2017 Los Angeles Chargers season

The 2017 Los Angeles Chargers season was the franchise's 48th season in the National Football League (NFL), the 58th overall, the 2nd in the Greater Los Angeles Area and the first under head coach Anthony Lynn. It was the Chargers' first season in Los Angeles since their inaugural 1960 season, when they were in the AFL, as the team exercised its option to move back to the city and join the Los Angeles Rams on January 12, 2017.[1] The 2017 season was the first of three seasons played at StubHub Center prior to the new stadium in Inglewood being completed in 2020.

The Chargers, despite an 0–4 start, improved their 5–11 record from last season after a week 13 win over the Cleveland Browns. Their season finale win over the Raiders helped the Chargers finish with a winning record for the first time since 2014. However, they missed the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season — the Chargers finished in a four-way tie with the Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens for the two Wild Card playoff spots, but the Titans and Bills claimed the Wild Cards based on tiebreakers.

2017 Los Angeles Chargers season
Head coachAnthony Lynn
General managerTom Telesco
OwnerAlex Spanos
Home fieldStubHub Center
Results
Record9–7
Division place2nd AFC West
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersWR Keenan Allen
DE Joey Bosa
CB Casey Hayward
QB Philip Rivers
DE Melvin Ingram
OT Russell Okung

Offseason

Transition to Los Angeles

On January 2, 2017, Chargers' head coach Mike McCoy was fired along with the majority of his coaching staff. On January 12, 2017, Chargers' owner Dean Spanos announced during a press conference the decision to immediately return the San Diego Chargers to Los Angeles. Spanos had a deadline of January 17, 2017, to decide if he wanted to return the team to Los Angeles. The Chargers were chosen by the league in 2016 as the second team to be allowed to relocate to Los Angeles with the Los Angeles Rams. Upon completion, both teams will play at Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park in Inglewood, California after its expected completion in August 2020. Until then, the Chargers will reside at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.[2]

The Chargers transitioned from San Diego to new headquarters in the LA area throughout the offseason, although social and fan reaction was overwhelmingly negative. The team held their mini-camp in San Diego, with the final day on the field at the old practice field coming on June 15. Former players James Lofton, Nick Hardwick and Jacques Cesaire showed up on the final day, as did fans.[3]

Trucks moved equipment up the road after the final practice. Front office people continued to work in San Diego until the team's lease expired later in the summer. The team's new facility is in Costa Mesa, California.[4]

Signings

Pos. Player Age 2016 Team Contract
OT Russell Okung 29 Denver Broncos 4 years, $53 million
DE Damion Square 28 San Diego Chargers 2 years, $4 million
RB Branden Oliver 25 San Diego Chargers 1 year, $800,000
TE Jeff Cumberland 29 San Diego Chargers 1 year, $775,000
RB Kenjon Barner 27 Philadelphia Eagles 1 year, $690,000
DE Tenny Palepoi 26 San Diego Chargers 1 year, $615,000

Releases

Pos. Player Age 2017 Team
OT King Dunlap 31 Retired
OG D.J. Fluker 25 New York Giants
LB Manti Te'o 26 New Orleans Saints
WR Jeremy Butler 25 Buffalo Bills
CB Brandon Flowers 31 Retired
WR Stevie Johnson 30 TBD
DT Sean Lissemore 29 TBD
RB Danny Woodhead 32 Baltimore Ravens
RB Dexter McCluster 28 TBD
RB Ronnie Hillman 25 Dallas Cowboys
CB Robert McClain 28 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Draft

2017 Los Angeles Chargers Draft
Round Selection Player Position College
1 7 Mike Williams WR Clemson University
2 38 Forrest Lamp G Western Kentucky
3 71 Dan Feeney G Indiana
4 113 Rayshawn Jenkins S Miami
5 151 Desmond King S Iowa
6 190 Sam Tevi OT Utah
7 225 Isaac Rochell DE Notre Dame

Staff

2017 Los Angeles Chargers staff
Front office
  • Owner – Alex Spanos
  • Chairman/President – Dean Spanos
  • Executive Vice President – Michael Spanos
  • CEO/President – Business Operations – A. G. Spanos
  • General Manager – Tom Telesco
  • President – Football Operations – John Spanos
  • Executive Vice President of Football Administration/Player Finance – Ed McGuire
  • Senior Executive – Randy Mueller
  • Director of Pro Scouting – Dennis Abraham
  • Senior Director of Pro Personnel – Louis Clark
  • Director of Player Personnel – JoJo Wooden
  • Director of College Scouting – Kevin Kelly

