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Aggressiveness. Brandon Staley, the head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers, brings it to the table. It was as clear as ever against the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football.
It’s something the rookie head coach has done all season, and it wasn’t going to change against the AFC West foes. After going 2-5 on fourth down discussions in the game, the Chiefs won in overtime, and Staley was thrust into the limelight.
The situation was made worse by the fact that a single field goal, rather than attempting to convert a fourth down, would have resulted in a Chargers win. Despite this, Staley reinforced his aggressive attitude with some intriguing postgame remarks.
On fourth down, the #Chargers have gone for it five times tonight. Brandon Staley and the NGS Decision Guide have agreed on all five choices.
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December 17, 2021 — Next Gen Stats (@NextGenStats)
If you’ve seen the Chargers at all during the 2021 season, you know Brandon Staley won’t hesitate to go for it on fourth down.
He did it against the Chiefs in the Chiefs’ Week 3 win at Arrowhead, and he’s done it consistently throughout the season. According to ESPN, the Chargers were 13-21 on fourth downs entering the game. This is something they do on a regular basis.
It usually works, but the Chargers were unable to execute. Three times the Rams possessed the ball inside the Chiefs’ 5-yard line and scored 0 scores. One of them came as a result of a Joshua Kelley fumble while attempting to extend for the endzone, while the others came as a result of failed fourth-down conversions.
After the heartbreaking defeat, Staley shared his thoughts on going for it again and again (h/t OC Register’s Gilbert Manzano).
“We’re going to play that way.” That’s how we’ll play when we have a quarterback like ours and an offense like ours because that’s how you need to play against Kansas City.”
On going for it on fourth down, Brandon Staley
The Chargers have been playing in a similar manner. Even in a crucial divisional battle against the Chiefs, they stuck to their method, and Staley didn’t feel like any choice was a risk.
“I don’t feel like any choice I made today was a risk,” Brandon Staley says of fourth-down decisions. We believed it was a win-win scenario for us, so we went ahead and executed it.” pic.twitter.com/Vykyk69Tby
December 17, 2021 — Eric Williams (@eric d williams)
Unfortunately, it didn’t work out this time, despite the fact that there were several reasons why the Chiefs defeated the Rams on Thursday.
After a thrilling defeat to the Chiefs, Keenan Allen backs the Chargers’ head coach.
“Leave the game in our hands,” Keenan Allen says of Brandon Staley’s fourth-down strategy. I don’t want to kick the ball; instead, I’d rather watch and hope. I’d rather be out there doing it with you.” pic.twitter.com/wJo8IRDwnX
December 17, 2021 — Eric Williams (@eric d williams)
After the tight defeat, several Chargers players walked up to the platform and stood with their head coach. One of them was Keenan Allen, a superb wide receiver who wanted to be on the field at all times.
Herbert followed up Staley with some fascinating words, reiterating the Chargers’ faith and believe in one another (h/t CBS Sports’ Jeff Kerr).
“I feel we need to improve on third downs so we don’t end up in those circumstances, but we have faith in each other.” We have faith in the players in that locker room and huddle, as well as the defense. That, I believe, is a statement of trusting everyone both on and off the field. We like being placed in those kinds of circumstances.”
4th down decisions by Justin Herbert
This Chargers squad exudes trust and confidence, and it’s infectious in the locker room. Despite the heartbreaking defeat, the players stood with their rookie head coach, who has had faith in them from the beginning.
Despite the painful setback, the AFC West now has some clarity, and LA can still make the playoffs.
Los Angeles Chargers head coach Brandon Staley | Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
The Chiefs now have a two-game lead over the rest of the AFC West. The Chagers, on the other hand, are still alive despite the defeat, as Staley is well aware.
December 17, 2021 — Fernando Ramirez (@RealFRamirez)
With three games remaining and an 8-6 record, the Los Angeles Lakers are in good shape. Even better, they complete the season with three highly winnable games against the Houston Texans, Las Vegas Raiders, and Denver Broncos.
An 11-6 record is good enough for a Wild Card berth, and the team still has a chance to win the AFC West, albeit that would need the Chiefs to lose.
Overall, the Chargers are back in the playoff hunt following a couple of weak seasons at the end of the Anthony Lynn era, and Staley isn’t going to stop being aggressive — after all, that’s what drew LA to him in the first place.
After another masterwork, Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert enters into Dan Marino territory.
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