Brandon Staley: Inexperience and ability to lead the entire team
The Los Angeles Rams have the best defensive in football and Brandon Staley absolutely deserves a lot of credit. The Rams took a huge step up this season despite having a lot of the same core players with younger players surrounding them. Staley has schemed up a defense that utilizes that talent and stifles defenses.
Sure, it is nice having Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey and that makes Staley’s job easier, but the Rams had Donald and Ramsey before and did not have this good of a defense. Staley has been great.
My main concern with Staley is that he is relatively inexperienced and we cannot be totally confident in his ability to lead a team as the head coach. That is something that can only be witnessed with more time coaching, so it is a risk with any team that hires Staley.
Staley has only one year’s worth of experience being a coordinator and has not been in the league awfully long. He broke into the NFL in 2017 with the Bears and also spent a season with the Denver Broncos before getting hired by the Rams.
It worked for the Rams with McVay and teams are trying to copy that same formula and find these young, innovative head coaches. Staley can certainly be that, but he also could not be. Either way, it is a larger risk with less of a sample size than these other coaches.