You can see the whole bracket by clicking here. We've finally made it to the 4 vs 5 seed matchups and there can barely be any favorites here. These should be "fun."
Next up today: (4) Choosing Beathard over Ross vs. (5) the playoff loss to the Colts.
(4) After the 1996 season, Bobby Beathard was allowed to force out Bobby Ross as head coach and replace him with Kevin Gilbride. Bobby Ross had had gone 47-33 during his tenure as head coach of the Chargers including the franchise's lone trip to the Super Bowl. After his departure the team wouldn't have a winning regular season record or make the playoffs until 2004. Beathard's attempts to replace Ross and then Gilbride were disastrous and culminated in a 1-15 season in 2000. He traded multiple future first round picks to draft players that likely weren't in any danger of slipping by him had he not traded up. Keeping Beathard over Ross ultimately wasted nearly a decade.
(5) On December 31, 1995 the San Diego Chargers played host to the Jim Harbaugh led Indianapolis Colts in the Wild Card round of the playoffs after finishing the regular season 9-7. San Diego, led by Stan Humphries on offense, jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, but ended the half down 14-10. Unfortunately the second half took a turn for the worse, including a key Humphries interception, and the Chargers were soundly defeated 35-20. Stan Humphries would only play two more years before being chased from the game by concussions and the Chargers wouldn't make the playoffs again until 2004.
Which is worse?
Vote in the poll and let us know why you chose the way you did. Both are depressing memories. Choosing Beathard over Ross had longer lasting implications, but the home playoff loss to the Colts was rough following making the Super Bowl the previous season.