Overreaction #3: Special Teams Coordinator George Stewart will be fired after this week
In Week 11, the special teams unit cost the LA Chargers once again.
Here is a quick list of the mistakes made by the special teams unit that were costly for the Chargers in this game.
- Allowed a blocked punt
- Block in the back on a return
- Offsides on a Dolphins field goal attempt
- False start on a punt
- False start on an extra point
Is that an exhaustive enough list to make it clear that the special teams unit is a problem?
If for some reason that is not enough, consider that this does not even consider the performance of the special teams unit when penalties and major mistakes did not occur. It was clear throughout the game that the Miami Dolphins were consistently beating the Chargers in returns.
Joe Reed was unable to get anything going on his returns, which is understandable considering the lack of blocking in front of him. On the other end, the Chargers allowed the Dolphins to have several good punt returns, setting up the opposing offense in optimal situations.
Should we expect that his tone will change this week?
I would certainly expect it to. Even with the injuries that the Chargers have suffered, their record at this point in the season is ridiculously underwhelming for the level of talent on the roster.
If Anthony Lynn is interested in retaining his job, he needs to make moves to make the Chargers final record respectable. Making this move would be the first step to show that he is serious about retaining his job and turning the season around.
Verdict #3: Not an overreaction