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1996 San Diego Chargers

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8-8-0, Finished 3rd in AFC West Division  · 1996 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -1.8, Offense: 0.4, Defense: -2.1, SoS: 2.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 310 points (19.4/g), 18th of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 376 points (23.5/g), 24th.
 Differential of -66 points (-4.1/g), 22nd.  Expected W-L: 6.2-9.8.

Coach: Bobby Ross (8-8-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Ralph Friedgen
 Defensive Coordinator: Dave Adolph

Stadium: Jack Murphy Stadium
 Training Camp: UC San Diego (San Diego, California)

Team Info

Principal Owner Alex Spanos
General Manager Bobby Beathard
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 310 4670 1022 4.6 32 11 24 272 314 577 3358 23 21 5.5 168 412 1312 7 3.2 80
Team Defense 376 5421 1100 4.9 36 14 30 321 369 636 3666 28 22 5.5 199 431 1755 10 4.1 92
Lg Rank Offense 18 26 17 8 25 5 14 10 23 22 25 29 27 30
Lg Rank Defense 24 23 6 7 24 30 25 27 7 10 10 17 9 23

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun September 1 boxscore W 1-0 Seattle Seahawks 29 7 27 377 191 186 16 357 251 106 4
2 Sun September 8 boxscore W 2-0 Cincinnati Bengals 27 14 25 383 269 114 2 14 249 187 62 2
3 Sun September 15 boxscore L 2-1 @ Green Bay Packers 10 42 11 141 108 33 3 23 336 204 132 3
4 Sun September 22 boxscore W 3-1 @ Oakland Raiders 40 34 20 321 218 103 28 553 371 182 3
5 Sun September 29 boxscore W 4-1 Kansas City Chiefs 22 19 18 313 238 75 2 19 315 257 58 2
6 Sun October 6 boxscore L 4-2 @ Denver Broncos 17 28 14 245 210 35 23 406 312 94 1
7 Bye Week
8 Mon October 21 boxscore L 4-3 Oakland Raiders 14 23 16 282 253 29 3 22 310 179 131 1
9 Sun October 27 boxscore L 4-4 @ Seattle Seahawks 13 32 15 322 253 69 5 18 404 196 208 1
10 Sun November 3 boxscore W 5-4 @ Indianapolis Colts 26 19 14 312 237 75 22 264 173 91 5
11 Mon November 11 boxscore W 6-4 Detroit Lions 27 21 27 406 279 127 19 222 140 82 1
12 Sun November 17 boxscore L 6-5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17 25 11 277 183 94 3 23 423 324 99 3
13 Sun November 24 boxscore W 7-5 @ Kansas City Chiefs 28 14 20 380 252 128 26 434 332 102 2
14 Sun December 1 boxscore L 7-6 New England Patriots 7 45 15 236 204 32 6 15 313 229 84
15 Sun December 8 boxscore L 7-7 @ Pittsburgh Steelers 3 16 8 148 83 65 4 21 327 160 167 4
16 Sat December 14 boxscore L 7-8 @ Chicago Bears 14 27 17 283 217 66 1 19 294 203 91
17 Sun December 22 boxscore W 8-8 Denver Broncos 16 10 14 244 163 81 3 13 214 148 66 4

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
12 Stan Humphries 31 QB 13 13 7-6-0 232 416 55.8% 2670 18 4.3 13 3.1 63 6.4 5.9 11.5 205.4 76.7 20 187 5.69 5.18 4.6 0 1
8 Sean Salisbury 33 qb 16 3 1-2-0 82 161 50.9% 984 5 3.1 8 5.0 56 6.1 4.5 12.0 61.5 59.6 13 109 5.03 3.53 7.5
Team Total 26.4 16 8-8-0 314 577 54.4% 3654 23 4.0 21 3.6 63 6.3 5.5 11.6 228.4 71.9 33 296 5.50 4.71 5.4 0 1
Opp Total 16 369 636 58.0% 3867 28 4.4 22 3.5 6.1 5.40 10.5 241.7 76.0 33 201 5.5 4.8 4.9

