Los Angeles Chargers 2023-24 NFL Season Recap

Los Angeles Chargers NFL Season Recap

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I don’t know about you, but I was shocked a few years back when Brandon Staley wasn’t fired after calling a timeout in overtime at Las Vegas in a game that would’ve seen the Raiders and Chargers each head to the playoffs had they played to a tie. By stopping the clock, the Silver and Black had no choice but to win the game not knowing what LA would do if they just handed possession back over. I have to imagine then GM Tom Telesco didn’t axe him due to it being his first season calling the shots in Tinseltown. He basically got a mulligan.

Then the year after, the Chargers won 10 games to punch a ticket to the playoffs for the first time since 2018. Things looked great through a half of play with the Bolts owners of what looked to be an insurmountable 27-7 lead over Jacksonville – Not So Fast My Friend! Staley stood on the sideline and watched as his defense – the unit he coaches – allowed Trevor Lawrence and Co. to rattle off 24 second half points to win the game at the gun 31-30. After the error Staley made in the regular season finale the year prior paired with this gaffe, there was no way he roamed the sideline for Los Angeles at the outset of the 2023-24 NFL betting season, right? WRONG!

To my disgust, Staley was still calling the shots at the outset of the year with the team nothing if not uninspired through the first 14 weeks in going 5-8 SU and 4-8-1 versus the NFL odds. Then he finally met his demise following the Week 15 annihilation at the hands of, wouldn’t ya know it, the Raiders who took them out behind the woodshed and served up a beating for the ages. I personally didn’t watch a second of the 63-21 demolition but knew in my heart of hearts there was no way Staley survived it. Thankfully I woke up the next morning to the news of both Staley and Telesco being served their walking papers. Though injuries played a role in the franchise’s limited results under their watch, I can’t think of another combo doing so little with so much talent on a given roster.

The season wrapped with LA owners of 5-12 SU and 5-11-1 ATS records with the under cashing 12 times. The Bolts came nowhere close to their 9.5-game season win total, and grossly failed to punch a ticket to the playoffs after closing -115 favorites to do so at the outset of the NFL betting season. It also once again failed to give Kansas City a run for the AFC West title as +300 choices. Because of it, the Chargers will enter their 2024-25 campaign looking to snap a five-game losing streak.

Los Angeles Chargers 2024 Offseason

With a new coach and GM needed, it wouldn’t shock me in the least if most everything was scrapped with the roster routinely proving it simply isn’t up to snuff to compete for division titles or wild card entrances into the second season. Justin Herbert is still the man under center and deserves to be regardless of the injury bug being a pest all season before cutting it short in Week 14. Hopefully he can remain healthy under the new staff. That would be made all the more concrete if the offensive line was drastically improved.

Corey Linsley’s season-long absence was huge. Unfortunately, it looks like he’ll be forced to retire due to a heart issue. Though LA still ranked No. 11 in sack percentage allowed, it always seemed like the front wall gave up huge sacks at the most inopportune of times. Check the end games against Dallas and Green Bay for confirmation of that statement. With that, it would behoove the new front office to target a hog up front to help keep their stud gunslinger upright and healthy for years to come. With the fifth pick, LA will have options to fill that void with Penn State’s Olumuyiwa Fashanu and Notre Dame’s Joe Alt on the board. Pick your poison there!

It’s also likely time to nip the Mike Williams experiment in the bud. Unfortunately, the kid can’t stay healthy. I get that the prior regime nabbed Quentin Johnston with its first round pick last season, but the NFL game looked to be a bit much for the TCU standout in his rookie campaign. Maybe he evolves under a new staff that better knows how to utilize his talents; maybe not. Either way, Keenan Allen is getting extremely long in the tooth and his predecessor isn’t on the roster – go get him!

Los Angeles Chargers Schedule & Results

Week 1 vs. Miami Dolphins L 34-36 0-1
Week 2 at Tennessee Titans L 24-27 (OT) 0-2
Week 3 at Minnesota Vikings W 28-24 1-2
Week 4 vs. Las Vegas Raiders W 24-17 2-2
Week 6 vs. Dallas Cowboys L 17-20 2-3
Week 7 at Kansas City Chiefs L 17-31 2-4
Week 8 vs. Chicago Bears W 30-13 3-4
Week 9 at New York Jets W 27-6 4-4
Week 10 vs. Detroit Lions L 38-41 4-5
Week 11 at Green Bay Packers L 20-23 4-6
Week 12 vs. Baltimore Ravens L 10-20 4-7
Week 13 at New England Patriots W 6-0 5-7
Week 14 vs. Denver Broncos L 7-24 5-8
Week 15 at Las Vegas Raiders L 21-63 5-9
Week 16 vs. Buffalo Bills L 22-24 5-10
Week 17 at Denver Broncos L 9-16 5-11
Week 18 vs. Kansas City Chiefs L 12-13 5-12

Founded in 1960 as charter members of the American Football League, the Los Angeles Chargers moved to San Diego in 1961. Barron Hilton, an heir to the famous hotel chain, was the original owner. He named the team the Chargers after his credit card company that was aligned to his hotels and restaurants. The early Chargers were the power of the American Football League. Their marquee man was Hall of Fame receiver Lance “Bambi” Alworth. Head coach Sid Gilman was a pioneer in passing game development. The Chargers played in the first two AFL championship games, losing both. Finally, they won the 1963 AFL championship. After losing the AFL championship game in the next two years, the Chargers went into a long period of darkness.

But head coach Don Coryell and quarterback Dan Fouts led a franchise resurgence in the early 1980s. Following that was another long period of losing. The Chargers made their only Super Bowl appearance in the 1995 season, losing to the 49ers.

From 2004 through 2018, the Chargers made the playoffs seven times. For most of those years, the quarterback was Philip Rivers, who could never get the Chargers to the Super Bowl.

Finally, after years of futility in trying to get a new stadium built, the Chargers returned to LA from San Diego in 2017.

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Los Angeles Chargers Past Seasons (2000)

2023 5-12 None
2022 10-7 Lost Wild Card Round
2021 9-8 None
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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