“His coaching journey to this special moment is inspiring. if not for the sheer perseverance and determination of it all, then certainly for the dramatic results it has produced for the teams and players he has coached. I know it’s a cliché, but I know Brandon can’t wait to get to work. “
The 38-year-old Staley was still coaching Division III college football at John Carroll University in 2016. He also worked as a trainer at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College and James Madison University. He joined the NFL in 2017 as an external linebacker trainer for the Chicago Bears. After two seasons with the Bears and one with the Denver Broncos, he was hired by coach Sean McVay as the Rams’ defensive coordinator this season and oversaw the top of the NFL-ranked defense.
“It’s not just that Brandon has a tremendous soccer sense that makes him the ideal head coach to lead our team forward,” said Tom Telesco, general manager of Chargers, in a written statement. “What makes him stand out is that he can effectively adapt, apply and communicate his concepts to the players. It’s clear that Brandon won’t be overwhelmed, he’s the soccer equivalent of a gym rat and that has earned him the universal respect of the players he has coached throughout his journey. “
The Rams’ season ended with a loss in a division playoff game at Green Bay on Saturday, leaving Staley available for the Chargers. He replaces Anthony Lynn, who was sacked after a 7-9 season that ended with a winning streak of four games. The Chargers appear to have a franchise quarterback after Justin Herbert’s heroics in rookie year.
“While this is certainly a dream come true, it is also a dream that is just beginning,” Staley said in a written statement. “There’s a reason this was probably the most coveted job out there – from the ownership, to the fans, the town, to the men in that locker room – it’s the whole package. I can’t thank the Spanos family and Tom Telesco enough for putting their trust in us, and by the time everyone reads this quote in a press release, we’ll be working hard to create a program that charger fans everywhere are proud of can be of. “
The Chargers also interviewed offensive coordinators Eric Bieniemy from Kansas City, Jason Garrett from the New York Giants, Joe Brady from Carolina and Arthur Smith from Tennessee, and defensive coordinators Robert Saleh from San Francisco and Matt Eberflus from Indianapolis. Saleh was hired as the head coach of the New York Jets and Smith as the head coach of the Atlanta Falcons.
With Urban Meyer’s hiring by the Jacksonville Jaguars, four NFL teams have hired new head coaches. The Houston Texans, Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles keep looking. Lions are focused on recruiting New Orleans Saints trainer Dan Campbell, according to a report from ESPN. Campbell is a former interim trainer for the Miami Dolphins.
This story will be updated with the latest hiring from coaches and general managers across the NFL.
Falcons: The Atlanta Falcons have reached an agreement with Arthur Smith to make him their new coach and to remove one of the most popular candidates from the market. They announced this on January 15th. Smith succeeds Dan Quinn, who was sacked in October after the team went without wins in their first five games.
Jaguars: Urban Meyer returned to coaching and made the leap from college football to the NFL. The three-time national champion, most recently in the US state of Ohio, took on the coaching job of the Jacksonville Jaguars on January 14th.
Jets: Robert Saleh gets his chance to become the NFL head coach, even though it may be late. The New York Jets announced on Jan. 14 that they had reached an agreement in principle with Saleh, the widely recognized defense coordinator for the San Francisco 49ers.
Panthers: The Carolina Panthers hired Scott Fitterer as their general manager on January 14th. He was vice president of football operations for the Seattle Seahawks. Fitterer replaced Marty Hurney, who was fired in December.
Lions: The Detroit Lions hired Brad Holmes, executive director of Los Angeles Rams, as general manager on Jan. 14. This is an early sign that the NFL’s diversity efforts could produce better results this off-season.
Holmes, the Rams’ director of college scouting, became the NFL’s third general manager, joining Chris Grier of Miami and Andrew Berry of Cleveland. He was with the Rams for 18 years overseeing their scouting operations at a time when they were designing the defensive tackle Aaron Donald, quarterback Jared Goff and Todd Gurley II to put together a team that made a Super Bowl and is now in is playoffs for the third time in four seasons.
Broncos: The Denver Broncos signed a deal with George Paton as general manager on January 13th.
Paton agreed to a six-year contract, according to someone familiar with the situation. He had been the assistant GM for the Minnesota Vikings. The Broncos confirmed the move. Front office manager John Elway previously announced plans to hire a GM to work with coach Vic Fangio. Elway said he would remain in the team’s front office but hand roster decisions to the new general manager.
Texans: Nick Caserio, a key figure in the New England Patriots front office during their dynastic Super Bowl success, reached an agreement with the Houston Texans on Jan. 5 to become their general manager. The team announced the move two days later.
The Texans begin their offseason reset with Caserio reuniting with Jack Easterby, former Patriots character trainer who is now Houston’s executive vice president of football operations. Caserio replaces Bill O’Brien, who had the double rules of coach and GM before the Texans fired him in October.