Houston Chronicle

Chargers hire Staley as head coach


COSTA MESA, Calif. — The Los Angeles Chargers have hired Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinato­r Brandon Staley as the team’s head coach.

The Chargers made the decision Sunday after having a second interview with Staley. The interview was held a day after the Rams were eliminated from the playoffs with a 32-18 loss to the Green Bay Packers.

The 38-year old Staley was in demand with interviews also scheduled with the Texans and Eagles.

Staley has been an NFL assistant for only four years. He joined the Rams this past season after being a linebacker­s coach with the Bears and Broncos.

His impact on the Rams was immediate as he coached a unit that led the league in points and yards allowed.

Los Angeles went 7-9 this past season, but has plenty of talent on defense and the skill positions, including quarterbac­k Justin Herbert.

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