The San Diego Chargers announced the firing of special teams’ coordinator Kevin Spencer today.
It’s worth writing because Spencer served as the Pittsburgh Steelers’ coach in the same position from 2002 to 2006. He was named the Special Teams Coach Of The Year in 2003 and was apart of the staff that won Super Bowl 40 in 2005. He helped teach the likes of James Harrison and Troy Polamalu as they entered the league, first establishing themselves on special teams.
Spencer then followed Ken Whisenhunt to the Arizona Cardinals. He was hired by the Chargers in 2013.
The Steelers claimed Jacoby Jones off waivers from the Chargers earlier this season. At one point, San Diego was on track to have the fewest punt return yardage in a single season. The record is 27 yards by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1965. Currently, the Chargers are ahead of that mark with 34. That figure is still easily the worst in the NFL, far behind the 31st ranked Dallas Cowboys‘ 97. For reference, the Steelers are 28th with 126 yards.