1989 San Diego Chargers season

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1989 San Diego Chargers season
Head coach Dan Henning
Home field Jack Murphy Stadium
Results
Record 6–10
Division place 5th AFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1988 1990 >

The 1989 San Diego Chargers season began with the team trying to improve on their 6–10 record in 1988. It was Dan Henning's first season as the teams head coach.

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1989 San Diego Chargers staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches


Regular season[edit]

After a falling out with Head Coach Mike Ditka, Jim McMahon was traded from the Chicago Bears to San Diego. He started 12 games for a dreadful 6–10 Chargers team in 1989. He went 4–8 in the games he started, though the team lost 4 of those games by a combined 11 points in spite of his spotty play at times. He only had 4 games over 200 yds, but had 389 yds against the Houston Oilers in a Week 2 loss. He also had a falling out with team players, management and Coach Dan Henning in his year with San Diego with his lackluster play and ego. He was benched for the final four games and finished the year with 2,132 yds, 10 TDs and 10 INTs. He was released and moved on to backup Randall Cunningham on the Philadelphia Eagles in 1990.

During the season, the Chargers started playing a non-disco cover version of their fight song, "San Diego Super Chargers".[1]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 10, 1989 at Los Angeles Raiders L 40–14
40,237
2 September 17, 1989 Houston Oilers L 34–27
42,013
3 September 24, 1989 Kansas City Chiefs W 21–6
40,128
4 October 1, 1989 at Phoenix Cardinals W 24–13
44,201
5 October 8, 1989 at Denver Broncos L 16–10
75,222
6 October 15, 1989 Seattle Seahawks L 17–16
50,079
7 October 22, 1989 New York Giants L 20–13
48,566
8 October 29, 1989 at Seattle Seahawks L 10–7
59,691
9 November 5, 1989 Philadelphia Eagles W 20–17
47,019
10 November 12, 1989 Los Angeles Raiders W 14–12
59,151
11 November 19, 1989 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 20–17
44,203
12 November 26, 1989 at Indianapolis Colts L 10–6
58,822
13 December 3, 1989 New York Jets L 20–17
38,954
14 December 10, 1989 at Washington Redskins L 26–21
47,693
15 December 17, 1989 at Kansas City Chiefs W 20–13
40,623
16 December 24, 1989 Denver Broncos W 19–16
50,524

Standings[edit]

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA
Denver Broncos(1) 11 5 0 .688 6–2 9–3 362 226
Kansas City Chiefs 8 7 1 .531 3–5 6–7–1 318 286
Los Angeles Raiders 8 8 0 .500 3–5 6–6 315 297
Seattle Seahawks 7 9 0 .438 4–4 7–5 241 327
San Diego Chargers 6 10 0 .375 4–4 4–8 266 290

Awards and honors[edit]

  • Leslie O'Neal, Pro Bowl Selection[2]
  • Lee Williams, Pro Bowl Selection[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stetz, Michael (January 13, 2007). "Still a superstar after 27 seasons". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved September 9, 2011. "Ultimately, it was brought back, but with a more modern sound. The Chargers hired a local producer, Bo Donovan, to update the song in 1989." 
  2. ^ a b 1989 NFL Pro Bowlers – Pro-Football-Reference.com