LA Chargers’ most disappointing seasons: 4. 1983, 6-10 record
Don Coryell is one of, if not the, best coaches in LA Chargers’ history. While Coryell was coaching, the Chargers had one of the best offenses of all-time, especially for that era, which would be the best offense until the 2006 season rolled around.
Coryell had a lot of success in his first five seasons with the Chargers. The Chargers made the playoffs in four of those five seasons and Coryell had accumulated a combined 57-22 record (.722). His four-year playoff streak came to an end, as his biggest flaw, the defensive side of the football, came into focus.
The 1983 Chargers still had a high-powered passing attack and Hall of Famer Dan Fouts still led the league in average yards per attempt. The problem was that Dan Fouts missed six games this season and the Chargers went 1-5 without their quarterback under center.
The defense was absolutely woeful. The Chargers allowed 462 points, which is the most the team has allowed in team history and at the time, was the sixth-most points allowed in a single season. It has since moved down the leaderboard, though, as teams are scoring more points in the 2000s.
This season served as the end of a great era and the beginning of a terrible one. After making the playoffs four years in a row, the Chargers would not make the playoffs again until 1992.