One of the all-time greatest NFL teams didn’t even make the playoffs | Dorktown

– Welcome back to Dorktown, I am Jon and this is Alex, and we
have come back for a very, very special reason,
and that reason is that Alex told me about a football team that we absolutely have to talk about. Alex, what is that football team? – This is the San Diego Chargers of 2010. – Right. And on paper, these Chargers were likely one of the best NFL
teams of the Super Bowl era, of all time. – Take it back to 1920. NFL history. – And yet this team did
not win the Super Bowl, didn’t make the Super Bowl,
didn’t win a playoff game, didn’t make the playoffs. This team missed the playoffs entirely. Alex, how is this possible? – They were a team. This
is a story that is just absolutely tailor made for dorks like us. (energetic synth music playing) – First, the offense. There
was everything to like about the 2010 Chargers offense. It was led by Philip Rivers,
an absolute goofus-maloofus who has never received all
the credit he’s deserved. In 2010, he finished his
3rd straight full season with a passer rating
above 100, and to this day Rivers, along with Steve
Young and Peyton Manning, are the only three quarterbacks
to ever pull that off. His favorite target was Antonio Gates, once a star basketball player
who had landed on the Chargers without ever playing a single
game of college football. It was fitting that a guy
with such unconventional origins would help to upend
the convents of his position. Along with Tony Gonzalez, Jason
Witten and Shannon Sharpe, Gates established his tight
end position as a very serious scoring and receiving threat. In white, you see all the
tight ends who are still active players today, following the trend Gates helped to establish. By the way, as of the making of this
video, Gates himself still isn’t technically retired. Although Gates led the team
with ten receiving touchdowns, he missed six games due to injuries. In fact, Rivers receiving
targets were constantly getting hurt. Malcom Floyd was hobbled, Vincent Jackson was hobbled,
and suspended and holding out. In any case, missed a lot of the season. But Rivers made due with who he had, and he ended up assembling
the second best passing attack in the NFL, completely out of spare parts. And when balanced with a
respectable ground game, featuring stud rookie Ryan Mathews, and the perfectly spherical Mike Tolbert, this made for the NFLs number one offense. By this, we mean that their
offense gained more yardage than any other offense in the league. More than the Colts,
Saints, Patriots. Anybody. So how does a team with the
best offense in football miss the playoffs? Their defense must’ve
been really bad, right? – [Alex] And especially
after coming off a relatively middling defensive
performance in Ron Rivera’s first full season coordinating the unit. But, led by pro bowl pass
rusher Shaun Philips, and a secondary featuring
quarterbacks Quentin Jammer and first-year starter Antoine Cason, along with safety Eric
Weddle, the 2010 Chargers’ D managed to put it all together. They allowed the fewest passing yards and the 4th fewest rushing
yards in the entire league. Add it all up, and they
had the very top ranked total defense. So with their league-best ability in both racking up yardage and
preventing their opponent from doing so, a massive
chasm forms in the difference between those two figures. Overall, their offense gained
nearly 2,000 more yards than their defense allowed. No one else that season
was even in the same solar system. Generally speaking, and as
we’ll underscore more in a bit, there’s a pretty strong
correlation between this metric and winning ball games. And when that hasn’t
translated, the turnover battle’s nearly always been the culprit. And in that department,
the Chargers were a minus six. Certainly suboptimal,
but nowhere bad enough to reconcile such overall dominance with whiffing on the
post-season all together. After all, the Colts and
Saints were down here too, and they both cruised to the playoffs. (upbeat music) – So, the Chargers had
the number one offense, the Chargers had the number one defense, and there wasn’t anything
as far as turnovers or anything like that, that would explain all this blowing up in their faces. So, what phase of the
game does that leave? – I think that leaves special teams, Jon. – Yeah, my least favorite
