2015 Record: 4-12
2015 Offense: 20.0 PTS/G (26th)
2015 Defense: 24.9 PTS/G (21st)
What Went Right:
Philip Rivers threw for a bunch of yards, especially in the early part of the season. Danny Woodhead came back from injury and was very productive. Keenan Allen was one of the top receivers in the league in games he played.
Melvin Ingram finally played a full season and he finished with 10.5 sacks. Rookie Denzel Perryman was third on the team in tackles and he really didn’t start getting playing time until halfway through the season. Jason Verrett played like one of the top corners in the league.
What Went Wrong:
The Chargers suffered from a ton of injuries, especially on the offensive line. I don’t know if the line would have been good if healthy but there was always someone hurt. The weak line killed any chance for rookie Melvin Gordon. The running game was a joke, finishing 31st in the league. The pass game really struggled after Keenan Allen got injured.
Before Perryman got playing time, the run defense was awful. They still finished 25th in the league but they were at the bottom during the beginning of the year. After Brandon Flowers got a big extension last offseason, his play collapsed. If he was close to the player he was the year before, San Diego would have had one of the top secondaries.
How Did We Do:
No one could have predicted the decline of Flowers and the injuries on offense. I’m not sure they would have made the playoffs but they would have won more than four games. Don’t penalize us for five more wins.
2016 could be the last season in San Diego for the Chargers. Better health and the addition of the 3rd pick in the draft (Joey Bosa maybe) should mean a significant improvement next year. They’ll still need more to be a Super Bowl contender.