Los Angeles Chargers head coach Brandon Staley is officially in the hot seat after his team got eliminated from the 2022 NFL Playoffs, with legendary tight end Shannon Sharpe nominating Sean Payton as an option.
Payton, 59, retired from professional coaching in 2021 after leading the New Orleans Saints for 15 years.
He has been linked to the Chargers because he lives in Los Angeles and three of his former assistants are already on the coaching staff.
“I don’t see a way that Staley keeps his job after this DEBACLE,” Sharpe tweeted. “Up 27-0 and lose with that talent. Sean Payton or someone else will be coaching that team next season.”
Sports pundit Stephen A. Smith echoed Sharpe’s sentiment, tweeting out a comment as if Payton had already been hired.
Should Chargers fire Brandon Staley?
Chargers blew a 27-point lead to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday night at TIAA Bank Field and all fingers are pointing to Staley as the main culprit.
Staley, 40, recently drew criticism over his mishandling of wide receiver Mike Williams, who suffered a season-ending injury in a meaningless game.
The outrage has only increased after a pitiful second half by the Chargers that once again leaves them out of the postseason in the Wild Card Round.
Justin Herbert deserves some of the blame, as well, but changing to a much more experienced coach like Payton will likely bring out the best in the young quarterback.