Jim Harbaugh, the new Chargers head coach, has decided to retain Ryan Ficken as the team’s special teams coordinator for the 2024 season. This news was reported by Tom Pelissero of NFL Network. Ficken, who is 43 years old, has been with the Chargers since 2022 and has a proven track record of success as a special teams coordinator. Prior to his time with the Chargers, he spent 15 seasons as an assistant coach in Minnesota, where he also served as the Vikings’ special teams coordinator in 2021.
During his time at Michigan, Harbaugh had his son Jay serving as his special teams coordinator. It is expected that Jay will move on to become the Seahawks’ special teams coordinator for the upcoming season. The decision to retain Ficken and bring in Jay’s brother as an assistant coach shows that Harbaugh values talent and experience regardless of familial ties.