Brandon Staley and his coaching staff have already changed a lot about the LA Chargers and the culture of the team. One thing that has not changed thus far in Brandon Staley's tenure is the special teams woes, most notably, the kicking problems.
Tristan Vizcaino beat out Michael Badgley for the kicking job in LA and he has been nothing short of disappointing thus far for the Chargers. Vizcaino has missed five extra points in only six games, making 10 of 15 attempts. Vizcaino has made six of seven field-goal attempts this season.
Staley and the coaching staff have preached patience with Vizcaino and truly seem to see potential in the young kicker. That being said, there is nothing wrong with bringing in another body, especially during the bye week, to have a kicking competition and improve the situation.
This is a legitimate problem regardless of how much they like Vizcaino. Bringing in another body can either potentially push Vizcaino, and if it doesn't, could potentially give the Chargers a better option at the position.
The problem has been that there have not been any notable kickers available on the market for the LA Chargers to even try this with... that is, until now. The Jacksonville Jaguars released former LA Chargers kicker Josh Lambo on Tuesday morning, giving the Bolts the perfect target to bring into camp and compete with Vizcaino.
The LA Chargers should absolutely give Josh Lambo a second chance.
Look, I get if any fans are against bringing back Josh Lambo. Lambo was really bad when he was the kicker of the LA Chargers and he has not been very good this season. Lambo has attempted just three field goals, missing all three, while making just five of seven field-goal attempts.
Lambo did lose his starting job in Jacksonville but as we have seen before, with Lambo in particular (and Younghoe Koo), all a kicker needs is a change of scenery and things can change. Just because he struggled in a small sample size this season, and with the LA Chargers before, does not mean he is bound to struggle this go around.
He is also not a guarantee to succeed, which is why the team should not outright bring him in to replace Vizcaino. He merely should be given a chance to win the job over Vizcaino. Lambo has a much higher ceiling than Vizcaino and that is the exciting thing about Lambo.
Let's not forget that Lambo led the league in field goal percentage in 2019, making 33 of 34 kicks while making 19 of 20 extra points. In the three seasons between 2017 and 2019, Lambo made 71 of 75 field goals (94.7%) and 60 of 64 extra-point attempts (93.8%).
For those wondering at home, Lambo's 94.7% field goal rate was the best in the NFL in that three-year stretch, beating out Justin Tucker for the number one spot (min. 50 attempts). He did rank 17th in extra-point percentage but the difference was marginal and 60 of 64 is still a great outlook.
Heck, Lambo missed fewer extra points in a three-year stretch and Vizcaino has missed in six weeks of action.
The LA Chargers should bet on that ceiling. If it does not pan out and Lambo struggles then the Bolts are in the same position as they started in. Heck, even if Lambo thrives in camp and struggles more during the games it can't get much worse than Vizcaino.