Instead of an Achilles’ heel, the Chargers had an Achilles’ entire foot for far too long.
Then a former-mullet-wearing rookie named Michael Badgley showed up last season and solved the team’s lingering nightmare at kicker.
After arriving in Week 6 following an injury to Caleb Sturgis, Badgley eventually won the starting job and settled what had been the Chargers’ most turbulent position over the past two seasons.
He is the only pure kicker on the roster at the moment — although teams typically bring in competition for training camp — the Chargers’ hope being Badgley would do nothing but tighten his grip on the job.
The one area they would like Badgley to improve, and coach Anthony Lynn has said he believes it will happen, is on kickoffs. They signed veteran Nick Rose to handle that assignment against New England in the playoffs.