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Chargers hire ex-Cardinals special teams coach

Head coach Mike McCoy’s first Chargers staff is showing a lot of similarity to this year’s Cardinals staff.

Ken Whisenhunt will be the offensive coordinator, Frank Reich will be the quarterbacks coach and now comes word that Kevin Spencer will be in charge of the special teams in San Diego. Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that Spencer, who held the same role in Arizona since 2007, will be in charge of special teams in San Diego.

The Chargers special teams need some work, as evidenced by the way they allowed three punts to be blocked during the 2012 season. Rich Bisaccia, who was hired to correct the special teams after similar breakdowns in 2010, left to take a job at Auburn before McCoy was hired.

Spencer’s units in Arizona benefitted from Patrick Peterson returning punts the last couple of years, but he also had success before Peterson arrived on the team. Sean Morey made the Pro Bowl as a special teamer after the 2008 season and Spencer also enjoyed a lot of success in Pittsburgh, including a Super Bowl XL win over the Seahawks.

Spencer’s departure leaves the Cardinals with only a couple of holdovers for Bruce Arians’ initial coaching staff in Arizona.

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  1. egomaniac247 says: Jan 20, 2013 11:11 AM

    “Chargers staff is showing a lot of similarity to this year’s Cardinals staff”

    I’m a Cardinals fan and even I think that’s a dubious decision.

  2. redzona says: Jan 20, 2013 11:18 AM

    So Mike McCoy is going with a offensive staff that went 5-11 last year? Why not bring in Russ Grimm for the offensive line too? Sorry SD fans as a Cardinals fan I feel your blank blank blank

  3. chargersdiehard says: Jan 20, 2013 11:32 AM

    Only difference is the the Chargers actually have some talent on offense. Larry fitzgerald can’t do it alone. The bolts have a decent qb, a hall of famer tight end.

  4. raiderapologist says: Jan 20, 2013 11:36 AM

    The last piece of the puzzle. Super Bowl Express!

  5. runtheball says: Jan 20, 2013 11:45 AM

    These guys were all on the steeler’s staff and had success, so maybe it is the cardinal’s players.

  6. gbrim says: Jan 20, 2013 11:46 AM

    Spencer was one of the few consistently bright spots on the Cards during Whiz’ tenure. He will be missed in AZ.

  7. ambitoos says: Jan 20, 2013 12:07 PM

    Next we’ll be changing our uniforms to red.

  8. 619sdfan4life says: Jan 20, 2013 1:39 PM

    Yeah I’m not sure this was a smart choice. Special teams was fine last year. Not sure why we hired a new special teams coach. It’s not like we have Patrick Peterson on our team

  9. boltbacker says: Jan 20, 2013 2:23 PM

    Three blocked punts is not “fine”. Scifres is a very valuable player for the Chargers and he was getting killed out there. Amazed he finish the season.

  10. brassknuckles47 says: Jan 20, 2013 5:45 PM

    Next, the Chargers will be playing their home games in Phoenix. It is going to be interesting to see who they bring in for the San Diego ‘O’ line coach. I feel sorry for SD fans if it is Grimm.

  11. 1pwrightt says: Jan 20, 2013 9:43 PM

    All I can say is that you saw how far the Cards got with that coaching staff? SD does have a good QB but our offense STUNK. Good luck SD but I weren’t be counting on any Super Bowl appearances just yet.

  12. clipboardjesus says: Jan 21, 2013 12:50 AM

    We needed a new special teams coach because he left to coach elsewhere.

  13. brassknuckles47 says: Jan 21, 2013 8:55 PM

    Oh Boy….let take our 5-11 AZ team to San Diego! Whisenhunt, Reich, now Spencer. Maybe McCoy will talk Kurt Warner out of retirement, too! Oh Boy!

  14. realitycheck21 says: Jan 22, 2013 6:59 PM

    I’m not feeling McCoy’s coaching staff hires. Largely from the cards? Really…a staff who so eloquently guided the cards to lose 11 out of their last 12. Not good. Not good at all. In some instances the cards have better talent. So what does that mean for us? I think there is cause for concern. Rolling out the SD Cardinals has me “feeling” rather uneasy.

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