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
42 Leonard Russell 27 RB 15 15 219 713 7 21 3.3 47.5 14.6 13 180 13.8 0 35 0.9 12.0 893 7 6
41 Terrell Fletcher 23 16 0 77 282 0 19 3.7 17.6 4.8 61 476 7.8 2 41 3.8 29.8 758 2 1
24 Aaron Hayden 23 11 0 55 166 0 13 3.0 15.1 5.0 1 10 10.0 0 10 0.1 0.9 176 0 1
35 Freddie Bradley 26 rb 10 1 32 109 0 17 3.4 10.9 3.2 1 20 20.0 0 20 0.1 2.0 129 0 0
12 Stan Humphries 31 QB 13 13 21 28 0 7 1.3 2.2 1.6 28 0 7
8 Sean Salisbury 33 qb 16 3 6 14 0 11 2.3 0.9 0.4 14 0 3
83 Andre Coleman 24 KR/WR 16 10 2 0 0 7 0.0 0.0 0.1 36 486 13.5 2 50 2.3 30.4 486 2 4
81 Tony Martin* 31 WR 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 85 1171 13.8 14 55 5.3 73.2 1171 14 0
17 Charlie Jones 24 wr 14 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 41 524 12.8 4 63 2.9 37.4 524 4 0
86 Alfred Pupunu 27 te 9 8 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 24 271 11.3 1 41 2.7 30.1 271 1 1
88 Deems May 27 TE 16 12 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 19 188 9.9 0 39 1.2 11.8 188 0 0
87 Brian Roche 23 13 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 13 111 8.5 0 19 1.0 8.5 111 0 0
89 Shannon Mitchell 24 TE 16 11 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 10 57 5.7 0 25 0.6 3.6 57 0 1
80 Bryan Still 22 16 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 6 142 23.7 0 56 0.4 8.9 142 0 2
84 'Omar Ellison 25 wr 10 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 15 5.0 0 6 0.3 1.5 15 0 0
46 Walter Reeves 31 te 9 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 3 3.0 0 3 0.1 0.3 3 0 0
Team Total 26.4 16 412 1312 7 21 3.2 82.0 25.8 314 3654 11.6 23 63 19.6 228.4 4966 30 30
Opp Total 16 431 1755 10 4.1 109.7 26.9 369 3666 9.9 28 23.1 229.1 5421 38 29

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
83 Andre Coleman 24 KR/WR 16 10 55 1210 0 57 22.0 1696
21 Darrien Gordon 26 lcb/PR 16 6 36 537 1 81 14.9 537
80 Bryan Still 22 16 0 1 1 0 1 1.0 4 113 0 37 28.3 256
95 Vernon Edwards 24 de 5 1 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
37 Rodney Harrison 24 SS 16 16 1 10 0 10 10.0 10
17 Charlie Jones 24 wr 14 4 1 21 0 21 21.0 545
86 Alfred Pupunu 27 te 9 8 1 15 0 15 15.0 286
42 Leonard Russell 27 RB 15 15 1 10 0 10 10.0 903
Team Total 26.4 16 38 559 1 81 14.7 63 1358 0 57 21.6 6883
Opp Total 16 51 612 1 12.0 59 1497 0 25.4

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
2 Darren Bennett 31 P 16 0 87 3967 66 0 45.6
3 John Carney 32 K 16 0 13 11 8 8 12 7 3 3 36 29 80.6%% 31 31 100.0%%
Team Total 26.4 16 13 11 8 8 12 7 3 3 36 29 80.6%% 31 31 100.0%% 87 3967 66 0 45.6
Opp Total 16 33 26 78.8%% 40 40 100.0%% 71 3145 44.3

