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2011 San Diego Chargers season
Head Coach Norv Turner
General Manager A.J. Smith
Home Field Qualcomm Stadium
Results
Record 8–8
Place 2nd AFC West
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers
Timeline
Previous season Next season
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The 2011 San Diego Chargers season was the franchise's 42nd season in the National Football League and the 52nd overall. The team failed to improve on its 9–7 record from 2010, and finished in a three-way tie with the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders for the AFC West division title, with an 8–8 record, but lost the tiebreaker to the Broncos and missed the playoffs for a second consecutive season. For Norv Turner, this was his fifth season as the head coach of the Chargers. The Chargers had the 18th pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

OffseasonEdit

Coaching changesEdit

On January 11, defensive coordinator Ron Rivera became the new head coach of the Carolina Panthers.[1] That same day, Rich Bisacchia was named the team's new special teams' coach, replacing Steve Crosby, whose contract was not renewed.[2][3] Three days later (January 14), the team hired former San Francisco 49ers' defensive coordinator Greg Manusky to replace Rivera. Manusky previously served as the Chargers' linebackers coach from 2002–2006.[4]

ArrivalsEdit

DeparturesEdit

2011 draft boardEdit

Round Selection Player Position College Signed Notes
1 18 Corey Liuget DT Illinois
2 50 Marcus Gilchrist CB Clemson
2 61 Jonas Mouton LB Michigan [dr 1]
3 82 Vincent Brown WR San Diego State
3 89 Shareece Wright CB USC [dr 2]
4 [dr 3]
5 [dr 4]
6 183 Jordan Todman RB Connecticut
6 201 Stephen Schilling G Michigan [dr 5]
7 234 Andrew Gachkar LB Missouri [dr 6]

Draft notesEdit

PreseasonEdit

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 August 11 5:00 p.m. PDT Seattle Seahawks L 17–24 0–1 Qualcomm Stadium ESPN Recap
2 August 21 5:00 p.m. PDT at Dallas Cowboys W 20–7 1–1 Cowboys Stadium NBC Recap
3 August 27 7:00 p.m. PDT at Arizona Cardinals W 34–31 2–1 University of Phoenix Stadium Recap
4 September 1 7:00 p.m. PDT San Francisco 49ers L 17–20 2–2 Qualcomm Stadium Recap

Regular seasonEdit

Kicker Nate Kaeding suffered a season ending injury in the first game of the year. He was replaced by Nick Novak, who set a Charger record making 11 kicks from 40 yards or longer.[1]

ScheduleEdit

Week Date Kickoff Opponent Results Game site TV NFL.com
recap
Final score Team record
1 September 11 1:15 p.m. PDT Minnesota Vikings W 24–17 1–0 Qualcomm Stadium Fox Recap
2 September 18 1:15 p.m. PDT at New England Patriots L 21–35 1–1 Gillette Stadium CBS Recap
3 September 25 1:05 p.m. PDT Kansas City Chiefs W 20–17 2–1 Qualcomm Stadium CBS Recap
4 October 2 1:15 p.m. PDT Miami Dolphins W 26–16 3–1 Qualcomm Stadium CBS Recap
5 October 9 1:15 p.m. PDT at Denver Broncos W 29–24 4–1 Sports Authority Field at Mile High CBS Recap
6 Bye
7 October 23 10:00 a.m. PDT at New York Jets L 21–27 4–2 MetLife Stadium CBS Recap
8 October 31 5:30 p.m. PDT at Kansas City Chiefs L 20–23 (OT) 4–3 Arrowhead Stadium ESPN Recap
9 November 6 1:15 p.m. PST Green Bay Packers L 38–45 4–4 Qualcomm Stadium Fox Recap
10 November 10 5:20 p.m. PST Oakland Raiders L 17–24 4–5 Qualcomm Stadium NFLN Recap
11 November 20 1:15 p.m. PST at Chicago Bears L 20–31 4–6 Soldier Field CBS Recap
12 November 27 1:15 p.m. PST Denver Broncos L 13–16 (OT) 4–7 Qualcomm Stadium CBS Recap
13 December 5 5:30 p.m. PST at Jacksonville Jaguars W 38–14 5–7 EverBank Field ESPN Recap
14 December 11 1:15 p.m. PST Buffalo Bills W 37–10 6–7 Qualcomm Stadium CBS Recap
15 December 18 5:20 p.m. PST Baltimore Ravens W 34–14 7–7 Snapdragon Stadium NBC Recap
16 December 24 1:05 p.m. PST at Detroit Lions L 10–38 7–8 Ford Field CBS Recap
17 January 1 1:15. p.m. PST at Oakland Raiders W 38–26 8–8 O.co Coliseum CBS Recap
     Indicates that the game was blacked out locally due to low ticket sales.

