Los Angeles Chargers NFL Season Recap

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Four straight wins to close out the 2020 season was not enough to save Anthony Lynn’s job. A 3-9 start to the year was enough for the Los Angeles Chargers to finally part ways with Lynn. While Lynn started off strong in his first two years, leading the Chargers to records of 9-7 in 2017 and 12-4 in 2018, this team fell off with a disastrous 5-11 mark in 2019 before going 7-9 this year.

Lynn went 33-31 during his four years in Los Angeles. He has been the team’s only coach since the franchise moved from San Diego. While that winning record will lead to some head scratching in certain circles, it was clear that Lynn had to go. Lynn was 7-16 in one score games, and he has made dozens of awful game management decisions that cost his team victories.

Los Angeles Chargers Season Recap

Acquiring a premier quarterback is half the battle in the NFL at this point, and it appears the Chargers have found their man in Justin Herbert. While Herbert was the third quarterback taken in the 2020 NFL Draft behind Joe Burrow and Tua Tagovailoa, he has outperformed his other colleagues in this class. Herbert is a heavy favorite to be named NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, and only Justin Jefferson has a chance of overtaking him.

The Oregon product completed two-thirds of his passes for 4,336 yards (7.3 YPA) with 31 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. In addition to proving himself with his arm, Herbert showed he can scramble when necessary with 234 yards (4.3 YPC) and five touchdowns.

Austin Ekeler had a solid year. He was sidelined for six games due to an injury, but he was electric at times when he was healthy. Ekeler had 530 rushing yards to lead the team, averaging 4.6 YPC. He also had 54 receptions for 403 yards (7.5 YPR). His workload was somewhat perplexing as he was overused and then underused, limiting the effectiveness of this offense. Joshua Kelley and Kalen Ballage weren’t as effective in this scheme.

Keenan Allen missed two games due to injury, but he was selected to participate in the Pro Bowl. Allen was targeted 10.5 times a game, ending the year with 100 receptions for 992 yards and nine touchdowns. The veteran receiver had previously been a deep ball threat, but his longest reception all year was just 28 yards.

The other two top targets were Mike Williams and Hunter Henry. Williams had 48 receptions for 756 yards and five touchdowns, while Henry had 60 catches for 613 yards and four scores. Rookie Jalen Guyton was a big play threat too with 18.3 YPR.

There were a ton of injuries on this defense that kept them from being an elite unit. Star safety Derwin James was lost for the season before the campaign got underway. That really hurt a secondary that was supposed to be elite. Chris Harris Jr. and Melvin Ingram III also missed half the year due to injuries, taking away two of the Chargers’ other stars.

That put Casey Hayward in a tough spot, as he could only do so much. The linebackers played pretty well given the circumstances though. That helped this team only allow 343.4 YPG, ranking in the top ten in total defense.

Joey Bosa was selected for the Pro Bowl despite missing four games. Bosa had a decent year with 7.5 sacks and 14.5 TFL, but he was largely selected based off reputation and not merit. The defensive line had a down year as Linval Joseph and Jerry Tillery both disappointed, turning perhaps the biggest strength for the Chargers into a weakness.

Los Angeles Chargers Schedule & Results

Week 1 at Cincinnati Bengals W 16-13 1-0
Week 2 vs Kansas City Chiefs L 20-23 (OT) 1-1
Week 3 vs Carolina Panthers L 16-21 1-2
Week 4 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 31-38 1-3
Week 5 at New Orleans Saints L 27-30 (OT) 1-4
Week 7 vs Jacksonville Jaguars W 39-29 2-4
Week 8 at Denver Broncos L 30-31 2-5
Week 9 vs Las Vegas Raiders L 26-31 2-6
Week 10 at Miami Dolphins L 21-29 2-7
Week 11 vs New York Jets W 34-28 3-7
Week 12 at Buffalo Bills L 17-27 3-8
Week 13 vs New England Patriots L 0-45 3-9
Week 14 vs Atlanta Falcons W 20-17 4-9
Week 15 at Las Vegas Raiders W 30-27 (OT) 5-9
Week 16 vs Denver Broncos W 19-16 6-9
Week 17 at Kansas City Chiefs W 38-21 7-9
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Chargers Past Seasons (2000)

2020 7-9 None
2019 5-11 None
2018 12-4 Lost Divisional Round
2017 9-7 None
2016 5-11 None
2015 4-12 None
2014 9-7 None
2013 9-7 Lost Divisional Round
2012 7-9 None
2011 8-8 None
2010 9-7 None
2009 13-3 Lost Divisional Round
2008 8-8 Lost Divisional Round
2007 11-5 Lost Conference Championship
2006 14-2 Lost Divisional Round
2005 9-7 None
2004 12-4 Lost Wild Card Round
2003 4-12 None
2002 8-8 None
2001 5-11 None
2000 1-15 None

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