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Chargers GM Tom Telesco Says Team Will Fix Kicking Game Issues

Chargers general manager Tom Telesco has made a promise: His team’s kicking woes will become a thing of the past, Alex Marvez of the Sporting News reports.

“We’ll get that fixed,” Telesco told Marvez on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Thursday. “That was largely my fault. We just didn’t do a very good job managing that situation.”

Los Angeles’ kicking game problems began right from the start of the 2017 NFL campaign, when the Chargers released incumbent starter Josh Lambo in favor of rookie Younghoe Koo during the preseason. Two botched field goal attempts in the final seconds — one blocked, one missed — proved costly as L.A. dropped its first two games against Denver and Miami, respectively.

Those losses proved especially costly at the end of the season when the 9-7 Chargers missed the playoffs based on conference tiebreakers. The Chargers ultimately released Koo and used three other kickers during the season — Nick Novak, Travis Coons and Nick Rose — with similar results: L.A. converted on a league-low 66.7 percent of its field goal attempts in 2017 (20 of 30).

“Once we got to kicker two and three,” Telesco said, “you’re on a kicker carousel.”

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