Most disappointing LA Chargers’ seasons: 1. 2010, 9-7 record
This is a season that might be more disappointing in hindsight as in the moment. While it was obviously disappointing then as well, when you look at the numbers, it is a shame that this team only won nine games and missed the playoffs.
It might just be the best team in Chargers’ history. In fact, there is a case to be made that it is the best team of all-time.
SB Nation’s Dorktown put together a very interesting video outlining how one of the greatest NFL teams of all-time did not even make the playoffs. That team was the 2010 Chargers.
To borrow from the video without giving too much away (as they really go into depth on how the Chargers missed the playoffs), this team had the third-highest yard differential since the NFL and AFL merged in 1970. The two teams ahead of them were the 2001 Rams, who lost in the Super Bowl and the 1979 Steelers, who won the Super Bowl.
Not only that, but the 2010 Chargers are the only team in NFL history to rank first in offensive yards earned and defensive yards allowed.
This was one year after the team went 13-3 and started a mediocre run for the team where they would float around .500 or worse until they eventually won 12 games in 2018.
And the sad part is, in typical Charger fashion, five of the team’s seven losses were within one score. They had a +119 score differential and missed the playoffs!
If you thought 2019 was bad, 2010 was even worse. Like 2019, the Chargers had the talent, actually executed and still missed the playoffs.