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1997 San Diego Chargers

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4-12-0, Finished 5th in AFC West Division  · 1997 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total -8.9, Offense: -4.1, Defense: -4.8, SoS: 1.0, avg is 0.0.

Scored 266 points (16.6/g), 26th of 30 in the NFL. Allowed 425 points (26.6/g), 30th.
 Differential of -159 points (-9.9/g), 30th.  Expected W-L: 4.0-12.0.

Coach: Kevin Gilbride (4-12-0)
 Offensive Coordinator: Mike Sheppard
 Defensive Coordinator: Joe Pascale

Stadium: Qualcomm Stadium
 Training Camp: UC San Diego (San Diego, California)

Team Info

Principal Owner Alex Spanos
General Manager Bobby Beathard
Offensive Scheme Erhardt-Perkins
Defensive Alignment 4-3

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Pts Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 266 4505 1025 4.4 35 14 21 251 291 565 3089 12 21 5.0 160 409 1416 5 3.5 70
Team Defense 425 5166 1048 4.9 26 11 35 308 297 568 3468 31 15 5.8 181 453 1698 12 3.7 92
Lg Rank Offense 26 28 25 19 28 7 21 30 23 27 26 28 30 27
Lg Rank Defense 30 21 19 21 24 28 22 30 15 19 16 11 12 8

Team Games & Schedule

Score Offense Defense
Week Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun August 31 boxscore L 0-1 @ New England Patriots 7 41 14 227 142 85 3 22 424 340 84
2 Sun September 7 boxscore W 1-1 @ New Orleans Saints 20 6 11 230 171 59 2 14 243 178 65 6
3 Sun September 14 boxscore L 1-2 Carolina Panthers 7 26 17 251 155 96 4 21 279 138 141 1
4 Sun September 21 boxscore L 1-3 @ Seattle Seahawks 22 26 20 309 230 79 3 21 343 251 92 3
5 Sun September 28 boxscore W 2-3 Baltimore Ravens 21 17 15 440 352 88 3 18 328 217 111 3
6 Sun October 5 boxscore W 3-3 @ Oakland Raiders 25 10 23 398 218 180 11 241 228 13 1
7 Bye Week
8 Thu October 16 boxscore L 3-4 @ Kansas City Chiefs 3 31 12 258 189 69 2 25 313 224 89 1
9 Sun October 26 boxscore W 4-4 Indianapolis Colts 35 19 24 424 222 202 14 250 219 31 2
10 Sun November 2 boxscore L 4-5 @ Cincinnati Bengals 31 38 14 235 168 67 3 18 336 162 174 1
11 Sun November 9 boxscore L 4-6 Seattle Seahawks 31 37 13 260 179 81 2 24 373 281 92 2
12 Sun November 16 boxscore L 4-7 Oakland Raiders 13 38 11 248 157 91 2 22 365 225 140 2
13 Sun November 23 boxscore L 4-8 @ San Francisco 49ers 10 17 8 203 111 92 3 19 339 228 111 2
14 Sun November 30 boxscore L 4-9 Denver Broncos 28 38 22 269 222 47 2 28 438 240 198
15 Sun December 7 boxscore L 4-10 Atlanta Falcons 3 14 16 268 221 47 3 13 204 108 96 1
16 Sun December 14 boxscore L 4-11 Kansas City Chiefs 7 29 22 282 219 63 2 14 239 108 131
17 Sun December 21 boxscore L 4-12 @ Denver Broncos 3 38 9 203 133 70 1 24 451 321 130 1

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. 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 Yds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
5 Craig Whelihan 26 qb 9 7 0-7-0 118 237 49.8 1357 6 2.5 10 4.2 61 5.7 4.3 11.5 150.8 58.3 21 168 4.61 3.33 8.1
12 Stan Humphries 32 QB 8 8 3-5-0 121 225 53.8 1488 5 2.2 6 2.7 72 6.6 5.9 12.3 186.0 70.8 18 144 5.53 4.83 7.4
11 Jim Everett 34 qb 4 1 1-0-0 36 75 48.0 457 1 1.3 4 5.3 62 6.1 4.0 12.7 114.3 49.7 4 30 5.41 3.38 5.1
15 Todd Philcox 31 2 0 16 28 57.1 173 0 0.0 1 3.6 29 6.2 4.6 10.8 86.5 60.6 8 44 3.58 2.33 22.2
Team Total 27.0 16 4-12-0 291 565 51.5 3475 12 2.1 21 3.7 72 6.2 4.9 11.9 217.2 62.2 51 386 5.01 3.87 8.3 0 0
Opp Total 16 297 568 52.3 3632 31 5.5 15 2.6 6.4 6.30 12.2 227.0 79.5 27 164 5.8 5.7 4.5