Head coaches

  • Head Coach – Anthony Lynn
  • Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator – George Stewart

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Assistant Special Teams – Marquice Williams

Strength and conditioning

  • Head Strength and Conditioning – John Lott
  • Assistant Strength – Jonathan Brooks
  • Assistant Strength – Larry Jackson

Final roster

2017 Los Angeles 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, 14 Inactive, 9 Practice squad

Preseason

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 August 13 Seattle Seahawks L 17–48 0–1 StubHub Center Recap
2 August 20 New Orleans Saints L 7–13 0–2 StubHub Center Recap
3 August 26 at Los Angeles Rams W 21–19 1–2 Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Recap
4 August 31 at San Francisco 49ers L 13–23 1–3 Levi's Stadium Recap

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Game site NFL.com
recap
1 September 11 at Denver Broncos L 21–24 0–1 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap
2 September 17 Miami Dolphins L 17–19 0–2 StubHub Center Recap
3 September 24 Kansas City Chiefs L 10–24 0–3 StubHub Center Recap
4 October 1 Philadelphia Eagles L 24–26 0–4 StubHub Center Recap
5 October 8 at New York Giants W 27–22 1–4 MetLife Stadium Recap
6 October 15 at Oakland Raiders W 17–16 2–4 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum Recap
7 October 22 Denver Broncos W 21–0 3–4 StubHub Center Recap
8 October 29 at New England Patriots L 13–21 3–5 Gillette Stadium Recap
9 Bye
10 November 12 at Jacksonville Jaguars L 17–20 (OT) 3–6 EverBank Field Recap
11 November 19 Buffalo Bills W 54–24 4–6 StubHub Center Recap
12 November 23 at Dallas Cowboys W 28–6 5–6 AT&T Stadium Recap
13 December 3 Cleveland Browns W 19–10 6–6 StubHub Center Recap
14 December 10 Washington Redskins W 30–13 7–6 StubHub Center Recap
15 December 16 at Kansas City Chiefs L 13–30 7–7 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
16 December 24 at New York Jets W 14–7 8–7 MetLife Stadium Recap
17 December 31 Oakland Raiders W 30–10 9–7 StubHub Center Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Game summaries

Week 1: at Denver Broncos

Rookie kicker Younghoe Koo's game-tying 44-yard field goal attempt in the final seconds was blocked by the Denver's Shelby Harris, and the Chargers lost 24–21. An earlier attempt by Koo was successful, but it was called off after the Broncos had called a timeout right before the snap.[5]

Week 2: vs. Miami Dolphins

Koo missed a game-winning 44-yard field goal attempt as time expired in a 19–17 loss to Miami.[6]

Week 4: vs. Philadelphia Eagles

The Chargers play a home game at StubHub Center against the NFC East's Philadelphia Eagles. Notably, this home game turned out to be a 'road game' for the Chargers as Eagles fans took over StubHub and turned it into, as dubbed on Twitter, "Lincoln Financial Field West". In the end the Eagles won 26-24 over the Chargers.

With the loss, the Chargers' record dropped to 0-4, last place in the AFC West.

Week 7: vs. Denver Broncos

With their first home victory as the L.A. Chargers, Philip Rivers went 15/26 for 183 passing yard and 2 touchdowns, shutting out the Denver Broncos. It was their first home win in Los Angeles, since December 18, 1960.

Week 12: at Dallas Cowboys

NFL on Thanksgiving Day

Philip Rivers threw three touchdowns in the second half, and Dak Prescott threw two picks in the fourth quarter, one of which was returned 90 yards by rookie Desmond King for a touchdown, for a second straight win. With the win and the Chiefs losing on Sunday, the Chargers ended up one game out of first in the AFC West. This would be the first time since 2010 that the Chargers would wear the alternate powder blue jerseys introduced in 2007 against an NFC team.

Week 13: vs. Cleveland Browns

The Chargers, for the second straight year in a row, faced a winless Browns team. Former Browns kicker Travis Coons, signed off the Chargers' practice squad in place of an injured Nick Novak, kicked four field goals in the game. Keenan Allen caught a touchdown, and the defense forced two fourth-quarter turnovers to seal the game. With the win, along with the Chiefs' loss to the Jets earlier and the Raiders beating the Giants, the Chargers moved into a three-way tie for first place in the AFC West.

