Aug 22, 2020; Inglewood California, USA; Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley during a scrimmage at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

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Chargers name Brandon Staley as head coach

The Los Angeles Chargers agreed to terms with Brandon Staley to be the 17th head coach in franchise history, the team announced Sunday night.

Staley, 38, won’t have far to move for his new job. He spent last season as the defensive coordinator of the Los Angeles Rams, who share SoFi Stadium with the Chargers.

“It’s hard to put into words just how excited I am for the opportunity to be the Los Angeles Chargers’ head coach,” Staley said. “While this is certainly a dream come true, it’s also a dream that’s just beginning. There’s a reason this was probably the most sought after job out there — from ownership, to the fans, to the city, to the men in that locker room — it’s the total package.”

Staley replaces Anthony Lynn, who was fired in early January after posting a 33-31 record in four seasons. Lynn led the Chargers to a 7-9 record in 2020 after signing a one-year contract extension.

Under Staley’s watch, the Rams rode the NFL’s top-ranked defense into a 10-6 finish and a playoff berth. Los Angeles defeated the Seattle Seahawks in the wild-card round before dropping a 32-18 decision to the Green Bay Packers on Saturday.

Staley entered the NFL as a position coach with the Chicago Bears in 2017. He later followed Vic Fangio to the Denver Broncos, with whom he spent one season as outside linebackers coach.

“It doesn’t matter if you’ve known Brandon for five minutes or five years. What quickly becomes apparent is the amount of energy and passion he approaches each and every moment with,” Chargers President of Football Operations John Spanos said.

“The consistency of that enthusiasm is unique and, most importantly, it drives his ability to connect with people. His coaching journey to this particular moment is inspiring; if not for the sheer perseverance and determination of it all, then certainly for the dramatic results it has produced for the teams and players he has coached. I know it’s cliche, but I know Brandon quite literally cannot wait to get to work. I also know we cannot be more excited to have him as the head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers.”

Staley will take the controls of a Chargers team that boasts quarterback Justin Herbert, who threw for 4,336 yards with 31 touchdowns since being selected with the sixth overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft.

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