Greatest offenses in LA Chargers’ history: 2. 1981
The 1981 Chargers are the best version of the Air Coryell offense and is the second greatest offense in franchise history. While it is only the second greatest, it is one of the most influential and groundbreaking offenses in all of NFL history.
As previously mentioned, Don Coryell rewrote the book on how NFL offenses should operate and the results followed. This team scored the second-most points in franchise history and led the league in points per game with 29.9. They also finished first in yards with 6,744.
This team included Dan Fouts at his absolute best, throwing for 4,802 yards and 33 touchdowns, numbers that were absolutely unprecedented in 1981. Chuck Muncie was a Pro Bowl running back for the Bolts, recording 1,144 rushing yards and tied a then-NFL record with 19 touchdowns.
This team also had some all-time greats in the receiving game, including the likes of Charlie Joiner, Wes Chandler and tight end Kellen Winslow.
Again, there was one trend that held this team back and ultimately keeps it from being the best offense in franchise history: turnovers. This team turned the ball over 40 times, which was not terrible compared to the rest of the league, but certainly was not ideal.
The number one team on this list scored more points and was better in protecting the football. If the 1981 Chargers had fewer turnovers then they easily could have surpassed 500 points scored (they finished with 478) and would have been first.