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Chargers fire special teams coordinator Kevin Spencer

SAN DIEGO – An underperforming unit for most of the season, the San Diego Chargers announced Wednesday that the team parted ways with special teams coordinator Kevin Spencer.

Spencer, 62, served as head of San Diego’s special teams since 2013. According to the team, assistant special teams coach Craig Aukerman will oversee the specialty units for the remainder of the 2015 season.

The Chargers are last in the NFL in punt return yards with 34 and worst in the NFL with average starting drives for San Diego’s offense beginning at the 22-yard line.

San Diego signed veteran Jacoby Jones to a two-year, $5.5 million deal during the offseason to improve the team’s return game, but released him on Nov. 4 because of poor performance.

Jones was claimed on the waiver wire a day later by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Usually reliable punter Mike Scifres is No. 30 in the NFL with a net punting average of 37.1 per punt and had a punt blocked at the end of the game last Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars when the defense put all 11 players on the line of scrimmage and did not use a return man.