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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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2. Joe Houston

Joe Houston has been dubbed as the “kicking whisperer” and just that nickname alone should get him on the phone with the LA Chargers. If the Chargers can bring in a coach that actually fixes the team’s kicking problem then that would be one of the best hires Tom Telesco could make.

Houston is currently a special teams assistant with the New England Patriots in his first season in the league. The Patriots have always had a great special teams unit, in large part due to Bill Belichick’s infrastructure, and that is no different this season.

Nick Folk has been better this season with Houston on the staff as well. While he still is not an elite leg by any means, he has made 11 of 13 field goals and 11 of 12 extra-point attempts.

So why would Houston be a great hire? The impact he can make on the kicking game alone makes him a very intriguing possibility and he has also been around some of the best coaching staffs in the country, which is extremely valuable.

He spent three seasons on the Iowa State staff, a season on the Alabama staff under Nick Saban and is now coaching under Bill Belichick. If he can get a job offer to be a special teams coordinator after just five seasons of coaching then he likely would be willing to leave New England for LA.

Plus, Houston is from Redondo Beach, so the Chargers would present a destination that allows him to return home and coach. Win-win.

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