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Let’s Rank All Of The Los Angeles Chargers Head Coaches



14. Kevin Gilbride


Years Coached: 1997-1998

Total Games Coached: 22

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 6-16


Kevin Gilbride was a longtime football coach in different levels of the game. He finally got his big break when the NFL came calling in 1989 and he joined the Houston Oilers as a position coach. It didn’t take long for Gilbride to find himself in an OC position for both the Oilers and the NFL’s new franchise, the Jacksonville Jaguars. It was his success in Jacksonville that ultimately led to him getting the job in San Diego as head coach of the Chargers. And that’s where it went bad for him. In his first season as head coach of the Chargers, they went 4-12 and were not a very competitive team. It didn’t get any better the next season as the team started out 2-4 and the Chargers front office had seen enough. They terminated Gilbride just six games into his second season. That’s how awful things were with him at the helm.


13. Harland Svare


Years Coached: 1971-1973

Total Games Coached: 26

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 7-17-2


Man, those Harland Svare days were pretty bad weren’t they? I don’t know myself, because I wasn’t alive back then. What I do know is that the Chargers brought Svare in as head coach in 1971. In his first full season as coach of the Chargers, he ended up going 4-9-1 and the Chargers were so impressed that they offered him a five-year extension. I’m not joking. It ended up blowing up in their face the very next season when San Diego started out 1-6-1 and Svare ended up resigning, much to the delight of Chargers fans everywhere.


12. Mike Riley


Years Coached: 1999-2001

Total Games Coached: 48

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 14-34


Mike Riley is a good college head football coach. He’s not a great one by any means, but he’s a good one. What he was able to do at Oregon State in his second-stint with the team was pretty impressive considering the limitations that program has to deal with. Riley was first hired as head coach of the Beavers in 1997 and spent two seasons in Corvallis before getting lured away by the NFL and the San Diego Chargers. Riley ended up having a little bit of success right away as he took a team that was 5-11 the previous year and got them to a respectable 8-8. And then the whole thing fell apart. Riley’s Chargers were an NFL worst 1-15 in 2000 and in 2001 when he once again missed the playoffs with a 5-11 record….it was back to Corvallis for Riley. Thanks for coming Mike!


11. Dan Henning


Years Coached: 1989-1991

Total Games Coached: 48

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 16-32


Dan Henning was a head coach in the NFL for a combined seven seasons with both the Atlanta Falcons and the San Diego Chargers. In those seven seasons, Henning NEVER had a winning season. In those seven seasons, Henning NEVER came close to even sniffing the playoffs. In those seven seasons, Henning NEVER finished better than third in his own division. I think what I’m trying to say here is….Dan Henning was not a very good NFL head coach.


10. Tommy Prothro


Years Coached: 1974-1978

Total Games Coached: 60

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 16-32


The 1970’s were a rough time for Chargers fans. I personally can’t remember those days myself because I wasn’t around yet, but I’m sure Chargers fans were even more miserable back then than they are these days. A big reason the Chargers were absolute shit in the 70’s is because of head coach Tommy Prothro. Prothro was a former college head coach who got hired by the Rams and when he was fired by them following the 1972 season, the Chargers jumped at the chance to hire him. Why exactly? No one knows, but it was a disaster the entire time. Prothro spent four seasons in San Diego and resigned in 1978 following a 1-3 start and zero winning seasons as head coach of the Chargers. Perhaps the Chargers should just stay the hell away from former Oregon State head coaches?


9. Charlie Waller


Years Coached: 1969-1970

Total Games Coached: 19

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 9-7-3


Charlie Waller was technically never really the head coach of the Chargers and I don’t rank interim head coaches on this list….but since Waller was kind of an interim head coach FOR TWO YEARS, let’s go ahead and rank the dude. What do I mean by that? Well, Waller was named head coach of the Chargers after Sid Gillman retired due to health reasons. Once Gillman got healthy, he came back and Waller was moved back to his previous gig as OC. A move like that would never happen in today’s game, but shit was different back in the 60’s and 70’s y’all.


8. Al Saunders


Years Coached: 1986-1988

Total Games Coached: 39

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 17-22


Al Saunders has been a coach in the NFL forever. Seriously, just look it up. He joined the NFL in 1983 when the Chargers hired him as a position coach and he got the head coaching job after Don Coryell resigned during the 1986 season. Here’s where I remind you that promotions from within rarely work in the NFL. How many more cases do you guys need to see before you all jump aboard this train with me? Saunders ended up having two very average seasons with the Chargers before the team decided to move on in a new direction. Things worked out pretty well for Saunders though. Even though he never got another head coaching gig, he’s STILL working in the NFL to this day….


7. Mike McCoy


Years Coached: 2013-2016

Total Games Coached: 64

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 27-37


After having some success as the Denver Broncos OC, Mike McCoy became a hot head coaching commodity in the NFL.  The Chargers won the services of McCoy after he interviewed with multiple teams and Chargers fans thought this was the beginning of a long beautiful relationship. Wellllllll, some things always look better on paper and that was definitely Mike McCoy. Things started out decent enough for McCoy’s teams as they went 9-7 in back-to-back years that included a playoff appearance. And then the wheels fell off the wagon and everything went flying. Two last place finishes in a row in the AFC West in back-to-back years were enough to convince San Diego ownership that Mike McCoy was not the man for the job. Mike McCoy has since been hired by two other teams as OC and has been subsequently fired by both teams as well. The dude is done as far as being a coach in the NFL is concerned. COACHES MUST EVOLVE PEOPLE!


