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Staley’s Vegas Fiasco: When to Fold ’em

Charles McDonald

Embarrassed! The hapless Los Angeles Chargers made headline news yet again. A 63-21 defeat was their doom! A disastrous performance that led to a historic loss leaving their coach Brandon Staley much to worry about. ESPN’s Kris Rhim reported.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - DECEMBER 14: 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)

Coaches are usually the first to blame, but can one tame a team that was disinterested in winning? Thursday night witnessed a Chargers implosion.

In a way, this loss should be freeing for the Chargers. There’s no hiding from a defeat like this. It’s impossible to spin this in a positive manner to keep a sliver of hope alive for the job prospects of Staley (and general manager Tom Telesco) following the season. This is the green light they needed to rip the Band Aid off and get a head start on who will replace Staley. This isn’t losing a tough game to the Ravens or a shootout with the Lions — this is allowing a 60-piece to a team that’s about to enter a lengthy rebuilding phase.

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