part of football. It’s all stupid. It sucks, I hate it. Don’t use a foot for anything. Abolish special teams all
together is what I say. – Especially field goal
kicking. That always seemed so random and arbitrary, compared to the broader
objective of the game. You might as well just
give the offense like, a Rubik’s Cube if they
can’t score a touchdown, and the closer you are,
the more time you get, for three points
– Sure! Anything else you wanted
to get off your chest about special teams? – Doesn’t deserve our time. – No. And this is how it all fell apart. (dramatic music) Here we see all 2,327 plays
that made up the Chargers’ 2010 season. Excluding extra point
and two point attempts. For nearly 45% of the season,
the Bolts got to trot out the best offense on earth. For another 40% or so,
they got to trot out the best defense on earth. That left just 15% for
their special teams unit. How bad can a special
teams unit possibly be? And how much damage could they possibly do in so little time? Let’s go to Alex Rubenstein
for the play by play. – [Alex] The Chargers season
kicked off in Kansas City, the back half of a Monday
night Week 1, doubleheader where a couple Chiefs
playing in their first career game had their way with
the chargers on punt returns in the second quarter. On this one, Antoine
Applewhite and James Holt parted like the Red Sea for
Javier Arenas to run through. Then Mike Tolbert failed
to bring him down, with only punter Mike
Scifres saving the touchdown. Four minutes later, gunner
Donald Strickland dove at air, long snapper David Binn
sort of just fell down in Arenas’ general vicinity,
and linebacker Brandon Siler wasn’t much more than an
inconvenience en route to another lengthy return. Then near halftime, the
dam completely burst when Dexter McCluster
wanted in on the fun. San Diego overpursued, let
McCluster bounce it outside, and from there, his speed
was simply too much for any Charger to interrupt
his journey to the end zone. The Chargers lost by a touchdown. After crushing the Jags
to even up their record at 1-1, the Chargers
traveled up to Seattle. Despite more than doubling
Seattle’s yardage output, they just couldn’t tread
water on special teams. To kick off the second half, C.J. Spillman and Strickland took shoddy
attempts at bringing down Seahawks return man Leon
Washington, who then shook San Diego’s terrified kicker
Nate Kaeding to complete his hundred-and-one yard romp to paydirt. But behind Rivers and
their league-best offense, the Chargers rallied late,
with Gates scoring a TD in the waning minutes and
followed by a two pointer that tied the game at 20. Great shape, as long as they don’t allow a second touchdown off a kickoff return. Washington hauls it in at his own one, and after Holt and Jacob
Hester take large grasps at nothingness, gets momentarily stood up
amid a gaggle of Chargers, only for none to bring him down. Then we can pinpoint the exact moment Kaeding is considering a career change. The Chargers lost by a touchdown. They’d cruise the next
week against the Cardinals, then came a Week 5 showdown in Oakland. Despite dominating the
offensive and defensive portion of the proceedings, they couldn’t quite overcome the early 12-point hole
they dug themselves, thanks to not one, but two blocked punts in the game’s first five minutes. The Raiders got nine points from those plays. The Chargers lost by eight. – [Jon] Sorry, I’d like to
butt in for just a second, to talk about punt blocks. Punt blocks almost never happen. There were only 12 across
the entire 2010 NFL season. Naturally, four of these were
suffered by the Chargers, but what’s most incredible is
that these two punt blocks, occurred on back to back drives. The odds of this happening
twice in a row on paper, roughly 42,000:1. Anyway. – [Alex] After that game, San Diego was leading the
league in total offense, with no one else particularly close. Coupled with an excellent defense, their total yardage
differential of +1,078, wasn’t just far and away
the best in the league, but to this day is a modern NFL record through five games. Since the AFL/NFL merger in 1970, only the ’09 Giants have
so much as come within 150 yards of the 2010
Chargers’ gargantuan figure. And these Bolts had a losing
record to show for it. In terms of special teams performance, at least they knew this
