then found every conceivable way to keep giving the ball back to NE:

    1. Two dropped third down passes – Parker.
    2. Fumbled punt – Parker.
    3. Defensive personal foul (head-butt) on a failed NE third down – Florence.
    4. The INT-fumble – McCree.

    All in the second half. Arggh. Yes, if the pain still hurts, then it’s a worst moment.
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    The McCree fumble and it’s ramifications, though going 1-15 was pretty damn bad.

    As bad as the loss was in their only SuperBowl appearance, one must remember that they played against one of the best SuperBowl teams of all time.

    Check Steve Young’s stats (70 percent completion, 35 TDs, 10 INTs, 8.6 yards per attempt, 112.8 QB rating, 7 rushing TDs, 6 TD passes in the Super Bowl). Over its final 13 games (including the playoffs), that Niner team scored more than 40 six times and less than 30 just twice, and one of those was the season finale – which the Niners lost – when Young and Jerry Rice were benched after the first quarter.

  11. humb0lt says: Jun 1, 2011 7:00 PM

    Excuse me, the Chargers beat the Colts in Indy in the 2007-2008 playoffs. They beat the Colts in San Diego in the playoffs the following season. I regret the error.

  12. teddywong says: Jun 1, 2011 7:18 PM

    1998 Draft Day

  13. elyasm says: Jun 1, 2011 7:28 PM

    As a Pats fan, the Tom Brady to McCree interception followed by the Troy Brown strip and fumble recovery is one of my best football memories that doesn’t involve Adam Vinatieri. What made it even more special was when NFL Films showed the clip of Marty, at the beginning of THAT game, say: “Remember, when you make the interception to win the game go straight to the ground, don’t try to return it” (or something to that effect).

    The guy was a modern day Cassandra, poor bastard.

  14. radrntn says: Jun 1, 2011 7:46 PM

    four???…lmao

  15. jagerbolt says: Jun 1, 2011 8:53 PM

    The worst part about the McCree fumble?

    When asked if he could do it over again he said he would do the SAME THING.

    *beats head against the wall*

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