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LA Chargers: Why Brandon Staley was such a shocking hire

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 27: Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Rams warms up before playing against the Denver Broncos at SoFi Stadium on December 27, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 27: Justin Herbert #10 of the Los Angeles Rams warms up before playing against the Denver Broncos at SoFi Stadium on December 27, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

The LA Chargers’ likely switch to a 3-4 defense

4-3 defense has been the Chargers bread and butter since Gus Bradley became defensive coordinator. 2016 was really the last season the Chargers ran a version of 3-4 in John Pagano’s final season with the team.

That’s a big change for the defensive unit. Frankly, some players’ true positions will be changing. Derwin James will likely play STAR in a 3-4 defensive alignment while Kenneth Murray might be lined up at outside linebacker.

It’s also important to note that the Chargers switching to 3-4 doesn’t mean they’ll permanently play in base packages. Opposing offenses will see a lot of nickel/dime packages and quarters coverage.

#Rams

• Cover 1 — 28.3% (27th) • Cover 3 — 25.4% (11th) • Quarters — 19.0 (1st)• Cover 2 — 14.1% (19th)

Blitz rate — 24.6% (19th)

— Matt Bowen (@MattBowen41) January 16, 2021

Safeties like Rayshawn Jenkins and Nasir Adderley will likely be put into better positions to succeed. Adderley had a tough second year in the league but playing deep in a Staley 3-4 scheme with James should help him immensely.

Next. Is Brandon Staley a good coaching hire?

While Bradley wasn’t a bad coordinator, in my opinion, his style of 4-3 didn’t really play to the defense’s strengths. The personnel the Chargers have on the defensive side of the ball is more likely to excel in a Rams 2020 system than a Seahawks 2014 variant.

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