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
55 Junior Seau*+ 27 RLB 15 15 7.0 2 18 0 10 0 1 0 3 0 0 110 28
37 Rodney Harrison 24 SS 16 16 1.0 5 56 0 29 0 1 1 2 4 0 105 20
29 Terrance Shaw 23 RCB 16 16 3 78 0 36 0 72 13
54 Kurt Gouveia 32 MLB 16 16 1.0 3 41 0 21 0 1 0 0 0 0 67 14
36 Kevin Ross 34 FS 16 16 2 7 0 7 0 2 0 1 0 0 67 11
58 Lewis Bush 27 LLB 16 16 1.0 0 0 2 0 0 48 16
21 Darrien Gordon 26 lcb/PR 16 6 2.0 2 55 0 55 0 0 3 0 0 0 44 6
31 Willie Clark 24 db 16 4 2 83 1 83 0 0 0 1 9 0 37 5
90 Marco Coleman 27 RDE 16 15 4.0 1 0 0 0 0 34 8
97 John Parrella 27 LDT 16 9 2.0 31 7
93 Reuben Davis 31 RDT 15 15 3.0 0 0 1 0 0 24 6
94 Chris Mims 26 LDE 15 15 6.0 2 0 2 0 0 20 8
28 Dwayne Harper 30 LCB 6 6 1 0 0 0 0 17 2
98 Shawn Lee 30 ldt 15 7 1.0 1 -1 0 -1 0 13 4
59 Glen Young 27 lb 6 1 1 -1 0 -1 0 0 0 1 0 0 7 5
44 Eric Castle 26 16 0 7 4
40 Mark Montreuil 25 13 0 6 0
56 Patrick Sapp 23 16 0 6 0
95 Vernon Edwards 24 de 5 1 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 5 0
12 Stan Humphries 31 QB 13 13 0 7 4 -6 0
38 Dave Hendrix 24 14 0 4 1
42 Leonard Russell 27 RB 15 15 0 6 2 -7 0
83 Andre Coleman 24 KR/WR 16 10 0 4 3 0 0
52 Dwayne Gordon 27 13 0 3 0
99 Raylee Johnson 26 de 16 1 3.0
86 Alfred Pupunu 27 te 9 8 0 1 2 0 0
8 Sean Salisbury 33 qb 16 3 0 3 0 -10 0
41 Terrell Fletcher 23 16 0 0 1 1 0 0
24 Aaron Hayden 23 11 0 0 1 1 0 0
80 Bryan Still 22 16 0 0 2 0 0 0
88 Deems May 27 TE 16 12 0 0 1 0 0
89 Shannon Mitchell 24 TE 16 11 0 1 0 0 0
77 Eric Moten 28 LG 15 15 0 0 1 0 0
70 Vaughn Parker 25 LT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
Team Total 26.4 16 32.0 22 336 1 83 0 9 30 29 -10 0 727 158
Opp Total 16 33 29 15

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
3 John Carney 32 K 16 0 31 29 118
81 Tony Martin* 31 WR 16 16 14 14 84
42 Leonard Russell 27 RB 15 15 7 7 42
17 Charlie Jones 24 wr 14 4 4 4 24
83 Andre Coleman 24 KR/WR 16 10 2 2 12
41 Terrell Fletcher 23 16 0 2 2 12
31 Willie Clark 24 db 16 4 1 1 6
21 Darrien Gordon 26 lcb/PR 16 6 1 1 6
86 Alfred Pupunu 27 te 9 8 1 1 6
Team Total 26.4 16 7 23 1 1 32 31 29 310
Opp Total 16 10 28 1 2 2 40 26 376

