COSTA MESA, California. – Los Angeles Chargers have agreed to be their next head coach with Brandon Staley, the team announced Sunday night.
He will be formally introduced at a press conference on Thursday.
Staley served as the defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams last season, developing a top-order defenseman in the NFL, including star defensive tackle Aaron Donald and cornerback Jalan Ramsey.
Staley’s unit propelled the Rams to a 10-6 season and a wild card playoff victory over the Seattle Seahawks before exiting the postseason with a loss to the Green Bay Packers on Saturday. In his first year as an NFL coordinator, Staley’s defense ranked No. 1 in efficiency, allowing more games and points per game.
With the Chargers, Staley replaced coach Anthony Lynn, who was fired after four seasons and held a 33–31 record.
The Chargers are coming off a 7-9 season that resulted in a third-place finish in the AFC West.
However, Staley inherits a roster that includes several cornerstones, including Rocky quarterback Justin Herbert, who became the youngest quarterback in NFL history to throw 30 touchdown passes in a single season. Staley also handles a defensive unit that includes Pro Bowl defensive end Joey Bosa and All-Pro safety Darwin James.
“It’s hard to say in words how excited I am for the opportunity to become the head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers,” Staley said in a statement. “While it’s certainly a dream come true, it’s also a dream that’s just starting. One reason is that it was probably the most job-seeking – from ownership, to fans, to the city, to that Room for men in the locker – that’s a total package. “
The 38-year-old Staley has quickly risen through the NFL ranks since she was first hired as a position coach with the Chicago Bears in 2017. He spent two seasons in Chicago under defensive coordinator Vic Fangio, before he followed Fangio to the Denver Broncos, where he spent a season as an outside linebackers coach before joining the Ram’s staff.
Ramsey told ESPN that he is in touch with James about Staley’s recruitment and James is very “excited” about his new coach. Ramsay has been a vocal advocate with Rama in one season of Stamie’s coach.
Ramsay said, “He will please a lot of organizations because he is a great guy. He is all about the ball, but at the same time he is the coach of the players, and I love him and I hope he is here for a while. Will be for Month. “But it wouldn’t surprise me at all if it’s one and the same thing. I’ll be happy for that.”
Prior to coaching in the NFL, Staley coached for three seasons at John Carroll University, a Division III college in University Heights, Ohio, and also spent one season as defensive coordinator at James Madison University.
Football president John Spanos of Football Spanishos, president of football, said, “His coaching journey is inspiring for this special moment; if not for the sheer persistence and determination of all, certainly for those teams and players who are dramatic The results have come for him. ” . “I know it’s cliche, but I know that Brandon can’t wait to work quite literally.”