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Chargers hire Rams DC Brandon Staley as next head coach for Justin Herbert

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The Los Angeles Chargers faced one of the biggest challenges this offseason out of all 32 NFL teams: hiring a new head coach. The reason that the Chargers are in the brightest spotlight is because whoever the organization decides on will have Justin Herbert and a high, high ceiling ahead.

On Sunday, it was announced that the Chargers have officially hired the next head coach of the franchise: Brandon Staley.

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While some were hoping the Chargers would hire an offensive-minded head coach - especially for quarterback Justin Herbert, Staley is one of the best defensive coordinators in the league. 

In his first season as a defensive coordinator, Staley took a talented Rams defense and made them the top unit in the NFL, allowing just 281.9 yards per game. This bodes well for three Pro Bowlers on the Chargers defense: Joey Bosa, Melvin Ingram, and Derwin James (returning off injury). 

Prior to the Rams, Staley served as outside linebackers coach for the Denver Broncos.

In 2019, the Broncos ranked first in the NFL in red zone scoring defense, allowing a touchdown on only 18-of-46 opponent trips (39.1 percent) into the red zone. Denver's opponents scored only nine rushing touchdowns in 2019, tied for the fifth-fewest in that category.

Because the Chargers went with a defensive-minded head coach, hiring an offensive coordinator now becomes critical for Herbert.