2011 San Diego Chargers season
Head Coach Norv Turner
Home Field Qualcomm Stadium
Results
Record 8–8
Place 2nd AFC West
Playoff Finish did not qualify
Pro Bowlers
Timeline
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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, 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.

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Offseason[edit | edit source]

Coaching changes[edit | edit source]

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]

Arrivals[edit | edit source]

Departures[edit | edit source]

2011 draft board[edit | edit source]

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 notes[edit | edit source]

Preseason[edit | edit source]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Results Game site NFL.com
recap
Score Record
1 August 11 Seattle L 17–24 0–1 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
2 August 21 at Dallas W 20–7 1–1 Cowboys Stadium Recap
3 August 27 at Arizona W 34–31 2–1 U of Phoenix Stadium Recap
4 September 1 San Francisco L 17–20 2–2 Qualcomm Stadium Recap


Regular season[edit | edit source]

Schedule[edit | edit source]

Week Date Opponent Results Game site NFL.com
recap
Score Record
1 September 11 Minnesota W 24–17 1–0 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
2 September 18 at New England L 21–35 1–1 Gillette Stadium Recap
3 September 25 Kansas City W 20–17 2–1 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
4 October 2 Miami W 26–16 3–1 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
5 October 9 at Denver W 29–24 4–1 Sports Authority Field at Mile High Recap
6 Bye week
7 October 23 at New York Jets L 21–27 4–2 MetLife Stadium Recap
8 October 31 at Kansas City L 20–23 (OT) 4–3 Arrowhead Stadium Recap
9 November 6 Green Bay L 38–45 4–4 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
10 November 10 Oakland L 17–24 4–5 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
11 November 20 at Chicago L 20–31 4–6 Soldier Field Recap
12 November 27 Denver L 13–16 (OT) 4–7 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
13 December 5 at Jacksonville W 38–14 5–7 EverBank Field Recap
14 December 11 Buffalo W 37–10 6–7 Qualcomm Stadium Recap
15 December 18 Baltimore W 34–14 7–7 Snapdragon Stadium Recap
16 December 24 at Detroit L 10–38 7–8 Ford Field Recap
17 January 1 at Oakland W 38–26 8–8 O.co Coliseum Recap

Game summaries[edit | edit source]

Week 1: vs. Minnesota Vikings[edit | edit source]

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
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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.[1][2] 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. [2]

Week 2: at New England Patriots[edit | edit source]

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

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

Week 3: vs. Kansas City Chiefs[edit | edit source]

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
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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

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

Week 4: vs. Miami Dolphins[edit | edit source]

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

Week 5: at Denver Broncos[edit | edit source]

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

  • Date: October 9
  • Game time: 2:15 p.m. MDT/1:15 p.m. PDT
  • Game weather: 52° F, Mostly Sunny
  • Game attendance: 74,895
  • Referee: Gene Steratore
  • TV announcers (CBS): Marv Albert and Rich Gannon
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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 Jets[edit | edit source]

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

Week 8: at Kansas City Chiefs[edit | edit source]

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

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  • KC –
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With the loss, the Chargers fell to 4-3.

Week 9: vs. Green Bay Packers[edit | edit source]

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

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

Week 10: vs. Oakland Raiders[edit | edit source]

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

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  • 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)
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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.Template:Cn

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.Template:Cn

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.Template:Cn

Week 11: at Chicago Bears[edit | edit source]

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
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With the loss, the Chargers fell to 4-6.

Week 12: vs. Denver Broncos[edit | edit source]

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
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The loss was the sixth consecutive for the Chargers, their longest such streak in 10 years which took their record down to 4-7.[3]

Week 13: at Jacksonville Jaguars[edit | edit source]

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
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  • SD - Malcom Floyd 52 yd. TD reception from Philip Rivers, N. Novak XP good (SD 31-14)
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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 Bills[edit | edit source]

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

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  • BUF –
  • SD –
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  • BUF –
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  • BUF –
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  • BUF –
  • SD –

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

Week 15: vs. Baltimore Ravens[edit | edit source]

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 Snapdragon Stadium, San Diego, California

  • Date: December 18
  • Game time: 5:20 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 58° F, Cloudy
  • Game attendance: 67,242
  • Referee: Carl Cheffers
  • TV announcers (NBC): Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
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  • BAL –
  • SD –
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With the win, the Chargers improved to 7-7.

Week 16: at Detroit Lions[edit | edit source]

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

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  • 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.

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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

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

Week 17: at Oakland Raiders[edit | edit source]

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

  • Date: January 1
  • Game time: 1:15 p.m. PST
  • Game weather: 56° F, Clear
  • Game attendance: 58,721
  • Referee: Clete Blakeman
  • TV announcers (CBS): Marv Albert & Rich Gannon
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Top passers
  • SD –
  • OAK –
Top rushers
  • SD –
  • OAK –
Top receivers
  • SD –
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Top tacklers
  • SD –
  • OAK –

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

Final standings[edit | edit source]

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Staff[edit | edit source]

San Diego Chargers 2011 staff
Front Office

Head Coaches

Offensive Coaches

 

Defensive Coaches

Special Teams Coaches

Strength and Conditioning

Final roster[edit | edit source]

2011 San Diego Chargers final 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 references[edit | edit source]


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