The Los Angeles Chargers relieved from duties offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, the team stated Monday.
The Chargers are 17th in total offense, averaging 350.6 yards per game, and 14th in offensive efficiency, per Football Outsiders.
Los Angeles will hope a new offensive coordinator can help it get back on track following a 3-5 start.
Chargers coach Anthony Lynn issued the following announcement regarding the decision: “This is not an easy decision and definitely not one that I take lightly. You win as a team, and you lose as a team. It’s never about just one person. At the end of the day, however, I simply felt a change was needed at this time. I want to thank Ken for his years of service to the Chargers organization and wish him nothing but the best moving forward.”
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This was Whisenhunt’s second tenure with the franchise with his first being a one-year run as OC in 2013.
He returned to the role prior to the start of the 2016 season after a two-year head coaching gig with the Titans.
The offense as a whole has struggled, ranking 23rd in points per game (19.6), 28th in yards per rush (3.48), T-23rd in turnovers (13) and 31st in red zone scoring percentage (70.4). They are the only team in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) to rush for fewer than 40 yards in four straight games (all four since Melvin Gordon returned).
The offense has faceplanted the last couple weeks after Melvin Gordon returned to the team from his hold out. The Chargers have not scored more than 20 points in a game in the last month as part of a 1-3 skid that would have been winless if not for a missed Eddy Pineiro field goal try Sunday in Chicago.
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