Chargers hire Ryan Ficken as special teams coordinator

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The Chargers badly need to improve on special teams, and they’ve hired the coach they hope is up to the task.

Ryan Ficken will be the Chargers’ new special teams coordinator, according to Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.

Ficken was the Vikings’ special teams coordinator last year and has spent the last 15 years in Minnesota, previously serving as an assistant special teams coach, as well as a wide receivers coach and running backs coach.

Last year the Chargers’ special teams were among the worst in the league, particularly on field goals and punts. The good news for the Chargers is that special teams play is inconsistent from year to year, and a team that struggles on special teams one year often excels the next. Ficken may benefit from that.

7 responses to “Chargers hire Ryan Ficken as special teams coordinator

  1. I can’t wait for this article to scroll off the page.
    Every time I see “Chargers hire Ficken” my body convulses involuntarily with the Chicken Dance.

  2. “ The good news for the Chargers is that special teams play is inconsistent from year to year, and a team that struggles on special teams one year often excels the next.”

    Have you never watched the Chargers on special teams? Might be true for the rest of the NFL but certainly not true for the Chargers

  3. I’m surprised the Vikings let him go. It was a lateral move they could’ve blocked, and did initially. But perhaps the new coach- O’Connell has someone in mind to replace him.

  4. Ficken’s actually a good coach. He and Andre Patterson (Defensive Line) are the only two I hoped the Vikes might retain.

  5. Poor Ficken! He’s now the chicken–or scapegoat. They need to fire Brandon Staley! He should have been one and done more than David Culley. I still find it a miracle that the Texans won 4 games! After the news of Stephen Ross offering to pay Brian Flores $100k to tank games, I’m now wondering if that’s what happened with Staley, going for it on fourth down from his own 18-yard line! And all of the 4th down blunders during the season. I REALLY WONDER if he had a similar deal to shave points. Staley should have NEVER been hired. He’s been a DISASTER! How is it that he was a defensive coordinator for just one season, then hired as head coach, when you have tons of more qualified coaches and they didn’t get a sniff!

  6. Poor Ficken! He’ll be the scapegoat when they lose. They need to fire Brandon Staley! He should have been one and done more than David Culley. I still find it a miracle that the Texans won 4 games! After the news of Stephen Ross offering to pay Brian Flores $100k to tank games, I’m now wondering if that’s what happened with Staley, going for it on fourth down from his own 18-yard line! And all of the 4th down blunders during the season. I REALLY WONDER if he had a similar deal to shave points. Staley should have NEVER been hired. He’s been a DISASTER! How is it that he was a defensive coordinator for just one season, then hired as head coach, when you have tons of more qualified coaches and they didn’t get a sniff!

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