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LA Chargers: 6 biggest priorities for the 2021 offseason

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 27: Head coach Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on from the sidelines during the first half of a game against the Denver Broncos at SoFi Stadium on December 27, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 27: Head coach Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on from the sidelines during the first half of a game against the Denver Broncos at SoFi Stadium on December 27, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

4. A complete overhaul of special teams

The special teams unit has been terrible from top to bottom this season and it is important that the front office makes some changes to benefit the third aspect of the game. While it is often viewed as the least important, it can legitimately swing multiple games in a single season and keep good teams out of the playoffs.

The Chargers are the worst team in the league on special teams and it is not particularly close. Things have gotten slightly better since Anthony Lynn took over special teams duties but it has still been pretty hard to watch.

The special teams unit is constantly penalized, is constantly blowing blocking assignments to allow blocked punts and field goals, is allowing big returns, and most importantly, cannot seem to get a consistent field-goal kicker.

Michael Badgley has been wildly inconsistent this season and it is time that the Chargers move on. The Bolts have lost several games indirectly from Badgley’s misses, as well as a very direct loss to the New Orleans Saints in which Badgley missed the game-winner at the end of regulation.

I like Ty Long but I would not be shocked to see him go as well. Completely new players and a completely new coach could lead to a completely new special teams unit.

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