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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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(MIKE POWELL/ALLSPORT) – LA Chargers
(MIKE POWELL/ALLSPORT) – LA Chargers

Greatest defenses in LA Chargers’ history: 2. 1992

The 1992 Chargers represented a new era of Charger football. After a decade of missing the playoffs, and a year removed from only winning four games, the Chargers went 11-5 to make the playoffs and started an era that led to the team’s only Super Bowl appearance in the 1994 season.

This is also the only team (spoiler alert) that the greatest defensive player in franchise history, Junior Seau, played on. Junior is one of the greatest linebackers of all time but the overall defenses that he played for just missed out on being in the top five.

The 1992 Chargers ranked fourth in the league in both total points allowed and total yards allowed and ranked seventh in takeaways. This team was really good in stopping the running attack, allowing the second-fewest rushing yards and ninth-fewest rushing touchdowns.

In terms of star power, it starts with Junior Seau but it does not end there. This team also had the greatest pass-rusher in franchise history (that may one day be Joey Bosa, though) in Leslie O’Neal, who recorded an absurd 17 sacks this season.

The team also got 10 sacks from Chris Mims, six interceptions from Darren Carrington and four interceptions from Pro Bowl corner Gill Byrd.

This defense was really good and has arguably the two best defensive players in franchise history. However, as a collective unit, one defense did better.

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