Chargers’ bad eggs: Worst games under GM Tom Telesco
Chargers’ entire 2016 season
If a team wants their coach fired, do it like this:
- Week 1: Blow 27-10 fourth quarter lead to the Chiefs
- Week 3: Blow game against the Colts thanks to a Hunter Henry fumble
- Week 4: Blow game against the Saints with a 34-21 lead with 6:50 left to go in the fourth quarter
- Week 5: Lose to the rival Raiders
- Week 15: Lose to the rival Raiders, part two
- Week 16: Lose to the Browns, who had not won a game that season
This year stunk. Thankfully, the Chargers would find a new head coach who has the team headed in the right direction. Here’s how special this season way: the Bolts, in their five games played to open the season, at one point had a one-in-30-million chance of ending up 1-4 following those games, thanks to the number of blown games during that stretch. There was one chance to lose that many games. One. But Jim Carrey walked in anyway, let loose his stupid grin, and the Chargers just looked dumber and dumber on their way to that unimaginable 1-4 start. Good grief.
Chargers collapse against the Chiefs…again.
In 2017, the Chargers opened the season 0-4 with little to no chance of making the playoffs. Miraculously, the team would go on a 7-2 run to keep their postseason dreams alive, and only needed a win against the Chiefs on the road to secure the playoffs, as their following two games were against bad Jets and Raiders squads. Surprise, they lost.
Down just seven points in the fourth quarter, the Chargers would go fumble, interception, interception, end of game in their four possessions to finish the contest looking like they were blown out on the road. At some point, a combination of Denzel Perryman, Adrian Phillips, Keenan Allen, Austin Ekeler, and Hunter Henry left the game due to various injuries. It was a nightmare for the team, a stunner for fans, and one that would not be redeemed until 2018 in the same stadium.