Los Angeles Chargers Fire Head Coach Brandon Staley, GM Tom Telesco

Los Angeles Chargers head coach Brandon Staley in November 2023
Los Angeles Chargers head coach Brandon Staley in November 2023. Photo by Charles Baus/CSM/Shutterstock (14232114an)

The Los Angeles Chargers ownership didn’t wait long to react after the team’s embarrassing 63-21 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders on Thursday night. The franchise announced the following day that head coach Brandon Staley and general manager Tom Telesco were both relieved of their duties.

Besides Staley and Telesco, defensive run game coordinator/defensive line coach Jay Rodgers. Outside linebackers coach Giff Smith will coach the team on an interim basis, while director of player personnel JoJo Wooden will act as interim GM.

Staley and Telesco leave the Chargers at the bottom of the AFC West and no real shot at the playoff spot with a 5-9 record.

“These decisions are never easy, nor are they something I take lightly — especially when you consider the number of people they impact,” said Chargers owner Dean Spanos in a statement. “We are clearly not where we expect to be, however, and we need a new vision. Doing nothing in the name of continuity was not a risk I was willing to take.”

The Chargers hired Brandon Staley as the team’s head coach in 2021 after his impressive one-year stint as defensive coordinator with the Los Angeles Rams. Staley led the Chargers to a 10-7 record and AFC Wild Card Game in 2022, but the team suffered a 30–31 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars after blowing a 27-0 lead.

Telesco, on the other hand, has been the general manager of the Chargers for the past 11 years. He was known for making some great draft decisions, including drafting superstar Justin Herbert in 2020, but many believed his roster construction left much to be desired.