Biggest Franchise Winner: History Repeats Itself
In 1992, the then-San Diego Chargers, under first-year coach Bobby Ross, were trying to improve on the team’s 1991 record of 4-12 record. The team started out 0-4, but went 11-1 in the final 12 games and stole the division crown from the Kansas City Chiefs. They went on to beat the Chiefs in the first round, but then bowed out to the Miami Dolphins.
This year, first-year coach Anthony Lynn is trying to improve the 5-11 record of the 2016 Bolts. Unfortunately, he started off his career 0-4, and the division rival Kansas City started off 5-0. No hope, right? Well, the Chargers are winner of five of their last seven and Chiefs have lost five of their last six. One game back of the division with four games left. Dec. 16 in Arrowhead looms large.
Biggest Franchise Loser: Are You Thankful?
The Chargers are in position for a division crown or a wild-card spot. They have a top 10 quarterback, solid running backs a star receiver and an up-and-coming tight end, among other weapons. The offensive line is much improved, especially in pass protection. The defense has the best pass-rushing duo in football, the linebackers are solid and the secondary is coming on very strong. The coaching is solid, both at the head, coordinators and on down. A solid punter and kicker (when healthy). This team is in a great position for the next two to three seasons. Be thankful.
Also, as emphasized in Travis Wakeman’s article, the Chargers had only played on Turkey Day four times going into Thursday, with the last game coming all the way back in 1969. After last week, the Chargers sit at 3-1-1 on Thanksgiving Day games. Maybe they should see time more often on football’s favorite holiday.