Games aren’t the only thing Los Angeles Chargers head coach Brandon Staley is currently missing.
The number of people calling for Staley’s firing grows as the Chargers continue to rack up losses, and now they include former New York Jets and Buffalo Bills coach-turned-NFL analyst Rex Ryan.
Following Los Angeles’ 23-20 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, Ryan took on Staley during an appearance on ESPN’s “Get Up” for yelling at a reporter who asked him if he would continue to evaluate the Chargers’ defense.
“What do I think? “I think he should return to the third league, where he belongs.” Ryan said. “Look, this guy. Look at his bio, man. I mean, I’m sorry. He spent a year coordinating a team that my wife could coach with Aaron Donald and all those guys. Stop.”
If anyone knows the pressure of coaching under pressure, it’s Ryan. He took the Jets to back-to-back AFC Championship games in his first two seasons, but had a sub-.500 record in his final four years before being fired. He joined the Bills the following year but was fired after going 15-16 in two seasons with no playoff appearance.
After Staley’s forty-four games with the Chargers, he has just 23 wins and one ugly playoff loss. Los Angeles, which has won just two of its last six games, is 4-6 this season despite ranking eighth in scoring offense and fourth in the NFL.
The Chargers are two games out of the final spot in the AFC playoffs with seven games remaining on the schedule. Of those seven games, all but one are against teams fighting for a playoff spot.