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1996-09-01 SEA W, 29-7 1 2 pass Tony Martin 2 yard pass from Stan Humphries (John Carney kick)
2 1996-09-01 SEA W, 29-7 4 6 rush Leonard Russell 6 yard rush (John Carney kick)
3 1996-09-08 CIN W, 27-14 1 1 rush Leonard Russell 1 yard rush (John Carney kick)
4 1996-09-08 CIN W, 27-14 2 21 pass Tony Martin 21 yard pass from Stan Humphries (John Carney kick)
5 1996-09-08 CIN W, 27-14 4 1 rush Leonard Russell 1 yard rush (John Carney kick)
6 1996-09-15 @ GNB L, 10-42 4 9 pass Tony Martin 9 yard pass from Stan Humphries (John Carney kick)
7 1996-09-22 @ OAK W, 40-34 1 6 pass Terrell Fletcher 6 yard pass from Stan Humphries (John Carney kick)
8 1996-09-22 @ OAK W, 40-34 1 7 pass Tony Martin 7 yard pass from Stan Humphries (John Carney kick)
9 1996-09-22 @ OAK W, 40-34 1 41 pass Tony Martin 41 yard pass from Stan Humphries (John Carney kick)
10 1996-09-22 @ OAK W, 40-34 4 19 pass Tony Martin 19 yard pass from Stan Humphries (run failed)
11 1996-09-22 @ OAK W, 40-34 4 83 interception Willie Clark 83 yard interception return (John Carney kick)
12 1996-09-29 KAN W, 22-19 3 81 punt Darrien Gordon 81 yard punt return (John Carney kick)
13 1996-10-06 @ DEN L, 17-28 2 5 pass Terrell Fletcher 5 yard pass from Stan Humphries (John Carney kick)
14 1996-10-06 @ DEN L, 17-28 2 6 pass Tony Martin 6 yard pass from Stan Humphries (John Carney kick)
15 1996-10-21 OAK L, 14-23 1 11 pass Tony Martin 11 yard pass from Sean Salisbury (John Carney kick)
16 1996-10-21 OAK L, 14-23 4 12 pass Tony Martin 12 yard pass from Sean Salisbury (John Carney kick)
17 1996-10-27 @ SEA L, 13-32 4 27 pass Charlie Jones 27 yard pass from Sean Salisbury (John Carney kick)
18 1996-11-03 @ IND W, 26-19 1 41 pass Charlie Jones 41 yard pass from Sean Salisbury (John Carney kick)
19 1996-11-03 @ IND W, 26-19 4 22 pass Tony Martin 22 yard pass from Sean Salisbury (John Carney kick)
20 1996-11-11 DET W, 27-21 1 32 pass Tony Martin 32 yard pass from Stan Humphries (John Carney kick)
21 1996-11-11 DET W, 27-21 2 46 pass Andre Coleman 46 yard pass from Stan Humphries (John Carney kick)
22 1996-11-11 DET W, 27-21 3 9 pass Alfred Pupunu 9 yard pass from Stan Humphries (John Carney kick)
23 1996-11-17 TAM L, 17-25 1 63 pass Charlie Jones 63 yard pass from Stan Humphries (John Carney kick)
24 1996-11-17 TAM L, 17-25 1 14 rush Leonard Russell 14 yard rush (John Carney kick)
25 1996-11-24 @ KAN W, 28-14 1 20 pass Tony Martin 20 yard pass from Stan Humphries (John Carney kick)
26 1996-11-24 @ KAN W, 28-14 2 4 rush Leonard Russell 4 yard rush (John Carney kick)
27 1996-11-24 @ KAN W, 28-14 2 10 pass Tony Martin 10 yard pass from Stan Humphries (John Carney kick)
28 1996-11-24 @ KAN W, 28-14 3 1 rush Leonard Russell 1 yard rush (John Carney kick)
29 1996-12-01 NWE L, 7-45 1 46 pass Tony Martin 46 yard pass from Stan Humphries (John Carney kick)
30 1996-12-14 @ CHI L, 14-27 1 20 pass Andre Coleman 20 yard pass from Stan Humphries (John Carney kick)
31 1996-12-14 @ CHI L, 14-27 2 1 rush Leonard Russell 1 yard rush (John Carney kick)
32 1996-12-22 DEN W, 16-10 1 9 pass Charlie Jones 9 yard pass from Stan Humphries (John Carney kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1996-09-01 SEA L, 7-29 2 6 rush Rick Mirer 6 yard rush (Todd Peterson kick)
2 1996-09-08 CIN L, 14-27 2 27 pass Carl Pickens 27 yard pass from Jeff Blake (Doug Pelfrey kick)
3 1996-09-08 CIN L, 14-27 4 12 pass Tony McGee 12 yard pass from Erik Wilhelm (Doug Pelfrey kick)
4 1996-09-15 @ GNB W, 42-10 1 10 rush Edgar Bennett 10 yard rush (Chris Jacke kick)
5 1996-09-15 @ GNB W, 42-10 2 19 pass Antonio Freeman 19 yard pass from Brett Favre (Chris Jacke kick)
