Brandon Staley has added five new coaches to his Chargers team this offseason.
Let’s meet them.
Special Teams Coordinator Ryan Ficken
The Chargers hired Ficken on February 3 to replace former special teams coordinator Derius Swinton, whom the team fired five days after the end of the regular season.
Swinton achieved commendable results on the pitch despite working with a very young and inexperienced group of special teams players. The Chargers have found some stability in this phase after adding kicker Dustin Hopkins and returner Andre Roberts during the Week 7 bye. Swinton deserves credit for successfully integrating these two veterans into his unit and also for having improved his young cover players and coming back. blockers during the season. The Chargers ranked 21st in EPA Special Teams as of Week 10, according to TruMedia. And they finished 18th in DVOA-weighted special teams, Football Outsiders’ efficiency measure that puts more emphasis on recent games. Swinton received a pretty sterile closet when he arrived in the winter of 2021, and he helped turn the Chargers’ special teams into a functional unit by the end of the season.
But as chief executive Tom Telesco said at his end-of-season press conference, Swinton was not “a perfect candidate”. My reading of the situation is that Swinton’s style and personality did not marry Staley’s vision. And so Staley went to find that “perfect fit” in Ficken.
Ficken, 42, had spent his entire