Best: Los Angeles Chargers – Dan Fouts
Most people are automatically think of Philip Rivers as the greatest quarterback in the history of the Chargers’ franchise, but old timers who watched football in the 1970’s and 1980’s would beg to differ. That’s because Dan Fouts was probably a similar — but better — version of Rivers: a guy who was born to throw the football, putting up piles of passing yardage, having a connection with a Hall of Fame tight end, but always coming up short in the postseason.
Playing in the “Air Coryell” offense (the “Godfather” of a lot of passing concepts we see in the NFL today), Fouts led the NFL four years in a row (1979-1982) in passing yardage, and was named league MVP in 1982. Even as of today, he’s 16th in the NFL’s all-time passing yardage list.
Worst: Los Angeles Chargers – Ryan Leaf
This one couldn’t have been more obvious. Where are we supposed to start with Ryan Leaf’s second season with the San Diego Chargers? Was it the fact that he threw five interceptions in his first two games? Or how about the fact that he was benched for backup quarterback Moses Moreno prior to the third game of the season?
Ironically, the piece de resistance wasn’t even the fact that Leaf finished with a 1-8 record as the team’s starter after shuttling in and out of the lineup, trading stints with Moreno. The worst part has to be the fact that he allegedly faked a hand injury, using that as an excuse to miss practice, and instead use that practice time to head to the golf course.