Column: New Chargers coach Brandon Staley raises hopes — and concerns

New to head coaching and just four years into his NFL career, Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley landed an attractive job Sunday when the Spanoses and Tom Telesco hired him as the on-field boss of the Chargers.

Staley inherits a franchise quarterback on a bargain contract in Justin Herbert, 22, and a defense headed by Pro Bowl end Joey Bosa, 25, and All-Pro safety Derwin James, 24. The Chargers have plenty of salary cap space.

Staley should be good for his new team’s defense after coordinating an adaptive Rams D that finished first in several categories, but will he have a long run as the 10th head coach the Chargers have hired under Spanos ownership?

Assume Dean Spanos would be pleased if Staley wins 59 percent of his games and two West titles over the next five years to match the San Diego record of Marty Schottenheimer.


Staley joins Schottenheimer as only former NFL defensive coordinator to hold the job in the 37-year Spanos era.

Of course, Schottenheimer was also a veteran head coach who led two franchises to the AFC title game before the late John Butler hired him in 2002.

Staley having never run a team, Chargers leaders likely noticed the recent success of Sean McVay, Kevin Stefanski and Sean McDermott.

All three were young hires without a head-coaching background.


McVay was just 30 when Rams General Manager Les Snead made him the youngest…

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