1998 San Diego Chargers season

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1998 San Diego Chargers season
Head coach Kevin Gilbride
June Jones (interim)
Home field Qualcomm Stadium
Results
Record 5–11
Division place 5th AFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 1997 1999 >

The 1998 San Diego Chargers season began with the team trying to improve on their 4–12 record in 1997. It was Kevin Gilbride’s final season as the teams head coach. The team's defense lead the league in yards allowed; however a weak offense under infamous draft bust quarterback Ryan Leaf meant that the team was last in the AFC West.

Offseason[edit]

NFL Draft[edit]

1st round 2nd overall Ryan Leaf

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

1998 San Diego Chargers staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – John Hastings

[1]

Regular season[edit]

The opening game for 1998 constituted the first time since 1985 that the Chargers played the Buffalo Bills.[2] The reason for this is that before the admission of the Texans in 2002, NFL scheduling formulas for games outside a team’s division were much more influenced by table position during the previous season.[3]

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 6, 1998 Buffalo Bills W 16–14
64,037
2 September 13, 1998 at Tennessee Oilers W 13–7
41,089
3 September 20, 1998 at Kansas City Chiefs L 7–23
73,730
4 September 27, 1998 New York Giants L 16–34
55,672
5 October 4, 1998 at Indianapolis Colts L 12–17
51,988
6 October 11, 1998 at Oakland Raiders L 6–7
42,467
7 October 18, 1998 Philadelphia Eagles W 13–10
56,967
8 October 25, 1998 Seattle Seahawks L 20–27
58,512
9 Bye
10 November 8, 1998 at Denver Broncos L 10–27
74,925
11 November 15, 1998 Baltimore Ravens W 14–13
54,388
12 November 22, 1998 Kansas City Chiefs W 38–37
59,894
13 November 29, 1998 Denver Broncos L 16–31
66,532
14 December 6, 1998 at Washington Redskins L 20–24
65,713
15 December 13, 1998 at Seattle Seahawks L 17–38
62,690
16 December 20, 1998 Oakland Raiders L 10–17
60,716
17 December 27, 1998 at Arizona Cardinals L 13–16
71,670

Standings[edit]

AFC West
W L T PCT PF PA STK
Denver Broncos 14 2 0 .875 501 309 W-1
Seattle Seahawks 8 8 0 .500 372 310 L-1
Oakland Raiders 8 8 0 .500 288 356 L-1
Kansas City Chiefs 7 9 0 .438 327 363 W-1
San Diego Chargers 5 11 0 .313 241 342 L-5

References[edit]