The San Diego Chargers have a history of figuratively hitting potholes to start the season or hitting them at some point. San Diego started the 2007 NFL season with a 5-5 record, but ended the season on a six game winning streak and finished with an 11-5 record. San Diego would eventually lose to the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game. The Chargers started their 2008 season with a 4-8 record, but finished on a four game winning streak and made the playoffs with an 8-8 record. San Diego would lose in the second round of the playoffs to the eventual Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh Steelers.
San Diego started their 2009 season with a 2-3 record, but finished the season on an 11 game winning streak and lost in the second round of the playoffs. The Lightning Bolts battled injuries in 2010, started that season with a 2-5 record, finished with a 9-7 record, but missed the playoffs by one game. The Chargers looked like a team on a mission in 2011 as they were 4-1 through their first five games, but they had a six game losing streak which dropped them to a 4-7 record. San Diego was 4-1 in their last five games to finish the 2011 season at 8-8, but lost the tiebreaker to the 8-8 Denver Broncos.
San Diego was able to overcome their slow starts in 2007, 2008 and 2009, but bad stretches caught up to them in 2010 and 2011. Hopefully the Chargers have learned from their past mistakes and will avoid these types of bumps in the road that cost them a chance to go to the playoffs for the first time since the 2009 season.