Brandon Staley: Stock way up
Brandon Staley was the biggest winner of the Wild Card Round. Out of any coach that is trying to get a job next season, Staley rose his stock the most not just for the LA Chargers but for any team that has an opening.
Staley’s defense looked phenomenal against the Seattle Seahawks. Of course, just like with Daboll, more credit goes to the players for showing up and performing. But Staley was able to throw so many different looks at the Seahawks and take the deep ball away from Russell Wilson to the point where Seattle really could not do anything.
And this was without Aaron Donald playing most of the second half. The Rams did a great job in holding Seattle to only 20 points, seven of which came in the final three minutes when the Rams were up 17.
The way that Staley has reinvented this defense has been phenomenal. The Rams have most of the same pieces from last season and the new faces that the team has were not regarded as huge pickups prior to this season or are young players that were not expected to do much.
And with that, Staley built the best defense in the league that was on full display against Seattle. The idea of Staley also bringing over Sean McVay’s offense with some Rams assistants makes him a much more interesting possibility than given credit for.