Bolts may use volunteering vets to cure special-teams woes

Posted Sept. 30, 2010 @ 4:28 p.m.
Posted By Michael Blunda

While the Chargers are off to yet another slow start, the team can look to one very specific area for its early struggles: kick coverage. Through three games, the Bolts have allowed two kickoffs and one punt to be returned for touchdowns, possibly costing them two games in the process. We hear that players not fulfilling their assignments and failing to do basic duties on the coverage units have resulted in these mistakes. A lack of quality depth also has had a negative effect in this area. To help correct the issues, San Diego signed both Quinton Teal and Dante Hughes this week, and the club has had veterans like Eric Weddle and Quentin Jammer volunteer to play special teams. While the Chargers may try this as a short-term solution, we're told they will not use key players in special teams in the long run because of injury risks. So far, San Diego misses special-teams ace Kassim Osgood more than it will admit.