2000 San Diego Chargers Season
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2000 San Diego Chargers Season

2000 San Diego Chargers season
OwnerAlex Spanos
Head coachMike Riley
General managerBobby Beathard
Home fieldQualcomm Stadium
Results
Record1-15
Division place5th AFC West
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersLB Junior Seau
P Darren Bennett[1]

The 2000 season was the San Diego Chargers' 31st in the National Football League (NFL), their 41st overall and their second under head coach Mike Riley. The Chargers failed to improve on their 8-8 record from 1999, and finished the season 1-15, the worst record of any Chargers team in history. The team lost its first eleven games before their only victory of the season against the Kansas City Chiefs (by one point, which was obtained on a last-second field goal). The 2000 Chargers were also the first team to finish 1-15 and have their only win of the season be at home. Oddly enough, out of the eleven teams in NFL history to finish 1-15, only three others had their only win at home (2007 Dolphins, 2016 Browns, and 2020 Jaguars). The Chargers were also the third 1-15 team to win their lone game by a single point; the others, the 1980 Saints and 1991 Colts, each defeated the New York Jets on the road.

San Diego had a historically inept running attack in 2000; their 1,062 total team rushing yards (66.4 per game) is the lowest total of rushing yards by any team in NFL history in a 16-game season.[2] For perspective, the strike-shortened 1982 NFL season--which was a nine-game schedule--included thirteen teams who rushed for more yards than San Diego did in 2000, and the 1992 Seahawks, who scored only 140 points in 16 games, rushed for 1,596 yards.[3]

Despite this, there were a few bright spots; Darren Bennett and Junior Seau would be selected for the Pro Bowl that year.

After their miserable season, the Chargers earned the first overall pick in the next season's draft. The Chargers would trade that pick to the Falcons and draft LaDainian Tomlinson and also Drew Brees, both of whom would contribute to the Chargers' success in the middle and late 2000s.

Offseason

NFL draft

2000 San Diego Chargers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
2 43 Rogers Beckett  Safety Marshall
3 83 Damion McIntosh  Tackle Kansas State
4 111 Trevor Gaylor  Wide receiver Miami from Philadelphia
4 113 Leonardo Carson  Defensive tackle Auburn from Detroit via Philadelphia
6 184 Shannon Taylor  Linebacker Virginia
6 203 Damen Wheeler  Cornerback Colorado
6 205 Ja'Juan Seider  Quarterback Florida A&M
7 222 Jason Thomas  Guard Hampton
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Personnel

Staff

Roster

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance Recap
1 September 3 at Oakland Raiders L 6-9 0-1 Network Associates Coliseum 56,373 Recap
2 September 10 New Orleans Saints L 27-28 0-2 Qualcomm Stadium 51,300 Recap
3 September 17 at Kansas City Chiefs L 10-42 0-3 Arrowhead Stadium 77,604 Recap
4 September 24 Seattle Seahawks L 12-20 0-4 Qualcomm Stadium 47,233 Recap
5 October 1 at St. Louis Rams L 31-57 0-5 Trans World Dome 66,010 Recap
6 October 8 Denver Broncos L 7-21 0-6 Qualcomm Stadium 56,079 Recap
7 October 15 at Buffalo Bills L 24-27 (OT) 0-7 Ralph Wilson Stadium 72,351 Recap
8 Bye
9 October 29 Oakland Raiders L 13-15 0-8 Qualcomm Stadium 66,659 Recap
10 November 5 at Seattle Seahawks L 15-17 0-9 Husky Stadium 59,884 Recap
11 November 12 Miami Dolphins L 7-17 0-10 Qualcomm Stadium 56,896 Recap
12 November 19 at Denver Broncos L 37-38 0-11 Mile High Stadium 75,218 Recap
13 November 26 Kansas City Chiefs W 17-16 1-11 Qualcomm Stadium 47,228 Recap
14 December 3 San Francisco 49ers L 17-45 1-12 Qualcomm Stadium 57,255 Recap
15 December 10 at Baltimore Ravens L 3-24 1-13 PSINet Stadium 68,805 Recap
16 December 17 at Carolina Panthers L 22-30 1-14 Ericsson Stadium 72,159 Recap
17 December 24 Pittsburgh Steelers L 21-34 1-15 Qualcomm Stadium 50,809 Recap

Standings

AFC West
W L T PCT PF PA STK
(2) Oakland Raiders 12 4 0 .750 479 299 W1
(5) Denver Broncos 11 5 0 .688 485 369 W1
Kansas City Chiefs 7 9 0 .438 355 354 L1
Seattle Seahawks 6 10 0 .375 320 405 L1
San Diego Chargers 1 15 0 .063 269 440 L4

References

  1. ^ NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York, NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 362
  2. ^ Pro Football Reference: In a single season, from 1978 to 2011, in the regular season, sorted by ascending Rushing Yards | as of 2017 season
  3. ^ Pro Football Reference; 1992 Seattle Seahawks

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