1974 San Diego Chargers season

The 1974 San Diego Chargers season was the franchise's 5th season in the National Football League (NFL), and its 15th overall. The team improved on their 2–11–1 record in 1973 and finished 5-9. It was Tommy Prothro's first season as the team's head coach.

Before the season, the team changed from white helmets and powder blue jerseys—which it had had since its inception in 1960—to royal blue helmets and jerseys.[1] Players' uniform numbers were also removed from the helmets. The royal blue would remain through 1984, when the helmets and jerseys became a darker shade of blue; that blue became even darker in 1988. The Chargers switched back permanently to modified white helmets in 2007.[2]

1974 San Diego Chargers season
Head coachTommy Prothro
General managerHarland Svare
OwnerEugene V. Klein
Home fieldSan Diego Stadium
Results
Record5–9
Division place4th AFC West
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro BowlersT Russ Washington

NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position School/Club Team
1 2 Bo Matthews Running back Colorado

Roster

1974 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

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 15, 1974 at Houston Oilers L 21–14
25,317
2 September 22, 1974 at Cincinnati Bengals W 20–17
51,178
3 September 29, 1974 Miami Dolphins L 28–21
44,706
4 October 6, 1974 Philadelphia Eagles L 13–7
36,124
5 October 13, 1974 Oakland Raiders L 14–10
40,539
6 October 20, 1974 at Denver Broncos L 27–7
50,928
7 October 27, 1974 Kansas City Chiefs L 24–14
34,371
8 November 3, 1974 Cleveland Browns W 36–35
35,683
9 November 10, 1974 at Kansas City Chiefs W 14–7
48,551
10 November 17, 1974 at Oakland Raiders L 17–10
50,178
11 November 24, 1974 at Green Bay Packers L 34–0
56,267
12 December 1, 1974 at New York Jets L 27–14
44,888
13 December 8, 1974 Chicago Bears W 28–21
33,662
14 December 15, 1974 Denver Broncos W 17–0
36,571

Standings

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Oakland Raiders 12 2 0 .857 5–1 9–2 355 228 W3
Denver Broncos 7 6 1 .536 3–3 5–4–1 302 294 L1
Kansas City Chiefs 5 9 0 .357 2–4 4–7 233 285 L2
San Diego Chargers 5 9 0 .357 2–4 4–7 212 293 W2

References

  1. ^ Gridiron Uniform Database: San Diego Chargers
  2. ^ SportsLogos.net: San Diego Chargers
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