The LA Chargers fell to 4-6 on the season with a heartbreaking loss to the Green Bay Packers. It is the fifth time the Chargers have lost by three or fewer points this season and puts the team outside the hunt in the AFC playoff picture. Per the New York Times, the Chargers have just an 11% chance of making the playoffs after Week 11.
To make matters worse, head coach Brandon Staley did himself no favors after the game. Staley, who has been on the hot seat all season it seems, gave the media and fans more ammunition with an outburst during his post-game press conference. Staley pushed back at the notion of him giving up play calling duties on defense despite the Chargers being a bottom-four defense since he was hired.
For the first time all season, it actually felt like the Chargers had an avenue to fire Staley in-season — a move the organization has not made since 1998. So far that has not happened, but it has not stopped former NFL coaches from giving their say. Former head coach Rex Ryan doesn't just think the Chargers should move on from Staley, he doesn't even think he belongs in the NFL, let alone a Division I program.
Rex Ryan says Brandon Staley belongs in Division III after Chargers loss to Packers
Ouch. This is as ugly of a public burial as someone could have. For a former head coach to be this harsh? That is not a great look for Staley and definitely is not something that he wants to spread throughout his locker room.
It is worth mentioning how quickly Staley climbed the coaching ladder and how that might have had an impact on his ability to be a head coach. In less than a decade Staley went from being a coordinator at John Carroll (Division III) to being the head coach of a prominent football team with Super Bowl aspirations.
It also will make Staley's eventual post-Chargers career move an interesting one. It is hard to see a team giving him defensive coordinator duties after seeing how bad the defense has been under his watch. Will he have to jump back down to being a position coach? Or will Staley have to leave the NFL entirely to recoup his image?
Staley spent one season as a coordinator for the LA Rams prior to being hired by the Chargers. Before that, the 40-year-old spent three seasons as an outside linebackers coach for the Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos. Only time will tell if Staley has to take that large of a jump backward.
If it was up to Rex Ryan, Staley would be back with John Carroll. That, though, seems a bit extreme.