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Rushing Receiving
No. 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
33 Gary Brown 28 RB 15 14 253 945 4 32 3.7 63.0 16.9 21 137 6.5 0 27 1.4 9.1 1082 4 2
41 Terrell Fletcher 24 rb 13 1 51 161 0 13 3.2 12.4 3.9 39 292 7.5 0 25 3.0 22.5 453 0 4
43 Kenny Bynum 23 KR 13 0 30 97 0 19 3.2 7.5 2.3 2 4 2.0 0 3 0.2 0.3 101 0 0
34 Aaron Craver 29 fb 15 5 20 71 0 22 3.6 4.7 1.3 4 26 6.5 0 20 0.3 1.7 97 0 0
12 Stan Humphries 32 QB 8 8 13 24 0 11 1.8 3.0 1.6 24 0 7
5 Craig Whelihan 26 qb 9 7 13 29 0 7 2.2 3.2 1.4 29 0 7
44 Erric Pegram 28 4 0 9 23 1 18 2.6 5.8 2.3 2 7 3.5 0 4 0.5 1.8 30 1 0
35 Carwell Gardner 31 fb 5 2 7 20 0 5 2.9 4.0 1.4 2 10 5.0 0 8 0.4 2.0 30 0 0
11 Jim Everett 34 qb 4 1 5 6 0 6 1.2 1.5 1.3 6 0 2
82 Charlie Jones 25 WR 16 11 4 42 0 17 10.5 2.6 0.3 32 423 13.2 1 44 2.0 26.4 465 1 0
21 Eric Metcalf*+ 29 PR 16 1 3 -5 0 2 -1.7 -0.3 0.2 40 576 14.4 2 62 2.5 36.0 571 2 4
15 Todd Philcox 31 2 0 1 3 0 3 3.0 1.5 0.5 3 0 2
81 Tony Martin 32 WR 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 63 904 14.3 6 72 3.9 56.5 904 6 0
88 Freddie Jones 23 TE 13 8 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 41 505 12.3 2 62 3.2 38.8 505 2 0
80 Bryan Still 23 wr 15 4 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 24 324 13.5 0 39 1.6 21.6 324 0 0
89 Frank Hartley 30 TE 16 16 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 19 246 12.9 1 35 1.2 15.4 246 1 0
86 Shannon Mitchell 25 te 4 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 14 14.0 0 14 0.3 3.5 14 0 0
86 Alfred Pupunu 28 te 8 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 1 7 7.0 0 7 0.1 0.9 7 0 0
Team Total 27.0 16 409 1416 5 32 3.5 88.5 25.6 291 3475 11.9 12 72 18.2 217.2 4891 17 30
Opp Total 16 453 1698 12 3.7 106.1 28.3 297 3468 11.7 31 18.6 216.8 5166 43 21

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
21 Eric Metcalf*+ 29 PR 16 1 45 489 3 85 10.9 16 355 0 63 22.2 1415
43 Kenny Bynum 23 KR 13 0 38 814 0 57 21.4 915
85 Latario Rachal 24 14 0 15 336 0 30 22.4 336
34 Aaron Craver 29 fb 15 5 3 68 0 27 22.7 165
69 Ben Bordelon 23 t 16 2 2 0 0 0 0.0 0
37 Rodney Harrison 25 SS 16 16 1 0 0 0 0.0 1 40 1 40 40.0 40
42 Greg Jackson 31 13 0 1 0 0 0 0.0 0
Team Total 27.0 16 47 489 3 85 10.4 75 1613 1 63 21.5 6993
Opp Total 16 39 416 0 10.7 63 1517 1 24.1

