If you were waiting for more hints as to the type of offense the Chargers are expected to run under Brandon Staley, here’s another one.
On Thursday morning, ESPN’s 49ers beat writer Nick Wagoner reported that the Chargers are expected to hire San Francisco quarterback coach Shane Day as their new passing-game coordinator. Day will also continue to coach quarterbacks with the Bolts.
Prior to his time in San Francisco, Day was the tight ends coach for the Dolphins from 2016-2018. Before that, he was an assistant offensive line coach for Washington during the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
With Day comes the Shanahan offense, which is currently the hottest thing in the NFL at the moment. An offense predicated off of a strong run game and an efficient passing game. It attempts to stretch defenses in every direction, using up all open space on the field. However, don’t let this automatically make you assume the Chargers are going to force the run like the previous regime. It’s not that simple.
If you’ve watched the 49ers the past few seasons, while they do run the ball very well, they also spread it around quite a bit, meaning jet sweeps, end-arounds, etc. It tries to get the ball into the hands of their best play-makers which is always something teams should strive for. But for now, we’re getting too far ahead of ourselves. Staley is still going to build this offense around Justin Herbert, but Day’s presence gives him an experienced mentor in the variety of new concepts that will be introduced to him this upcoming season.