Brandon Staley sure knows how to make a terrible situation even worse.
The Los Angeles Chargers took an early 27-0 lead against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Saturday’s wild-card matchup, thanks to five takeaways in just the first half. The game should’ve been over, but there was a head coach on the other side that had other plans.
In a shocking turn of events, the Jaguars managed to win in one of the biggest playoff comebacks in NFL history. Lawrence became the first quarterback to throw four interceptions in the first half of a playoff game and win, as he completely erased the early blunders.
Many called for Staley’s job, and instead of disappearing into the offseason, he got a fresh wave of hate when he spoke to the media for the first time since Saturday.
After apparently being asked whether or not he was out-coached by the Jaguars’ Doug Pederson, Staley said “that wasn’t the case for a half.”
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If only games ended after 30 minutes. Unfortunately for the Chargers and their fans, a football game is longer than just one half.
This was supposed to be the year where Justin Herbert would be able to show what he had when the lights got bright, much like Joe Burrow did last season with his improbable Super Bowl run. Instead, the team limps into the offseason having to think about this comeback loss for months until the 2023 season begins.
This one will sting for quite some time.