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1997 San Diego Chargers season

The 1997 San Diego Chargers season was the franchise's 28th season in the National Football League (NFL), its 38th overall and was the first season under Kevin Gilbride. With veteran first-choice quarterback Stan Humphries missing half the season, the Chargers struggled and failed to improve on their 8–8 record from 1996. Backup quarterback Craig Whelihan went winless in seven starts, with the result that the Chargers lost their final eight games after a 4–4 start and scored only one touchdown in their final three games. The team finished with a 4–12 record and missed the playoffs for the second consecutive season.

1997 San Diego Chargers season
Head coachKevin Gilbride
General managerBobby Beathard
OwnerAlex Spanos
Home fieldQualcomm Stadium
Results
Record4–12
Division place5th AFC West
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro BowlersKR/PR Eric Metcalf
LB Junior Seau

The team's stadium, Qualcomm Stadium hosted Super Bowl XXXII at the end of the season.

OffseasonEdit

NFL DraftEdit

1997 San Diego Chargers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
2 45 Freddie Jones  Tight end North Carolina
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Undrafted free agentsEdit

1997 Undrafted Free Agents of note
Player Position College
Mike Maslowski Linebacker Wisconsin–La Crosse

PersonnelEdit

StaffEdit

1997 San Diego Chargers staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and conditioning – John Hastings

[1]

RosterEdit

1997 San Diego Chargers final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad



Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance Record
1 August 31, 1997 at New England Patriots L 41–7
60,190
0-1
2 September 7, 1997 at New Orleans Saints W 20–6
65,760
1-1
3 September 14, 1997 Carolina Panthers L 26–7
63,149
1-2
4 September 21, 1997 at Seattle Seahawks L 26–22
51,110
1-3
5 September 28, 1997 Baltimore Ravens W 21–17
54,094
2-3
6 October 5, 1997 at Oakland Raiders W 25–10
43,648
3-3
7 Bye
8 October 16, 1997 at Kansas City Chiefs L 31–3
77,196
3-4
9 October 26, 1997 Indianapolis Colts W 35–19
63,177
4-4
10 November 2, 1997 at Cincinnati Bengals L 38–31
53,754
4-5
11 November 9, 1997 Seattle Seahawks L 37–31
64,616
4-6
12 November 16, 1997 Oakland Raiders L 38–13
65,714
4-7
13 November 23, 1997 at San Francisco 49ers L 17–10
61,195
4-8
14 November 30, 1997 Denver Broncos L 38–28
54,245
4-9
15 December 7, 1997 Atlanta Falcons L 14–3
46,317
4-10
16 December 14, 1997 Kansas City Chiefs L 29–7
54,594
4-11
17 December 21, 1997 at Denver Broncos L 38–3
69,632
4-12

StandingsEdit

AFC West
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(1) Kansas City Chiefs 13 3 0 .813 375 232 W6
(4) Denver Broncos 12 4 0 .750 472 287 W1
Seattle Seahawks 8 8 0 .500 365 362 W2
Oakland Raiders 4 12 0 .250 324 419 L5
San Diego Chargers 4 12 0 .250 266 425 L8

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 2009 San Diego Chargers Media Guide. pp. 326–327. Archived from the original on October 15, 2014. Retrieved July 27, 2010.