Jim Harbaugh, the new head coach of the Chargers, has announced that he will retain Ryan Ficken as his special teams coordinator for the upcoming season. This news was reported by Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. Ficken, who is 43 years old, has been with the Chargers since 2022 and has a proven track record of success in his role.
Before joining the Chargers, Ficken spent 15 seasons as an assistant coach in Minnesota, where he also served as their special teams coordinator in 2021. While at Michigan, Harbaugh’s son Jay was his special teams coordinator. It is expected that Jay will leave to become the Seahawks’ special teams coordinator next season.
Ficken’s retention by Harbaugh is a positive sign for the Chargers’ special teams unit. He has shown great leadership skills and a talent for developing players into top performers on the field. With Ficken on board, the Chargers can expect to see improvements in their special teams play next season.