Chargers Sack Brandon Staley Following Humiliating Defeat To Raiders


Losing by 42 points to the lowly Raiders was apparently the last straw for Brandon Staley in Los Angeles. The Chargers have announced the firing of their head coach after the embarrassing defeat. The final decision came down on Friday morning, less than 24 hours after the Staley-led Chargers were whooped, 63-21, in Las Vegas.

Key Takeaway

The Los Angeles Chargers have fired head coach Brandon Staley and general manager Tom Telesco following a humiliating 63-21 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. The team’s disappointing performance under Staley’s leadership led to the decision, with the franchise now seeking a new direction.

The Departure

Bolts honcho Dean Spanos announced the dismissal of Staley, and also the exit of general manager Tom Telesco following the historic loss. “I want to thank Tom and Brandon for their hard work, dedication and professionalism, and wish both them and their great families nothing but the best,” Spanos said. “These decisions are never easy, nor are they something I take lightly — especially when you consider the number of people they impact. We are clearly not where we expect to be, however, and we need new vision.”

Staley’s Tenure

Staley’s three years as head coach of the Chargers have been largely disappointing. He amassed a mere 24-24 record in two-plus seasons despite having one of the most talented teams in the league. Some of his losses, including a disastrous collapse to the Jaguars in last season’s playoffs, have been soul-crushing. In fact, Staley said in the postgame press conference Thursday night even he wasn’t sure his job was safe.

What’s Next?

It’s unclear where LA might turn from here, but rumors that Bill Belichick might be on their radar have continued to swirl.