When the Los Angeles Chargers let go of head coach Anthony Lynn, most assumed the team was targeting another offensive-minded guy. It was a fair point, as the thought of pairing burgeoning superstar QB Justin Herbert with an offensive-minded HC, ala Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes, had to be pretty tantalizing.
Los Angeles ultimately went in a different direction, hiring former Los Angeles Rams' D coordinator Brandon Staley. While the move may have come as a surprise to some, it sounds like the defensive guru has a perfect approach to his new gig.
That has to be music to Chargers' fans ears. Unlike some other defensive-minded head coaches who had stud quarterbacks, Staley wants to build a system that perfectly fits Herbert's skillset rather than getting complacent schematically by assuming the superstar QB can bail the offense out.
We've seen similar decisions work wonders for Josh Allen in Buffalo, Mahomes in Kansas City and Lamar Jackson in Baltimore. Conversely, we've also seen great quarterbacks plateau while being stuck in some boring, vanilla offenses.
And Staley might be more up to the task than your typical DC, as he's a former quarterback himself.
If his approach to the offense is as sound as these quotes make it seem, the Chargers could turn it around in a hurry.
Staley worked wonders on defense with the Rams last year. Despite coaching largely the same roster as former DC Wade Phillips did the year prior, the Rams improved from the league's No. 17 scoring defense in 2019 to No. 1 in Staley's first year at the helm.
With the Chargers' defense boasting superstar talent like Joey Bosa, Derwin James and Melvin Ingram, Staley could make this defense scary right away. And if Herbert flourishes in this new system, look out.
The Chargers are shaping up to be a team to watch in 2021.
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