August 29, 2019; Santa Clara, CA, USA; Los Angeles Chargers special teams coordinator George Stewart before the game against the San Francisco 49ers at Levi's Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

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Lynn demotes Chargers’ special teams coach

Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn demoted special teams coach George Stewart on Wednesday in the aftermath of a near-disastrous performance by the unit last week.

Assistant special teams coach Keith Burns and senior coaching assistant Chris Caminiti will take over, Lynn said. Stewart has been reassigned to offensive analyst.

“We weren’t getting it done, so I feel like we need to make a change,” Lynn said.

Chargers punter Ty Long had a punt blocked for the third time in four games last week against the New York Jets and failed to run out the clock on an intentional safety at the end of the game, instead leaving 1 second on the clock.

Further, the Chargers (3-7) are tied for 28th in the league in punt returns (5.6 avg.), 31st in punt coverage (34.5 net avg.), and 29th in kickoff coverage (27.9 return avg.).

Stewart joined the Chargers in 2017. Lynn played for Stewart in San Francisco (1995-96).

“You’re talking about a confidant. You’re talking about a guy that taught me a lot about the game, especially in special teams area, and has always had my back so it was extremely hard. I feel like to was something we needed to do,” Lynn said.

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