In another move that is emphasizing the massive philosophical shift by the Chargers behind following the hiring of Brandon Staley as their head coach, the team is reportedly hiring Cody Cejda, Northwestern’s former Director of Football Operations, to be the Special Assistant to the Head Coach. The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman was the first with the report.
Cejda has held the role of DFP with the Wildcats for the past 10 years. According to Feldman, he’ll focus mainly on analytics with the Chargers, as well as “other aspects” with the team.
SOURCES: #Northwestern's DFO Cody Cejda is expected to become Brandon Staley’s Special Assistant to the Head Coach with the #Chargers. Cejda will be overseeing analytics, among other aspects with the team.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) February 12, 2021
Per Northwestern’s official team site:
“Cejda oversees the day-to-day operations and budget of the football program. His duties include coordinating team travel, bowl game preparations, training camp schedules, off-site events and team meals. He also operates as the football program’s liaison to members of the Northwestern Athletics administrative staff as well as NU’s marketing, athletic communications, academic services departments.”
Per Matt Fortuna of The Athletic, Cejda was essentially seen as Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald’s “right-hand man” while in Chicago.
In Staley’s recent press conference from Thursday, he told reporters that he wants his staff to be “on the cutting edge” of the NFL when it comes to their preparations and strategies. The Chargers have never been big users of analytics and that theme seems to be getting flipped on its’ head in recent weeks.
If the future of this franchise was ever seemed insanely bright, that time is now.