had to be rock bottom. Then someone handed them a shovel. (ominous music) A few minutes into their
Week 6 game in St. Louis, Danny Amendola alluded
gunner Richard Goodman, and 42 yards later, he set the Rams up in prime position for a chip shot field goal. In the fourth quarter, Kaeding slipped on his
own field goal attempt, leading to an easy block. The Chargers lost by a field goal. The following week, Hester failed to bring down
Julian Edelman on a punt near the end of the first half. 34 yards later, Edelman had provided Tom
Brady great field position, again leading to a chip shot field goal. The Chargers lost by a field goal. Now, despite outgaining their opponent by over 125 yards in six
of their seven games, the only post merger
team that’s ever done so, they were sitting there
with a 2-5 record. They rebounded down the stretch, and started turning all
these thorough dominations into actual real life wins. Seven of them across their
final nine games, in fact, including four blowouts. But, their bed was already made and
it was too little, too late. – [Jon] I say this as
a lifelong Chiefs fan, it is tragic that Kansas
City took this playoff spot over the Chargers. All in all, they were vastly inferior, and it showed when they
were immediately run off their own field by the
Ravens in the first round. It also showed in Week 14 in San Diego. With quarterback Matt Cassel
out with an appendectomy, backup Brodie Croyle
was shoved out there to start for the Chiefs. So, yes the Chiefs were short handed, and yes the Chargers
were on their home field. They took advantage. They lined up their shot, and then they blew the Chiefs to hell. 31 zip. It was the most lopsided shutout loss
in the NFL that season. The statistical profile of
this game is horrifying. The Chargers held the
Chiefs to zero points, and well under 100 yards. And they didn’t even need
a single turnover to do it. It was matter of fact domination. This is one of only five such
performances in the history of the league. It would be more at home
in the NFL’s Old Testament than the modern era. Even there it has trouble making friends. For one, it allowed fewer yards
than any of the others. For another, the rest of these performances
came during low scoring, hard fought, defensive battles. One ended 13-0, two ended 6-0, and one ended in a scoreless tie. This was a 31-0 pounding. The indignities did not stop there. Croyle never started another NFL game. His final career record
as a starter was 0-10. And he would go down in history as the first quarterback
of the Super Bowl era to start at least 10 games
and never win a single one. This beat down pulled
the Chargers to 1-1 against the Chiefs on the season. This meant San Diego, by virtue of their superior
record within the division, would have held the tie
breaker if only they could have pulled even. They never could. But for one Sunday afternoon, they took my poor football team, and they broke them in half. It was their only consolation. When the postseason started, the NFL’s best offense, and best defense, were nowhere to be seen. The NFL has been a 32
team league since 2002. To even rank in the top three in both offense and
defense in the same year is an incredible accomplishment. In fact, these are all the teams in this
era to rank in the top three in either offense or defense. You can see how far
most of these teams sag, from one end to the other. Some teams with top offenses
also had good defenses, but more often than not, their defenses were awful. The opposite is true as well. Teams with stellar defenses
tend to have weak offenses. Now in red you can see the
teams that missed the playoffs despite ranking in the top
three in either category. All the red down here
makes a lot of sense. A bad defense can and will totally scuttle a great offense. I’m sure Saints fans can
tell you all about that. Naturally, we see a lot more green up here. Teams that paired a great defense with, even a decent offense
were almost guaranteed to make the playoffs. But only one of these teams
ever put it all together. Look at all that daylight
between the 2010 Chargers and the rest of the field. No one ever really came
close to accomplishing what they did. – [Alex] Remember how I talked about how for the season the 2010 Chargers offense gained nearly 2000 more yards than their defense allowed? Well, in that same post-merger timeframe, there were only two other
