Team Spirit author Mark Stewart talks about the OVERTIME web page.

Mark picks his favorite Chargers

What’s new with the Los Angeles Chargers? That’s what this page is all about.

The Team Spirit OVERTIME website begins where the Team Spirit books end.

That’s because football never stands still … And I can never squeeze everything I want into 48 pages!

Scroll down for team updates, player profiles, and stats you won’t find in the book. Click on the videos to the left to hear me talk about Team Spirit OVERTIME as well as my favorite players. And take a look below at some of the Chargers collectibles I have in my home—pretty cool, right?

Enjoy this site, check back whenever you like, and contact me with any questions or comments.

Updates

2020 Season

2020 Season Roundup: The Chargers begin their first season without Phillip Rivers starting behind center since 2006. The new everyday QB may not be clear for a while, but in the meantime the team will be running the football a lot and confusing opponents with a ton of different formations. Chris Harris, Melvin Ingram, and Joey Bosa are the building blocks of a defense that could be one of the best in the AFC.

2019 Season

2019 Season Roundup: Give-aways and take-aways make a difference in the NFL and in 2019 the Chargers had too many of the first and not enough of the second. Phillip Rivers lost 5 fumbles and threw 18 interceptions in his final year with the team. Keenan Allen was the star of the offense with 104 catches, while defensive ends Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram were almost unstoppable on the line. All that added up to 5 wins and 11 losses.

2019 Season Preview: Quarterback Philip Rivers will be as dangerous as ever thanks to Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and Melvin Gordon. Each is a threat to score from anywhere on the field. The defense will rely on a group of improving linebackers, led by veteran newcomer Thomas Davis, until superstar Joey Bosa and #1 draft pick Jerry Tillery show that they are 100% healthy and ready to harass enemy quarterbacks.

2018 Season

2018 Season Roundup: The Chargers won 10 games for the first time since 2009, finishing 12–4 behind a great year from quarterback David Rivers. Melvin Allen scored 14 touchdowns and Keenan Allen caught 97 passes to power the offense. Defensive stars Derwin James, Adrian Phillips, Desmond King, and Melvin Ingram made up for the loss of Joey Bosa, who missed the first half of the season due to injury. The Chargers defeated the Ravens in the opening round of the playoffs but were wiped out by Tom Brady and the Patriots a week later.

November 25, 2018: Phillip Rivers set a new NFL record by completing his first 25 passes in a game against the Cardinals. The old record was 22, held by Mark Brunell. Rivers finished 28-for-29.

2018 Season Preview: Is this the year the Chargers finally win it all? A powerful offense and solid all-around defense should be enough for Los Angeles to finish first in the weak AFC West. Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram and rookie Derwin James will feast on enemy passers, while San Diego’s own quarterback, Philip Rivers, should be among the league leaders in yards and completions. The running game could stand to improve—and will need to in order for the Chargers to go all the way.

2017 Season

2017 Season Roundup: After losing their first four games, the Chargers charged to a 9–7 record and barely missed the playoffs. Philip Rivers, Melvin Gordon, and Keenan Allen led a powerful offense. But it was the Los Angeles defense—led by Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram, and Casey Hayward that gave the team a chance to win each week.

September 17, 2017: Antonio Gates scored his 112th touchdown, breaking Tony Gonzalez’s record for touchdowns by a tight end.

2017 Season Preview: The Chargers return to their original home, Los Angeles, for the 2017 season with a new head coach, Anthony Lynn. The star of the team is still Philip Rivers, but the Chargers will rely less on his strong passing arm than they have in the past. Coach Lynn likes a power running game, and will also be counting on Melvin Ingram and Joey Bosa to lead an improved defense.

2016 Season

2016 Season Roundup: The Chargers won only five games in 2016. It was their last season in San Diego, as the club announced it would be moving north to Los Angeles for 2017. There were a few bright spots, including the play of defensive end Joey Bosa. He was named Defensive Rookie of the Year. The Chargers defeated some good teams in 2016, including the Falcons, Texans and Broncos. In their 11 losses, they lost only once by more than 10 points.

2016 Season Preview: Many fans blamed San Diego’s disappointing 2015 on its defensive and offensive linemen, who seemed to lose the “war in the trenches” week after week. Have the Chargers improved themselves in this area? That is the big question heading into 2016. There is only so much star quarterback Philip Rivers, new receiver Keenan Allen and rookie defensive end Joey Bosa can do.

