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Chargers fire head coach Brandon Staley, GM Tom Telesco

We discuss the news that the Chargers have fired both Brandon Staley and GM Tom Telesco.

Head coach Brandon Staley of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on before playing against the Las Vegas Raiders at Allegiant Stadium on December 14, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Update: Chargers have named outside linebackers coach Giff Smith as the interim head coach. JoJo Wooden has been named as the interim GM. Smith has been involved with the Chargers since 2016, when he was hired as their defensive line coach. He was promoted to the OLB coach in 2022 and this will be his first shot at being a head coach. Wooden joined the Chargers in 2013, and the team website says that he is the Director of Player Personnel and “oversees the team’s pro and college scouting departments.’

The Los Angeles Chargers have fired head coach Brandon Staley. He was in his third season with the team but was unable to gain any momentum, amassing a 5-9 record. The final straw was a blowout loss to the Las Vegas Raiders, and it seemed inevitable when the Chargers went into halftime down 42-0. They ended up losing 63-21.

Staley took over when Los Angeles moved on from Anthony Lynn following the 2020-2021 season. The team finished 7-9 in Lynn’s final year, and Staley led them to a 9-8 record in his first year at the helm. He improved heading into year two as the Chargers finished 10-7 and earned a playoff berth. Los Angeles got out to a 27-0 lead against the Jaguars in the first half, but then ended up losing 31-30.

The AFC West isn’t an easy division to coach in. You have to contend with Andy Reid and Patrick Mahomes with the Kansas City Chiefs. They’ve won the division seven years in a row, so you’re playing for second place or at least trying to make it not as easy for them. The Chargers have won the AFC West 15 times, but the last division title came in 2009.

Telesco had been the Chargers’ GM since 2013. He was included with Staley in the first wave of the team’s ownership, “cleaning house” after the loss. Los Angeles will now add a coaching/GM search to its offseason to-do list.