Assessing the Los Angeles Chargers 2021 Coaching Staff

By Dan Vasta in Sports
| August 20, 2021 9:31 am PDT

The Los Angeles Chargers are a team on the rise with several winning players within their franchise.

They didn’t feel the same about their coaching staff last year after losing several close games in the fourth quarter. It became clear that they were going to disappoint despite having enough talent to compete in the AFC.

The Chargers started 2-7 last season in games decided by one score. They ended up winning four games in a row, three of which came down to the wire. It was too little too late.

They had several chances to win close games, and their inability to close the opposition out in the fourth quarter came down to execution and decisions made by the head coach.

Anthony Lynn is out of town, and now Brandon Staley will look to get them over the hump.

Bringing back Keenan Allen, Austin Ekeler, Derwin James, and Joey Bosa has the faithful excited to see what is in store for the upcoming season.

The new coaching staff will look to put this talent together and see it perform well. Here is your preview of the Los Angeles Chargers coaching staff for the upcoming 2021-22 NFL season.

Brandon Staley – Head Coach

Former Los Angeles Rams coach, Brandon Staley is the new head coach for the Los Angeles Chargers.

Staley has been in the NFL since 2017, and he is only 38 years old. Despite his young age, he had a massive impact with the Rams as the team’s defensive coordinator in 2020.

Take a look at where L.A. ranked in some key defensive categories.

  • 19.3 points allowed per game (2nd)
  • 292.9 yards allowed per game (1st)
  • 4.7 yards allowed per play (1st)
  • 8.67 sack percentage (2nd)

Staley will enter with absurd expectations, but has a favorable situation.

Justin Herbert should avoid a sophomore type of slump with all the pieces around him. Staley’s attention to detail was a trait that stood out last season under McVay.

The Chargers have lacked focus over the years but bringing coaching stability to a franchise seeking postseason success could be the perfect fit.

Top Chargers Assistants

Coach Staley has brought in two new assistants that bring an impressive mix of experience and production.

The Chargers have one of the younger rosters in the league, and Staley is the third youngest head coach in the NFL.

Allowing assistants to do their job is a critical part of being a head coach. Finding the right fits for communication is vastly underrated, but the proof is in the pudding with McVay disciples.

Posting a winning track record is likely on the horizon for a coach with a bright future ahead of him. The assistants will follow, and success is there for the taking.

Joe Lombardi – Offensive Coordinator

Being part of six divisional championships with the Saints as the quarterback coach has helped Lombardi become an offensive coordinator. Learning from Hall of Famers Sean Payton and Drew Brees is not too shabby.

Lombardi has had success wherever he has ended up.

There were different stints with the Saints (2009-13, 16-20), but the final one was where the production increased.

In between time with the Saints, he dialed up plays for the Detroit Lions. He was able to find success with Matthew Stafford, Calvin Johnson, and Golden Tate.

At the age of 50, Lombardi has an impressive track record with quarterbacks, and Justin Herbert could be the most gifted of the bunch. There is a ton of potential on the horizon for the Chargers, and Lombardi could be the perfect recipe for success.

Renaldo Hill – Defensive Coordinator

Hill was a former defensive back in the NFL that played for nearly a decade. He started his career in the FBS coaching Wyoming and Pittsburgh from 2012-17 before he received his opportunity in the NFL.

Miami and Denver were his first stops with defensive backs, and the upcoming season will be the first season in which he will be calling plays as a defensive coordinator.

Experience is missing a bit with Hill, but the talent at his disposal will help overcome it.

The health of Derwin James and Joey Bosa would be critical for any defense. Both have missed time over the past few seasons, but Hill will be just fine as long as those two studs take the field.

Other Chargers Assistants for 2021

  • Derrick Ansley: Secondary
  • Tom Donatell: Assistant Secondary
  • Jay Rodgers: Run Game Coordinator/OLB
  • Giff Smith: Defensive Line
  • Isaac Shewmaker: Defensive Quality Control
  • Michael Wilhoite: Linebackers
  • John Timu: Alex G. Spanos Coaching Fellow
  • Mayur Chaudhari: Assistant Special Teams
  • Chris Beatty: Wide Receivers
  • Shane Day: Passing Game Coordinator/QB
  • Derrick Foster: Running Backs
  • Kevin Koger: Tight Ends
  • Frank Smith: Run Game Coordinator/OL
  • Chandler Whitmer: Offensive Quality Control
  • Dan Shamash: Offensive Assistant
  • Shaun Sarrett: Assistant OL
  • Anthony Lomando: Director of Sports Performance
  • Jonathan Brooks: Head Strength & Conditioning Coach
  • Lucius Jordan: Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

There will be some fresh faces that are new to the organization.

Brandon Staley could be expecting a lot of help from secondary coach Derrick Ansley. Ansley did spend a season with the Raiders back in 2018. Most of his coaching experience has been in the SEC.

Ansley will look to help Renaldo Hill as the defensive coordinator, and the pair should put together some impressive performances this season.

Several coaches have seen their fair share of time in the college ranks, which should bode well with youngsters adjusting to the NFL game.

Looking Ahead to 2021 for Los Angeles

There is no doubt that this franchise is craving success, and their new young head coach can take them the distance.

Getting to the postseason will be a challenge, but the schedule is favorable. The inability to finish games with a win, will end this season with a new coach in charge.

Staley has the McVay juice that will lighten up a team when times get tough. The coaching staff will be one of the driving factors that will make this season a successful one.

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