instances of a team outgaining their opposition by that much. And their seasons each
ended in a Super Bowl, not even the 16-0 Patriots of 2007 soared as high as these Chargers. As for teams that wound
up missing the playoffs, no one but the ’74 Cowboys all the way down here has even cracked a yardage differential of 1400. On a per snap basis, their offense generated
nearly a yard and a half more each play than their defense allowed. That remarkable discrepancy, also is in its own stratosphere, with the Steelers barely
cracking the one yard barrier that season, and no one else reaching even 0.8 yards. But thanks to their special teams, none of it mattered. Especially spearheaded by
a punt unit that opponents feasted on for nearly 19 yards per return, they shot themselves in the foot like no other team ever. If they’d have won just one of those five maddening
losses that they dominated throughout, they’d have necessarily
been AFC West champs. The most depressing aspect of this all, might be surrounding Kassim Osgood, who for years, wasn’t
just their special team’s leader and captain, but also excelled enough to
be the AFC’s special teams Pro Bowl representative three
of the prior four years. Then ahead of this 2010 season, they let him get away in free agency, and subsequently authored
what can only be considered, the single worst season of special teams, in the 99 year history of the NFL. – [Jon] Who was in charge? Was there anyone in
charge of special teams that year for the Chargers? – [Alex] So their special
teams coach, Steve Crosby, long time coaching veteran, spent over 30 years coaching in the NFL. That was highlighted by
becoming Bill Belichick’s offensive coordinator during the Browns’ final couple of seasons in Cleveland. – [Jon] So like a good coach.
He was totally a good coach! – [Alex] Totally a good coach. And then he took a team
that was one of the greatest regular season teams ever, and his unit single handedly sunk them. – There’s something I want to show you. So I dug up some official team photos of Steve Crosby, right? And look at how he changes over the years. Which is to say, not at all. – (laughs) Those may have
been taken on the same day. – Those were taken five years apart. – Or he’s just the
greatest ager of all time. – You know, you know what it is? Is, look at this. 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, all of a sudden, barely cracks a smile, done, out of the NFL. See, you can’t smile if you’re a coach. You can’t be happy, you can’t
have things that you like. You can’t enjoy yourself. At the end of this I feel
bad for a lot of people, I feel especially bad for Philip Rivers. And, this is why. So, Alex, I put together a chart, that includes every quarterback
of the Super Bowl era who started at least 50 games, right? This is all of them. Every dot is one of them, on the X axis you see how
many games they started. On the vertical axis you see what their career passer rating was. And, in green you see the guys who went to the Super Bowl, and won it. That’s a lot of quarterbacks. The more the better once you get higher in passer rating, and then, in red you see the guys
who missed entirely. In yellow you see the
guys who made a Super Bowl and didn’t win it. That big red star up
there on the upper right, with almost no friends around him, is Philip Rivers. I mean, he’s probably the best quarterback never to win one besides maybe, Dan Marino. And has to be the best quarterback to never even go to the Super Bowl, right? – [Alex] Not only is that true, but he had a great shot
to make the Super Bowl the season before this.
13 and 3 Chargers team. And in their first playoff game, what doomed them was two
missed chip shot field goals, by Nate Kaeding. And a three point loss. – [Jon] So Philip Rivers
is far from done, right? And he’s still got a few
years left before, ya know, age catches up to him I’m sure. The Chargers went 12-4 last season, they figure to contend again this year, so I would say there’d
be a pretty good chance for a fairy tale ending
for these Chargers. Except we have Mahomes now on the Chiefs, so nevermind, sorry suckers. (upbeat music) Hey ya’ll. Thank you
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100 thoughts on “One of the all-time greatest NFL teams didn’t even make the playoffs | Dorktown

