Five Confusing Years In The Head Coaching History Of The San Diego Chargers


The head coach is a very peculiar position to be filled on an NFL franchise. It is often said that they, along with quarterbacks, receive too much credit for victories and too much blame for losses. The San Diego Chargers have had some great head coaches over the years including Sid Gillman, Don Coryell, Bobby Ross, and Marty Schottenheimer. There was a five year period around the beginning of the 1970s though that the head coaching position in San Diego was rather confusing.

Sid Gillman was the head coach in 1969, when he stepped down due to poor health midseason after going 4-5 and turned the team over to Charlie Waller who would finish the season with a 4-1 record. Waller would remain the head coach in 1970, putting up a record of 5-6-3 (yes, three ties in one season). Gillman was back to coach the team in 1971 and went and 4-6 before stepping down once again and turning the team over to Harland Svare who would finish the year at 2-2. Svare would remain as the head coach for the 1972 season and would go 4-9-1. Svare would then start the 1973 season with a 1-6-1 record before being replaced by Ron Waller, no relation to Charlie Waller from earlier in our story.

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