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The Chargers announced the team’s new coaching staff on Thursday.
Head coach Brandon Staley called the hiring process of his staff “a competitive experience.”
“Being able to put a whole staff together, it’s a great opportunity, but also a lot of responsibility that comes with it. I’m really proud of that,” Staley said.
Staley went after coaches with experience in successful systems in the NFL, including teams like the Rams, Packers, Saints and 49ers.
Character, capacity, ability to lead and teach, expertise in their field, and diversity were all mentioned when talking about core coaching traits he is looking for.
“Being able to build an evaluation process, building an offseason program, building our schemes. There’s so much work to be done, and that’s what we’re trying to get after right away,” Staley said about what he’s excited about.
Quarterback Justin Herbert is the future of the team and Staley said he wanted to surround him with some of the best minds in football.
The goal of assembling the offensive coaching staff was to provide their players with a staff that was “cutting edge,” adding they really wanted to get coaches from different backgrounds in order to create a unique offense.
On the other side of the ball, Staley mentioned some roles for a couple of key players.
Staley said Joey Bosa is going to be on the edge of their defense in a “playmaking role.” He said he’s got such a unique role that they can move him inside or outside, comparing his physical role to Aldon Smith and Khalil Mack.
Staley said Kenneth Murray is an off the ball linebacker who will continue to play behind the ball and will not be used on the edge.
Staley is ecstatic about the acquisition of new outside linebackers coach Jay Rodgers, calling him “superstar” and a future defensive coordinator in the NFL.
In regards to what he’s looking for in terms of the evaluation process for the draft, Staley said they’ll have certain traits they’ll look for, but they want their schemes to be flexible around good players.