  1. I always though Dexter McCluster would be really good in the NFL… I’m also still waiting for Percy Harvin and Tavon Austin to return greatness… I might need to put on my glasses before making these reads

  2. Am I the only one who, when looking at the thumbnail, thought that they were referring to electronics and those crappy
    iPhone chargers ?

  3. Honestly, if I were someone like Brodie Croyle…I wouldn't even care being the only NFL QB to ever start 10+ games and go winless if it meant I made a few million bucks in salary as a benchwarmer the rest of the time. Easy money, baby.

  4. This was so fucking hard to watch as a Chargers fan. This seasons gone too with Derwin James out for the season and Melvin looking like he's not gonna sign. It hurts bro

  5. They weren't the best defense. The only reason they had so few yards given up is because the opposing team was getting so many yards and scores off their special teams. If you look at a stat like the time their defense was on the field that season you would see it's really low. Less time = less opportunity to give yards.
    Total offensive and defensive yards are horrible stats to use to say who is the best offense or defense in the NFL. I would even venture to say that in any topic of discussion using a single stat without context is meaningless.

    What you should look at is stats like yards per play, scores per game gotten and allowed, yards per drive, turnovers per game, and so on. Units per units. Those stats paint the real story. Having a bunch of offensive yards but still losing games means that you can make long drives but are bad in the red zone. I don't think a team that is bad in the red zone could ever be considered the best offense in a single season let alone the history of the league.

    As far as the defense they allowed alot of points for being called the best defense. They didn't allow many yards because the special teams were giving the ball to the opponents at midfield meaning the defense didn't have that many yard to give before they scored. As we know they did score. So I'd like to see how the ratio of stopped drives by that defense.

    Theoretically if the special teams was so bad that they allowed the opponents to run it for a touchdown every time they took the field the entire season then the defense would never take the field and have 0 yards given on the season. Is that the best defense in history? Even when some of the players on that special teams unit were players from the defense and offense? Of course not.

    Overall sounds like a super overrated team which perfectly describes the chargers every single year.

  6. Ever thought about the possibility that the fact that there special teams was so bad skewed there offensive/defensive numbers. Weren’t getting large returns from there return guys, and there offense had to keep up for a lot of there special teams fuck ups. As far as defense goes, if a team starts on the 50 (because the chargers special teams let them run it back there) they can only gain 50 yards.

  7. Didn't the kicker tear his ACL or something on the first kickoff of the following year?

    This is the most depressing team to follow. Losing multiple players to injury in camp every year and then dozens during the regular season, losing the entire team to a city to play first in a soccer stadium they can't sell out then be the 8th most popular team in LA and pay rent to Kronke for that privilege, Dean Spanos, that 3rd and 22 play against the Ravens, Dean Spanos letting sooo many good players walk, the owners being low key broke by NFL owner standards, Dean Spanos, Drew Brees, the special teams sucking for a decade+, Winslow Jr raping old women, the trash O line in recent years, Mike McCoy, TV blackouts, and on and on and on. Why TF have I rooted for this garbage team for 20 years???

    And I did mention Dean Spanos??!

  8. Wouldn't bad ST play contribute to high offensive production and low defensive numbers? Everytime the other team scores or has short field position because of poor ST play, the defense is not on the field as long as they would otherwise be. That also means the offense is on the field more, with more opportunity to rack up yards.

  9. "to this day Steve Young and Peyton Manning are the only QB's to ever pull that off" in reference to consecutive 100+ rating seasons… Pretty sure Drew Brees has done it for the past 4 years.. in a row

  10. Its why the chargers are one of my favorite teams in the NFL. It’s not that i like them, but because their games (and seasons) are always the most fascinating. This video perfectly describes the chargers under phillip rivers. Amazing, deserves better, but always barely losing because of the most absurd events

  11. Treating special teams as an afterthought is an old school coaching mentality. The NFL is now so competitive that there is not much difference between a top tier team and a bottom tier team. Special teams is often the difference maker.

  12. Terrible special teams stats can inflate the yard differential since the opposing team has a short to no field to travel in order to score. The defensive yards allowed stat is not likely truly representative of the quality of that defense.

  13. Just here to say I love chart party so much and started tapping my veins when I saw this.

    Also, going from lounge jazz to synth wave is a welcome change.

