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Brandon Staley Reveals Why J.C. Jackson Was Benched on Monday Night

Adam Taylor McKillop
Los Angeles Chargers head coach Brandon Staley revealed why J.C. Jackson was benched on Monday night.
Los Angeles Chargers head coach Brandon Staley revealed why J.C. Jackson was benched on Monday night. / ASSOCIATED PRESS

In order to keep pace with the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West, the Los Angeles Chargers made a number of big offseason acquisitions. This included cornerback J.C. Jackson, who the team signed away from the Patriots with a big five-year, $82.5 million contract.

Jackson's early tenure hasn't panned out like fans were hoping. Not only has the Pro Bowl corner missed two weeks thanks to an offseason ankle surgery, but he's been terrible in pass coverage. That trend of terrible coverage reared its ugly head again during their Monday Night Football clash with the Denver Broncos.

So much so, that Jackson ended up on the bench in the second half. Head coach Brandon Staley explained why.

It had nothing to do with his health, like some assumed. Instead, Staley held his new Pro Bowl corner accountable with the postgame explanation.

"It just wasn't good enough in the first half, and we felt like we needed to make a change," said Staley.

One year removed from a career-bets 23 passes defended, and two years removed from his career-high 9 interceptions, Jackson hasn't come close to those numbers. He's racked up just 1 pass defended and 0 interceptions in four games. PFF currently slaps him with a putrid 29.6 grade, a far cry from his 82.6 grade in 2021.

Even after allowing a season-low 224 passing yards, the Chargers' secondary still gives up the 12th-most passing yards in football. The change was necessary and it'll be interesting to see how Staley lines up his cornerbacks in Week 7.

As of now, the Chargers walked away with a victory and sit a 4-2 on the season. They hold the sixth-best odds (+1800) to win Super Bowl 57 on FanDuel Sportsbook.

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