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LA Chargers: 3 options to replace George Stewart as special teams coordinator

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JANUARY 05: Assistant special teams coach Larry Izzo looks on against the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 05, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA - JANUARY 05: Assistant special teams coach Larry Izzo looks on against the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Wild Card Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 05, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

The LA Chargers should be looking for a new special teams coordinator after this season.

The LA Chargers have been absolutely terrible on special teams this season — so bad that you could make the case that the special teams alone have cost the Chargers multiple games.

Sunday’s loss to the Las Vegas Raiders showcased all of the special teams’ problems in a nutshell. The Chargers missed a field goal, were penalized multiple times and allowed big returns on punts and kickoffs.

To cap it all off, K.J. Hill muffed a punt in the fourth quarter that allowed the Raiders to take a five-point lead on a field goal. The defense holding the Raiders to a field goal took a lot of the spotlight off of Hill.

Special teams has been an issue for the Chargers for years, not just this season. Current special teams coordinator James Stewart took over the job in 2017 and the Bolts have been bottom dwellers on special teams since.

Chargers special teams ranks, per @fboutsiders:

2020: 32nd2019: 32nd2018: 25th2017: 31st

— Gregg Rosenthal (@greggrosenthal) November 8, 2020

It’s bad.

The LA Chargers need to find a replacement for Stewart after this season. While some fans rightfully want Stewart to be fired before the season is over, the Bolts are not going to find a replacement until the offseason.

For now, his job is safe just out of necessity. However, if he keeps his job on the coaching staff after this season then we should all lose faith in the Chargers’ coaching staff.

We have circled three names for you to keep an eye on once the day does come where the Chargers are in the market for a new special teams coordinator.

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