Chargers Move On From Younghoe Koo, Bring Back Nick Novak

The Chargers made official today what many fans have been clamoring for since week 2, waiving rookie kicker Younghoe Koo. To replace him they brought back Nick Novak, who was with the Chargers from 2011-2014.

It's a dramatic rise and fall for Koo, who rocketed from a little known undrafted free agent to surprisingly beat out Josh Lambo for regular season kicking duties, before now being let go after just four weeks. Koo was initially somewhat of a fan favorite due to his skill at attempting trick kicks like this, but was turned on quickly by fans after having a game-tying kick against the Broncos blocked and missing a potential game winning kick against the Dolphins.

Koo was never put in the best positions, missed assignments up front caused his kick to be blocked against the Broncos, and Anthony Lynn mismanaged the clock against the Dolphins forcing him to attempt a longer field goal than was necessary. That being said, Koo could've performed better and the writing appeared to be on the wall after Lynn promised changes were coming in the aftermath of the team's 0-4 start.

Novak went 101 for 117 (86.3%) on field goals over his four years with the team, and finished his tenure 7th on the franchise's all time scoring list.


  1. Feel a little bad for Koo but hope this sparks something with the team.


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