Game summariesEdit

Week 1: vs. Minnesota VikingsEdit

Week One: Minnesota Vikings at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Vikings 7 10 0 0

17

Chargers 7 0 7 10

24

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter

SD - Mike Scifres 40 yd. FG (Tie 17-17) SD - Mike Tolbert 19 yd. TD reception from Philip Rivers, M. Scifres XP good (SD 24-17)

Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Coming off their special teams woes in 2010, the Chargers allowed a 103-yard opening kickoff return to Percy Harvin to start the season. Kicker Nate Kaeding suffered a season ending injury on the play, and punter Mike Scifres assumed place kicking responsibilities for the game.[2][3] The Chargers outscored the Vikings 10–0 in the fourth quarter to come back and win the game, 24–17. Fullback Mike Tolbert scored three touchdowns, and Phillip Rivers completed 33 of 48 passes for 335 yards and two touchdowns. He was also intercepted twice. Scifres kicked a 40-yard field goal, the first of his NFL career, and kicked three PATs. With the win, the Chargers started their season out 1-0. [3]

Week 2: at New England PatriotsEdit

Week Two: San Diego Chargers at New England Patriots – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 7 0 0 14

21

Patriots 7 13 0 15

35

at Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • SD –
  • NE –
Top rushers
  • SD –
  • NE –
Top receivers
  • SD –
  • NE –
Top tacklers
  • SD –
  • NE –

With the loss, the Chargers fell to 1-1.

Week 3: vs. Kansas City ChiefsEdit

Week Three: Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chiefs 0 0 7 10

17

Chargers 0 10 7 3

20

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Date: September 25
  • Game time: 1:05 p.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 67° F (Partly Cloudy)
  • Game attendance: 62,236
  • Referee: Walt Coleman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • KC – matt cassel
  • SD – philip rivers
Top rushers
  • KC – jammal charles
  • SD – ryan matthews
Top receivers
  • KC – dwayne bowe
  • SD – ryan matthews
Top tacklers
  • KC –
  • SD – takeo spikes

With the win, the Chargers improved to 2-1.

Week 4: vs. Miami DolphinsEdit

Week Four: Miami Dolphins at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Dolphins 7 3 3 3

16

Chargers 7 6 10 3

26

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Date: October 2
  • Game time: 1:15 p.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 84° F, Sunny
  • Game attendance: 63,002
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts (blacked out locally)
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • MIA –
  • SD –
Top rushers
  • MIA –
  • SD –
Top receivers
  • MIA –
  • SD –
Top tacklers
  • MIA –
  • SD –

With the win, the Chargers improved to 3-1.

Week 5: at Denver BroncosEdit

Week Five: San Diego Chargers at Denver Broncos – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 6 17 0 6

29

Broncos 7 3 0 14

24

at Sports Authority Field at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • SD –
  • DEN –
Top rushers
  • SD –
  • DEN –
Top receivers
  • SD –
  • DEN –
Top tacklers
  • SD –
  • DEN –

With the win, the Chargers went into their bye week at 4-1. The team also managed to get their best start after 5 games under head coach Norv Turner.

Week 7: at New York JetsEdit

Week Seven: San Diego Chargers at New York Jets – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 7 14 0 0

21

Jets 3 7 7 10

27

at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

  • Date: October 23
  • Game time: 1:00 p.m. EDT/10:00 a.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 58° F, Sunny
  • Game attendance: 79,088
  • Referee: Ron Winter
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
  • [citation needed]
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

With the loss, the Chargers fell to 4-2.

Week 8: at Kansas City ChiefsEdit

Week Eight: San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 0 3 9 8

20

Chiefs 10 3 0 7

23

at Arrowhead Stadium, Kansas City, Missouri

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • SD –
  • KC –
Top rushers
  • SD –
  • KC –
Top receivers
  • SD –
  • KC –
Top tacklers
  • SD –
  • KC –

With the loss, the Chargers fell to 4-3.

Week 9: vs. Green Bay PackersEdit

Week Nine: Green Bay Packers at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Packers 21 7 3 14

45

Chargers 7 10 7 14

38

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

With the loss, the Chargers fell to 4-4.

