At this point we need to grade Justin Herbert’s early NFL career on a steep curve if we weren’t doing so already. The Los Angeles Chargers have no business being a losing team at 4-6 through 10 games. They’re in this position due to the ineptitude of head coach Brandon Staley more than anything else.
Sure, you can lay the blame on GM Tom Telesco for Quentin Johnston’s horrendous drop for a multitude of reasons.
In the 2023 NFL draft, the Chargers drafted Quentin Johnston at No. 21 overall
That said, this is the type of nonsense that happens year in and year out with the Bolts.
Heads gotta roll, because Herbert is a legit top-five-caliber quarterback who’s being totally wasted on a disaster of a franchise. Staley is a defensive head coach whose defense, despite plenty of quality personnel, gets gashed more than any in the sport it seems.
That was the 10th conversion #Chargers have allowed on 3rd-and-11+ this season, including penalties. Most in the league.
It’s one thing to get ripped up by, like, Patrick Mahomes. To allow Jordan Love to put 300+ passing yards on your head? That’s a whole other level of professional negligence. And I don’t think Love is that bad or as bad as many paint him to be. Still, this was easily Love’s best game as a pro. Another big dent on Staley’s dubious resume.
Usually it can be fun to add “devil’s advocate” takes to any sports debate. But just look anywhere on the Internet. Nobody believes Brandon Staley is qualified to be a head coach after this latest disaster.
After the Chargers defense allowed 38 points and 533 yards against the Lions last week — the Chargers defense followed it up by allowing 424 yards to a team that has struggled offensively. Staley’s guys, Staley’s scheme, Staley’s play-calling.
I have no doubt Brandon Staley is a wonderful person, a decent man, an outstanding father & husband. But sometimes decent, wonderful people aren't good at coaching a team with an elite franchise QB. This, unfortunately for us, is one of those times. Time to come to terms.😭😭😭
It really is uncanny how the Chargers keep losing these tight games. Five of their six losses on the year are by three points or less. Do you know how hard that is to pull off with a quarterbacks like Herbert who gives you such a good chance to win any time he steps foot on the field?
Like if it’s close in the final two minutes, there aren’t many QBs you’d take over Herbert to orchestrate a winning drive.
You can’t tell me the defense would do worse with Staley out of the building. No doubt in my mind that unit would improve. Then you install Kellen Moore as the interim coach and keep letting him cook as a play-caller. I’m part of the large chorus who believes Justin Herbert deserves better than Brandon Staley.