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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 Allen Kee/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Allen Kee/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Greatest defenses in LA Chargers’ history: 3. 2007

The Chargers of the mid-to-late 2000s were best known for their high-profile offenses. These teams boasted three Hall of Famers — LaDainian Tomlinson, Antonio Gates and Philip Rivers — on the offensive side of the football and in 2006 set the individual record for the most rushing touchdowns in a season.

However, part of the reason why the Chargers were one of the best teams in the league during this era is that they were solid on the defensive side of the ball as well. The 2007 season represents the best year of this era and the third-best defense in franchise history.

The 2007 Chargers may have ranked 14th in total yards allowed but what really mattered is that they ranked fifth in total points allowed and first in takeaways. This was the perfect example of a bend, don’t break defense that was able to stop teams from finding the endzone as well as creating new opportunities for the offense.

The star power on this defense was incredible as well. This was the season that Antonio Cromartie recorded 10 interceptions and was named an All-Pro. The team also had the dynamic duo of Shawne Merriman and Shaun Phillips as well as tackle machine Stephon Cooper.

Safety Clinton Hart had five interceptions and long-time corner Quentin Jammer was still very solid. This was a team on defense that was very entertaining to watch and is the standard that the 2020 LA Chargers can strive towards.

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