Would the Chargers hearth Brandon Staley to get Sean Payton?

White trash luggage have been in all places, on the ground and on seats, stuffed filled with shirts, footwear,and the contents of lockers emptied on Sunday by gamers who gained’t want these lockers once more till subsequent season.

The day after the Chargers coughed up a 27-point lead and misplaced to Jacksonville within the AFC wild-card spherical was a day of packing and reckoning, for coming to phrases with a loss that was inexplicable but in addition very a lot in character for a franchise that has change into knowledgeable at falling painfully simply wanting success.

“I mean, you’re always gonna feel it. You’re not really going to be over it,” defensive finish Morgan Fox mentioned within the locker room of the crew’s Costa Mesa observe facility. “It’s something we have to wear for the rest of our lives, and it’s always going to get brought up.”

Gamers’ feelings have been nonetheless uncooked Sunday as they mentioned goodbye to teammates they gained’t see for some time — or would possibly subsequent see as opponents.

“That was the first time we’ve been to the playoffs in a minute, and for us to go out there and play like we did in the first half and then lose it, we just have a sick feeling because we’re like, we know we could have easily beaten that team. Not easily. We could’ve beaten that team,” operating again Austin Ekeler mentioned. “And so much goes into getting to that moment.”

Linebacker Drue Tranquill, a free agent who mentioned he hopes to return, struggled to place his ideas into phrases.

“As a competitor you train your whole life for a moment to play for a world championship and to be up 27-0 and come out on the losing end, I can’t say I’ve ever been a part of something that hurts that bad in my life,” he mentioned. “It’s something you kind of just have to feel and feel the hurt and the pain of it and come back stronger.”

Coach Brandon Staley was within the constructing Sunday however didn’t communicate to the media. He held exit conferences with gamers, a activity he seemingly wouldn’t have taken on if controlling proprietor Dean Spanos meant to fireside him.

Staley was outcoached Saturday, and never for the primary time. However wouldn’t it additional the event of famous person quarterback Justin Herbert to play for a 3rd coach in 4 seasons, beginning with Anthony Lynn in Herbert’s rookie season? Is Sean Payton value a wage rumored to be round $10 million a yr along with the draft picks the Chargers must give as much as get him out of the remainder of his New Orleans Saints contract?

Chargers coach Brandon Staley watches his gamers heat up earlier than a win over the Rams on Jan. 1.

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Payton has a monitor report. Staley has potential. It’s not a simple name, regardless of the passionate chatter pushing for Payton on social media.

It’s straightforward to image the Chargers conserving Staley however dismissing offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi, whose stagnant playcalling was a key motive they struggled to attain within the second half of video games all through the season. Firing Lombardi additionally would serve discover to Staley that his time to be taught from his errors is over, and that he should take the Chargers deep into the playoffs subsequent season or he will likely be gone too.

If it have been as much as gamers, Staley would preserve his job. Fox mentioned he’s “supremely confident” in Staley for conserving them collectively whereas they went by means of a minefield of accidents. Security Derwin James Jr. mentioned he’d fortunately endorse Staley if requested by crew executives.

“Hell, yeah. Definitely. That’s my guy,” James mentioned. “I feel like he’s put a lot into it and a lot of guys believe in him in the locker room. I definitely believe in him and he’s going to get it right.”

Herbert harmonized with the refrain.

“We believe in coach Staley and the front office 100%. Everyone would be lucky to have a coach like Staley,” Herbert mentioned. “He’s been an incredible leader. He’s got the respect of everyone on our team.

“He’s genuine. He’s himself and we believe in him, and he’s been the same person the past two years. It didn’t go our way this year, but we took a big step forward and we believe in this coaching staff, this team, we’ve got the right pieces, we’ve just got to put them together. We’ve got to execute better.”

Edge rusher Joey Bosa, nonetheless indignant over being referred to as for 2 unsportsmanlike conduct penalties that paved the best way for the Jaguars to finish a two-point conversion and reduce the Chargers’ result in 30-28, additionally backed his coach. Staley truly retrieved Bosa’s helmet after Bosa, fuming over a non-call, slammed it on the bottom for the second time in response to what he thought-about baiting by referee Shawn Smith. Bosa credited Staley for attempting to calm him.

“Staley, he got us to the playoffs against all odds. That was a rough season and a lot of us were out, me included. I wish I could have helped more,” Bosa mentioned.

“I get a little frustrated [when people say], ‘Why did he call this? Why did he do that?’ Because why did I slam my helmet on the floor when he picked it up for me and tried to calm me down and get me in order and I grabbed it from him and threw it on the ground again? How is that his fault? That’s my fault.

“There’s a million examples. ‘Why did you throw the ball two inches too high when the guy was open? It’s your fault. Why did we miss the tackle?’ It’s all of our faults. It’s a collective group and yeah we were talking about it [Saturday]. What happened? Well, everything happened. It wasn’t one play. Everybody had a part in giving up the huge lead that we had, and I do believe in our coaches.”

Though Herbert insisted the Chargers have the suitable items and proper teaching workers to succeed, that isn’t utterly true: They should provide you with a greater operating sport they usually want a greater offensive coordinator. Quickly sufficient, they’ll resolve if Staley is a type of proper items.