2013 San Diego Chargers season

The 2013 San Diego Chargers season was the franchise's 44th season in the National Football League (NFL), the 54th overall, and the 1st under head coach Mike McCoy. The Chargers finished the regular season with a record of 9–7, improving on their 7–9 record from 2012. Also, they qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 2009. The Chargers defeated the Cincinnati Bengals in the Wild Card round by a score of 27–10, but lost to the Denver Broncos in the Divisional round by a score of 24–17. This was the Chargers' final playoff appearance in San Diego. They did not play in the postseason again until 2018, after relocating to Los Angeles.

The new head coach, Mike McCoy, along with offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, completed the Chargers' first winning season since 2010. Only two offensive coaches returned from 2012 in an overhauled coaching staff, and a revamped offensive system had quarterback Philip Rivers release the ball earlier and taking what opposing defenses conceded. Rivers was sacked 30 times, compared to 49 the previous year, and threw for 4,479 yards and 32 touchdowns while tying a career-high with a 105.5 passer rating. San Diego's rushing attack improved from the prior season's 1,461 yards and 3.6 yards per carry—tied for the second worst in the league—to 1,965 yards and a 4-yard average.[2] Although they were speculated to have a poor, disappointing season, and getting off to a shaky start, the Chargers finished in the top eight of the overall standings. Rivers was named NFL Comeback Player of the Year, and Keenan Allen broke out into the national scene as a rookie sensation, breaking multiple wide receiver rookie records. Whisenhunt left at the conclusion of the season to become the head coach of the Titans.

2013 San Diego Chargers season
Head coachMike McCoy
General managerTom Telesco[1]
OwnerAlex Spanos
Home fieldQualcomm Stadium
Local radioKIOZ, KLSD
Results
Record9–7
Division place3rd AFC West
Playoff finishWon Wild Card Playoffs (Bengals) 27–10
Lost Divisional Playoffs (Broncos) 17–24
Pro BowlersPhilip Rivers, QB
Eric Weddle, FS

Signings

Pos. Player 2012 Team Contract
CB Derek Cox Jacksonville Jaguars 4 years, $20 million
DE Dwight Freeney Indianapolis Colts 2 years, $8.7 million
TE John Phillips Dallas Cowboys 3 years, $5.2 million
OT King Dunlap Philadelphia Eagles 2 years, $3.7 million
RB Danny Woodhead New England Patriots 2 years, $3.5 million
CB Richard Marshall Miami Dolphins 1 year, $855,000
RB Chris Gronkowski Denver Broncos 1 year, $630,000
LB Thomas Keiser Carolina Panthers 1 year, $555,000

Re-Signings

Pos. Player Contract
RB Ronnie Brown 1 year, $1 million

Departures

Pos. Player 2013 Team
G Louis Vasquez Denver Broncos
LB Antwan Barnes New York Jets
CB Antoine Cason Arizona Cardinals
CB Quentin Jammer Denver Broncos
LB Shaun Phillips Denver Broncos
WR Robert Meachem New Orleans Saints
LB Takeo Spikes Retired
LB Demorrio Williams
G Reggie Wells

NFL Draft

2013 San Diego Chargers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 11 D. J. Fluker  OT Alabama
2 38 Manti Te'o  LB Notre Dame from Arizona [R2 - 1]
3 76 Keenan Allen *  WR California
5 145 Steve Williams  CB California
6 179 Tourek Williams  DE FIU
7 221 Brad Sorensen  QB Southern Utah
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Draft notes

  1. ^ Rosenthal, Gregg (April 26, 2013). "Manti Te'o gets fresh start with San Diego Chargers". NFL.com. Retrieved April 28, 2013.
  1. ^ No. 38: Arizona → San Diego (D). Arizona traded this selection to San Diego in exchange for San Diego's 2013 second- (45th) and fourth- (110th) round selections.[source 1]

