7:18 PM EST, Tue January 19, 2021
Bolts From The Blue 1 hour ago
Rams block Chargers from interviewing OC Kevin O’Connell

Rams block Chargers from interviewing OC Kevin O’Connell

Photo by Sean M. Haffey/ Per NFL insider Albert Breer, the Rams have reportedly blocked the Chargers from attempting to interview Kevin O’Connell, the team’s offensive coordinator, for the same position with the Bolts. There was some growing buzz that he’d be the first person head Brandon Staley would try to poach from his old team, but it doesn’t look like Sean McVay wants to see both of his coordinators leave the building in the same offseason. With O’Connell now out of the picture, there’s also been reports that the Chargers may want to keep some of their...
Bolt Beat 2 hours ago

LA Chargers: The stigma around defensive head coaches is unjustified

The LA Chargers announced that they hired Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley to be the team’s next head coach late Sunday night. Staley has one season of being a DC under his belt and the hiring was surprising for many fans. The consensus among the fanbase was that the Chargers would hire an […] LA Chargers: The stigma around defensive head coaches is unjustified - Bolt Beat - Bolt Beat - LA Chargers News and Fan Community
Bolts From The Blue 5 hours ago
ESPN’s Louis Riddick: ‘This kid is fantastic’

ESPN’s Louis Riddick: ‘This kid is fantastic’

Photo by Ric Tapia/Icon Sportswire via Not many people are as respected as Riddick in this business. On Monday, highly-respected ESPN analyst and former NFL defensive back Louis Riddick was a guest on the Dan Patrick Show where he was asked his thoughts on the hiring of Brandon Staley as the Chargers’ newest head coach. Riddick could do nothing but gush about the 38-year old Staley, calling him “fantastic.” At this past year’s Super Bowl, Riddick recalled a conversation with Rams head coach Sean McVay where he told him “you are going to be blown away by...
Bolts From The Blue 8 hours ago
3 free agents who could follow Brandon Staley to the Chargers

3 free agents who could follow Brandon Staley to the Chargers

Photo by Dylan Buell/ The Rams have plenty of talent they may not be able to re-sign in 2021. The Rams have a number of notable players on the defensive side of the ball that are scheduled to be free agents when the new league year begins in March later this year. Quite a few of those players also happened to experience their first breakout season in the NFL under new Chargers head coach Brandon Staley. Below, I’ve listed four future free agents for the Rams who could follow Staley across town to the Chargers. OLB Leonard Floyd 2020 stats(16 games, 16 starts): 55...
Bolt Beat 9 hours ago

LA Chargers: Ranking Justin Herbert and all 32 quarterbacks from 2020

Before the 2020 season, we ranked Tyrod Taylor and all 32 starting quarterbacks. At midseason, with the quarterback change on the LA Chargers, we ranked Justin Herbert and all 32 starting quarterbacks. Now that the 2020 season is over, the Bolt Beat staff had to get together yet again and rank all 32 starters. Of […] LA Chargers: Ranking Justin Herbert and all 32 quarterbacks from 2020 - Bolt Beat - Bolt Beat - LA Chargers News and Fan Community
Bolts From The Blue 9 hours ago
Chargers Daily Links: CBS Sports gives middling grade to Staley hiring

Chargers Daily Links: CBS Sports gives middling grade to Staley hiring

Your source for all Chargers and NFL news from around the web. In a recent article by Cody Benjamin at CBS Sports, he gave letter grades to all of the new hires around the NFL, but the Chargers and Brandon Staley didn’t get the shimmering grade we’d all have liked to receive. Benjamin gave the hire a “C”, behind the likes of Robert Saleh and the Jets (A) and Urban Meyer in Jacksonville (B). Here’s his reasoning below: If you look up the phrase “meteoric rise,” you might find Staley’s name. Five years ago, this guy was coaching at Division III John Carroll...
San Diego Union Tribune 21 hours ago

Column: New Chargers coach Brandon Staley raises hopes — and concerns

Rise of Rams, Bills, Browns rise could bode well for Staley; Urban Meyer wasn't a fit for Los Angeles team
Bolt Beat 22 hours ago

