1976 San Diego Chargers season
OwnerEugene V. Klein
Head coachTommy Prothro
General managerJohnny Sanders
Home fieldSan Diego Stadium
Results
Record6–8
Division place3rd AFC West
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Veteran wide receiver Charlie Joiner gained the first Pro Bowl nomination of his career after joining the Chargers from Cincinnati.
Veteran wide receiver Charlie Joiner gained the first Pro Bowl nomination of his career after joining the Chargers from Cincinnati.

The 1976 San Diego Chargers season was the franchise's seventh season in the National Football League (NFL), and its 17th overall. The Chargers improved on their putrid 2-12 record from 1975 and finished 6-8, but missed the playoffs for the 11th straight season. The Chargers started off the season by winning their first 3 games, but they struggled through the rest of the season by losing 8 of their last 11 games, which included 4 shutout losses, two of which were to division rival Denver.

NFL Draft

Main article: 1976 NFL Draft

1976 San Diego Chargers draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 4 Joe Washington *  Running back Oklahoma
2 31 Don Macek  Center Boston college
3 64 Larry Dorsey  Wide receiver Tennessee State
4 94 Bob Horn  Linebacker Oregon State
4 113 Ron Singleton  Tackle Grambling State
4 115 Artie Owens  Wide receiver West Virginia
5 131 Woodrow Lowe  Linebacker Alabama
6 178 Calvin Lane  Defensive back Fresno State
8 212 Tony DiRienzo  Kicker Oklahoma
9 251 Glynn Harrison  Running back Georgia
10 268 Jeff Perlinger  Defensive end Michigan
11 295 Ray Preston  Linebacker Syracuse
12 322 Ron Lee  Defensive back Oregon
12 337 Herman Harris  Defensive back Mississippi Valley State
13 351 John Lee  Defensive end Nebraska
14 378 Ed Jones  Guard Cincinnati
15 407 Jack Hoffman  Defensive tackle Indiana
16 434 Jack Harrison  Guard California
17 463 Clarence Sanders  Linebacker Cincinnati
      Made roster    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

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Roster

1976 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
, 5 practice squad

Regular season

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Venue Attendance Recap
1 September 12 at Kansas City Chiefs W 30–16 1–0 Arrowhead Stadium 53,133 Recap
2 September 19 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 23–0 2–0 Tampa Stadium 39,558 Recap
3 September 26 St. Louis Cardinals W 43–24 3–0 San Diego Stadium 40,212 Recap
4 October 3 at Denver Broncos L 0–26 3–1 Mile High Stadium 63,369 Recap
5 October 10 Oakland Raiders L 17–27 3–2 San Diego Stadium 50,523 Recap
6 October 17 Houston Oilers W 30–27 4–2 San Diego Stadium 31,565 Recap
7 October 24 at Cleveland Browns L 17–21 4–3 Cleveland Municipal Stadium 60,018 Recap
8 October 31 at Pittsburgh Steelers L 0–23 4–4 Three Rivers Stadium 45,484 Recap
9 November 7 Baltimore Colts L 21–37 4–5 San Diego Stadium 42,827 Recap
10 November 14 Denver Broncos L 0–17 4–6 San Diego Stadium 32,017 Recap
11 November 21 at Buffalo Bills W 34–13 5–6 Rich Stadium 36,539 Recap
12 November 28 Kansas City Chiefs L 20–23 5–7 San Diego Stadium 29,272 Recap
13 December 5 San Francisco 49ers W 13–7(OT) 6–7 San Diego Stadium 33,539 Recap
14 December 12 at Oakland Raiders L 0–24 6–8 Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum 50,102 Recap

Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text.

Standings

AFC West
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
Oakland Raiders(1) 13 1 0 .929 7–0 10–1 350 237 W10
Denver Broncos 9 5 0 .643 5–2 7–5 315 206 W2
San Diego Chargers 6 8 0 .429 2–5 4–8 248 285 L1
Kansas City Chiefs 5 9 0 .357 2–5 4–8 290 376 W1
Tampa Bay Buccaneers 0 14 0 .000 0–4 0–13 125 412 L14

References

  1. ^ "1976 San Diego Chargers Draftees". pro-football-reference.com.