It was an historic play-calling performance from Anthony Lynn, who showed complete incompetence with multiple wasted timeouts in both halves, a handful of elementary (and of course, failed) runs up the gut on 4th-and-short situations, and worst of all, a running back carry from inside the five-yard line with zero timeouts and only :20 seconds remaining while trailing by 10 at the end of regulation. Lynn kept fantasy players happy by keeping Austin Ekeler on the field for 25-of-34 backfield touches and a team-high 30.7% target share in the latter's first game back from injury, but inserted Josh Kelley (7/35/1) at inopportune times and ultimately lost this one with his own poor decision-making during early downs and, quite frankly, every minute of the game.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports no head coaching change is "imminent" for the Chargers.
The organization reportedly prefers to evaluate its coaching staff at the end of the year. Lynn, one of the league's most disastrous decision-makers at the head of the table, has gone 8-20 with the Chargers over the last two seasons since leading the team to a conference-best 12-4 record in 2018. Los Angeles has also hit rock bottom on offense over the last month, averaging an abysmal 4.5 yards per play despite having one of the most talented quarterbacks in the league at its disposal. It's entirely plausible the Chargers still hang onto Lynn's contract this offseason since he's highly respected in its front office. If that were the case, the remaining three AFC West teams will rejoice.
SOURCE: Ian Rapoport on Twitter
Dec 7, 2020, 1:24 PM ET
FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reports Charger HC Anthony Lynn is expected to be fired after Week 17.
Lynn is 32-31 as the Los Angeles head coach and should be able to pull off his fifth straight win by facing the Kansas City backups this week. However, he had three years with Phillip Rivers and one year with the presumed Rookie of the Year Justin Herbert and made the playoffs just once. Lynn is meeting with Chargers management on Monday and is expected to receive the news then. The Chargers have the talent to be trending in the right direction over th next few years Herbert, Austin Ekeler, and Keenan Allen all under contract for the foreseeable future. They simply need a coach who can avoid the grievous late-game mistakes that Lynn is now known for. His firing isn't a done deal yet but looks more likely than not. Expect the Chargers to start interviewing candidates for Lynn's vacated position within the next month.
SOURCE: FOX NFL's Jay Glazer
Jan 3, 2021, 12:28 PM ET
Chargers signed RB Darius Bradwell, CB John Brannon, P Lachlan Edwards, NT Breiden Fehoko, G Nate Gilliam, G Ryan Hunter, WR John Hurst, WR Jason Moore, DT TJ Smith, and CB Donte Vaughnto to reserve/future contracts.
Bradwell played four years at Tulane, rushing for more than 1,100 yards and 11 touchdowns in his 2018 junior season. He was active for two games this season but did not see a carry. Bradwell and the other nine players will be long shots to make the Chargers' active roster in 2021.
SOURCE: Fernando Ramirez on Twitter
Jan 5, 2021, 1:11 PM ET
Staley's unit propelled the Rams to a 10-6 season and a wild-card playoff win over the Seattle Seahawks before the team exited 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, yards allowed per game and points allowed per game.
With the Chargers, Staley replaces coach Anthony Lynn, who was fired after four seasons and 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 cornerstone players, including rookie quarterback Justin Herbert, who became the youngest quarterback in NFL history to throw 30 touchdown passes in single season. Staley also takes over a defensive unit that includes Pro Bowl defensive end Joey Bosa and All Pro safety Derwin James.
"It's hard to put into words just how excited I am for the opportunity to be the Los Angeles Chargers' Head Coach," Staley said in a statement. "While this is certainly a dream come true, it's also a dream that's just beginning. There's a reason this was probably the most sought after job out there -- from ownership, to the fans, to the city, to the men in that locker room -- it's the total package."
The 38-year-old Staley has quickly risen through the NFL ranks since he first was hired as a position coach in 2017 with the Chicago Bears. He spent two seasons in Chicago under defensive coordinator Vic Fangio before he followed Fangio to the Denver Broncos, where he spent one season as outside linebackers coach before joining the Rams' staff.
Ramsey told ESPN that he has been in touch with James about Staley's hiring and that James was very "excited" about his new coach. Ramsey has been a vocal advocate of Staley's throughout the coach's one season with the Rams.
"He would make a lot of organizations happy because he's a great guy, he's about ball but at the same time he's a player's coach and I love that about him and I hope he's here for awhile," Ramsey said last month. "But it wouldn't surprise me at all if this is a one-and-done thing, I would be happy for him."
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 a season as defensive coordinator at James Madison University.
"His coaching journey to this particular moment is inspiring; if not for the sheer perseverance and determination of it all, then certainly for the dramatic results it has produced for the teams and players he has coached," said Chargers president of football operations John Spanos. "I know it's cliché but I know Brandon quite literally cannot wait to get to work."