After the Chargers already announced the firing of head coach Brandon Staley and general manager Tom Telesco earlier Friday, they’ve now announced that they’ve decided to move on from defensive line coach Jay Rodgers.
Rodgers has been with the Chargers since 2021 when he was hired to coach outside linebakers. From 2015-2020, Rodgers coached outside linebackers for the Bears where he also spent time with Brandon Staley under then-defensive coordinator Vic Fangio.
we have relieved Defensive Run Game Coordinator/Defensive Line Coach Jay Rodgers of his duties— Los Angeles Chargers (@chargers) December 15, 2023
For the past two seasons, Rodgers has also been the team’s defensive run game coordinator. In his first year at the position, the Chargers allowed 145.8 rushing yards per game which ranked 28th in the NFL. This season, the Chargers improved to 18th with an average of 113.9 rushing yards allowed. However, those numbers could simply be skewed by the fact that the defense allowed so many passing yards each week that opposing offenses didn’t have to run the ball all that often to find success.
While Rodgers is the latest coach to be shown the exit, he’s surely not the last one we’ll hear about in the coming days. As of now, assistant defensive line coach John Timu could be in line to finish the season in Rodgers’ place.