Week 10: vs. Oakland RaidersEdit

Week Ten: Oakland Raiders at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Raiders 7 10 7 0

24

Chargers 3 0 14 0

17

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • SD - Vincent Brown 30 yd. TD reception from Philip Rivers, N. Novak XP good (OAK 17-10)
  • OAK - Denarius Moore 26 yd. TD reception from Carson Palmer, S. Janikowski XP good (OAK 24-10)
  • SD - Jacob Hester 7 yd. TD reception from Philip Rivers, N. Novak XP good (OAK 24-17)
Fourth quarter

No Scoring

Top passers
  • OAK –
  • SD –
Top rushers
  • OAK –
  • SD –
Top receivers
  • OAK –
  • SD –
Top tacklers
  • OAK –
  • SD –

Trying to snap a three-game losing streak, the Chargers stayed at home for a Week 10 AFC West duel with the Oakland Raiders on Thursday night. San Diego struck first in the opening quarter with a 20-yard field goal from kicker Nick Novak, but the Raiders answered with running back Michael Bush getting a 2-yard touchdown run. Oakland added onto their lead in the second quarter with kicker Sebastian Janikowski getting a 23-yard field goal, followed by quarterback Carson Palmer completing a 33-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Denarius Moore.[citation needed]

The Chargers began the third quarter with quarterback Philip Rivers finding rookie wide receiver Vincent Brown on a 30-yard touchdown pass, but the Raiders struck back with Palmer completing a 26-yard touchdown pass to Moore. Afterwards, San Diego closed out the quarter with Rivers hooking up with fullback Jacob Hester on a 7-yard touchdown pass. The Chargers tried to rally in the fourth quarter, but Oakland's defense held on to preserve the win.[citation needed]

Win the loss, not only did San Diego fall to 4-5, but it marked the first time since 2003 that the Chargers had lost four-straight.[citation needed]

Week 11: at Chicago BearsEdit

Week Eleven: San Diego Chargers at Chicago Bears – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 3 7 7 3

20

Bears 3 14 14 0

31

at Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

  • Date: November 20
  • Game time: 3:15 p.m. CST/1:15 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 42° F, Cloudy, winds gusting to 20 mph
  • Game attendance: 62,344
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette
  • TV announcers (CBS): Jim Nantz and Phil Simms
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • SD –
  • CHI –
Top rushers
  • SD –
  • CHI –
Top receivers
  • SD –
  • CHI –
Top tacklers
  • SD –
  • CHI –

With the loss, the Chargers fell to 4-6 and lost 5 in a row for the first time since 2003.

Week 12: vs. Denver BroncosEdit

Week Twelve: Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 0 7 3 3

16

Chargers 3 7 3 0

13

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Date: November 27
  • Game time: 1:15 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 84° F, Sunny
  • Game attendance: 64,436
  • Referee: Jeff Triplette
  • TV announcers (CBS): Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts
  • [citation needed]
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • DEN –
  • SD –
Top rushers
  • DEN –
  • SD –
Top receivers
  • DEN –
  • SD –
Top tacklers
  • DEN –
  • SD –

The loss was the sixth consecutive for the Chargers, their longest such streak in 10 years which took their record down to 4-7.[4]

Week 13: at Jacksonville JaguarsEdit

Week Thirteen: San Diego Chargers at Jacksonville Jaguars – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 10 14 7 7

38

Jaguars 0 14 0 0

14

at EverBank Field, Jacksonville, Florida

  • Date: December 5
  • Game time: 8:30 p.m. EST/5:30 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 67° F, Clear
  • Game attendance: 62,743
  • Referee: Walt Anderson
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, Jon Gruden and Sal Paolantonio
Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
  • SD - Malcom Floyd 52 yd. TD reception from Philip Rivers, N. Novak XP good (SD 31-14)
Fourth quarter
Top passers
Top rushers
Top receivers
Top tacklers

Hoping to snap a six-game losing streak, the Chargers flew to EverBank Field for a Week 13 Monday night duel with the Jacksonville Jaguars. San Diego delivered the game's opening punch with a 13-yard touchdown run from running back Mike Tolbert, followed by a 29-yard field goal from kicker Nick Novak. The Jaguars would answer in the second quarter with quarterback Blaine Gabbert completing a 9-yard touchdown pass to running back Maurice Jones-Drew and a 5-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Cecil Shorts, yet the Chargers replied with quarterback Philip Rivers connecting with rookie wide receiver Vincent Brown on a 22-yard touchdown pass and a 35-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Vincent Jackson.

