Chargers History

The Mount Rushmore of LA Chargers head coaches

BALTIMORE, MD ? OCTOBER 1: Head coach Marty Schottenheimer of the San Diego Chargers reacts to the game against the Baltimore Ravens on October 1, 2006 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens won 16-13. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD ? OCTOBER 1: Head coach Marty Schottenheimer of the San Diego Chargers reacts to the game against the Baltimore Ravens on October 1, 2006 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland. The Ravens won 16-13. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Charles Aqua Viva/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Charles Aqua Viva/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Mount Rushmore of LA Chargers head coaches: 2. Sid Gillman

This is an interesting one as you could easily flop Gilman with the number one coach on this list and it would not be a big deal. After all, Gillman is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and is the only Chargers coach to lead the team to a championship — albeit an AFL Championship.

Gillman coached the team from 1960 to 1969 and is the leader in just about every category among Charger coaches. At .619, Gillman has the best winning percentage by a Chargers coach ever and he has the most wins at 86. His 145 games is the most by any Charger coach.

So why is he ranked second? If he is a Hall of Famer and is first in every category, as well as being the only coach to win a championship in franchise history, then shouldn’t he be ranked first?

He could be, but all of his success came when the Chargers were still part of the AFL. This is not meant to discredit anything that Gillman accomplished but the AFL was the lesser of the two leagues and it was easier to succeed then than it was after the merger.

I mean… just look at his record while in the NFL. The Chargers went 4-6 in his only season coaching them in the NFL and he posted a combined 8-15 record with the Houston Oilers in the NFL before retiring.

Gillman is an all-time coach, a Hall of Famer and is either the first or second-best coach in Chargers history, depending on how you look at it.

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