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Brandon Staley: Chargers expected to make the playoffs, this is just the beginning

It was a given that Nathaniel Hackett wasn't long for Denver, the only question remained was whether the Broncos would fire him during or after the season. Now that Hackett is only the fourth NFL head coach to not finish his first year on the job, Mike Florio and Myles Simmons debate whether it was bad coaching or Russell Wilson that sealed his fate.

The Chargers clinched a playoff berth with Monday night’s win over the Colts, but coach Brandon Staley says that’s nothing to celebrate.

Staley said after the game that the Chargers have only accomplished the first of their goals by making the postseason and have more to come.

“It’s just the beginning,” Staley said. “This is not our final goal. We expected to be at this point. I’m really proud of how this season has gone for our football team and what we’ve been able to demonstrate in order to make this postseason. That’s probably what I’m most proud of, not just being in the postseason but how we made it, what it took for us to get in, but this is just the beginning for us.”

It’s the Chargers’ first playoff appearance since 2018.