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LA Chargers midseason report: Biggest letdowns of the 2020 season

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 25: Head coach Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on before they play against the Jacksonville Jaguars at SoFi Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 25: Head coach Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on before they play against the Jacksonville Jaguars at SoFi Stadium on October 25, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

Special Teams

The special teams have been horrible. Michael Badgley has already missed more kicks this season than he has in the previous two. He has also missed two extra points.

The Chargers have lost six games by a combined 24 points. Badgley’s inconsistency has been a big issue for the Chargers so far after making 87.5% of field goal attempts and 97.8% of extra points in the last two seasons. While the team still has confidence in him, if he doesn’t improve we could see the Chargers work out different kickers.

The Chargers let two of the best special teams players in the league walk for basically nothing. Adrian Phillips and Derek Watt found new homes and the way this special teams unit has played shows how important these two were.

There are too many missed tackles that put the opponent in good field position. The Chargers have the second-worst NET average punt yards in the league with 37.9 yards, trailing the Vikings.

They have also let up the third most punt return yards and Ty Long had a punt blocked and returned for a touchdown against the Jaguars. Like Bradley, special teams coach George Stewart might not be back next season.

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