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The 2016 San Diego Chargers season was the franchise's 47th season in the National Football League, the 57th overall, the 56th and final season in San Diego, California and the fourth under head coach Mike McCoy.

2016 San Diego Chargers season
Head coachMike McCoy
General managerTom Telesco
OwnerAlex Spanos
Home fieldQualcomm Stadium
Results
Record5–11
Division place4th AFC West
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersCB Casey Hayward
RB Melvin Gordon
QB Philip Rivers
AP All-ProsCB Casey Hayward (2nd team)

Due to the age of Qualcomm Stadium, there was speculation that the team would be relocating to Los Angeles, where the franchise played its first season in 1960. This followed a decision by the NFL to allow the St. Louis Rams to move to the Greater Los Angeles Area with a provision that the Chargers may relocate to Los Angeles as well. On January 4, 2016, the team filed a relocation application to the NFL along with the Rams and the Oakland Raiders releasing a statement and a video on the team's website. The league made its decision in a special meeting on January 12; it approved the Chargers' relocation if they chose to share Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park with the Rams (the Raiders-Chargers proposal did not receive enough support from the league as a whole to proceed, prompting the Raiders to back out). On January 29, 2016, the Chargers announced they would remain in San Diego for the 2016 season as negotiations with the city continued; the team also reached an agreement in principle to use the Rams' Los Angeles stadium should negotiations with the city of San Diego fail.[1] On November 8, 2016, Measure C was voted down by voters 57% to 43%; and on January 12, 2017, the Chargers officially announced a move to Los Angeles, making 2016 their final season in San Diego.

This would also be the first time in nine seasons that Pro Bowler free safety Eric Weddle was not on the team, having departed via free agency to the Baltimore Ravens. Weddle had spent his entire career with the Chargers, starting with the 2007 NFL season.

On January 1, 2017, the Chargers fired McCoy after four seasons.[2]

Contents

DraftEdit

2016 San Diego Chargers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 3 Joey Bosa *  DE Ohio St
2 35 Hunter Henry  TE Arkansas
3 66 Max Tuerk  C USC
4 102 Joshua Perry  LB Ohio St
5 175 Jatavis Brown  LB Akron Compensatory
6 179 Drew Kaser  P Texas A&M
6 198 Derek Watt  FB Wisconsin
7 224 Donavon Clark  G Michigan St
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Notes

  • The Chargers traded their 2016 fifth-round selection, along with their 2015 first- and fourth-round selections to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for the 49ers' 2015 first-round selection.
  • The Chargers acquired an additional sixth-round selection in a trade that sent guard Jeremiah Sirles to the Minnesota Vikings.
  • As the result of a negative differential of free agent signings and departures that the Chargers experienced during the 2015 free agency period, the team received one compensatory selection for the 2016 draft in the fifth round.[3] Free agent transactions that occurred after May 12, 2015 did not impact the team's formula for determining compensatory selections for the 2016 draft.[4]

StaffEdit

2016 San Diego Chargers staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

Final rosterEdit

2016 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
53 Active, 23 Inactive, 9 Practice squad

ScheduleEdit

PreseasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 13 at Tennessee Titans L 10–27 0–1 Nissan Stadium Recap
2 August 19 Arizona Cardinals W 19–3 1–1 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
3 August 28 at Minnesota Vikings L 10–23 1–2 U.S. Bank Stadium Recap
4 September 1 San Francisco 49ers L 21–31 1–3 Qualcomm Stadium Recap

Regular seasonEdit

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 11 at Kansas City Chiefs L 27–33 (OT) 0–1 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
2 September 18 Jacksonville Jaguars W 38–14 1–1 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
3 September 25 at Indianapolis Colts L 22–26 1–2 Lucas Oil Stadium Recap
4 October 2 New Orleans Saints L 34–35 1–3 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
5 October 9 at Oakland Raiders L 31–34 1–4 Oakland Alameda Coliseum Recap
6 October 13 Denver Broncos W 21–13 2–4 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
7 October 23 at Atlanta Falcons W 33–30 (OT) 3–4 Georgia Dome Recap
8 October 30 at Denver Broncos L 19–27 3–5 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap
9 November 6 Tennessee Titans W 43–35 4–5 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
10 November 13 Miami Dolphins L 24–31 4–6 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
11 Bye
12 November 27 at Houston Texans W 21–13 5–6 NRG Stadium Recap
13 December 4 Tampa Bay Buccaneers L 21–28 5–7 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
14 December 11 at Carolina Panthers L 16–28 5–8 Bank of America Stadium Recap
15 December 18 Oakland Raiders L 16–19 5–9 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
16 December 24 at Cleveland Browns L 17–20 5–10 FirstEnergy Stadium Recap
17 January 1 Kansas City Chiefs L 27–37 5–11 Qualcomm Stadium Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: at Kansas City ChiefsEdit

Week One: San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Chargers 7 14 33027
Chiefs 3 0 717633

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information

Leading 21–3 at halftime, the Chargers blew their lead, scoring only six more points by field goals. Kansas City rallied with 24 unanswered points, forcing overtime, where the Chiefs won the season's opening game.

