Chargers fire special teams coordinator Derius Swinton


The Chargers are making a change on special teams.

Per Tom Pelissero of NFL Media, Los Angeles has fired special teams coordinator Derius Swinton after one season with the franchise.

Swinton was a part of head coach Brandon Staley’s first staff in 2021.

The team used two kickers this season, but the position got stabilized with Dustin Hopkins replacing Tristan Vizcaino. In 11 games, Hopkins connected on 18-of-20 field goals, his only missing coming from at least 50-yards out. Hopkins was also 30-of-32 on extra points. Punter Ty Long averaged 45.5 yards per punt.

In the return game, the Chargers brought in Andre Roberts midseason and he took over the position — going 101 yards to take a kickoff for a touchdown in Los Angeles’ 34-13 win over Denver in Week 17.

But the Chargers finished the season at 9-8 and did not make the playoffs. And now a change has been made.

10 responses to “Chargers fire special teams coordinator Derius Swinton

  1. Of course, telling the HC that the punter was in the bathroom so GO FOR IT on our 18 !

    Then convincing the HC to call a timeout because we can force them to punt and this new returner will win us the game, well…fate sealed.

  2. I guess now they are playing important games now maybe they will actually keep a kicker. This team historically bought low on kickers but as any good team knows, when it comes down to the end of the game winning and losing might have more to do with can you kicker make a 50 yd fg compared to how many times did you go for it on 4th down.

  3. They should fire the guy who allowed a team ready to accept a tie to get 24 yards on 3rd and 23.

  4. The Chargers special teams played good football. HC Staley had no idea what the hell he was doing but they had to fire somebody… The Chargers would not have been in a position of win/tie and you are but because of the bad decision-making of the HC, a team with a top 10 franchise QB is sitting at home. Had the idiot Fins had drafted Herbert they would have been a playoff team last season.

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