Brandon Staley Gets Second Interview With Chargers

Recent reports have indicated that the Chargers are favoring Bills OC Brian Daboll for their head coaching vacancy, but apparently the club was impressed by Rams DC Brandon Staley. According to Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network, Staley will get a second interview with the Bolts today (Twitter link).

Today’s meeting will take place in person. The Rams’ season ended yesterday thanks to a 32-18 loss to the Packers in the divisional round of the playoffs, but the Bills advanced to the AFC Championship Game after defeating the Ravens. That means that the Chargers could hire Staley right away, but they would need to wait at least another week before making a Daboll hire official.

And if the team decides it wants Staley, it might not be able to wait much longer. The 38-year-old is also scheduled to speak with the Texans about their HC job today, and the Eagles are hoping to fly him out tomorrow. But the Chargers might have a better roster than the Texans and Eagles, and quarterback Justin Herbert — who, unlike Houston QB Deshaun Watson, is not feeling any resentment towards his team at the moment — makes the LA job especially attractive.

Daboll’s candidacy for the Chargers’ gig is obvious given the development of Buffalo QB Josh Allen and Daboll’s personal ties with Los Angeles GM Tom Telesco, but Herbert is said to be high on incumbent OC Shane Steichen. Telesco could decide that Steichen is the best person to further Herbert’s development, which might make a defensive-minded head coach more appealing.

Staley certainly had some top-tier talent to work with this year, but there is no denying that he got the most out of that talent. The Rams were the best team in the league in terms of total defense in 2020, and Staley and his innovative schemes are widely credited for that performance. The fact that this was his first season as DC makes his work all the more impressive, and the league has certainly taken notice.

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10 comments on “Brandon Staley Gets Second Interview With Chargers

    • bumpy93

      I’m hoping the same thing, unless the Eagles are able to snatch Lincoln Riley away from Oklahoma. I might even think Joe Brady and Daboll would be a nice higher for the Eagles only person that would rather have them one of those two Lincoln Riley but let’s be honest chances of him leaving Oklahoma to come here for this mess, very doubtful

  1. arty!

    D Adams and ARod made Ramsey look like an afterthought! That shift too the L then back to the right (at the goal line) was a thing of beauty!

  2. Cokeman1959

    Rams need to change up some things. They didn’t beat a good team all year, unless you consider an inconsistent Tampa Bay a good team.

  3. Tatsumaki

    If they can bring back steichen I don’t see why Staley isn’t the hire. Chargers offense wasnt the problem, if they played half decent defense the could have given chiefs a run in west. How did Lynn work out for chargers?

  4. nutznboltz

    I hope they don’t keep Steinchen. Chargers had the most vanilla offense in football. They had no innovative plays at all. When certain players weren’t involved in a game the coaches would say it was because the defense took them away. If you’re a good coach you find ways to get your playmakers the ball. I hated that answer.

  5. lyingsfan

    Why not just give the HC job to the OC and find a DC that fits? It seems like this has failure written all over it.

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