6 1996-09-15 @ GNB W, 42-10 2 8 pass William Henderson 8 yard pass from Brett Favre (Chris Jacke kick)
7 1996-09-15 @ GNB W, 42-10 3 7 pass Keith Jackson 7 yard pass from Brett Favre (Chris Jacke kick)
8 1996-09-15 @ GNB W, 42-10 4 90 interception LeRoy Butler 90 yard interception return (Chris Jacke kick)
9 1996-09-15 @ GNB W, 42-10 4 65 punt Desmond Howard 65 yard punt return (Chris Jacke kick)
10 1996-09-22 @ OAK L, 34-40 2 4 pass Derrick Fenner 4 yard pass from Jeff Hostetler (Cole Ford kick)
11 1996-09-22 @ OAK L, 34-40 2 6 pass Rickey Dudley 6 yard pass from Jeff Hostetler (Cole Ford kick)
12 1996-09-22 @ OAK L, 34-40 3 6 pass Tim Brown 6 yard pass from Jeff Hostetler (Cole Ford kick)
13 1996-09-22 @ OAK L, 34-40 4 11 pass Tim Brown 11 yard pass from Billy Joe Hobert (pass failed)
14 1996-09-22 @ OAK L, 34-40 4 28 pass Kenny Shedd 28 yard pass from Billy Joe Hobert (Cole Ford kick)
15 1996-09-29 KAN L, 19-22 3 3 pass Reggie Johnson 3 yard pass from Steve Bono (Pete Stoyanovich kick)
16 1996-10-06 @ DEN W, 28-17 2 20 pass Shannon Sharpe 20 yard pass from John Elway (Jason Elam kick)
17 1996-10-06 @ DEN W, 28-17 3 20 pass Shannon Sharpe 20 yard pass from John Elway (Jason Elam kick)
18 1996-10-06 @ DEN W, 28-17 3 3 pass Shannon Sharpe 3 yard pass from John Elway (Jason Elam kick)
19 1996-10-06 @ DEN W, 28-17 4 9 pass Ed McCaffrey 9 yard pass from John Elway (Jason Elam kick)
20 1996-10-21 OAK W, 23-14 1 12 rush Napoleon Kaufman 12 yard rush (Cole Ford kick)
21 1996-10-21 OAK W, 23-14 3 17 pass Derrick Fenner 17 yard pass from Jeff Hostetler (Cole Ford kick)
22 1996-10-27 @ SEA W, 32-13 2 10 rush Lamar Smith 10 yard rush (Todd Peterson kick)
23 1996-10-27 @ SEA W, 32-13 2 79 interception Darryl Williams 79 yard interception return (Todd Peterson kick)
24 1996-10-27 @ SEA W, 32-13 4 37 rush Chris Warren 37 yard rush (run failed)
25 1996-11-03 @ IND L, 19-26 4 9 pass Marvin Harrison 9 yard pass from Jim Harbaugh (Cary Blanchard kick)
26 1996-11-11 DET L, 21-27 1 2 rush Barry Sanders 2 yard rush (Jason Hanson kick)
27 1996-11-11 DET L, 21-27 2 11 rush Barry Sanders 11 yard rush (Jason Hanson kick)
28 1996-11-11 DET L, 21-27 4 1 pass Brett Perriman 1 yard pass from Don Majkowski (Jason Hanson kick)
29 1996-11-17 TAM W, 25-17 2 4 rush Mike Alstott 4 yard rush (Michael Husted kick)
30 1996-11-17 TAM W, 25-17 4 1 rush Errict Rhett 1 yard rush (pass failed)
31 1996-11-24 @ KAN L, 14-28 4 17 pass Chris Penn 17 yard pass from Rich Gannon (Pete Stoyanovich kick)
32 1996-11-24 @ KAN L, 14-28 4 10 pass Todd McNair 10 yard pass from Rich Gannon (Pete Stoyanovich kick)
33 1996-12-01 NWE W, 45-7 1 8 pass Terry Glenn 8 yard pass from Drew Bledsoe (Adam Vinatieri kick)
34 1996-12-01 NWE W, 45-7 1 19 pass Keith Byars 19 yard pass from Drew Bledsoe (Adam Vinatieri kick)
35 1996-12-01 NWE W, 45-7 2 7 pass Sam Gash 7 yard pass from Drew Bledsoe (Adam Vinatieri kick)
36 1996-12-01 NWE W, 45-7 2 0 fumble Willie McGinest 0 yard fumble return (Adam Vinatieri kick)
37 1996-12-01 NWE W, 45-7 3 11 pass Shawn Jefferson 11 yard pass from Drew Bledsoe (Adam Vinatieri kick)
38 1996-12-01 NWE W, 45-7 3 42 fumble Corwin Brown 42 yard fumble return (Adam Vinatieri kick)
39 1996-12-08 @ PIT W, 16-3 2 11 pass Andre Hastings 11 yard pass from Mike Tomczak (Norm Johnson kick)
40 1996-12-14 @ CHI W, 27-14 1 7 pass Bobby Engram 7 yard pass from Dave Krieg (Jeff Jaeger kick)
41 1996-12-14 @ CHI W, 27-14 1 7 pass Curtis Conway 7 yard pass from Dave Krieg (Jeff Jaeger kick)
42 1996-12-14 @ CHI W, 27-14 4 8 pass Ryan Wetnight 8 yard pass from Dave Krieg (Jeff Jaeger kick)
43 1996-12-22 DEN L, 10-16 1 1 rush Terrell Davis 1 yard rush (Jason Elam kick)