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Chargers tab Ryan Ficken as their man for special teams coordinator position

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The Los Angeles Chargers suffered through a mixed bag of results all year round last season. While their offense was amongst the league’s best, mostly due to quarterback Justin Herbert and the ridiculous amount of offensive weapons he has, the defense was either hit or miss.

While the franchise is attempting to find consistency on both sides of the ball, they’ve decided to address their up and down special teams unit. The franchise has officially brought onboard, Ryan Ficken, longtime special teams assistant of the Minnesota Vikings.

With Ficken now with the club, he’ll look to improve upon the overall numbers of the Chargers. During the 2021 season, the Chargers ranked ninth in field goal percentage at 88.9%. However, where they mostly struggled is in punt situations. The hope, ultimately, is for Ficken’s to morph their underused unit to help swing the tide of close ball games.

Overall, Ficken’s has gained experience in various parts of the Vikings organization. In addition to his special team’s duties, Ficken’s has also served as the wide receiver coach for several years before helping turn the Vikings into one of the more prominent special team units in the entire NFL.

At the conclusion of the 2021 season, the Vikings ranked fourth overall in field goals attempted from 50 yards or further, connecting on seven of nine overall. Ficken will now replace Derius Swinton II who was shown the door after just one season.

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