6. Anthony Lynn


Years Coached: 2017-present

Total Games Coached: 32

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 21-11


I’ll be the first to admit I was a little skeptical when the Chargers hired Anthony Lynn as their head coach in 2017. Lynn had spent a lot of time in the NFL as a position coach,  but had never gotten the chance to show what he could do on a big stage. He got that chance when the Chargers hired him in 2017 and he’s been fantastic ever since. In his first year with the team, he got a squad that went 5-11 the previous season up to a respectable 9-7 and just missed out on the playoffs. In his second year, things got even better as San Diego finished 12-4 (their best finish in over ten years) and won a playoff game before getting beat by eventual Super Bowl champions, the New England Patriots. Lynn has the Chargers in a good spot right now and if he can continue to build what he’s building in San Diego, he might be #1 on this list in no time at all.


5. Marty Schottenheimer


Years Coached: 2002-2006

Total Games Coached: 80

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 47-33


Marty Schottenheimer was fired by the Washington Redskins following one season as head coach of the team in 2002, but he wasn’t out of work for very long. The San Diego Chargers quickly hired Schottenheimer as head coach. San Diego hadn’t made the playoffs in seven seasons and they were getting desperate and needed a guy who could make a change. Schottenheimer’s tenure in San Diego was very interesting. He had one really bad year (in 2003, the Chargers went 4-12 but they ended up getting Philip Rivers in the NFL draft), two average years (2002 & 2005), and two REALLY good years (2004 & 2006). Unfortunately, even though Schottenheimer won two division titles in San Diego and got the team back up to respectability….his teams never had success in the post-season and that’s where it really matters. The Chargers finished 14-2 in 2006 and earned the #1 seed in the AFC but were ousted by the Patriots in their lone playoff appearance. Schottenheimer and the Chargers went their separate ways following that playoff loss due to heat between the head coach and the team’s owner.


4. Norv Turner

San Diego Chargers v Denver Broncos

Years Coached: 2007-2012

Total Games Coached: 96

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 56-40


Good, but just not good enough. I think that’s the best way to describe Norv Turner’s tenure as head coach of the Chargers. I think a lot of people give Turner the short end of the stick, but the guy did a pretty decent job in his six seasons with the Chargers. Unfortunately, his teams started to regress under him which is usually an extremely bad sign for exactly how good a head coach a guy actually is. Things started off great for Turner in San Diego as the team went 11-5 in his first year and they made it all the way to the AFC Championship before losing to the Patriots (sound familiar?). It was heartbreaking, but at least the Chargers continued to win under Turner as the team went on to make the playoffs the next two seasons, even finishing 13-3 in 2009. Turner’s team was upset by the Jets in the playoffs that year though and they could never fully recover from that loss. Three mediocre seasons in a row with no playoff appearances was all owner Dean Spanos needed to see before we all waved goodbye to Norv Turner following the 2012 season. Turner had a lot of talent to work with during his time in San Diego, but he could just never get his teams over that hump.


3. Sid Gillman


Years Coached: 1960-1969 (first-stint), 1971 (second-stint)

Total Games Coached: 145

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 86-53-6


Sid Gillman was the first head coach in Chargers history. I’m sure his teams were extremely fun to watch back in the day when the AFL was still a thing. Gillman’s teams were always competitive and even won an AFL Championship over the Patriots back in 1963 (SUCK ON THAT ONE NEW ENGLAND!!!!). I guess Chargers fans can throw that one back in the faces of Patriots fans if they are really feeling desperate…..


2. Don Coryell


Years Coached: 1978-1986

Total Games Coached: 125

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 69-56


San Diego was the laughing-stock of the NFL before they hired Don Coryell in 1978. The Chargers had started out 1-3 under Tommy Prothro and Coryell came in and instantly turned the team around with an 8-4 finish. Before Coryell’s hire, the Chargers had never made the playoffs since the AFL-NFL merger. In just his first season as full-time head coach of the Chargers, Coryell’s team went 12-4 and won a division title. Not too shabby, right? The following year was even better as the team went 11-5 and made it to their first AFC Championship before losing to the Oakland Raiders. The Chargers would make it back to the AFC Championship game the next season, but once again came up short against the Cincinnati Bengals. This was the peak of the Coryell Era in San Diego though as the team started to regress following that loss and after four straight years of missing the playoffs, Coryell resigned as head coach. The San Diego Chargers are a franchise that hasn’t won a lot in the big picture. Coryell’s back-to-back appearances in the AFC Championship would make him the greatest coach of all-time in the Chargers history books if it wasn’t for…..


1. Bobby Ross


Years Coached: 1992-1996

Total Games Coached: 80

Win/Loss/Tie Record: 47-33


The G.O.A.T. of coaching when it comes to the Los Angeles/San Diego Chargers. Why? Because he’s the only coach in Chargers history who has won an AFC Championship. He’s the only coach in Chargers history who has made it to the Super Bowl and frankly….isn’t that why we are all here? You could definitely make an argument for this one and I’ll listen to it, but in my opinion, Ross is the best head coach the Chargers have ever had, but that can change if Anthony Lynn wins the Super Bowl next season (he won’t).