The LA Chargers‘ coaching search is officially over as NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported late Sunday night that the Bolts would be hiring Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley to be the team’s next head coach.
The Chargers quickly confirmed the news thereafter.
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This was a shocking hire as many fans were expecting the team to hire Buffalo Bills offensive coordinator, Brian Daboll. Staley and now-New York Jets head coach Robert Saleh were the only coaches to be brought in for a second interview with the Bolts, so perhaps the team was favoring a defensive-minded option.
Now the question becomes who the LA Chargers will hire as the offensive coordinator alongside Brandon Staley.
The LA Chargers need to make a smart offensive coordinator hire as they are hiring a defensive-minded coach to be the head coach. This is more important than if the team hired Daboll and needed to hire a defensive coordinator because of Justin Herbert.
They need to make the right hire, but let’s not pretend that Staley is inept offensively. This is not Vic Fangio or John Fox. He is coming off coaching with one of the greatest offensive minds in football and is a former quarterback himself. There is this weird misconception that Staley doesn’t know anything about the offensive side of the ball just because he was a defensive coordinator.
Granted, he needs help with a good OC that way he can focus on his strengths on the defense. Who the LA Chargers bring in as the OC is one of the most popular questions that fans have, so we thought we would break down some exciting possibilities.
It is worth mentioning that Shane Steichen is a possibility, although I would not consider that as fun. Tom Pelissero explored the idea of the Chargers hiring Rams’ offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell, and if not, that Steichen was a strong internal option.
Personally, I do not think Steichen is a strong internal option and I do not think O’Connell is a realistic option as Sean McVay would have to approve that lateral move. Why would he?
Thus, let’s get into three exciting offensive coordinator options, starting with an actually exciting internal option.