Week 17: vs. Oakland Raiders

Standings

Division

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(4) Kansas City Chiefs 10 6 0 .625 5–1 8–4 415 339 W4
Los Angeles Chargers 9 7 0 .563 3–3 6–6 355 272 W2
Oakland Raiders 6 10 0 .375 2–4 5–7 301 373 L4
Denver Broncos 5 11 0 .313 2–4 4–8 289 382 L2

Conference

# Team Division W L T PCT DIV CONF SOS SOV STK
Division leaders
1[a] New England Patriots East 13 3 0 .813 5–1 10–2 .484 .466 W3
2[a] Pittsburgh Steelers North 13 3 0 .813 6–0 10–2 .453 .423 W2
3[b] Jacksonville Jaguars South 10 6 0 .625 4–2 9–3 .434 .394 L2
4[b] Kansas City Chiefs West 10 6 0 .625 5–1 8–4 .477 .481 W4
Wild Cards
5[c] Tennessee Titans South 9 7 0 .563 5–1 8–4 .434 .396 W1
6[c] Buffalo Bills East 9 7 0 .563 3–3 7–5 .492 .396 W1
Did not qualify for the playoffs
7[c] Baltimore Ravens North 9 7 0 .563 3–3 7–5 .441 .299 L1
8[c] Los Angeles Chargers West 9 7 0 .563 3–3 6–6 .457 .347 W2
9 Cincinnati Bengals North 7 9 0 .438 3–3 6–6 .465 .321 W2
10[d] Oakland Raiders West 6 10 0 .375 2–4 5–7 .512 .396 L4
11[d] Miami Dolphins East 6 10 0 .375 2–4 5–7 .543 .531 L3
12[e] Denver Broncos West 5 11 0 .313 2–4 4–8 .492 .413 L2
13[e] New York Jets East 5 11 0 .313 2–4 5–7 .520 .438 L4
14[f] Indianapolis Colts South 4 12 0 .250 2–4 3–9 .480 .219 W1
15[f] Houston Texans South 4 12 0 .250 1–5 3–9 .516 .375 L6
16 Cleveland Browns North 0 16 0 .000 0–6 0–12 .520 L16
Tiebreakers[g]
  1. ^ a b New England claimed the No. 1 seed over Pittsburgh based on head-to-head victory.
  2. ^ a b Jacksonville claimed the No. 3 seed over Kansas City based on conference record.
  3. ^ a b c d Tennessee finished ahead of Buffalo, Baltimore and LA Chargers based on conference record, claiming the No. 5 seed.
    Buffalo and Baltimore finished ahead of LA Chargers based on conference record. Buffalo claimed the No. 6 seed over Baltimore based on strength of victory.
  4. ^ a b Oakland wins tie break over Miami based on head-to-head win percentage.
  5. ^ a b Denver wins tie break over NY Jets based on head-to-head win percentage.
  6. ^ a b Indianapolis wins tie break over Houston based on head-to-head win percentage
  7. ^ 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. ^ a b New England claimed the No. 1 seed over Pittsburgh based on head-to-head victory.
  2. ^ a b Jacksonville claimed the No. 3 seed over Kansas City based on conference record.
  3. ^ a b c d Tennessee finished ahead of Buffalo, Baltimore and LA Chargers based on conference record, claiming the No. 5 seed.
    Buffalo and Baltimore finished ahead of LA Chargers based on conference record. Buffalo claimed the No. 6 seed over Baltimore based on strength of victory.
  4. ^ a b Oakland wins tie break over Miami based on head-to-head win percentage.
  5. ^ a b Denver wins tie break over NY Jets based on head-to-head win percentage.
  6. ^ a b Indianapolis wins tie break over Houston based on head-to-head win percentage
  7. ^ 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. ^ "Chargers announce decision to relocate to Los Angeles". National Football League. January 12, 2017. Retrieved January 12, 2017.
  2. ^ "Chargers chairman 'looking forward' after announcing L.A. move". ESPN.com. January 12, 2017. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  3. ^ http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/19647601/chargers-philip-rivers-bid-bittersweet-farewell-san-diego
  4. ^ http://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/19647601/chargers-philip-rivers-bid-bittersweet-farewell-san-diego
  5. ^ Wang, Jack (September 11, 2017). "Chargers' comeback falls short as blocked field goal seals 24-21 loss to Broncos". Los Angeles Daily News. Archived from the original on September 12, 2017.
  6. ^ Sherman, Rodger (September 17, 2017). "This Time, the Missed Game-Winning Kick Is Younghoe Koo's Fault". The Ringer. Archived from the original on October 6, 2017.

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