Staff

2013 San Diego Chargers staff
Front office
  • Owner – Alex Spanos
  • Chairman/President – Dean Spanos
  • Executive Vice President – Michael Spanos
  • Executive Vice President/CEO – A. G. Spanos
  • General Manager – Tom Telesco
  • Executive Vice President of Football Operations – John Spanos
  • Executive Vice President of Football Administration/Player Finance – Ed McGuire
  • Senior Executive – Randy Mueller
  • Director of Pro Scouting – Dennis Abraham
  • Director of Player Personnel – JoJo Wooden
  • Director of College Scouting – Kevin Kelly
  • Assistant Director of Pro Scouting – Bryan Cox
  • Assistant Director of College Scouting – Mike Biehl

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams Coordinator – Kevin Spencer
  • Assistant Special Teams – Craig Aukerman

Strength and conditioning

Final roster

2013 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, 10 Inactive, 8 Practice squad

Schedule

Preseason

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 8 Seattle Seahawks L 10–31 0–1 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
2 August 15 at Chicago Bears L 28–33 0–2 Soldier Field Recap
3 August 24 at Arizona Cardinals W 24–7 1–2 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
4 August 29 San Francisco 49ers L 6–41 1–3 Qualcomm Stadium Recap

Regular season

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 9 Houston Texans L 28–31 0–1 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
2 September 15 at Philadelphia Eagles W 33–30 1–1 Lincoln Financial Field Recap
3 September 22 at Tennessee Titans L 17–20 1–2 LP Field Recap
4 September 29 Dallas Cowboys W 30–21 2–2 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
5 October 6 at Oakland Raiders L 17–27 2–3 O.co Coliseum Recap
6 October 14 Indianapolis Colts W 19–9 3–3 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
7 October 20 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 24–6 4–3 EverBank Field Recap
8 Bye
9 November 3 at Washington Redskins L 24–30 (OT) 4–4 Fedex Field Recap
10 November 10 Denver Broncos L 20–28 4–5 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
11 November 17 at Miami Dolphins L 16–20 4–6 Sun Life Stadium Recap
12 November 24 at Kansas City Chiefs W 41–38 5–6 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
13 December 1 Cincinnati Bengals L 10–17 5–7 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
14 December 8 New York Giants W 37–14 6–7 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
15 December 12 at Denver Broncos W 27–20 7–7 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap
16 December 22 Oakland Raiders W 26–13 8–7 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
17 December 29 Kansas City Chiefs W 27–24 (OT) 9–7 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Postseason

Playoff round Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
Wild Card January 5, 2014 at Cincinnati Bengals (3) W 27–10 1–0 Paul Brown Stadium Recap
Divisional January 12, 2014 at Denver Broncos (1) L 17–24 1–1 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap

Game summaries

Regular season

Week 1: vs. Houston Texans

With the loss, the Chargers started their season 0-1.

Week 5: at Oakland Raiders

Week 17: vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City missed a field goal as with a few seconds left to send the game into overtime, where Nick Novak kicked the game winner. With the win, the Chargers finished the 2013 season with a record of 9–7 and clinched the second wild card spot, becoming the 6th seed entering the playoffs.

Postseason

AFC Wild Card Playoff Game: at #3 Cincinnati Bengals

With the Chargers defeating the Bengals, 27-10, they advanced to the AFC Divisional Playoff Game.

AFC Divisional Playoff Game: at #1 Denver Broncos

With the Chargers falling to the Broncos, the Chargers finish the season 10-8, the 1st double digit winning season since 2009 and 1st playoff victory since 2008.

