By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Los Angeles Chargers have hired Brandon Staley as their new head football coach. Staley replaces Anthony Lynn, who was fired at the end of the season.
This is Staley’s first head coaching opportunity. He becomes head coach after just one season as defensive coordinator.
“It doesn’t matter if you’ve known Brandon for five minutes or five years, what quickly becomes apparent is the amount of energy and passion he approaches each and every moment with,” Chargers President of Football Operations John Spanos said. “The consistency of that enthusiasm is unique and, most importantly, it drives his ability to connect with people. His coaching journey to this particular moment is inspiring; if not for the sheer perseverance and determination of it all, then certainly for the dramatic results it has produced for the teams and players he has coached.
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“I know it’s cliché but I know Brandon quite literally cannot wait to get to work. I also know we cannot be more excited to have him as the Head Coach of the Los Angeles Chargers.”
He was the Los Angeles Rams’ defensive coordinator during the 2020 season. Despite being the Rams coordinator for a season, he had at least two teams interested in interviewing him for head coaching vacancies.
The Houston Texans were also interested in interviewing Staley. The 38-year-old Perry, Ohio native will take over one of the best situations for head coaches.
He will get to work with Justin Herbert, who had a star-studded rookie season. He is taking over a team that went 7-9 during the 2020 season.
The Chargers won four straight games to end the season.
As a rookie, Herbert went 6-9 as a starter. He went 396 of 595 for 4,336 yards. He had 31 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions.
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The team is highlighted by Austin Ekeler, Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, Hunter Henry, Joey Bosa, and Melvin Ingram.
Staley has worked in the NFL since 2017. He has worked for the Chicago Bears, Denver Broncos, and Rams before the Chargers hired him as their head coach.
He worked in college football for a decade. Staley worked for the Northern Illinois Huskies, St. Thomas Tommies, Hutchinson Community College Blue Dragons, Tennessee Volunteers, John Carroll Blue Streaks, and the James Madison Dukes.
“It’s hard to put into words just how excited I am for the opportunity to be the Los Angeles Chargers Head Coach,” said Staley. “While this is certainly a dream come true, it’s also a dream that’s just beginning. There’s a reason this was probably the most sought-after job out there — from ownership to the fans, to the city, to the men in that locker room — it’s the total package. I can’t thank the Spanos family and Tom Telesco enough for placing their faith in us, and by the time everyone is reading this quote in a press release, we’ll already be hard at work developing a program Chargers fans everywhere can be proud of.”
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