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Chargers fire HC Brandon Staley, GM Tom Telesco

Brandon Staley is out after less than three full season as head coach and Tom Telesco is gone after nearly 11 seasons as general manager.

NFL: Los Angeles Chargers at New England Patriots Brian Fluharty-USA TODAY Sports

The Chargers did not wait until the end of the season after all to fire both Brandon Staley and Tom Telesco. After Thursday night’s embarrassing 63-21 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders in primetime, owner Dean Spanos has officially decided to make sweeping changes, starting with his head coach and general manager.

This is the first time since the 1998 season that the Chargers fired a head coach during the season. According to the team, an interim head coach and general manager will be “announced within short order.”

Staley will end his tenure with the Chargers holding a 24-24 overall record and one playoff appearance. After two encouraging seasons where the team improved year-over-year, the notable collapse of the club throughout the 2023 season was simply too dramatic for ownership to let it continue any longer.

In Telesco’s 10-plus seasons in charge of the front office, the Chargers earned three trips to the playoffs with two playoff wins. With Staley expected to be fired, Telesco being tied to his fate is no surprise as it’d be tough to justify a general manager getting the opportunity to hire his fourth coach in a 12-year span.

Now, both the Chargers franchise and fan base can start fresh after a decade filled with underwhelming seasons and unmet expectations.