|2011 San Diego Chargers season|
|Head coach||Norv Turner|
|General manager||A. J. Smith|
|Home field||Qualcomm Stadium|
|Division place||2nd AFC West|
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
|AP All-Pros||S Eric Weddle|
The 2011 season was the San Diego Chargers' 42nd in the National Football League and their 52nd overall. The team failed to improve on its 9-7 record from 2010, and finished in a three-way tie with the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders for the AFC West division title, with an 8-8 record, but lost the tiebreaker to the Broncos and missed the playoffs for a second consecutive season. For Norv Turner, this was his fifth season as the head coach of the Chargers. The Chargers had the 18th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.
On January 11, defensive coordinator Ron Rivera became the new head coach of the Carolina Panthers. That same day, Rich Bisacchia was named the team's new special teams' coach, replacing Steve Crosby, whose contract was not renewed. Three days later (January 14), the team hired former San Francisco 49ers' defensive coordinator Greg Manusky to replace Rivera. Manusky previously served as the Chargers' linebackers coach from 2002-2006.
|LB||Takeo Spikes||San Francisco 49ers||3 years, $9 million|
|LB||Travis LaBoy||San Francisco 49ers||2 years|
|SS||Bob Sanders||Indianapolis Colts||1 year|
|RB||Darren Sproles||New Orleans Saints|
|OLB||Kevin Burnett||Miami Dolphins|
|LB||Brandon Siler||Kansas City Chiefs|
|2011 San Diego Chargers draft|
|2||61||Jonas Mouton||LB||Michigan||[dr 1]|
|3||82||Vincent Brown||WR||San Diego State|
|3||89||Shareece Wright||CB||USC||[dr 2]|
|6||201||Stephen Schilling||G||Michigan||[dr 3]|
|7||234||Andrew Gachkar||LB||Missouri||[dr 4]|
|Made roster + Pro Football Hall of Fame * Made at least one Pro Bowl during career|
|1||August 11||Seattle Seahawks||L 17-24||0-1||Qualcomm Stadium||Recap|
|2||August 21||at Dallas Cowboys||W 20-7||1-1||Cowboys Stadium||Recap|
|3||August 27||at Arizona Cardinals||W 34-31||2-1||University of Phoenix Stadium||Recap|
|4||September 1||San Francisco 49ers||L 17-20||2-2||Qualcomm Stadium||Recap|
|1||September 11||Minnesota Vikings||W 24-17||1-0||Qualcomm Stadium||Recap|
|2||September 18||at New England Patriots||L 21-35||1-1||Gillette Stadium||Recap|
|3||September 25||Kansas City Chiefs||W 20-17||2-1||Qualcomm Stadium||Recap|
|4||October 2||Miami Dolphins||W 26-16||3-1||Qualcomm Stadium||Recap|
|5||October 9||at Denver Broncos||W 29-24||4-1||Sports Authority Field at Mile High||Recap|
|7||October 23||at New York Jets||L 21-27||4-2||MetLife Stadium||Recap|
|8||October 31||at Kansas City Chiefs||L 20-23 (OT)||4-3||Arrowhead Stadium||Recap|
|9||November 6||Green Bay Packers||L 38-45||4-4||Qualcomm Stadium||Recap|
|10||November 10||Oakland Raiders||L 17-24||4-5||Qualcomm Stadium||Recap|
|11||November 20||at Chicago Bears||L 20-31||4-6||Soldier Field||Recap|
|12||November 27||Denver Broncos||L 13-16 (OT)||4-7||Qualcomm Stadium||Recap|
|13||December 5||at Jacksonville Jaguars||W 38-14||5-7||EverBank Field||Recap|
|14||December 11||Buffalo Bills||W 37-10||6-7||Qualcomm Stadium||Recap|
|15||December 18||Baltimore Ravens||W 34-14||7-7||Qualcomm Stadium||Recap|
|16||December 24||at Detroit Lions||L 10-38||7-8||Ford Field||Recap|
|17||January 1||at Oakland Raiders||W 38-26||8-8||O.co Coliseum||Recap|
Coming off their special teams woes in 2010, the Chargers allowed a 103-yard opening kickoff return to Percy Harvin to start the season. Kicker Nate Kaeding suffered a season-ending injury on the play, and punter Mike Scifres assumed place kicking responsibilities for the game. The Chargers outscored the Vikings 10-0 in the fourth quarter to come back and win the game, 24-17. Fullback Mike Tolbert scored three touchdowns, and Philip Rivers completed 33 of 48 passes for 335 yards and two touchdowns. He was also intercepted twice. Scifres kicked a 40-yard field goal, the first of his NFL career, and kicked three PATs. With the win, the Chargers started their season out 1-0.
With the loss, the Chargers fell to 1-1.
With the win, the Chargers improved to 2-1.
With the win, the Chargers improved to 3-1.
With the win, the Chargers went into their bye week at 4-1. The team also managed to get their best start after five games under head coach Norv Turner.
With the loss, the Chargers fell to 4-2.
With the loss, the Chargers fell to 4-3.
With the loss, the Chargers fell to 4-4.
Trying to snap a three-game losing streak, the Chargers stayed at home for a Week 10 AFC West duel with the Oakland Raiders on Thursday night. San Diego struck first in the opening quarter with a 20-yard field goal from kicker Nick Novak, but the Raiders answered with running back Michael Bush getting a 2-yard touchdown run. Oakland added onto their lead in the second quarter with kicker Sebastian Janikowski getting a 23-yard field goal, followed by quarterback Carson Palmer completing a 33-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Denarius Moore.
The Chargers began the third quarter with quarterback Philip Rivers finding rookie wide receiver Vincent Brown on a 30-yard touchdown pass, but the Raiders struck back with Palmer completing a 26-yard touchdown pass to Moore. Afterwards, San Diego closed out the quarter with Rivers hooking up with fullback Jacob Hester on a 7-yard touchdown pass. The Chargers tried to rally in the fourth quarter, but Oakland's defense held on to preserve the win.
With the loss, the Chargers fell to 4-6 and lost 5 in a row for the first time since 2003.
Hoping to snap a six-game losing streak, the Chargers flew to EverBank Field for a Week 13 Monday night duel with the Jacksonville Jaguars. San Diego delivered the game's opening punch with a 13-yard touchdown run from running back Mike Tolbert, followed by a 29-yard field goal from kicker Nick Novak. The Jaguars would answer in the second quarter with quarterback Blaine Gabbert completing a 9-yard touchdown pass to running back Maurice Jones-Drew and a 5-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Cecil Shorts, yet the Chargers replied with quarterback Philip Rivers connecting with rookie wide receiver Vincent Brown on a 22-yard touchdown pass and a 35-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Vincent Jackson.
San Diego added onto its lead in the third quarter with Rivers hooking up with wide receiver Malcom Floyd on a 52-yard touchdown pass. Afterwards, the Bolts would pull away in the fourth quarter with a 31-yard touchdown run from running back Ryan Matthews.
With the win, the Chargers improved to 5-7.
With the win, the Chargers improved to 6-7.
With the win, the Chargers improved to 7-7.
With the loss, the Chargers fell to 7-8.
With the win, the Chargers wrapped up their season at 8-8 and snapped their three-game losing streak against the Raiders.
|San Diego Chargers||8||8||0||.500||3-3||7-5||406||377||W1|
|Kansas City Chiefs||7||9||0||.438||3-3||4-8||212||338||W1|
The Chargers - widely considered as a Super Bowl contender going into this season - stagger into a Monday night game at Jacksonville on a six-game losing skid. It is the Chargers' longest such streak in 10 years.