1991 San Diego Chargers season

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1991 San Diego Chargers season
Head coach Dan Henning
Home field Jack Murphy Stadium
Results
Record 4–12
Division place 5th AFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
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< 1990 1992 >

The 1991 San Diego Chargers season began with the team trying to improve on their 6–10 record in 1990. It was Dan Henning's final season as the team's head coach. It equaled their worst season in 15 years.

Statistics site Football Outsiders remarked on San Diego's surprisingly poor record, given that they were about average, statistically:[1] "The Chargers went a horrifying 2–8 in games decided by a touchdown or less. (They were 2–1 in games decided by eight points, but in 1991 that didn't count as a touchdown or less because there was no two-point conversion.) They didn't have particularly bad luck on fumbles, and their schedule was ninth [most difficult] in the league, so it wasn't all about opponent strength. They just kept losing close games. Part of San Diego's problem was a significantly unbalanced offense, which ranked second in rushing [efficiency] and 19th in passing [efficiency]. That made it tough for them to come back from a deficit, and they just happened to end up with more fourth-quarter deficits that needed erasing than fourth-quarter leads that needed protecting."

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

Main article: 1991 NFL Draft
1991 San Diego Chargers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 9 Stanley Richard  Defensive back Texas
2 36 George Thornton  Defensive tackle Alabama
2 39 Eric Bieniemy  Running back Colorado
2 47 Eric Moten  Guard Michigan State
4 90 Yancey Thigpen *  Wide receiver Winston-Salem State
5 123 Duane Young  Tight end Michigan State
5 127 Floyd Fields  Defensive back Arizona State
6 150 Jimmy Laister  Offensive tackle Oregon Tech
7 177 David Jones  Tight end Delaware State
7 192 Terry Beauford  Guard Florida A&M
9 230 Andy Katoa  Linebacker Southern Oregon
10 254 Ronald Poles  Running back Tennessee
10 257 Mike Heldt  Center Notre Dame
11 290 Joachim Weinberg  Wide receiver Johnson C. Smith
12 317 Chris Samuels  Running back Texas
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1991 San Diego Chargers staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams Coordinator – Larry Pasquale
  • Special Teams Assistant – LeCharls McDaniel

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – John Dunn

Roster[edit]

1991 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
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Regular season[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 1, 1991 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 26–20
55,848
2 September 8, 1991 at San Francisco 49ers L 34–14
60,753
3 September 15, 1991 Atlanta Falcons L 13–10
44,804
4 September 22, 1991 at Denver Broncos L 27–19
73,258
5 September 29, 1991 Kansas City Chiefs L 14–13
44,907
6 October 6, 1991 at Los Angeles Raiders W 21–13
42,787
7 October 13, 1991 at Los Angeles Rams L 30–24
47,433
8 October 20, 1991 Cleveland Browns L 30–24
48,440
9 October 27, 1991 at Seattle Seahawks L 20–9
58,025
10 Bye
11 November 10, 1991 Seattle Seahawks W 17–14
43,597
12 November 17, 1991 New Orleans Saints W 24–21
48,420
13 November 24, 1991 at New York Jets L 24–3
59,025
14 December 1, 1991 Los Angeles Raiders L 9–7
56,780
15 December 8, 1991 at Kansas City Chiefs L 20–17
73,330
16 December 15, 1991 Miami Dolphins W 38–30
47,731
17 December 22, 1991 Denver Broncos L 17–14
51,449

Standings[edit]

AFC West
W L T PCT PF PA
Denver Broncos 12 4 0 .750 304 235
Kansas City Chiefs 10 6 0 .625 322 252
Los Angeles Raiders 9 7 0 .563 298 297
Seattle Seahawks 7 9 0 .438 276 261
San Diego Chargers 4 12 0 .250 274 342

References[edit]

  1. ^ Football Outsiders: 1991 DVOA Ratings and Commentary
  2. ^ "1991 San Diego Chargers Draftees". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 1, 2014.