Brandon Staley to return as Chargers head coach; Lombardi fired as OC

Brandon Staley might be again for a 3rd season because the Los Angeles Chargers head coach.

The identical cannot be mentioned for a few of his offensive employees.

The workforce on Tuesday introduced that offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi and quarterbacks coach Shane Day have been fired after two years.

Staley has a 19-16 document, together with playoffs, in his two seasons. He led the Chargers to their first playoff look since 2018 with a 10-7 regular-season mark.

The Chargers fell to the Jacksonville Jaguars 31-30 in Saturday’s AFC wild-card spherical sport after blowing the third-largest lead in postseason historical past.

Los Angeles was up 27-0 late within the second quarter earlier than the Jaguars rallied.

Criticism about Lombardi’s playcalling elevated all through the season. The Chargers have been ranked ninth in whole offense, however twentieth in scrimmage yards per play together with the third-worst dashing assault within the league.

Los Angeles additionally had the NFL’s second-biggest discrepancy between passing and operating performs (65% move to 35% run).

Lombardi and the offensive employees additionally have been unable to reply to halftime changes. The Chargers have been outscored 103-52 within the third quarter, together with the playoffs. In addition they solely scored one landing within the third quarter within the remaining 13 video games.

Staley praised Lombardi late within the common season for his potential to regulate to adjustments due to accidents. DeAndre Carter was the one vast receiver who performed all 18 video games whereas there have been two video games the place each Mike Williams and Keenan Allen didn’t play.

Allen missed seven of the primary 9 video games due to a hamstring damage. Williams was sidelined for 5, together with 4 due to an ankle damage.

Left deal with Rashawn Slater suffered a season-ending biceps damage in Week 3 and heart Corey Linsley was out for 3 video games due to varied accidents.

Justin Herbert was second within the league in completions (477) and passing yards (4,739) this season, however was slowed a lot of the first half of the season after struggling torn rib cartilage after taking a success throughout a Week 2 sport at Kansas Metropolis.

Staley additionally famous that he was searching for the unit to show the nook going into the postseason because the workforce was largely wholesome.

“Now that we are almost to full strength, we have to make the improvements to be playing our best at the end. I think that is what we are searching for right now is to find a rhythm where we can score the ball at a higher level and be more explosive as a football team,” Staley mentioned on Dec. 28.

It’s the second time Lombardi has not made it to a 3rd season as an offensive coordinator. He was fired in Detroit halfway by means of his second 12 months in 2015.

Herbert, who might be going into his fourth season in 2023, may have his third offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach within the NFL. Shane Steichen directed the Bolts offense in addition to being QBs coach below Anthony Lynn in 2020 earlier than Lynn was fired on the finish of the season.

Justin Herbert: “Everyone would be lucky to have a coach like Staley”

The First Issues First crew talk about Brandon Staley’s future because the Chargers’ head coach after blowing a 27 level lead vs. the Jaguars.

The Chargers although stumbled down the stretch for the second straight season.

Staley went into the playoffs below hearth after Williams suffered a season-ending again damage within the meaningless regular-season finale at Denver.

Final season, the Chargers dropped three of their remaining 4 video games to overlook out on the postseason. Within the 35-32 additional time loss at Las Vegas in Week 18, Staley referred to as a late timeout when the Raiders have been content material to play for a tie, which might have put the Chargers within the playoffs.

Gamers although rallied to the protection of their coach after the loss to the Jaguars, saying Staley remains to be studying as a head coach.

“He’s a fresh head coach in this league. To expect he’s going to know everything right away is kind of silly,” linebacker Joey Bosa mentioned. “I think we need to just keep building. It doesn’t happen overnight.”

Proprietor Dean Spanos can also be anticipated to retain Tom Telesco as common supervisor.

The Chargers have but to win a division title throughout Telesco’s 10 seasons as common supervisor and have solely been to the playoffs thrice in his tenure. Telesco, who mentioned earlier than the beginning of the season that the true measuring stick of a GM is wins and losses, has an 81-86 document. The Bolts’ .485 successful proportion since 2013 is nineteenth.

“I feel like we need to be able to finish late in the season,” security Derwin James mentioned. “The teams that can do it in December and January, that’s when it really matters.”

Reporting by The Related Press.

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