49ers plan to hire former Rams DC Brandon Staley

Brandon Staley was fired by the Chargers last season but he won’t be out of football completely this year. While Staley didn’t land a defensive coordinator position despite drawing interest, he is joining the San Francisco 49ers’ staff, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

He’s being hired to a “prominent staff role” in San Francisco, potentially even assistant head coach alongside Kyle Shanahan. Staley worked one year as the Rams’ defensive coordinator in 2020, when Los Angeles ranked first in total defense, but he’ll now try to beat Los Angeles twice a year as a member of the rival team up north.

Staley’s tenure with the Chargers did not go well, finishing with a 24-24 record in two-plus seasons. The Chargers made the playoffs once but lost in the first round, never finishing better than 10-7 in a single season.

Story originally appeared on Rams Wire