LA Chargers’ most disappointing seasons: 3. 2019, 5-11 record
Oh, where do we even start with the 2019 season?
A lot of LA Chargers fans might argue that this is the most disappointing season in team history. I promise you, it is not. The recency bias with this one is strong, although it still takes home the bronze medal.
This team had so. much. potential. They were coming off of a 12-4 season in which they pulled magical win after magical win out of their hats and had almost the exact same roster heading into 2019. This was a team that was supposed to make noise.
First, the injuries piled on, which is never a good thing. The team was without Derwin James and Adrian Phillips for quite some time, which really hurt the defense. It did not help that while this was happening Melvin Gordon was holding out and effectively creating an awkward situation for the rest of the year.
Then there are the back-breaking losses. Week 2 against Detroit Rivers threw an interception late in the fourth while the team was down three and in field goal range. Week 3 against Houston the team blew a lead and played terrible in the second half. Week 6 against Pittsburgh the team started awful but crawled back only for Rivers to throw a pick in the potential game-tying drive.
Week 7 Gordon fumbled at the goal line with a three-point deficit and 15 seconds on the clock. Week 10 against Oakland Rivers threw a pick in the game-winning drive while down by two.
Week 11 Rivers threw a pick in the endzone that would have tied the game in the fourth quarter. Week 13 against Denver Casey Hayward had a terrible brain fart and committed a game-costing pass interference.
I won’t even count the last three weeks of the season (a routing by Minnesota and two winnable games in division) as the season was lost by then and it helped the team more to lose out than win out.
If the Chargers are just 4-3 in those seven games mentioning then they would have been 9-7, and assuming they beat Tennessee, would have been in the playoffs.
It was a miraculous display of how to lose a football game in almost every way possible.