4 early favorites to replace Brandon Staley as Chargers head coach

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Bill Belichick

The odds of Bill Belichick replacing Brandon Staley grew this week as it was reported that New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has already decided to part ways with Belichick after the season. Belichick reportedly has one more year left on his deal, so the Pats would either have to release him or trade him for assets.

On paper, Belichick is the perfect fit in LA. He can take over the defensive side of the ball, fix the functional mistakes in the organization, and allow his elite quarterback to do his thing. That is the recipe that resulted in six Super Bowls with the Patriots, after all.

Belichick could also feasibly have roster control with Telesco also being fired. But that leads to the elephant in the room: would Chargers ownership actually be willing to give Belichick that much control?

More importantly, would the notoriously cheap (when it comes to head coaches) Spanos family actually pay the massive salary it would take to hire Belichick? And would the team be willing to trade its second-round pick in 2024 (at minimum) to obtain his services?

It makes sense on paper, but because of all those factors and how the team historically operates, it still feels like a pipe dream.