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LA Chargers: The 5 greatest defenses in franchise history

San Diego Chargers Junior Seau in action against the Houston Texans at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The San Diego Chargers defeated the Houston Texans 24 to 3. (Photo by Allen Kee/Getty Images)
San Diego Chargers Junior Seau in action against the Houston Texans at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. The San Diego Chargers defeated the Houston Texans 24 to 3. (Photo by Allen Kee/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

The LA Chargers have had some solid defensive teams

Throughout franchise history, the LA Chargers have been known for more high-profile offenses than they have for elite defenses. However, this does not mean that there has not been any solid defenses in franchise history.

Just as we did with the best offenses in franchise history, we discovered and ranked the five best defenses that the LA Chargers have ever had. We factored in things such as overall statistical success and playmakers on the defensive side.

We should note, we only took into account defenses after the AFL-NFL merger, not before. Also, with how talented the defensive unit is in 2020, they very well could sneak into this list after the 2020 season.

Greatest defenses in LA Chargers’ history: 2010

This is the infamous team that was so historically unlucky that it warranted an entire video from our peers over at SB Nation. This was the Chargers team that led the league in both offensive yards per game and defensive yards allowed and did not even make the playoffs.

This Chargers team ranked first in the league in total yards allowed, 10th in total points allowed (which was not all because of the defense, special teams played a big part) and 23rd in total takeaways.

What holds this defense back from being higher on the list is the 23rd ranking in takeaways, which is below the league median, and the lack of great playmakers on defense. This defense did have some great playmakers in Eric Weddle and Shaun Phillips, but that is where the Pro Bowl line was drawn (and Weddle was not even a Pro Bowler that year).

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