San Diego added onto its lead in the third quarter with Rivers hooking up with wide receiver Malcom Floyd on a 52-yard touchdown pass. Afterwards, the 'Bolts would pull away in the fourth quarter with a 31-yard touchdown run from running back Ryan Matthews.

With the win, the Chargers improved to 5-7.

Week 14: vs. Buffalo BillsEdit

Week Fourteen: Buffalo Bills at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Bills 0 0 10 0

10

Chargers 7 9 14 7

37

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • BUF –
  • SD –
Top rushers
  • BUF –
  • SD –
Top receivers
  • BUF –
  • SD –
Top tacklers
  • BUF –
  • SD –

With the win, the Chargers improved to 6-7.

Week 15: vs. Baltimore RavensEdit

Week Fifteen: Baltimore Ravens at San Diego Chargers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Ravens 0 7 0 7

14

Chargers 7 10 14 3

34

at Qualcomm Stadium, San Diego, California

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • BAL –
  • SD –
Top rushers
  • BAL –
  • SD –
Top receivers
  • BAL –
  • SD –
Top tacklers
  • BAL –
  • SD –

With the win, the Chargers improved to 7-7.

Week 16: at Detroit LionsEdit

Week Sixteen: San Diego Chargers at Detroit Lions – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 0 0 10 0

10

Lions 10 14 7 7

38

at Ford Field, Detroit, Michigan

Game information
First quarter
  • DET - Brandon Pettigrew 7 yard pass from Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson kick), Lions 7–0, Drive: 9 plays, 74 yards, 4:08.
  • DET - Jason Hanson 50 yard field goal, Lions 10–0, Drive: 13 plays, 65 yards, 6:30.
Second quarter
  • DET - Kevin Smith 3 yard pass from Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson kick), Lions 17–0, Drive: 11 plays, 87 yards, 5:16.
  • DET - Calvin Johnson 14 Yd pass from Matthew Stafford (Jason Hanson kick), Lions 24–0, Drive: 9 plays, 74 yards, 4:22.
Third quarter
  • SD - Malcom Floyd 11 yard pass from Philip Rivers (Nick Novak kick), Lions 24–7, Drive: 5 plays, 57 yards, 2:04.
  • SD - Nick Novak 22 yard field goal, Lions 24–10, Drive: 10 plays, 43 yards, 3:45
  • DET - Kevin Smith 6 yard run (Jason Hanson kick), Lions 31–10, Drive: 9 plays, 80 yards, 4;37.
Fourth quarter
  • DET - Cliff Avril 4 yard interception return (Jason Hanson Kick), Lions 38–10, Drive: 1 play, 4 plays, 0:00.
Top passers
  • SD - Phillip Rivers - 28/53, 299 yards, 1 touchdown, 2 interceptions
  • DET - Matthew Stafford - 29/36, 373 yards, 3 touchdowns
Top rushers
  • SD - Ryan Matthews - 11 carries, 58 yards
  • DET - Kevin Smith - 15 carries, 49 yards, 1 touchdown
Top receivers
  • SD - Malcolm Floyd - 6 receptions, 95 yards, 1 touchdown
  • DET - Calvin Johnson - 4 receptions, 102 yards, 1 touchdown
Top tacklers
  • SD - Steve Gregory - 7 tackles, 1 assist
  • DET - Justin Durant - 8 tackles, 3 assists

With the loss, the Chargers fell to 7-8.

Week 17: at Oakland RaidersEdit

Week Seventeen: San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chargers 7 17 7 7

38

Raiders 7 6 6 7

26

at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California

Game information
First quarter
Second quarter
Third quarter
Fourth quarter
Top passers
  • SD –
  • OAK –
Top rushers
  • SD –
  • OAK –
Top receivers
  • SD –
  • OAK –
Top tacklers
  • SD –
  • OAK –

With the win, the Chargers wrapped up their season at 8-8 and snapped their 3-game losing streak against the Raiders.

Final standingsEdit

AFC West
view · talk · edit W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
y (4) Denver Broncos 8 8 0 .500 3–3 6–6 309 390 L3
San Diego Chargers 8 8 0 .500 3–3 7–5 406 377 W1
Oakland Raiders 8 8 0 .500 3–3 6–6 333 395 L1
Kansas City Chiefs 7 9 0 .438 3–3 4–8 212 338 W1

StaffEdit

San Diego Chargers 2011 staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

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Final rosterEdit

2011 San Diego Chargers roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists


Practice squad


Rookies in italics
52 Active, 12 Inactive, 8 Practice squad

Notes and referencesEdit

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