The San Diego Chargers, already searching for a new head coach and general manager, have another position to fill. Special teams coach and assistant head coach Rich Bisaccia agreed to join the Auburn University football staff as their new special teams coach, running backs coach, and assistant head coach.
Part of the reason behind Bisaccia’s deparature is that he can now be closer to his family, who resides in Florida.
Bisaccia joined the Chargers in 2011 and turned around a terrible special teams unit that was coming off probably the worst season in NFL history. In 2010, the Chargers special teams gave up four blocked punts, three kickoff return touchdowns, and one punt return touchdown.
Bisaccia immediately made the unit respectable in his first year with the team. In 2012, the Chargers special teams allowed three blocked punts in the second half of the season, but ended the year on a high note. Return specialist Micheal Spurlock returned a kickoff and punt for a touchdown in the final two weeks of the season.
Spurlock spoke out that he believes Bisaccia should be a head coach somewhere.
Had Norv Turner been fired during the regular season, Bisaccia would have likely become the team’s interim head coach and given a chance to keep the job full time if the team won games under him. Given the holes in the Chargers coaching staff, Bisaccia was the team’s best coach and will be missed.
The next head coach will likely be allowed to choose who takes Bisaccia’s place.