1986 San Diego Chargers season

The 1986 San Diego Chargers season was the franchise's 17th season in the National Football League (NFL), and its 27th overall. the team failed to improve on their 8–8 record from 1985 Following a stagnant 1–7 start, Head Coach Don Coryell was fired and Al Saunders was named interim Head Coach. After the season, Saunders was named the permanent Head Coach and would hold the position through the end of the 1988 season. Leslie O'Neal was named Defensive Rookie of the Year.

1986 San Diego Chargers season
Head coachDon Coryell (Weeks 1-8)
Al Saunders (Weeks 9-16)
General managerJohnny Sanders
OwnerAlex Spanos
Home fieldJack Murphy Stadium
Results
Record4–12
Division place5th AFC West
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro BowlersRB Gary Anderson

Roster

1986 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

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 7, 1986 Miami Dolphins W 50–28 57,726
2 September 14, 1986 at New York Giants L 20–7 74,921
3 September 21, 1986 Washington Redskins L 30–27 57,853
4 September 28, 1986 at Los Angeles Raiders L 17–13 63,153
5 October 6, 1986 at Seattle Seahawks L 33–7 63,207
6 October 12, 1986 Denver Broncos L 31–14 55,662
7 October 19, 1986 at Kansas City Chiefs L 42–41 55,767
8 October 26, 1986 at Philadelphia Eagles L 23–7 41,469
9 November 2, 1986 Kansas City Chiefs L 24–23 48,518
10 November 9, 1986 at Denver Broncos W 9–3 75,012
11 November 16, 1986 Dallas Cowboys L 24–21 55,622
12 November 20, 1986 Los Angeles Raiders L 37–31 56,031
13 November 30, 1986 at Indianapolis Colts W 17–3 47,950
14 December 7, 1986 Houston Oilers W 27–0 40,103
15 December 14, 1986 Seattle Seahawks L 34–24 47,096
16 December 21, 1986 at Cleveland Browns L 47–17 68,505

Game summaries

Week 1 vs Dolphins

Standings

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Denver Broncos(2) 11 5 0 .688 5–3 8–4 378 327 L1
Kansas City Chiefs(5) 10 6 0 .625 5–3 9–5 358 326 W3
Seattle Seahawks 10 6 0 .625 5–3 7–5 366 293 W5
Los Angeles Raiders 8 8 0 .500 4–4 7–5 323 346 L4
San Diego Chargers 4 12 0 .250 1–7 4–8 335 396 L2

Awards and honors

History of the San Diego Chargers

The professional American football team now known as the Los Angeles Chargers previously played in San Diego, California as the San Diego Chargers from 1961 to 2017 before relocating back to Los Angeles where the team played their inaugural 1960. The Chargers franchise relocated from Los Angeles to San Diego in 1961. The Chargers' first home game in San Diego was at Balboa Stadium against the Oakland Raiders on September 17, 1961. Their last game as a San Diego-based club was played at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego on January 1, 2017 against the Kansas City Chiefs, who defeated the host Chargers, 37-27.

Game information
Scoring summary
Quarter Time Drive Team Scoring information Score
Plays Yards TOP MIA SD
1 10:52 Chargers Gary Anderson 18-yard touchdown reception from Dan Fouts, Rolf Benirschke kick good 0 7
1 2:17 Chargers 26-yard field goal by Rolf Benirschke 0 10
1 0:24 Chargers Tim Spencer 17-yard touchdown run, Rolf Benirschke kick good 0 17
2 12:00 Dolphins Mark Clayton 22-yard touchdown reception from Dan Marino, Fuad Reveiz kick good 7 17
2 4:02 Chargers Buford McGee 4-yard touchdown run, Rolf Benirschke kick no good 7 23
2 2:19 Dolphins Mark Clayton 49-yard touchdown reception from Dan Marino, Fuad Reveiz kick good 14 23
2 0:28 Chargers 36-yard field goal by Rolf Benirschke 14 26
3 9:22 Chargers Wes Chandler 7-yard touchdown reception from Dan Fouts, Rolf Benirschke kick good 14 33
3 6:47 Dolphins Nat Moore 6-yard touchdown reception from Dan Marino, Fuad Reveiz kick good 21 33
3 0:21 Chargers Pete Holohan 17-yard touchdown reception from Dan Fouts, Rolf Benirschke kick good 21 40
4 14:15 Chargers Buford McGee 4-yard touchdown run, Rolf Benirschke kick good 21 47
4 5:48 Chargers 36-yard field goal by Rolf Benirschke 21 50
4 0:58 Dolphins Nat Moore 17-yard touchdown reception from Dan Marino, Fuad Reveiz kick good 28 50
"TOP" = time of possession. For other American football terms, see Glossary of American football. 28 50
Franchise
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Culture
Lore
Rivalries
Wild card berths (3)
Division championships (15)
Conference championships (1)
League championships (1)
Current league affiliations
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Seasons (60)

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