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot PAT Punting
No. 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 32 P 16 0 89 3972 66 1 44.6
7 Greg Davis 32 K 12 0 5 4 10 10 9 5 24 19 79.2% 22 21 95.5%
3 John Carney 33 k 4 0 3 3 2 2 2 2 7 7 100.0% 5 5 100.0%
Team Total 27.0 16 8 7 12 12 11 7 31 26 83.9% 27 26 96.3% 89 3972 66 1 44.6
Opp Total 16 26 25 96.2% 46 46 100.0% 85 3706 43.6

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
No. Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
37 Rodney Harrison 25 SS 16 16 4.0 2 75 1 75 0 1 0 3 0 0 96 36
55 Junior Seau* 28 RLB 15 15 7.0 2 33 0 26 0 1 1 2 5 0 84 13
20 Mike Dumas 28 FS 16 15 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 78 16
29 Terrance Shaw 24 RCB 16 16 1 11 0 11 0 0 0 1 0 0 66 5
58 Lewis Bush 28 llb/MLB 14 13 51 5
90 Marco Coleman 28 RDE 16 16 2.0 1 2 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 0 39 9
28 Dwayne Harper 31 LCB 12 12 2 43 0 43 0 0 0 1 0 0 38 5
97 John Parrella 28 LDT 16 16 3.5 0 0 1 0 0 32 7
98 Shawn Lee 31 RDT 16 15 3.0 27 4
95 William Fuller 35 LDE 16 16 3.0 1 0 0 0 0 24 5
56 Patrick Sapp 24 LLB 16 9 24 8
54 Kurt Gouveia 33 mlb 7 6 1 0 0 0 0 21 6
25 Paul Bradford 23 db 15 4 2 56 1 56 0 0 0 1 78 1 22 1
96 Norman Hand 25 dt 15 1 1.0 16 3
27 Michael Swift 23 db 12 1 0 0 1 6 0 13 2
42 Greg Jackson 31 13 0 2 37 1 36 0 0 0 1 41 1 12 1
52 James Burgess 23 lb 15 4 13 1
40 Mark Montreuil 26 db 6 1 11 3
59 Toran James 23 14 0 4 2
5 Craig Whelihan 26 qb 9 7 0 7 2 -11 0
12 Stan Humphries 32 QB 8 8 0 7 1 -10 0
23 Gerome Williams 24 6 0 4 0
21 Eric Metcalf*+ 29 PR 16 1 0 4 2 0 0
41 Terrell Fletcher 24 rb 13 1 0 4 0 0 0
94 Mike Mohring 23 2 0 2 0
11 Jim Everett 34 qb 4 1 0 2 1 -8 0
99 Raylee Johnson 27 16 0 2.5
22 Dorian Brew 23 6 0 0 2
33 Gary Brown 28 RB 15 14 0 2 0 0 0
53 Michael Hamilton 24 6 0 1 0
70 Vaughn Parker 26 LT 16 16 0 0 2 0 0
15 Todd Philcox 31 2 0 0 2 0 0 0
85 Latario Rachal 24 14 0 0 1 1 0 0
65 Troy Sienkiewicz 25 lg 14 6 0 0 2 7 0
75 Tony Berti 25 RT 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
34 Aaron Craver 29 fb 15 5 0 0 1 0 0
63 Raleigh McKenzie 34 C 16 16 0 0 1 0 0
86 Alfred Pupunu 28 te 8 1 0 0 1 0 0
91 Van Tuinei 26 3 0 0 1
Team Total 27.0 16 27.0 15 257 3 75 0 6 30 27 108 2 678 135
Opp Total 16 51 21 10 1

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
7 Greg Davis 32 K 12 0 21 19 78
81 Tony Martin 32 WR 16 16 6 6 36
21 Eric Metcalf*+ 29 PR 16 1 2 3 5 30
3 John Carney 33 k 4 0 5 7 26
33 Gary Brown 28 RB 15 14 4 4 24
25 Paul Bradford 23 db 15 4 1 1 2 12
37 Rodney Harrison 25 SS 16 16 1 1 1 3 12
42 Greg Jackson 31 13 0 1 1 2 12
88 Freddie Jones 23 TE 13 8 2 2 12
89 Frank Hartley 30 TE 16 16 1 1 6
82 Charlie Jones 25 WR 16 11 1 1 6
44 Erric Pegram 28 4 0 1 1 6
Team Total 27.0 16 5 12 3 1 2 3 1 27 26 26 260
Opp Total 16 12 31 1 2 3 1 46 25 1 425