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LA Chargers: 4 hilariously bad former head coaches in honor of April Fools

ST. LOUIS, MO - FEBRUARY 23: Kevin Gilbride of the New York Guardians during the XFL game against the St. Louis BattleHawks at The Dome at America's Center on February 23, 2020 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Rovak/XFL via Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - FEBRUARY 23: Kevin Gilbride of the New York Guardians during the XFL game against the St. Louis BattleHawks at The Dome at America's Center on February 23, 2020 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Rovak/XFL via Getty Images)
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(Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

2. Kevin Gilbride

  • Years coached: 1997-1998
  • Record: 6-16

Kevin Gilbride only got one opportunity to coach an NFL team and it was with the Chargers and as you can see by his record, things did not go as planned. The Chargers were not just bad when Gilbride was the head coach, however, they were catastrophically bad.

The Chargers went 4-12 in Gilbride’s first season as head coach and 2-14 in his second season. The team finished with the 26th-ranked offense and last-ranked scoring defense in the league in year one and the 29th-ranked offense in the second year.

He only lasted six games in his second year as head coach and was fired after starting 2-4.

Gilbride actually has the lowest winning percentage of any head coach in Chargers history with at least 16 games coached. He may not have had the best supporting cast on the field, but he did nothing to keep his job and led a rather uninspired Chargers team.

Gilbride would not get another head coaching job until 2020 when he took over as the head coach of the New York Guardians for the XFL. They excelled for Gilbride’s standards, finishing with a 3-2 record before the season was canceled.

As bad as it was with Gilbride calling the shots, it was short-lived and he did not suffer the worst season in franchise history.

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