REPORT: Chargers to hire Goerge Stewart to head up special teams unit
By Travis Wakeman
According to a report from ESPN’s Eric D. Williams via the Sporting News, the Los Angeles Chargers will hire George Stewart as the team’s new special teams coordinator.
Stewart’s NFL career dates back to Chuck Noll’s Pittsburgh Steelers teams, where he served as special teams coordinator. However, for the last several years, he’s worked as a wide receivers coach, most recently for the Minnesota Vikings.
During his career, he’s coached receivers like Jerry Rice and Terrell Owens, to name a few. It was during his time in San Francisco where he crossed paths with Anthony Lynn, and that led to Lynn making the hire.
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It’s an interesting move for a Chargers team that has been among the worst special teams units in the NFL over the last handful of years.
Lynn has just about completed his coaching staff. Here is a look at how the current staff shakes out.
Head Coach- Anthony Lynn
Offensive Coordinator- Ken Whisenhunt
Defensive Coordinator- Gus Bradley
Special Teams Coordinator- George Stewart
Quarterbacks Coach- Shane Steichen
Running Backs Coach- Alfredo Roberts
Wide Receivers Coach- Nick Sirianni
Tight Ends Coach- John McNulty
Offensive Line Coach- Pat Meyer
Assistant Offensive Line Coach- Dave DeGuglielmo
Senior Offensive Assistant- Fred Graves
Special Assistant to the Head Coach- Mark Ridgley
Defensive Line- Giff Smith
Defensive Backs- Ron Milus
Asst. Defensive Backs- Chris Harris
The team is still searching for a new linebackers coach to replace Robert Saleh as well as a new head trainer and strength and conditioning coach to replace James Collins and Kent Johnston, respectively. Expect to have those positions filled soon.
What do you think? Is this the guy that can turn the special teams around? Or was this a strange hire? Let us know in the comments section below.