Chargers start fresh on special teams

The San Diego Chargers have hired Rich Bisaccia as their new special teams coach. He was with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the past nine seasons.

Bisaccia replaces Steve Crosby. He was fired after a terrible season on special teams in San Diego. The Chargers were ranked No. 1 on offense and defense in the NFL. But they finished 9-7, partly because of several issues on special teams.

Bisaccia has a strong reputation around the league. While his challenge is big, the Chargers did improve on special teams at the end of the season. If the team is healthy in 2011, this unit can turn around rather quickly.

With this job filled, San Diego now has to find a new defensive coordinator to replace Ron Rivera. He was hired as the head coach in Carolina on Tuesday. Among the candidates expected to be considered are former NFL head coach Dave Wannstedt, San Francisco defensive coordinator Greg Manusky and current San Diego assistants Steve Wilks and John Pagano.