LA Chargers: Why keeping Shane Steichen would be a massive mistake

The LA Chargers ended their head coach search on Sunday night as Ian Rapoport first reported — and the team later confirmed — that Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley would be hired to be the team’s next head coach. The focus has since been turned to how the Chargers will build the rest […] LA Chargers: Why keeping Shane Steichen would be a massive mistake - Bolt Beat - Bolt Beat - LA Chargers News and Fan Community
Bolts From The Blue Jan 18, 2021
Chargers hiring Raiders TE coach Frank Smith as run-game coordinator

Chargers hiring Raiders TE coach Frank Smith as run-game coordinator

Photo by Robert Reiners/ Staley makes his first hire as head coach. According to both ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez and The Athletic’s Vic Tafur, the Chargers are planning to hire Raiders tight end coach Frank Smith to be the team’s run-game coordinator. Smith has been with the Raiders for the past three seasons. His most-notable achievement in that time was unlocking the potential of tight end Darren Waller to become one of the best plays in the NFL at his position. Waller, a former sixth-round wide receiver out of Georgia Tech, was signed by the Raiders in 2018, at the...
Bolt Beat Jan 18, 2021

LA Chargers: Why Brandon Staley was such a shocking hire

Brandon Staley is officially the new coach of the LA Chargers. Last night, LA named the first year defensive coordinator their new head coach: welcome, coach! we’ve agreed to terms with Brandon Staley to become our next head coach » https://t.co/x4UtQEGazY pic.twitter.com/UFvI54GCQc — Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) January 18, 2021 This was surprising for a […] LA Chargers: Why Brandon Staley was such a shocking hire - Bolt Beat - Bolt Beat - LA Chargers News and Fan Community
Bolts From The Blue Jan 18, 2021
Could Rams OC Kevin O’Connell follow Staley to the Bolts?

Could Rams OC Kevin O’Connell follow Staley to the Bolts?

Photo by Sean M. Haffey/ It wouldn’t be the first time a departing coach poached an assistant or two. Early on Monday morning, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported that there’s a strong possibility that new Chargers head coach Brandon Staley could bring Rams offensive coordinator Kevin O’Connell with him to be the new OC for the Bolts. Staley and O’Connell are reportedly very close and it’s not an unusual thing to see coaches poach assistants from their former teams. When Vic Fangio was hired to be the Broncos head coach, he brought Staley to be the outside...
Bolts From The Blue Jan 18, 2021
Twitter reactions to the hiring of Brandon Staley

Twitter reactions to the hiring of Brandon Staley

Photo by James Gilbert/ Here’s some of the instant responses to the Staley news. To the surprise of many in the fan base, the Chargers went in a much different direction than expected when they announced the hiring of former Rams defensive coordinator to be the team’s newest head coach and the 17th in the history of the franchise. The news came just an hour or so after the Bucs-Saints game divisional round game came to close on Sunday night, so most were essentially done with the excitement of the day when the dam broke unexpectedly. With breaking news, there’s...
Bolt Beat Jan 18, 2021

LA Chargers: Potential exciting offensive coordinators for Brandon Staley

The LA Chargers‘ coaching search is officially over as NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported late Sunday night that the Bolts would be hiring Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley to be the team’s next head coach. The Chargers quickly confirmed the news thereafter. welcome, coach! we’ve agreed to terms with Brandon Staley to become […] LA Chargers: Potential exciting offensive coordinators for Brandon Staley - Bolt Beat - Bolt Beat - LA Chargers News and Fan Community
Bolts From The Blue Jan 18, 2021
Chargers Daily Links: How do you grade the hiring of Brandon Staley?

Chargers Daily Links: How do you grade the hiring of Brandon Staley?

Photo by Justin Edmonds/ Your source for all Chargers and NFL news from around the web. The Chargers surprised just about everyone when they announced that they had come to terms with former Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley as their new head coach. After all, Staley just finished his first and only season as a coordinator in the NFL, but when you look at everything he accomplished in 2020, it’s tough not to believe he 100 percent deserved it. Prior to the season, many outlets predicted the Rams to finish at .500 or below. The defense was going to have plenty...
Bolt Beat Jan 17, 2021

LA Chargers column: Is Brandon Staley a good head coach hire?

The LA Chargers‘ coaching search is over. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported on Sunday night that the Chargers are hiring Los Angeles Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley to be the team’s next head coach. Staley spearheaded the best defense in the league this season. The Rams hired him as the defensive coordinator prior to the […] LA Chargers column: Is Brandon Staley a good head coach hire? - Bolt Beat - Bolt Beat - LA Chargers News and Fan Community

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