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Raiders 63, Chargers 21 fallout: Brandon Staley is fired

Chargers also gassed longtime general manager Tom Telesco after Las Vegas debacle

Los Angeles Chargers v Las Vegas Raiders
The final walk off for Brandon Staley
Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

After Thursday night’s embarrassing loss to the Las Vegas Raiders in front of a national audience, Los Angles Chargers coach Brandon Staley was asked if he thought he deserved to be the team’s leader come Friday morning.

He answered “yes.”

The Chargers’ ownership, however, did not agree. In a predictable move, the Chargers dismissed Staley, who was in his third season with the team, as head coach. They also fired general manager Tom Telesco, who was with the team since 2014.

That’s what happens was a moribund team gets blasted 63-21 by a team coming of being shutout four days earlier ... they clean house. The Raiders set a team record for points scored against the Chargers who looked woefully prepared and, worse, they looked uninterested.

So, the axe has fallen in Los Angles as they Chargers sit 5-9 after making the playoffs next year.

Expect there to be a lot of interest in the job and the Chargers will be stiff competition in both the coaching and GM markets for Raiders’ owner Mark Davis if he doesn’t keep interim coach Antonio Pierce and interim general manager Champ Kelly.

Among the names already being bandied about for the Raiders’ coaching job include Bill Belichick, who may be in his final days as the New England Patriots’ coach, and Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh. Clearing out Telesco will help the Chargers attract a powerful coach.