Chargers hire Rams DC Staley as head coach

Tanya Simon
January 20, 2021

Staley's winding path went from Northern Illinois - where he spent two years - to the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, Hutchinson Community College in Kansas, Tennessee, James Madison and finally to defensive coordinator at John Carroll, a Division III school in University Heights, Ohio, where he was OAC co-assistant coach of the year.

With the Chargers, Staley replaces coach Anthony Lynn, who was sacked after four seasons and a 33-31 record. In 2017, now Packers head coach Matt LaFleur was the Rams offensive coordinator.

Staley, 38, obviously impressed the San Diego brass during his interview, and that group includes general manager Tom Telesco, who is a graduate of John Carroll.

The Anthony Lynn era in Los Angeles is officially over, and the Chargers have already found his replacement. Both teams have since hired coaches. "It's that he excels in the ability to effectively tailor, apply and communicate his concepts to players".

"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 the beginning".

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"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". In his first season as a defensive coordinator in the NFL, Staley transformed the Rams into the No. 1 defense in football. Lynn posted a 34-32 record - including the playoffs - through four seasons in Los Angeles. In his first year as a coordinator at the National Football League level, his defense ranked No. 1 in efficiency, yards allowed per game and points allowed per game.

"I would have to assume that Brandon Staley would be able to do something similiar with Justin Herbert over the course of his career". Previously before working with the Rams he was working under Vic Fangio in Denver and Chicago.

He'll take over a Chargers team looking to live up to expectations after running into a multi-season stretch of injury issues, close losses and a lack of attention to detail that has left them on the losing end of the scoreboard more often than not. Herbert is smart and says he "learned so much" from quarterbacks coach Pep Hamilton and offensive coordinator Shane Steichen that he figures he can get through another change.

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