Los Angeles Chargers to Hire Brandon Staley as Head Coach

Brandon Staley with the Chicago Bears. Photo by Mike Wulf/CSM/Shutterstock (10020041aa)

Now that the Los Angeles Rams have officially been eliminated from the playoffs by the Green Bay Packers, the Los Angeles Chargers can move in on defensive coordinator Brandon Staley.

According to reports, the Chargers have already agreed to terms that will make the now-former Rams defensive coordinator their new head coach. The Chargers met with Staley for the second time on Sunday and a deal is expected to be signed soon now that the Rams are no longer playing.

Staley’s rise in the ranks has been very quick, with this year being his first as a defensive coordinator. Staley got his start in the NFL as an outside linebackers coach for the Chicago Bears in 2017. He then took the same position with the Denver Broncos before accepting the defensive coordinator job with the Rams in 2020.

The Chargers look to be a good fit for Staley, who will have top-tier talent at his disposal, namely edge rusher Joey Bosa and star safety Derwin Hames leading the defense. Staley also has quarterback Justin Herbert, who is expected to be named Rookie of the Year after a record-breaking 2020 season.

Staley is also expected to retain offensive coordinator Shane Steichen, who will be expected to continue shaping Herbert into a long-term franchise quarterback.