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FanPulse: Chargers fan confidence climbed substantially with loss to the Chiefs

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Maybe people are just relieved to know the season is over?

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Plenty of you here at Bolts From The Blue have been taking part in the ongoing fan confidence surveys since last year. This is part of SB Nation’s FanPulse tool, which sends weekly questions to the city’s most hardcore fans via email.

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  • At the end of last season, 76 percent of Chargers fans reported confidence in the team’s direction. After free agency, that number climbed to 81 percent.
  • Prior to the draft, only 71 percent of fans were confident in the direction of the team. After the draft, that number jumped all the way to 88 percent.
  • By preseason Week 1, that number had fallen again to 78 percent confidence. That number fell off a cliff as we approached the regular season all the way down to 59 percent.
  • Following the Chargers’ Week 1 overtime win against the Colts, 58 percent of Chargers fans remain confident in the direction of the team. That difference is small enough to be considered holding steady.
  • With a loss to the Lions in Week 2, fan confidence was shattered, and it now sits at 20 percent.
  • With another loss, this time to the Texans, fan confidence sits at 17 percent.
  • Getting back to .500 has the fan confidence climbing all the way to 41 percent.
  • Apparently, losing at home to a team that was talking about embracing the tank days before you played them is not good for confidence, and ours has fallen to a new low of 12 percent.
  • Losing to a rookie undrafted free agent quarterback named “Duck” has our confidence tumbling to 7 percent.
  • At a certain point, you just become numb to the losing and confidence has now bounced back up to 9 percent.
  • Stealing a win on the road against a bad Bears team has confidence back up to 14 percent.
  • An emphatic road win over a good opponent has confidence back to week 5 levels at 41 percent.
  • An embarrassing loss to their division rivals drops confidence all the way back to 17 percent.
  • Somehow, a loss to the Chiefs actually saw fan confidence climb to 37 percent.

The Chargers had an opportunity to rescue their season with an underdog victory against their division rivals. Instead, the Bolts fell flat yet again and saw any hope of making the playoffs disappear. This result combined with those who voted before the game seems to have buoyed confidence among Chargers fans.

All fan bases were asked who would be the best quarterback in 5 years...

Most voters took the conservative approach and declared that the best quarterback out of the group right now would still be the best quarterback half a decade from now. That said, it’s hard to argue with any of the picks aside from the morons who voted for Jimmy Garoppolo and Tom Brady.