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4 most underrated moves by the LA Chargers this offseason

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2. Completely revamping special teams

The LA Chargers made some progress when it came to special teams last season but the team was still not by any means a good team in that area of the game. It was not hard to improve, either, as the Bolts were historically bad in 2020 and were consistently awful when Anthony Lynn was the head coach.

Before the Chargers even made any additions to the actual roster it was clear that there was an emphasis on special teams this offseason. The Chargers fired Derius Swinton after just one season with the team and brought in long-time special teams coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings, Ryan Ficken.

Ficken is one of the better coaches in the league at what he does and it was a clear investment by Brandon Staley and the front office to not only fix special teams but make it a strength for the LA Chargers.

The Chargers committed to bringing back Dustin Hopkins after he came to LA last season and became the most reliable kicker the team has had in years. He was not perfect but no kicker is and he was much better than what came before him.

LA also brought in punter J.K. Scott to replace Ty Long and signed long-snapper Josh Harris to a four-year, $5.6 million contract. Harris was a Pro Bowler last season and was one of the best long-snappers in the league.

Add these additions to (hopefully) better late-round drafting by the Chargers (it was better last year in Staley's first year) and the Chargers should simply be better on special teams in 2022 and beyond.

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