The San Diego Chargers came into existence as a charter member of the American Football League (AFL) in 1960. The original owner of the team was Hilton Hotels heir Barron Hilton. The team nickname was reportedly chosen by Hilton and GM Frank Leahy after hearing the crowd yell ‘charge’ at a Los Angeles Dodgers‘ baseball game. The Chargers played their first season in Los Angeles before heading South to San Diego. Their first home field in San Diego was Balboa Stadium before moving to Qualcomm Stadium in 1967.
During their AFC run, the Chargers quickly became known for their high octane passing attack featuring Hall of Fame receiver Lance “Bambi” Alworth. The defense of the early Chargers’ teams was also a strength and particularly their defensive line which included among others, pro wrestling legend Ernie ‘The Big Cat’ Ladd. After the AFL’s merger with the National Football League in 1970, the Chargers play began to deteriorate, and the team would struggle for much of the decade. San Diego began another upswing starting in 1979 with the start of the ‘Air Coryell’ era under head coach Don Coryell. The Chargers quickly developed the most feared passing attack in the league led by quarterback Dan Fouts and a talented group of receivers. The ‘Air Coryell’ Chargers were always a top contender in the AFC West but were never able to reach the Super Bowl. San Diego’s only Super Bowl appearance came in 1994 with the Chargers losing to the Steve Young led San Francisco 49ers.
The Chargers have found a moderate level of success throughout the early 2000’s–decent teams that would compete for divisional titles but never seriously challenge for the AFC title and a trip to the Super Bowl. Marty Schottenheimer and Norv Turner were the coaches during this time frame, and both took criticism for an overly conservative strategic approach. Mike McCoy is the current San Diego Chargers head coach and has quickly brought the team back to the top competitive level. Many NFL experts have touted the 2014 Chargers as a ‘dark horse’ Super Bowl contender from the AFC.
San Diego is currently the only NFL team in Southern California (the Los Angeles Rams moved to St. Louis in 1995) and as such enjoys the support of the entire region. Of course, that doesn’t have much of a bearing on their broadcast TV appearances due to the NFL’s tight control. Fans that want to watch Chargers football game live can find them on television with relative frequency and particularly in the Southern California area. The improved fortunes of the team under Mike McCoy has made them more attractive to the NFL’s partner networks and will likely mean more national TV appearances in the coming years. None of this means anything for fans looking for a San Diego Chargers live stream. The NFL is still somewhat backwards regarding the availability of live game streaming. The live streaming provided by the TV networks is minimal and while the NFL website does allow fans to watch Chargers video highlights there is little else in the way of digital content. Finding a Chargers radio stream is significantly easier with both live game streams and archived replays available on the Chargers’ website provided by Rock 105.3 FM.
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