1998 San Diego Chargers season
The 1998 San Diego Chargers season was the franchise's 29th season in the National Football League (NFL), its 39th overall and was the second and final season under Kevin Gilbride. After a 2–4 start, Gilbride was fired and June Jones coached the final ten games of the season as interim head coach. The team's defense led the league in yards allowed; however, a weak offense under infamous draft bust quarterback Ryan Leaf meant that the team was last in the AFC West.
|1998 San Diego Chargers season|
|Head coach||Kevin Gilbride (fired Week 6, 2–4 record)|
June Jones (interim)
|General manager||Bobby Beathard|
|Home field||Qualcomm Stadium|
|Division place||5th AFC West|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
|Pro Bowlers||SS Rodney Harrison LB Junior Seau|
Following the season, Oregon State Head Coach Mike Riley would be named Head Coach.
|1998 San Diego Chargers draft|
|1||2||Ryan Leaf||Quarterback||Washington State||from Arizona|
|2||59||Mikhael Ricks||Tight end||Stephen F. Austin|
|Pro Bowl during careerMade roster Made at least one|
|1998 San Diego Chargers staff|
Special teams coaches
Strength and conditioning
|1998 San Diego Chargers final roster|
The opening game for 1998 constituted the first time since 1985 that the Chargers played the Buffalo Bills. The reason for this is that before the admission of the Texans in 2002, NFL scheduling formulas for games outside a team’s division were much more influenced by table position during the previous season.
The team had an excellent defense, but the offense's 51 turnovers were the most in the league, including 34 interceptions. Quarterback Ryan Leaf had 15 interceptions and only two touchdown passes in ten games; Craig Whelihan also performed poorly. The ineffective offense, and rookie Leaf's obnoxious behavior toward teammates, damaged morale; outside linebacker Lew Bush recalled, "Try going into a game you have no chance of winning, knowing that if you give up more than one touchdown, it's over". Strong safety Rodney Harrison described the season as "a nightmare you can't even imagine. If I had to go through another year like that, I'd probably quit playing".
|Week||Date||Opponent||Result||TV||TV time (PT)||Attendance|
|1||September 6, 1998||Buffalo Bills||W 16–14||CBS||1:15pm|
|2||September 13, 1998||at Tennessee Oilers||W 13–7||CBS||10:00am|
|3||September 20, 1998||at Kansas City Chiefs||L 7–23||CBS||10:00am|
|4||September 27, 1998||New York Giants||L 16–34||FOX||1:15pm|
|5||October 4, 1998||at Indianapolis Colts||L 12–17||CBS||10:00pm|
|6||October 11, 1998||at Oakland Raiders||L 6–7||CBS||1:15pm|
|7||October 18, 1998||Philadelphia Eagles||W 13–10||FOX||1:15pm|
|8||October 25, 1998||Seattle Seahawks||L 20–27||CBS||1:15pm|
|10||November 8, 1998||at Denver Broncos||L 10–27||CBS||1:15pm|
|11||November 15, 1998||Baltimore Ravens||W 14–13||CBS||1:05pm|
|12||November 22, 1998||Kansas City Chiefs||W 38–37||CBS||1:15pm|
|13||November 29, 1998||Denver Broncos||L 16–31||ESPN||5:20pm|
|14||December 6, 1998||at Washington Redskins||L 20–24||CBS||10:00am|
|15||December 13, 1998||at Seattle Seahawks||L 17–38||CBS||1:05pm|
|16||December 20, 1998||Oakland Raiders||L 10–17||CBS||1:05pm|
|17||December 27, 1998||at Arizona Cardinals||L 13–16||CBS||1:15pm|
|(1) Denver Broncos||14||2||0||.875||501||309||W1|
|Kansas City Chiefs||7||9||0||.438||327||363||W1|
|San Diego Chargers||5||11||0||.313||241||342||L5|
- 2009 San Diego Chargers Media Guide. pp. 326–327. Retrieved July 27, 2010.
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- Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved 2014-Oct-19.