2003 San Diego Chargers season

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2003 San Diego Chargers season
Head coach Marty Schottenheimer
General manager A.J. Smith
Home field Qualcomm Stadium
Results
Record 4–12
Division place 3rd AFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Timeline
Previous season Next season
< 2002 2004 >

The 2003 San Diego Chargers season began with the team trying to improve on their 8–8 record in 2002. They finished the campaign last in their division with only four wins and earned the #1 pick in the 2004 NFL draft. They played one “home” game during the season, against the Miami Dolphins, at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona due to the Cedar Fire.

Oddly, this season marked the first time that the Chargers played the Jacksonville Jaguars, despite that team existing since 1995. This is largely due to old NFL scheduling formulas in place prior to 2002, whereby teams would not necessarily play all members of other divisions within their conference, but played them according to position within a season’s table.[1] The Chargers played the Tennessee Titans only once during this period[2] (in 1998) but played the Bengals five times[3] during these years.

In preceding years, even longer gaps between two teams playing each other had occurred. For instance the Jets never opposed the Cardinals between 1979 and 1995 inclusive.[4]

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

2003 San Diego Chargers staff

Front Office

  • Owner – Alex Spanos
  • President/Chief Executive Officer – Dean Spanos
  • Executive Vice President – Michael Spanos
  • Executive Vice President/General Manager – A. J. Smith
  • Assistant General Manager/Director of Player Personnel – Buddy Nix
  • Vice President of Football Operations – Ed McGuire
  • Director of College Scouting – Jimmy Raye
  • Director of Pro Scouting – Fran Foley

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – Dave Redding
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Matt Schiotz

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Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result Kickoff Time Attendance
1 September 7, 2003 at Kansas City Chiefs L 14–27 CBS 10:00am
78,048
2 September 14, 2003 Denver Broncos L 37–13 CBS 1:05pm
65,445
3 September 21, 2003 Baltimore Ravens L 24–10 CBS 1:05pm
52,028
4 September 28, 2003 at Oakland Raiders L 34–31 CBS 1:15pm
54,078
5 October 5, 2003 at Jacksonville Jaguars L 27–21 CBS 1:15pm
48,954
6 Bye
7 October 19, 2003 at Cleveland Browns W 26–20 CBS 10:00am
73,238
8 October 27, 2003 Miami Dolphins L 26–10 ABC 6:00pm
73,014
9 November 2, 2003 at Chicago Bears L 20–7 CBS 10:00am
61,500
10 November 9, 2003 Minnesota Vikings W 42–28 FOX 1:15pm
64,738
11 November 16, 2003 at Denver Broncos L 37–8 CBS 1:05pm
75,217
12 November 23, 2003 Cincinnati Bengals L 34–27 CBS 1:05pm
52,069
13 November 30, 2003 Kansas City Chiefs L 28–24 CBS 1:05pm
57,671
14 December 7, 2003 at Detroit Lions W 14–7 CBS 10:00am
61,544
15 December 14, 2003 Green Bay Packers L 38–21 FOX 1:15pm
64,978
16 December 21, 2003 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 40–24 CBS 1:15pm
52,527
17 December 28, 2003 Oakland Raiders W 21–14 CBS 1:05pm
62,222

Standings[edit]

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Kansas City Chiefs 13 3 0 .813 5–1 10–2 484 332 W1
Denver Broncos 10 6 0 .625 5–1 9–3 381 301 L1
Oakland Raiders 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 270 379 L2
San Diego Chargers 4 12 0 .250 1–5 2–10 313 441 W1

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