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With NFL free agency calmed down, we return to our look back at the worst that was in San Diego Chargers history.
The results of round one came in and they were mostly predictable as there were some enormous mismatches. One of those mismatches was the drafting of Ryan Leaf vs. 4th & 29. Somehow, 16% of you voted for the latter. Maybe 16% of you are 11 years old. I'm not sure, but even that doesn't really forgive your completely insane choice to vote for an incredibly meaningless play in a lost season over what is one of the worst days in franchise history. I'm going to go ahead and hope that you just misunderstood the poll question.
Worst Day Ever's competition was the Hochuli game and it won by taking about 60% of the vote, which to me seems reasonable enough even though the Hochuli game was the higher seed.
Anyway, that brings us to the first matchup of Round 2: (1) Ryan Leaf vs (5) Worst Day Ever
(1) On April 18, 1998 the San Diego Chargers selected Ryan Leaf out of Washington State University with the second overall pick in the NFL Draft. For the right to select the young quarterback they traded the third overall pick, a future first round pick, a second round pick, and three-time Pro Bowler Eric Metcalf to the Arizona Cardinals. Leaf would go on to have a terrible three year run with the Chargers culminating in a 1-15 season before being cut on March 2, 2001. Ryan Leaf is widely considered the greatest bust in NFL Draft history and that's without even accounting for the price the Chargers paid to move up to select him.
(5) On October 31, 2011 the San Diego Chargers played the Chiefs in Kansas City on Monday Night Football. Philip Rivers threw for over 360 yards, but also threw two picks. Still with time ticking down, the game tied and the ball on the 15 yard line, the Chargers were in position to win on a relatively short Nick Novak field goal. Obviously that didn't happen or this game would have been completely unmemorable. What did happen is that Philip Rivers fumbled the snap and the Chiefs' Andy Studebaker recovered. Eric Weddle would pick off Matt Cassel for a second time and force overtime, but the game was still lost as the Chiefs drove into field goal range, didn't fumble any snaps and Ryan Succop hit the game winner dropping the Chargers to 4-3 instead of 5-2 and helped keep the Chargers out of the playoffs for the second straight year. Also, yes, I know that Rivers' claims he said "worst play ever." Go away.
Which was worse?
You tell us by voting in the poll and commenting below.
Which was worse?
(1) Ryan Leaf (281 votes)
(5) Worst Day Ever (24 votes)
305 total votes