Chargers Make A Head Coaching Hire, And It’s Someone Most Have Never Heard Of

It never ceases to amaze me that in the NFL, where being an “insider” or “expert” is as commonplace as going vegan, there are still some surprises.

That fact was on display late Sunday, when the Los Angeles Chargers, fresh off firing Anthony Lynn two weeks ago, hired Brandon Staley as the man that they hope will take their team to the next level.


Yes, Brandon Staley, the defensive coordinator for the cross-town rival Rams. Staley has been such a surprise hire that the Chargers put an article entitled “5 Things to Known About Brandon Staley” on their website in the hopes of familiarizing fans with his biography and accomplishments.

The Rams ranked first in total defense (281.9 yards allowed per game) and first in points allowed per game, allowing just 18.5 points per contest during the regular season. Staley has certainly coordinated a remarkably good defense this year, but some guy named Aaron Donald likely had a lot to do with that.

So why did the Bolts go off the board and bring in an unknown? Great question, and one that I guess they will have to answer when Staley gets on a zoom call with the media later today.

For now, they are hopeful that the surprise hire will put them back on the map in the AFC West after a couple of tough seasons under Lynn.

We will see if Staley makes a name for himself, or if the head scratching hire eventually flames out.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."


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  1. For what seems like a decade at this point, the media has been telling us that Bieniemy was 100% without a doubt the best candidate. So great, that it seems like nobody wants to hire him. I think there are 2 openings remaining? What happens when nobody hires him again? I can only imagine the next great cosmetic rule on hiring the NFL will implement. The Chargers were never going to hire him when they would give the Chiefs 2 extra draft picks by doing so. The stupid rule only hurts the ones it was “supposed” to help.

    • 100% agreed. The Vincent Rule does nothing to help minority head coaching candidates. Especially if it is a division or conference rival that needs a new coach. Why would any team in the AFC hire Bieniemy away from the best team in football? So that narrows the opportunities to the NFC.

    • I really don’t know if Bieniemy is this great coach or has a lot of Andy Reid osmosis…but that Vincent rule has pretty much handcuffed him. I mean if their actual goal was to help minorities get their affirmative action jobs wouldn’t they give the team that hires the guy more draft picks instead of giving draft picks to the team they are taking the coach from?

  2. There are about 38 living breathing Charger fans left out there, somewhere. God Bless them.

    I can’t see any reason to hire Bienemy. Andy Reid’s latest two proteges to get head coaching gigs are Matt Nagy (probably the worst head coach in football) and Doug Pederson who just got canned. Hiring Reid’s protege’s is about a lucrative as hiring one of Belichick’s bag men. Don’t do it.

  3. And what will be fun to watch, when/if fans start going back to games this fall. Will the Chargers be able to put even 30k in that super stadium? The Fresno State Bulldogs will out draw them.

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