Week 2: vs. Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

Week Two: Jacksonville Jaguars at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Jaguars 0 0 01414
Chargers 7 14 14338

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Game information

Already without Keenan Allen for the entire season, running back Danny Woodhead suffered a torn ACL, putting him out for the season. Nevertheless, the Chargers would go on to burn the Jaguars, winning 38–14 and with that, they went to 1–1.

Week 3: at Indianapolis ColtsEdit

Week Three: San Diego Chargers at Indianapolis Colts – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chargers 0 13 6322
Colts 10 3 7626

at Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

Game information

With a stunning loss on a 63-yard Colts touchdown pass to T.Y. Hilton with 1:17 to play, the Chargers' record fell to 1-2.

Week 4: vs. New Orleans SaintsEdit

Week Four: New Orleans Saints at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Saints 7 7 71435
Chargers 7 17 01034

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Game information

Ahead 34-21, the Chargers gave up two Drew Brees touchdown passes in the final five minutes and fell to 1-3.

Week 5: at Oakland RaidersEdit

Week Five: San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chargers 0 10 14731
Raiders 3 6 18734

at Oakland Alameda Coliseum, Oakland, California

  • Date: October 9
  • Game time: 1:25 p.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 75 °F (24 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 54,275
  • Referee: Gene Steratore
  • TV announcers (CBS): Tom McCarthy and Adam Archuleta
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

With their third straight loss to the Raiders, the Chargers fell to 1-4.

Week 6: vs. Denver BroncosEdit

Week Six: Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Broncos 0 3 01013
Chargers 7 3 9221

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Game information

The Chargers wore Color Rush uniforms with shades of blue and yellow San Diego used from 1974 until 1984.

The team snapped a 3-game losing streak against the Broncos and improved to 2-4.

Week 7: at Atlanta FalconsEdit

Week Seven: San Diego Chargers at Atlanta Falcons – Game summary
1 2 34OTTotal
Chargers 7 10 310333
Falcons 6 21 03030

at Georgia Dome, Atlanta

Game information

The Chargers came into this game with a 1–8 all-time record against Atlanta, and this marked San Diego's first visit to Atlanta since 2004. The Falcons had built a 27–10 lead by the two-minute warning at the end of the first half, but the Chargers pulled them back and leveled the score at 30–30 with a 33-yard Josh Lambo field goal with 18 seconds left in regulation. Lambo then hit a 42-yard attempt in overtime to seal the win for the Chargers as they improved to 3-4.

Week 8: at Denver BroncosEdit

Week Eight: San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chargers 7 0 6619
Broncos 3 7 71027

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Game information

Week 9: vs. Tennessee TitansEdit

Week Nine: Tennessee Titans at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Titans 0 14 71435
Chargers 9 10 141043

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Date: November 6
  • Game time: 1:25 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 76 °F (24 °C), partly cloudy
  • Game attendance: 52,281
  • Referee: Brad Allen
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan, Dan Fouts, and Scott Kaplan
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 10: vs. Miami DolphinsEdit

Week Ten: Miami Dolphins at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Dolphins 0 7 141031
Chargers 0 10 7724

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Date: November 13
  • Game time: 1:05 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 85 °F (29 °C), sunny
  • Game attendance: 55,107
  • Referee: Terry McAulay
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green and Jamie Erdahl
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Philip Rivers would throw four fourth quarter interceptions in this game, including a crucial pick-6 with a minute remaining that was returned by Kiko Alonso.

With the loss, the Chargers went into their bye week at 4–6.

Week 12: at Houston TexansEdit

Week Twelve: San Diego Chargers at Houston Texans – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chargers 0 14 0721
Texans 0 7 0613

at NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas

  • Date: November 27
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. CST/10:00 a.m. PST
  • Game weather: Played indoors (retractable roof closed)
  • Game attendance: 71,897
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette
  • TV announcers (CBS): Kevin Harlan and Rich Gannon
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

This would end up being the last win for the Chargers in franchise history while in San Diego.

