The Chargers improved on their 7–7 record in 1977. This season included the "Holy Roller" game. It was Don Coryell's first season as the team's head coach, replacing Tommy Prothro after four games, and the team's first 16 game schedule.
Said the 2006 edition of Pro Football Prospectus, "The Chargers were one of the worst franchises in the NFL before they hired Don Coryell four games into the 1978 season. The Chargers were 1-3 at the time, but finished 8-4 under Coryell, winning seven of their last eight games. Blessed with Hall of FamerDan Fouts, the creative Coryell always designed potent offenses, but the San Diego Defense didn't catch up until 1979...."