  14. I mean I believe it but aren't the stats are slightly skewed because they naturally have to gain more yards cause their special teams were bad, and I the same way oposing teams cant gain as many yards cause they start in the red zone.

  15. Stopped watching at "abolish special teams". Such a bullshit Millennial thing to say. Stop playing on your smartphone and find an attention span.

  16. Does anyone else think that their "good" defense could be because their special teams let up so many yards? Like other offenses only had to go 50 instead of 80 yards cause of horrible field position

  17. Weirdly enough, the team that had the second biggest positive yardage differential in the league that year was the Giants, who also missed the playoffs. But y'know they won the Super Bowl the following year so its hard to feel bad for them.

  18. To be fair the chargers defense was not as good as it seems as lots of yards that could’ve potentially been given up by the defense was gained through special teams

  19. I love the Bolts, but I wouldn't put them in the Top 5 that year, much less all-time best. Raw yardage is a terrible metric for offensive/defensive performance.

    Look at the 14-2 2010 Patriots, arguably the best team of the past decade. They scored over 500 points and outscored their opponents by over 12 points per game against a tough schedule (and beat the Chargers in San Diego). But they were OUTGAINED by their opponents overall, so by yardage alone, they were "below average". I don't think so.

  20. The 2010 Bolts were not one of the all time greatest NFL teams if their special teams were that bad. There's 3 phases to the game like it or not. That being said, this was really interesting.

  21. theres a problem with the stats that is completely overlooked. the special teams was so bad, and gave up such terrible field position to the opposing team, the opposing teams had less yards to go to score. this inflated their total defensive ranking that is based strictly on total yards given up. if the opposing offense is starting out near mid field most of the time because of poor kick coverage, as opposed to starting between the 10 and the 25 yard line like normal, they will naturally give up far fewer yards, which makes the defense sound better on paper than it actually was.

  22. What a bizarre year for football this was. This was also the year Seattle won their division with a losing record and won a playoff game to kick new orleans in the dick

  23. Part of the reason their defense was that good was because their special teams gave up so much yardage that the other teams didn't need to go that far down the field so their D didn't give have to give up much yardage for a touchdown

  24. 1:23 what about Aaron Rodgers doing it for 6 from 09-14? His worst season over that stretch he still posted a 101.2 rating and won a Super Bowl

  25. Is it possible that their dreadful special teams made their defense look better? There are less yards to be gained for the opposing offense (and less to be given up for the defense) when they start with great field position.

  26. It may be worth exploring whether or not yards are actually meaningful stats. I know that there are teams that can get a ton of yards, but struggle to put up anything more than field goals once in the red zone. Great teams might also give up a lot of yards on defense because the offense scores so much that the defense does not need to play for field position. I'm more curious about how the offense/defense ranks if you consider actual points rather than simple yardage.

  27. The following year the Chargers lost a game to the Chiefs where they had a game-winning drive thwarted by… a fumble.. on a QB Kneel (which would have set up a chip-shot FG).

  28. The Chargers are just unlucky, they just emit bad luck, everyone in the NFL gets their bad luck from the Chargers

  29. Was the defense really that good if special teams gave up so many yards? Instead of teams driving 60-80 yards on offense, the field was so much shorter because of easy punt returns.

  30. Didn't you forget somebody when showing that passer rating chart? Drew Brees' passer rating for the last 4 years: 101.0, 101.7, 103.9, 115.7.

  31. How can you claim that a team that went 9-7 is one of the greatest teams? If they were like 16-0 then lost game 1 of playoffs ya, you would have a solid argument.

  32. Best teams of all time don't not make the playoffs. Talented, sure. But talent doesn't make a team great. Its capacity to win when it counts is what makes it great.

  33. "Special teams isn't real football" until it costs a damn good team a playoff berth. I love when people say that cuz now we can just link to this video.

  34. This was really interesting, but it seems obvious that your defense allows so few yards, when everybody's starting their drives inside the 40.