Week 13: vs. Tampa Bay BuccaneersEdit

Week Thirteen: Tampa Bay Buccaneers at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Buccaneers 7 0 101128
Chargers 7 7 7021

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Game information

Week 14: at Carolina PanthersEdit

Week Fourteen: San Diego Chargers at Carolina Panthers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chargers 0 7 9016
Panthers 10 13 3228

at Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, North Carolina

  • Date: December 11
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/10:00 a.m. PST
  • Game weather: 37 °F (3 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 73,856
  • Referee: Ronald Torbert
  • TV announcers (Fox): Sam Rosen, Brady Quinn and Holly Sonders
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

Week 15: vs. Oakland RaidersEdit

Week Fifteen: Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Raiders 3 7 3619
Chargers 7 3 6016

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Game information

With the loss, the Chargers were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention for the 3rd straight year, and 7th time in 8 years.

Week 16: at Cleveland BrownsEdit

Week Sixteen: San Diego Chargers at Cleveland Browns – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chargers 10 0 7017
Browns 7 10 3020

at FirstEnergy Stadium, Cleveland, Ohio

  • Date: December 24
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EST/10:00 a.m. PST
  • Game weather: 38 °F (3 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 57,272
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Spero Dedes and Solomon Wilcots
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

The loss dropped the Chargers to 5–10, and they became the only team to lose to the Cleveland Browns in 2016.

Week 17: vs. Kansas City ChiefsEdit

Week Seventeen: Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 34Total
Chiefs 3 17 14337
Chargers 3 7 71027

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Date: January 1, 2017
  • Game time: 1:25 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 59 °F (15 °C), cloudy
  • Game attendance: 54,915
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (CBS): Greg Gumbel, Trent Green and Jamie Erdahl
  • Recap, Gamebook
Game information

With their sixth straight loss to the Chiefs, the Chargers finished the season 5–11. This would be the final game played as the San Diego Chargers before relocating to Los Angeles following the season.

StandingsEdit

DivisionEdit

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) Kansas City Chiefs 12 4 0 .750 6–0 9–3 389 311 W2
(5) Oakland Raiders 12 4 0 .750 3–3 9–3 416 385 L1
Denver Broncos 9 7 0 .563 2–4 6–6 333 297 W1
San Diego Chargers 5 11 0 .313 1–5 4–8 410 423 L5

ConferenceEdit

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1 New England Patriots East 14 2 0 .875 5–1 11–1 .439 .424 W7
2[a] Kansas City Chiefs West 12 4 0 .750 6–0 9–3 .508 .479 W2
3 Pittsburgh Steelers North 11 5 0 .688 5–1 9–3 .494 .423 W7
4[b] Houston Texans South 9 7 0 .563 5–1 7–5 .502 .427 L1
Wild Cards
5[a] Oakland Raiders West 12 4 0 .750 3–3 9–3 .504 .443 L1
6 Miami Dolphins East 10 6 0 .625 4–2 7–5 .455 .341 L1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7[b][c] Tennessee Titans South 9 7 0 .563 2–4 6–6 .465 .458 W1
8[c] Denver Broncos West 9 7 0 .563 2–4 6–6 .549 .455 W1
9[d] Baltimore Ravens North 8 8 0 .500 4–2 7–5 .498 .363 L2
10[d] Indianapolis Colts South 8 8 0 .500 3–3 5–7 .492 .406 W1
11 Buffalo Bills East 7 9 0 .438 1–5 4–8 .482 .339 L2
12 Cincinnati Bengals North 6 9 1 .406 3–3 5–7 .521 .333 W1
13[e] New York Jets East 5 11 0 .313 2–4 4–8 .518 .313 W1
14[e] San Diego Chargers West 5 11 0 .313 1–5 4–8 .543 .513 L5
15 Jacksonville Jaguars South 3 13 0 .188 2–4 2–10 .527 .417 L1
16 Cleveland Browns North 1 15 0 .063 0–6 1–11 .549 .313 L1
Tiebreakers[f]
  1. ^ a b Kansas City clinched the AFC West division over Oakland based on head-to-head sweep.
  2. ^ a b Houston clinched the AFC South division title over Tennessee based on record vs. division opponents.
  3. ^ a b Tennessee finished ahead of Denver based on head-to-head victory.
  4. ^ a b Baltimore finished ahead of Indianapolis based on record vs. conference opponents.
  5. ^ a b The New York Jets finished ahead of San Diego based record vs. common opponents — the Jets' cumulative record against Cleveland, Indianapolis,
    Kansas City and Miami was 1–4, while San Diego's cumulative record against the same four teams was 0–5.
  6. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hirsh, Lou (January 29, 2016). Chargers to Play in S.D. for 2016; More Negotiations Planned. San Diego Business Journal. Retrieved January 29, 2016.
  2. ^ Marc Sessler (January 1, 2017). "Chargers fire Mike McCoy after four seasons at helm". NFL.com. Retrieved February 17, 2018.
  3. ^ "Over The Cap".
  4. ^ Florio, Mike (March 31, 2015). "June 1 free-agency deadline moved to May 12". ProFootballTalk. Retrieved March 31, 2015.

External linksEdit