2016 is yet another wasted season for the San Diego Chargers, as Sunday the team fell to the Oakland Raiders 19-16, ending any hopes of a trip to the postseason.
What was even worse was watching the Raiders celebrate, as their win over the Chargers will send them to the postseason for the first time since the 2002 season, a year in which they lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl.
Playing before what looked like a home crowd at 70,000-seat Qualcomm Stadium, the Chargers had every chance to pull out a win, but as they have done all too often this season, they just couldn’t make the plays down the stretch, and fell when it meant the most.
The Chargers not only have a lot of work on the field to do, they don’t even know where they will be playing football after this season.
Team chairman Dean Spanos seems almost certain to move the team to the Los Angeles area after failing to get a big public subsidy to help him replace aging Qualcomm Stadium.
Spanos, son of owner Alex Spanos, appears to be leaning toward moving to Los Angeles and eventually joining the Rams in a stadium in Inglewood scheduled to open in 2019. Spanos angered the fan base last year with a failed attempt to move to Carson and share a stadium with the archrival Raiders.
After that failed, the Chargers-backed Measure C was overwhelmingly rejected by San Diego voters on Nov. 8. That would have raised $1.15 billion in increased hotel occupancy taxes for a $1.8 billion downtown stadium and convention center annex.
Now at 5-9, the Chargers will miss the postseason for the third time in coach Mike McCoy’s four seasons and for the sixth time in six seasons overall.