Los Angeles Chargers head coach Brandon Staley is in a tough situation. Staley’s team lost another close game on Sunday, and after the loss he fed reporters the ongoing narrative that the team’s playoff loss to Jacksonville in January has carried over to this season. Whether that’s the case or not, Coach Watch 2023 has officially begun and Staley is among the frontrunners to be cut during the season. Staley has yet to prove that anonymous director wrong, who called him a “really bad coach with a great squad”.
‘I’m not worried about the loss in Jacksonville’ Staley said. “The loss in Jacksonville has not continued at all this season. If you watched our training camp or how we played the first two games, it didn’t have any impact on our team. Our team is connected, our team has played their heart out the last two games and we lost two tough games, but it has nothing to do with the game in Jacksonville. And that’s just the truth…’
Right now, all that matters to the Chargers is Staley getting that first win. They have scored 58 points in the first two weeks of the season, losing both games by a total of five points. This team is way too talented and has a head coach who was a defensive coordinator in the NFL for a year before taking over. He has been given all the opportunities that other coaches don’t get, especially if they are black. In fact, Staley’s had more than many rookie white head coaches who never get a franchise quarterback. This guy came in and Justin Herbert was ready to go.
All Staley and his staff have done in LA is waste a few years of Herbert’s career. That’s all. There doesn’t seem to be any sense of urgency, but that comes from the outside looking in. And Staley doesn’t get all the blame, as there have been times when Herbert and the offense hasn’t come through at times, especially in these tight games. However, the defense (Staley’s specialty) continued to drop the ball more often than not.
The Chargers travel to Minnesota for a Week 3 matchup with the Vikings and then return home to host their division rival Las Vegas Raiders. With the next two weeks essentially being road games, Staley’s team is in a tough position heading into the bye week. If they head into the farewell score at 0-4, we may have heard the last of Staley as head coach of the Chargers. It’s not ideal, but dropping four games to open the season in a tough AFC essentially means your postseason aspirations have evaporated. It’s a shame that Austin Ekeler played for the Chargers yesterday, that would be interesting get his thoughts on the loss.