Five months after he called the most infamous timeout in franchise record, Brandon Staley was as puzzled as anyone else.
He just wasn’t asking the same issue.
“I’m not absolutely sure why that [got] magnified,” Staley stated.
The Chargers opened minicamp Tuesday, by which time Staley experienced lots of time to mirror on the 7 days 18 additional time loss to the Las Vegas Raiders that held his staff from building the playoffs.
He remained comfy with his possibilities. He also still was bothered by how they did not perform out.
“I’m not around it,” Staley stated.
The failure drove him to do some soul-exploring and supply his tips on how the Chargers could rebuild their defense.
“I’ve in no way poured extra into a season than that just one in my whole lifetime,” Staley mentioned. “I haven’t poured myself into nearly anything, other than my relationship, [more] than that. So you can envision how I felt. I have been doing the job every working day due to the fact to make sure that it’s unique.”
The Chargers traded for edge rusher Khalil Mack. They signed free of charge-agent cornerback J.C. Jackson, defensive linemen Sebastian Joseph-Day and Austin Jackson, and linebacker Kyle Van Noy.
They also did not have a rookie coach any longer. Staley now is in his next yr in demand.
“I imagine in your initial year, there’s this rush to kind of demonstrate and outline every thing you are seeking to do,” Staley mentioned. “You’re trying to give men and women the eyesight for why you’re doing everything, and that needs a ton of electricity. Now, which is not the scenario. I believe now I’m just able to get to the further chapters of the way we do factors.”
Plenty of experienced changed with the crew for Staley to be capable to say the previous was in the earlier, that his concentration was solely on the future season.
But Staley didn’t do that, describing as a substitute how he was determined in element by how past year ended.
In the game in concern, all the Chargers needed was a tie.
A tie from the Raiders in Week 18 and the Chargers would have produced the playoffs. The Raiders just needed a tie too.
And they ended up tied at the finish of regulation, following which they exchanged a pair of discipline targets. When the Raiders innovative into Chargers territory with 38 seconds remaining, Staley named a timeout.
On the following enjoy, on third and four, Josh Jacobs rushed for 10 yards. The Raiders identified as a timeout, placing up a 47-lawn subject intention by Daniel Carlson.
The Raiders and Pittsburgh Steelers had been in the playoffs.
The Chargers ended up out.
“When one thing difficult like that goes down, when you get rid of in the most spectacular way probable, you start with by yourself,” Staley reported.
So he reviewed his conclusions.
He questioned his option to not punt on fourth and 1 from the Chargers’ 18-property line in the third quarter. Austin Ekeler’s operate was brief, and the Raiders kicked a discipline goal soon just after to increase their lead to six points.
“I required to make a attitude in our staff, and it actually commenced with … what I felt like it necessary … a fearlessness,” Staley mentioned. “I feel the cumulative effect of that is likely to help in time. I know it served us final season, and in that video game, I preferred to make sure that our fellas knew that we weren’t likely there hoping to get. We have been heading there to try out to win the video game on our phrases.
“I do not regret that decision, for every se. But I absolutely regret us not becoming capable to compete in the tournament. I have experienced to dwell with that because the second I walked across that industry.”
But the timeout in extra time?
Staley wondered why the play drew the interest it did.
Critics explained the Raiders ended up material to operate out the clock and created the situation Staley’s timeout jolted them into shifting their mindset.
Staley explained the truth Carlson was sent in to kick the successful discipline intention was evidence the Raiders supposed to acquire the recreation. He pointed to how length was far more of a factor than time, and that he identified as a timeout specially to avert what happened from occurring by deploying personnel that was far better suited to protect towards the run.
To Staley’s level: Jacobs experienced gained seven yards on the previous engage in.
If Staley hadn’t termed a timeout and Jacobs had obtained 10 yards, what would have took place? The Raiders really effectively could have carried out what they did — phone a timeout and kick a industry objective.
Staley mentioned he did not head that criticism, that he understood this was component of the task. But he also presented clues that he was bothered by the dialogue about the timeout.
“This workforce will not be outlined by that,” he said.
The Chargers have the quarterback. They have the offense. They now have what seems like a formidable defense.
Now, about the up coming 7-in addition months, they will have a opportunity to redefine them selves — and their mentor.