One of the most impressive facts of the Chargers’ 1992 playoff run was the fact that they turned around an 0-4 record with a rookie head coach. Well, a rookie to the professional ranks, that is.
Bobby Ross was hired in 1992 after coaching the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. A man with a military background, Ross brought a sense of discipline to the Chargers that previous coaches such as Dan Henning and Al Saunders failed to instill.
Without Ross, there’s no way the Chargers would have made the run that they did. He stayed focused and never seemed concerned, even with his team winless through the first quarter of the season.
Ross went 47-33 in five seasons with the Chargers, winning the AFC West title twice. In 1997, the Detroit Lions were able to pry him away by throwing a huge contract at him and giving him control of player personnel decisions.
He didn’t fare well in Detroit, going 27-30 during his tenure there before resigning following Week 10 of the 2000 season. He was also the coach that was at the helm when Barry Sanders unexpectedly retired.
Ross returned to the college ranks in 2004, having three extremely unsuccessful seasons at Army before hanging up his headset for good in 2006.
Still, Ross should be remembered for helping steer the ship that was on wayward waters in 1992.