San Diego Chargers Statistics

The 2014 San Diego Chargers defense will be fine

San Diego Chargers fans are still worried about the team's 2014 defense, but they shouldn't be. Looking back at last year's unit, there's actually a lot of reason to be optimistic.

ANALYTICS: How bad was the Chargers 2013 defense?

We use player defensive metrics to assess the 2013 Chargers defense and compare them to the rest of the league.

Analytics: Improvement in the Chargers Offense

Using ProFootballFocus data, DVOA (Football Outsiders) and lots and lots of Excel, we look at the Chargers' resurgent offense from 2012 to 2013.

Video: 3-D plotting of new RB measurements

The new metrics (Punch Score, Z-Speed Score, and Foot Speed) come together in a video showing each player plotted in three-dimensional space, allowing us to draw conclusions from the data and see just how useful the new metrics really are.

Foot Speed: Another predictive measure

By leveraging the 40 yard time and broad jump measurement from the NFL Combine, we can derive Foot Speed - a measure of a players' foot speed, which compliments our previously mentioned Punch Score and Z-Speed Score.

4th Down Review, Part 3: Coaching Aggressiveness

In the third and final part of his review on 4th down decision making, Jason Peters looks at overall coaching aggressiveness on 4th down for the league.

Z-Speed Score: a new and improved RB Speed Score.

Improving upon Bill Barnwell's Speed Score, used to predict the success of running backs based on their performance at the NFL Combine, by giving it a true mathematical foundation.

4th Down Review, Part 2: The Rest of the League

In Part 2 of a series on how terrible Mike McCoy is at 4th down decisions, Jason Peters looks at the rest of the league in comparison.

4th Down Review, Part 1: Mike McCoy

Jason Peters takes a look back at coaching decisions on fourth down. In this first part, he looks specifically at Mike McCoy, and finds out how much improving decision-making could help the San Diego Chargers win.

Punch Score: Identifying the RBs Speed Score Can't

This offseason, we will attempt to improve upon Bill Barnwell's famous "Speed Score", which is used to predict the success of prospective running backs by looking at their performance at the NFL combine. We start by introducing our "Punch Score".

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Chargers' Breakout Candidates for 2014

Last season Keenan Allen went from a rookie wide receiver lost on the depth chart to the team's most valuable pass-catcher. Who are some players on the San Diego Chargers roster that could make the leap in 2014?

Attributes of Winning NFL Teams: 2013 Edition

Pass rush? Running game? Passing offense? What are the most important attributes of a winning team? We used statistical analysis to find the most significant attributes in successful teams during the 2013 season.

Review: Chargers on 4th down against the Broncos

The Chargers offense found itself repeatedly stymied during the Divisional playoff game against the Denver Broncos. Should Mike McCoy have opted to go for it more?

San Diego Chargers Snap Counts: Wild Card Round

A weekly feature looking at the distribution of playing time for the San Diego Chargers players on offense and defense. This week, we take a look at the key contributors to the playoff victory over the Bengals.

Review: Chargers on 4th down against the Bengals

The Chargers pulled out an impressive victory against the Bengals on Sunday thanks to great pregame preparation. Did Mike McCoy do well with his in-game management?

San Diego Chargers Snap Counts: Week 17

A weekly feature looking at the distribution of playing time for the San Diego Chargers players on offense and defense. This week, we see who got the most snaps as the Chargers avoided an embarrassing loss to the Chiefs B-squad and made the playoffs.

Was Mike McCoy's First Season a Success?

Based on what we've seen this season, Mike McCoy appears to be at least a league-average Head Coach. If he continues to learn from mistakes, and improves as a game manager, he could become one of the league's best young Head Coaches.

The Chargers backed into the NFL playoffs

Look, I think we're all happy the Chargers are in the playoffs. But let's take a closer look at how they really got there, and if Mike McCoy deserves all the credit the media is heaping upon him.

Mathews and Woodhead key to Chargers success

A month and a half after pleading for the San Diego Chargers to use their running backs more, the team is 9-7 and headed to the playoffs. Were Mathews and Woodhead the cause of the late surge?

Review: Chargers on 4th down against the Chiefs

The Chargers faced plenty of 4th downs this past Sunday. How well did Mike McCoy (with special bonus appearance by Eric Weddle) handle them?

San Diego Chargers Snap Counts: Week 16

A weekly feature looking at the distribution of playing time for the San Diego Chargers players on offense and defense. This week, we see who got the most snaps as the Chargers avoided the season sweep from the Raiders.

Review: Chargers on 4th down against the Raiders

How does the New York Times 4th Down Bot rate Mike McCoy's performance on Sunday?

San Diego Chargers Snap Counts: Week 15

A weekly feature looking at the distribution of playing time for the San Diego Chargers players on offense and defense. This week we see who contributed to the best win of the season.

Is Ryan Mathews Breaking Out or Returning to Form?

A common theme when talking about Chargesr running back Ryan Mathews this season is that he is having a breakout year. But is that really the case?

Review: Chargers on 4th down against the Broncos

In which we evaluate Mike McCoy's 4th down decisions.

San Diego Chargers Snap Counts: Week 14

A weekly feature looking at the distribution of playing time for the San Diego Chargers players on offense and defense. This week, everyone gets on the snap sheet as the Chargers rout the Giants.

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