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LA Chargers: Five most disappointing seasons in franchise history

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LA Chargers’ most disappointing seasons: 2. 1998, 5-11 record

The expectations for the 1998 season probably were not as high as they were for the 2019 season. However, the way that this season imploded and what occurred after makes it more disappointing than 2019.

At least with 2019 we can look forward to 2020 and say that the Chargers still have just as talented of a roster and can be a playoff team. The 1998 season set the team back years and spawned one of the greatest draft busts of all-time, Ryan Leaf.

We all know how bad Ryan Leaf was as an NFL quarterback and how his off-the-field attitude and issues led to his NFL demise. What gets forgotten is that the Chargers traded up for Leaf and there were reasonable expectations for the team with him under center.

Heck, the Chargers even won the first two games of the 1998 season. Then it started to fall apart. The Chargers went on a 3-11 run that was fueled by the team’s lack of offense. Defensively, the team was one of the best in the league that season, led by all-time great, Junior Seau.

Offensively, the team was horrible, which was because of Ryan Leaf. With a good offense, this team really could have gone a long way and made the playoffs.

Instead, they only won five games and started the downfall of Ryan Leaf.