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LA Chargers: 4 important takeaways from preseason loss to 49ers

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3. Brandon Staley's defense is as good as expected

There was some pushback when the LA Chargers hired Brandon Staley. Many fans wanted to see an offensive-minded head coach that could develop Justin Herbert and Staley is a defensive-minded coach.

Those doubts subsided during Staley's introductory press conference in which he showcased a vast mind for football. He transformed the LA Rams defense last season and there was a lot of excitement about what he could do with this defense.

Thus far, the defense has been as good as advertised. The Chargers are not even playing their main starters on defense and in both games, the defense looked really sharp.

Granted, it is the preseason, but the Chargers faced two starting-caliber quarterbacks in this game. Jimmy Garoppolo and Trey Lance were not that great in this game with the Chargers limiting the Kyle Shanahan offense and taking the ball away.

Yes, they did benefit from some drops, particularly on the interceptions as well, but the defense was still smothering in this game. Nick Niemann blew his coverage on a Lance touchdown pass but besides that, this defense was solid.

And it is only going to get better when the actual starters are out there on the defense to make plays happen.

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