2015 Season

October 11, 2015: Antonio Gates caught his 100th touchdown pass. Tony Gonzalez (111) is the only tight end in history with more TDs.

2015 Season Preview: Philip Rivers is one of the best leaders in the NFL, but he can’t win by himself. The Chargers found him help on the line and in the backfield this year, but the defense isn’t good enough to survive the kind of injuries that struck the team last season.

2014 Season

December 31, 2014: Quarterback Philip Rivers leads a talented offense into the battle, with hard-to-guard stars like Antonio Gates, Keenan Allen, Donald Brown, and Ladarius Green. The San Diego defense was excellent in December and fans hope that trend continues in 2014. If it does, the Chargers could be difficult to stop.

September 2, 2014: Quarterback Philip Rivers leads a talented offense into the battle, with hard-to-guard stars like Antonio Gates, Keenan Allen, Donald Brown, and Ladarius Green. The San Diego defense was excellent in December and fans hope that trend continues in 2014. If it does, the Chargers could be difficult to stop.

2013 Season

September 4, 2013: The Chargers live and die by the strong right arm of quarterback Philip Rivers, and this year will be no exception. He has a good supporting cast, including a rebuilt offensive line. Fans should have fun watching linebacker Manti Te’o break into the NFL, but the impact rookie may be someone they hardly notice—right tackle D.J. Fluker.

2012 Roundup

February 2, 2013: The Chargers dropped 6 of 7 games in the middle of the season, which cancelled out a fast start and strong finish. San Diego scored 350 points and allowed 350 points, but finished the year with a losing record.

Summer, 2012: The Chargers got off to a great start in 2011 but lost six games in a row after that. Some of the young players made mistakes, but so did Philip Rivers. The quarterback had far too many interceptions. San Diego fans are confident that these problems have been fixed, and that their team has what it takes to hold off Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.

More Go-To Guys

Paul Lowe was no fun to tackle. You can tell how big he was on this card. (Topps, Inc.)

Louie Kelcher looks like a Wolfman in this card, doesn’t he? (Topps, Inc.)

  • Paul Lowe — Running Back
    Born: 9/27/1936
    Played for Team: 1960 to 1968
    Paul Lowe was a quick and graceful runner. He led the Chargers in rushing yards five times and was the AFL’s top running back in 1965. Lowe and Keith Lincoln shared the same backfield to give San Diego a great one-two running combination.

  • John Hadl — Quarterback
    Born: 2/15/1940
    Played for Team: 1962 To 1972
    It took John Hadl a few years to learn San Diego’s complicated offense. Once he did, he was amazing. Hadl led the AFL in passing yards in 1965 and 1968, and topped the NFL in the same category in 1971.

  • Gary Garrison — Receiver
    Born: 1/21/1944
    Played for Team: 1966 to 1976
    Gary Garrison was so fast and difficult to cover that fans and teammates called him the “Ghost.” He combined with Lance Alworth to give the Chargers a great one-two receiving punch. Garrison went to the Pro Bowl four times and averaged nearly 20 yards per catch for San Diego.

  • Louie Kelcher — Defensive Lineman
    Born: 8/23/1953
    Played for Team: 1975 to 1983
    During the 1970s and early 1980s, the Chargers were known for their high-scoring offense. Their defense, however, could be just as dangerous. Louie Kelcher was a big reason why. Kelcher was big and strong and gave his best on every play. From 1977 to 1980, he played in the Pro Bowl three times.

  • Lee Williams — Defensive Lineman
    Born:  10/15/1962
    Played for Team: 1984 to 1990
    As a rookie, Lee Williams showed a glimpse of greatness when he intercepted a pass and returned it 66 yards for a touchdown. In the years that followed, Williams became one of the NFL’s best pass-rushers. When he retired, he held the team’s career record with 65.5 sacks.

More Fun Facts

It’s been more than 30 years since Ray Wersching made his famous kick. I don’t think we’ll see one again for a very long time. (NFL/San Francisco 49ers)

  • FAIR ENOUGH
    As of 2012, the last NFL player to make a Fair Catch Kick was Ray Wersching. This little known NFL rule allows a team that has made a fair catch on a punt to try a field goal from the line of scrimmage. Wersching made the kick from 45 yards against the Buffalo Bills as time ran out in the first half.