Standings

Division

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(1) Denver Broncos 13 3 0 .813 5–1 9–3 606 399 W2
(5) Kansas City Chiefs 11 5 0 .688 2–4 7–5 430 305 L2
(6) San Diego Chargers 9 7 0 .563 4–2 6–6 396 348 W4
Oakland Raiders 4 12 0 .250 1–5 4–8 322 453 L6

Conference

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA PD STK
Division winners
1 Denver Broncos West 13 3 0 .813 5–1 9–3 606 399 207 W2
2 New England Patriots East 12 4 0 .750 4–2 9–3 444 338 106 W2
3[a] Cincinnati Bengals North 11 5 0 .688 3–3 8–4 430 305 125 W2
4 Indianapolis Colts South 11 5 0 .688 6–0 9–3 391 336 55 W3
Wild cards
5 Kansas City Chiefs West 11 5 0 .688 2–4 7–5 430 305 125 L2
6 San Diego Chargers West 9 7 0 .563 4–2 6–6 396 348 48 W4
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7[b][c] Pittsburgh Steelers North 8 8 0 .500 4–2 6–6 379 370 9 W3
8[d] Baltimore Ravens North 8 8 0 .500 3–3 6–6 320 352 -32 L2
9[e] New York Jets East 8 8 0 .500 3–3 5–7 290 387 -97 W2
10 Miami Dolphins East 8 8 0 .500 2–4 7–5 317 335 -18 L2
11 Tennessee Titans South 7 9 0 .438 2–4 6–6 362 381 -19 W2
12 Buffalo Bills East 6 10 0 .375 3–3 5–7 339 388 -49 L1
13[f][g] Oakland Raiders West 4 12 0 .250 1–5 4–8 322 453 -131 L6
14[h] Jacksonville Jaguars South 4 12 0 .250 3–3 4–8 247 449 -202 L3
15 Cleveland Browns North 4 12 0 .250 2–4 3–9 308 406 -98 L7
16 Houston Texans South 2 14 0 .125 1–5 2–10 276 428 -152 L14
Tiebreakers[i]
  1. ^ Cincinnati defeated Indianapolis head-to-head (Week 14, 42–28).
  2. ^ Pittsburgh finished with a better division record than Baltimore.
  3. ^ Pittsburgh defeated the New York Jets head-to-head (Week 6, 19–6).
  4. ^ Baltimore defeated the New York Jets head-to-head (Week 12, 19–3).
  5. ^ The New York Jets finished with a better division record than Miami.
  6. ^ Oakland and Jacksonville finished with a better conference record than Cleveland.
  7. ^ Oakland defeated Jacksonville head-to-head (Week 2, 19–9).
  8. ^ Jacksonville defeated Cleveland head-to-head (Week 13, 32–28).
  9. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.
  1. ^ Cincinnati defeated Indianapolis head-to-head (Week 14, 42–28).
  2. ^ Pittsburgh finished with a better division record than Baltimore.
  3. ^ Pittsburgh defeated the New York Jets head-to-head (Week 6, 19–6).
  4. ^ Baltimore defeated the New York Jets head-to-head (Week 12, 19–3).
  5. ^ The New York Jets finished with a better division record than Miami.
  6. ^ Oakland and Jacksonville finished with a better conference record than Cleveland.
  7. ^ Oakland defeated Jacksonville head-to-head (Week 2, 19–9).
  8. ^ Jacksonville defeated Cleveland head-to-head (Week 13, 32–28).
  9. ^ When breaking ties for three or more teams under the NFL's rules, they are first broken within divisions, then comparing only the highest ranked remaining team from each division.

References

  1. ^ Wilson, Bernie (January 9, 2013). "Colts VP Telesco hired as Chargers' GM". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  2. ^ Gehlken, Michael (February 1, 2014). "Philip Rivers Comeback Player of Year". U-T San Diego. Archived from the original on February 2, 2014.
  3. ^ "Late-night TV looming for Chargers fans". U-T San Diego. Retrieved October 7, 2013.
  4. ^ "2013 Conference Standings". NFL.com. Retrieved December 8, 2013.
  5. ^ "2013 NFL playoff picture". CBS Sports. Retrieved December 8, 2013.

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