2000 San Diego Chargers season

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2000 San Diego Chargers season
Head coach Mike Riley
General manager Bobby Beathard
Owner Alex Spanos
Home field Qualcomm Stadium
Results
Record 1–15
Division place 5th AFC West
Playoff finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers 2 LB Junior Seau P Darren Bennett

The 2000 San Diego Chargers season was the franchise's 31st season in the National Football League (NFL) and the 41st overall and the second under head coach Mike Riley. The chargers have failed to improve on their 8–8 record in from 1999, and finishing 1-15 the worst record of any Chargers team in history. The team lost its first eleven games before their only victory of the season against the Kansas City Chiefs (by one point, which was obtained on a last-second field goal). The Carolina Panthers would match this embarrassment the next year. The 2000 Chargers were also the first team to finish 1-15 and have their only win of the season be at home. Oddly enough, out of the 10 teams in NFL history to finish 1-15, only 2 other teams had their only win be at home (2007 Dolphins and the 2016 Browns)

San Diego had a historically inept running attack in 2000; their 1,062 total team rushing yards (66.4 per game) is the lowest total of rushing yards by any team in NFL history in a 16-game season.[1] For perspective, the strike-shortened 1982 NFL season—which was a nine-game schedule—included thirteen teams who rushed for more yards than San Diego did in 2000.

Despite this, there were a few bright spots; Darren Bennett and Junior Seau would be selected for the Pro Bowl that year.

After their miserable season, the Chargers earned the 1st overall pick in the next season's draft. The Chargers would trade that pick to the Falcons and draft LaDainian Tomlinson and also draft Drew Brees, both of whom would contribute to the Chargers' success in the 2000s.

Offseason[edit]

NFL draft[edit]

2000 San Diego Chargers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
2 43 Rogers Beckett  Safety Marshall
3 83 Damion McIntosh  Tackle Kansas State
4 111 Trevor Gaylor  Wide Receiver Miami from Philadelphia
4 113 Leonardo Carson  Defensive tackle Auburn from Detroit via Philadelphia
6 184 Shannon Taylor  Linebacker Virginia
6 203 Damen Wheeler  Cornerback Colorado
6 205 Ja'Juan Seider  Quarterback Flordia A&M
7 222 Jason Thomas  Guard Hampton
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Personnel[edit]

Staff[edit]

2000 San Diego Chargers staff
Front office
  • Chairman of the Board – Alex Spanos
  • President/Vice Chairman – Dean Spanos
  • Executive Vice President – Michael Spanos
  • Vice President of Football Operations – Ed McGuire
  • Director of Player Personnel – Billy Devaney
  • Director of Pro Personnel – Greg Gaines
  • Director of College Scouting – Jimmy Raye

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams – Bruce Read

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – John Hastings
  • Assistant Strength and Conditioning – Mike Schleelein

Roster[edit]

2000 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
53 Active, 5 Inactive, 5 Practice squad

Schedule[edit]

Week Date Opponent Result TV Game site Record Attendance
1 September 3, 2000 at Oakland Raiders L 6–9 CBS Network Associates Coliseum 0–1
56,373
2 September 10, 2000 New Orleans Saints L 27–28 FOX Qualcomm Stadium 0–2
51,300
3 September 17, 2000 at Kansas City Chiefs L 10–42 CBS Arrowhead Stadium 0–3
77,604
4 September 24, 2000 Seattle Seahawks L 12–20 CBS Qualcomm Stadium 0–4
47,233
5 October 1, 2000 at St. Louis Rams L 31–57 CBS Trans World Dome 0–5
66,010
6 October 8, 2000 Denver Broncos L 7–21 CBS Qualcomm Stadium 0–6
56,079
7 October 15, 2000 at Buffalo Bills L 24–27 CBS Ralph Wilson Stadium 0–7
72,351
8 October 22, 2000 Bye
9 October 29, 2000 Oakland Raiders L 13–15 ESPN Qualcomm Stadium 0–8
66,659
10 November 5, 2000 at Seattle Seahawks L 15–17 CBS Husky Stadium 0–9
59,884
11 November 12, 2000 Miami Dolphins L 7–17 CBS Qualcomm Stadium 0–10
56,896
12 November 19, 2000 at Denver Broncos L 37–38 CBS Mile High Stadium 0–11
75,218
13 November 26, 2000 Kansas City Chiefs W 17–16 CBS Qualcomm Stadium 1–11
47,228
14 December 3, 2000 San Francisco 49ers L 17–45 FOX Qualcomm Stadium 1–12
57,255
15 December 10, 2000 at Baltimore Ravens L 3–24 CBS PSINet Stadium 1–13
68,805
16 December 17, 2000 at Carolina Panthers L 22–30 CBS Ericsson Stadium 1–14
72,159
17 December 24, 2000 Pittsburgh Steelers L 21–34 CBS Qualcomm Stadium 1–15
50,809

Standings[edit]

AFC West
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(2) Oakland Raiders 12 4 0 .750 479 299 W1
(5) Denver Broncos 11 5 0 .688 485 369 W1
Kansas City Chiefs 7 9 0 .438 355 354 L1
Seattle Seahawks 6 10 0 .375 320 405 L1
San Diego Chargers 1 15 0 .063 269 440 L4

Awards and honors[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pro-Football-Reference.com: In a single season, from 1978 to 2011, in the regular season, sorted by ascending Rushing Yds | as of 2011 season
  2. ^ a b NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 362