After two and a half seasons highlighted by lofty expectations and routine letdowns, the Los Angeles Chargers have fired coach Brandon Staley and general manager Tom Telesco, the team announced on Friday.
Staley is the second Chargers head coach to be fired mid-season since 1970, joining Kevin Gilbride, who was fired in 1998.
The Chargers were 24-24 under Staley (through Thursday), with one playoff berth in 2022 that ended with a 27-point blown lead to the Jacksonville Jaguars — the third-largest comeback in playoff history.
The Chargers hired Staley because of his success as a defensive coordinator with the Los Angeles Rams in 2020, where they were the league’s best defense in points and yards allowed per game. But Staley never had that impact with the Chargers, despite having star talent and many of his former players.
Quarterback Easton Stick made his first start for Los Angeles in place of Justin Herbert, who suffered a fracture to his right index finger in Sunday’s loss to the Denver Broncos and is done for the season.