Has Brandon Staley's defense undergone a renaissance? No.
Brandon Staley's defense might be on its way toward a renaissance, but we cannot comfortably say that Staley has turned that part of the ball around yet. There is simply too much bad film over the years to say that the defense has completely turned it around after a few good performances.
Don't get it wrong, this Chargers defense has turned in multiple good performances now. In fact, since the bye week, the Chargers defense has played really well outside of one really bad half against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Even with that half, the Chargers have allowed teams to score an average of 17.4 points per game since the Raiders game in Week 4. For comparison's sake, the Cleveland Browns have allowed 17.4 points per game and that ranks third in the league.
It is also important to look at the quarterbacks that the Chargers have played in the span. In order, the Chargers have played Aidan O'Connell, Dak Prescott, Patrick Mahomes, Tyson Bagent and Zach Wilson. Mahomes is one of one, Prescott is good, but the trio of O'Connell, Bagent and Wilson are all bad.
The Chargers have a chance to answer this question fully next week against the Detroit Lions. Los Angeles won't hold the Lions to six points like they did with the Jets but if the Chargers can stop the explosive Lions defense then it may be a sign that the defensive woes are over.