  • SUM OF ALL FEARSOMES
    During the early 1960s, San Diego’s defensive line was nicknamed the Fearsome Foursome. A few years later, the Los Angeles Rams borrowed this name and made it world famous. Members of the Chargers’ “original” Fearsome Foursome included Ernie Ladd, Earl Faison, Bill Hudson, Ron Nery, Bob Petrich, George Gross, and Henry Schmidt. The man who coached this group was Chuck Noll, who went on to fame as head coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

  • AS NOT SEEN ON TV
    When the Chargers faced the Steelers in the 1994 AFC Championship, the Pittsburgh players were so sure they would win that they made a Super Bowl rap video. They probably should have waited. The Chargers made an incredible goal-line stand to win 17–13.

League Leaders

Like a lot of Chargers, Dickie Post was a good runner and a good receiver. (Denver Broncos)

When you lead the league in touchdowns twice, I guess it’s OK to call you “The Touchdown Man.” (Sports Illustrated/TIME Inc.)

Dan Fouts signed this card for me. He is a nice guy. He is also a big guy. (Topps, Inc.)

  • RUSHING YARDS
    1965 — Paul Lowe — 1,121 (AFL)
    1969 — Dickie Post — 873 (AFL)
    2006 — LaDainian Tomlinson — 1,815
    2007 — LaDainian Tomlinson — 1,474

  • RECEIVING YARDS
    1965 — Lance Alworth — 1,602 (AFL)|
    1966 — Lance Alworth — 1,383 (AFL)
    1968 — Lance Alworth — 1,312 (AFL)
    1980 — John Jefferson — 1,340
    1982 — Wes Chandler — 1,032

  • PASSING YARDS
    1965 — John Hadl — 2,798 (AFL)
    1968 — John Hadl — 3,473 (AFL)
    1971 — John Hadl — 3,075
    1979 — Dan Fouts — 4,082
    1980 — Dan Fouts — 4,715
    1981 — Dan Fouts — 4,802
    1982 — Dan Fouts — 2,883
    2010 — Philip Rivers — 4,710

  • RUSHING TDs
    1961 — Paul Lowe — 9 (tied for AFL lead)
    1965 — Paul Lowe — 6 (tied for AFL lead)
    1981 — Chuck Muncie — 19
    2004 — LaDainian Tomlinson — 17
    2006 — LaDainian Tomlinson — 28
    2007 — LaDainian Tomlinson — 15

  • RECEIVING TDs
    1964 — Lance Alworth — 13 (AFL)
    1965 — Lance Alworth — 14 (tied for AFL lead)
    1966 — Lance Alworth — 13 (AFL)
    1978 — John Jefferson — 13
    1980 — John Jefferson — 13
    1996 — Tony Martin — 14 (tied for NFL lead)

  • PASSING TDs
    1966 — John Hadl — 27 (AFL)
    1971 — John Hadl — 21
    1981 — Dan Fouts — 33
    1982 — Dan Fouts — 17 (tied for NFL lead)
    2008 — Philip Rivers — 34 (tied for NFL lead)

  • POINTS
    1994 — John Carney — 135
    2006 — LaDainian Tomlinson — 186
    2009 — Nate Kaeding — 146

  • INTERCEPTIONS
    2007 — Antonio Cromartie — 10
    2011 — Eric Weddle — 7 (tied for NFL lead)
    2016 — Casey Hayward — 7

  • SACKS
    2006 — Shawne Merriman — 17

Playing for the Championship

SEASON GAME OPPONENT SCORE
1960* AFL Championship Houston Oilers Lost 24–16
1961 AFL Championship Houston Oilers Lost 10–3
1963 AFL Championship Boston Patriots Won 51–10
1964 AFL Championship Buffalo Bills Lost 20–7
1965 AFL Championship Buffalo Bills Lost 23–0
1980 AFC Championship Oakland Raiders Lost 34–27
1981 AFC Championship Cincinnati Bengals Lost 27–7
1994 AFC Championship Pittsburgh Steelers Won 17–13
1994 Super Bowl XXIX San Francisco 49ers Lost 49–26
2007 AFC Championship New England Patriots Lost 21–12