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Why Was Brandon Taley Fired?

More than 24 hours have passed since the Los Angeles Chargers blew a 27-0 lead against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the Wild Card round. The 27-point margin of defeat ranks fifth-largest in NFL annals. This playoff meltdown ranks third worst ever.

When asked what they think the Chargers should do, fans have a wide range of opinions. Most media outlets agree that Brandon Staley should be fired. The name Sean Payton keeps up in the media.

Supporters of the San Diego Chargers often argue that the team should dismiss Joe Lombardi but maintain Staley as head coach. Tom Telesco’s name and the topic of his eligibility to be GM have sparked controversy on various social media platforms. How one responds emotionally in the short term to a major television loss can vary widely.

After giving it some thought over the past two days, I still believe that Staley should be let go as head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers.

A final score of 27.0 is reasonable in and of itself. The two times this season that Doug Pederson has beaten Staley as a coach. He failed to adapt in the second half as defensive coordinator. Through multiple options, slants, and crossers towards the middle of the field, Pederson eased Lawrence back into the action.

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Why Was Brandon Staley Fired?

For the Chargers, Joe Lombardi’s offense is a major area of concern. Getting rid of Lombardi and replacing him with someone who has a firm grasp on the West Coast offense’s fundamentals will alleviate many problems. The majority of Chargers supporters support the team’s choice to replace Lombardi.

Let’s not blame Staley for the offense’s lackluster performance, though. Staley’s decisions resulted in the Chargers having to play Michael Bandy as their third wideout instead of another player.

Together with Telesco, he is in charge of managing the roster and making all important decisions. In the second half of the season, both felt comfortable with Foster Sarell as their swing tackle.

Even that set them back. We can’t pretend that Staley hasn’t had input into defensive personnel decisions, and he’s certainly done the same for the offence. The inability of the Chargers’ receivers to create separation is worrying, just as Lombardi’s fruitless stick routes.

Staley shares some of the blame for Saturday night’s defensive and offensive failures by the Chargers. However, all of the responsibility for a certain area falls solely on his shoulders. Consider Mike Williams’s health and his inability to play against the Jaguars as prime instances.

Staley paid a high price for leaving his team out there after the first quarter. Although he had insisted all week that Williams would be fine to play against the Jaguars.

On Friday morning, it was learned that Williams had fractured his back and would miss the rest of the playoffs due to his injury. The Jaguar’s game was significantly altered without his presence.

The Chargers Need to fire Brandon Staley

In retrospect, the criticisms made by the media, the opposing party, and “everyone on the outside” were proven to be entirely unfounded. A number of TV analysts were taken aback to see Herbert still playing at the end of the third quarter. Austin Ekeler was taking a beating on the goal line.

Not only did Williams suffer a terrible injury, but so did a lot of other things. It’s related to Staley’s approach in some way. He apparently abandoned sports science, productivity, and player health in order to “tune up for the playoffs,” despite previously placing a high importance on these factors.

The Chargers had already secured the fifth seed and were on their way to Jacksonville before the game even started. This is from a trainer who is usually rather meticulous in his approach. An NFL insider, Ian Rapoport, reported that the team boosted Staley’s morale the morning of the game.

People are defending Staley, but I still don’t buy the argument that he had to play the starters. However, the company ultimately supported the coach’s choice.

It’s possible that Staley’s judgment deteriorated in the second year. I backed Staley every time a traditionalist NFL writer questioned his 4th down calls in 2021. It wasn’t “4th and Staley” on fourth down in 2022. His lack of aggression was reflected in his skin tone.

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Staley played it safe in the Wild Card game after being dogged by the media after the Raiders’ Week 18 defeat a year prior. As a coach, Pederson focused on winning, whereas Staley stressed avoiding defeat.

In 2022, Staley’s injury was only supposed to have happened. His devoted followers will likely take exception to that. While they led the league in adjusted games lost in 2021, the Chargers were one of the most injury-prone teams.

Conversely, the Chargers were able to field a strong team for their regular-season finale versus Jacksonville because of few injuries.

The defensive end Joey Bosa and Derwin James are both backs. Keenan Allen had been back at his house for a short while. Rashawn Slater, who plays left tackle, was there as well. Williams, as previously mentioned, was the lone major Chargers’ absence on Saturday night.

All of the Los Angeles Chargers’ poker chips are piled in the middle. They have put a lot of money into the team, signing long-term contracts with important players and buying equipment.

The initial two years of Justin Herbert’s deal are considered his “rookie” years. In other words, they can no longer afford to provide Staley with an apprenticeship.

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