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Overview of the San Diego Chargers

The San Diego Chargers were a successful franchise in the American Football League qualifying for the playoffs on five occasions. The Chargers struggled in the early years after the AFL-NFL merger but qualified for the playoffs in 1979 which was a turning point for the franchise. The team qualified for the next three playoffs but could not make it to the Super Bowl. The franchise had another strong run of form in the early 1990's qualifying for their first and only Super Bowl in 1994. The Chargers have dominated the AFC West since the divisional realignment in 2002; winning the division five times.

Statistics Overview of the San Diego Chargers

The San Diego Chargers were established in 1960. They have played their home matches at Qualcomm Stadium since 1967. The Chargers have never won the Super Bowl but have won two Conference Championships. The franchise has won their division on fifteen occasions and has qualified for the playoffs eighteen times. The Chargers have a regular season record of 408-401-11 and a playoffs record of 11-17. The Oakland Raiders are their biggest divisional rivals.

Conference: AFC
Established: 1960
Stadium: Qualcomm Stadium (1967- present)
Super Bowl Championships: 0
Conference Championships: 2 (1963, 1994)
Division Championships: 15 (1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1992, 1994, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009)
Playoff Appearances: 18 (1960, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1992, 1994, 1995, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2013)
Overall Record: 408-401-11
Playoff Record: 11-17
Biggest Rivals: Oakland Raiders
Head Coach: Mike McCoy
Legenday Players: Dan Fouts, LaDainian Tomlinson, Lance Alworth, Junior Seau

San Diego Chargers: Star Players for 2014

Quarterback: Phillip Rivers

Phillip Rivers was drafted by the New York Giants with the 4th pick of the 2004 NFL draft and was immediately traded to the San Diego Chargers. Rivers spent the 2004 and 2005 seasons as back-up to Drew Brees. After the Chargers decided not to re-sign Brees in 2006, Rivers became starting quarterback. Rivers has not had a losing season since taking over as Chargers quarterback. He has led the Chargers to four AFC West titles and has been selected for the Pro Bowl on five occasions. Rivers had his best season in 2010, finishing the season as the league's leading passer and won the 2010 NFL Alumni quarterback of the year award. The quarterback has the highest passer rating and completion percentage in Chargers franchise history. Rivers had a mid-season slump in 2011 that played a large part in the Chargers missing the playoffs, continuing into the 2012 season. 2013 was his strongest season since 2010; he was named Comeback Player of the Year by both Associated Press and Pro Football Writers Association.

Offensive Star: Ryan Matthews

Ryan Matthews was selected with the 12th pick of the 2010 NFL draft. Matthews failed to live up to expectation in his rookie season but improved significantly in 2011. He finished the season with 1091 rushing yards and six touchdowns as well as being selected in the AFC Pro Bowl team. Matthews was the Chargers sole starting running back in 2012, with Mike Tolbert leaving in the off season, eventually finishing a fantastic season with well over 2000 all-purpose yards. In 2013, Mathews did not miss a game due to injury for the first time in his career. He led the NFL with six 100-yard games, and set a career-high in rushing yards with 1,255.

Defensive Star: Eric Weddle

Eric Weddle was the 37th draft pick of the 2007 NFL draft. Weddle has been one of the Chargers most consistent players since his debut. He was named starting free safety for the 2008 season and finished the year with over 100 tackles. He had two strong seasons in 2009 and 2010 but had his breakout season in 2011. Weddle made eighty-eight tackles and a career-high seven interceptions. He was named in the AFC Pro Bowl team and was an All-Pro selection. In 2013, Weddle again proved himself to be one of the most elite safeties in the league. He was elected to his second Pro Bowl, along with teammate Philip Rivers. He made second-team All-Pro honors for the second year in a row from the Associated Press. Weddle played all 16 Games for the 4th-straight year, collecting 115 tackles, 2 interceptions, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble, 9 passes defended, and 2 fumble recoveries. Weddle also became Chargers defensive player of the year for the 2nd time in his career, also winning the prestigious award in 2011.

Head Coach: Mike McCoy

Mike McCoy served on the Carolina Panthers coaching staff from 2000-2008, contributing largely to the success of the club that resulted in an appearance in Super Bowl XXXVIII. Following this success, McCoy spent four seasons at the Denver Broncos, creating such a name for himself that he was interviewed for head coach positions at Chicago, Arizona, Buffalo, and Philadelphia before deciding to take the reins in San Diego. After finishing the regular season with a 9-7 record, Mike McCoy led the Chargers to a playoff berth as the AFC 6th seed. The Chargers had not made the playoffs since 2009. Succeeding Norv Turner, McCoy will likely be the man to get the most from what is a solid and experience San Diego roster.

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