  35. It doesn't sound like they were THAT great of a team. It sounds like they had trouble scoring. So it seems like you didn't go over the most important part of the game, how does a team do in the redzone. If you do well there you don't always need so many yards, if you do poorly there you need more yards so you can get more opportunities. So what was thier offensive and defensive redzone percentages? Yeah, the special teams was bad, but in those loses, they didn't usually score very many points.

  36. I think the "best defense" statistic of allowing the fewest yards could be skewed to appear better than it is. By allowing long punt returns, the opponents drives will naturally be a shorter distance, so there is not even the opportunity for the defense to lose as many yards.

  37. Don't let this distract you from the fact that the Oklahoma City thunder had Kevin Durant, James Harden, and Russell Westbrook and still couldn't win a championship

  38. Love this video you guys are awesome but man this depressing as a former die hard chargers fan this brings back some back memories

  39. This yet another example of the Spanos family not truly caring about winning a super bowl, always cutting costs and hardly ever signing/resigning the players that really make the team go

  40. You miss out on some Stat analysis by leaving out important information. If a team gives up a lot of punt blocks, punt returns, and kickoff returns. That means that team gets more offensive possessions and less defensive possessions skewing the stats for yards gained and given up. I can make a team that gives up punt returns for TD every time and give up 0 yards per game which would look great on paper.

  41. Has the number 1 offense, yet failed to score 20 points in 3 games and potentially could've made the Playoffs had they also beaten the Bengals in week 16. Also, they lost to the 3-3 Sam Bradford led Rams so we gonna ignore that?

  42. Could not have happened to a better GM. Watching A.J. Smith hoisting a trophy after the way he handled LT and fired Marty then hiring "yes man" Norv Turner would have sucked. No way, I was so glad to see then not make the postseason.

  43. You guys are forgetting one thing: They were coached by Norv Turner. That's the reason they missed the playoffs. Norv sucked as a head coach and his teams always underperformed.

  44. What was the team that was 3rd Offense / 6th Defense and missed the playoffs? I feel like that might have been worth a mention. Not AS bad as the Chargers, but still not great.

  45. You guys are focusing almost entirely on yard differential as evidence of them being a great team while neglecting to add their shitty special teams is actually the reason for this difference, by either allowing a touchdown or a short field which skews the amount of yards the opposing offense has the opportunity to drive.

  46. I'm a Chargers fan and 2010 was my first season watching football when I moved in with my aunt and cousins in San Diego from northern California. I was visiting Austin, TX where I live now when SD lost to the Bengals, and they were officially eliminated from playoff contention. I saw the ass beatings they gave to the Niners, Chiefs, Broncos and Colts; I watched the close game against the Texans.

    My cousin and I put on the scoreboard program they put on NFL Network when the game was blacked out, back when blackouts were still a thing, and got hyped with the blowouts. We also watched their losses, it was hard to see them lose but the more they lost the more I understood the game. But this video showed I had a lot more to learn.

    Watching all of these ST blunders are so weird, I remember all the ones shown clear as day now but didn't correlate them with the reason why they missed playoffs. Seeing our stats that year was flooring too, I noticed the Chargers were first in both overall offense and overall defense and was going off like "how does a team rank first overall in yardage but not make playoffs, it doesn't make any sense!".

    I thought this was going to be a rag on the Bolts, since I know Jon roots for Kansas City, but decided to watch it anyways since, hey, it involves my team. But it showed a lot more clarity when looking back at it and it was really interesting learning about the ST coach for that season, and Kassim Osgood leading SD's Special Teams for the last half of their division dominance of the 2000s.

    I'm glad I stuck with my team through thick and a lot of thin (2010-2012, 2014-2017, the move to LA, 0-4 start in 2017), and we'll see about those two Chargers-Chiefs matchups this year! They'll probably both make playoffs again but I think the Chiefs will have a harder time holding onto first place for the whole season haha.

    Thanks Jon and Alex!

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