Chargers reportedly hire Rams defensive coordinator Staley as head coach

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By RADIO.COM

The Los Angeles Chargers are reportedly hiring a new head coach following the dismissal of Anthony Lynn.

The team is tapping Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley to take over the reins, according to NFL Network.

Staley, 38, spent only one year as Rams defensive coordinator. The team reached the NFC Divisional Round, but was bounced from the playoffs by the Packers and Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay on Saturday.

Rams head coach Sean McVay vowed to consider sweeping changes across the staff and roster, potentially including quarterback Jared Goff.

But Staley has apparently jumped before it could be revealed whether those moves would impact him.

Staley served as Broncos linebackers coach the previous year, joining head coach Vic Fangio in Denver after working on Fangio's staff with the Bears in 2017 and '18. The former college quarterback played for the Dayton Flyers and is a native of Ohio.

Now, Staley will merely be changing offices in the newly opened SoFi Stadium, the home of both the Chargers and Rams.

Both franchises relocated to Los Angeles in recent years -- the Chargers after spending the first several decades of their existence in San Diego, and the Rams after relocating back to Los Angeles from St. Louis.

Staley takes over for Lynn, who was one of several coaches dismissed on so-called Black Monday earlier this month, the first Monday following the conclusion of the regular season after Week 17.

Lynn's sacking turned heads, given his team's relatively strong finish and the emergence of rookie QB Justin Herbert. The coach went 33-31 in four years at the helm, but made the playoffs only once, and his teams endured a series of devastating close losses during his tenure.

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