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1998 San Diego Chargers season

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1998 San Diego Chargers season
Head coachKevin Gilbride (fired Week 6, 2–4 record)
June Jones (interim)
General managerBobby Beathard
OwnerAlex Spanos
Home fieldQualcomm Stadium
Division place5th AFC West
Playoff finishdid not qualify
Pro BowlersSS Rodney Harrison LB Junior Seau

The 1998 San Diego Chargers season was the franchise's 29th season in the National Football League (NFL), its 39th overall and was the second and final season under Kevin Gilbride. After a 2–4 start, Gilbride was fired and June Jones coached the final ten games of the season as interim head coach. The team's defense led the league in yards allowed; however, a weak offense under infamous draft bust quarterback Ryan Leaf meant that the team was last in the AFC West.

Following the season, Oregon State Head Coach Mike Riley would be named Head Coach.


NFL draft

1998 San Diego Chargers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 2 Ryan Leaf  Quarterback Washington State from Arizona
2 59 Mikhael Ricks  Tight end Stephen F. Austin
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career



1998 San Diego Chargers staff
Front office

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

Strength and conditioning

  • Strength and Conditioning – John Hastings



1998 San Diego Chargers final roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

  • 7 Jeff Baker QB

Rookies in italics
Active, Inactive, Practice squad

Regular season

The opening game for 1998 constituted the first time since 1985 that the Chargers played the Buffalo Bills.[2] The reason for this is that before the admission of the Texans in 2002, NFL scheduling formulas for games outside a team’s division were much more influenced by table position during the previous season.[3]

The team had an excellent defense, but the offense's 51 turnovers were the most in the league, including 34 interceptions. Quarterback Ryan Leaf had 15 interceptions and only two touchdown passes in ten games; Craig Whelihan also performed poorly. The ineffective offense, and rookie Leaf's obnoxious behavior toward teammates, damaged morale; outside linebacker Lew Bush recalled, "Try going into a game you have no chance of winning, knowing that if you give up more than one touchdown, it's over". Strong safety Rodney Harrison described the season as "a nightmare you can't even imagine. If I had to go through another year like that, I'd probably quit playing".[4]


Week Date Opponent Result TV TV time (PT) Attendance
1 September 6, 1998 Buffalo Bills W 16–14 CBS 1:15pm
2 September 13, 1998 at Tennessee Oilers W 13–7 CBS 10:00am
3 September 20, 1998 at Kansas City Chiefs L 7–23 CBS 10:00am
4 September 27, 1998 New York Giants L 16–34 FOX 1:15pm
5 October 4, 1998 at Indianapolis Colts L 12–17 CBS 10:00pm
6 October 11, 1998 at Oakland Raiders L 6–7 CBS 1:15pm
7 October 18, 1998 Philadelphia Eagles W 13–10 FOX 1:15pm
8 October 25, 1998 Seattle Seahawks L 20–27 CBS 1:15pm
9 Bye
10 November 8, 1998 at Denver Broncos L 10–27 CBS 1:15pm
11 November 15, 1998 Baltimore Ravens W 14–13 CBS 1:05pm
12 November 22, 1998 Kansas City Chiefs W 38–37 CBS 1:15pm
13 November 29, 1998 Denver Broncos L 16–31 ESPN 5:20pm
14 December 6, 1998 at Washington Redskins L 20–24 CBS 10:00am
15 December 13, 1998 at Seattle Seahawks L 17–38 CBS 1:05pm
16 December 20, 1998 Oakland Raiders L 10–17 CBS 1:05pm
17 December 27, 1998 at Arizona Cardinals L 13–16 CBS 1:15pm

Game summaries

Week 1

1 234Total
Bills 0 077 14
• Chargers 3 0103 16
  • Date: September 6
  • Location: Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, CA
  • Game start: 4:15 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: 73 °F (22.8 °C); wind 9 miles per hour (14 km/h; 7.8 kn)
  • TV announcers (CBS): Gus Johnson and Steve Tasker



AFC West
(1) Denver Broncos 14 2 0 .875 501 309 W1
Oakland Raiders 8 8 0 .500 288 356 L1
Seattle Seahawks 8 8 0 .500 372 310 L1
Kansas City Chiefs 7 9 0 .438 327 363 W1
San Diego Chargers 5 11 0 .313 241 342 L5


  1. ^ 2009 San Diego Chargers Media Guide. pp. 326–327. Retrieved July 27, 2010.
  2. ^ Buffalo Bills v San Diego Chargers
  3. ^ History of the NFL’s Structure and Formats
  4. ^ Silver, Michael (August 30, 1999). "San Diego Chargers - After a season of discontent there's reason to be upbeat". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved February 21, 2012.
  5. ^ Retrieved 2014-Oct-19.
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