The Los Angeles Chargers lost a close one to the Kansas City Chiefs, 34-28 in overtime. Chargers head coach Brandon Staley came under fire for some controversial decisions to go for it on fourth down against the Chiefs. Staley explained those decisions while speaking to reporters.
"That's how we're going to become the team that we're ultimately capable of being, by playing that way.”#Chargers coach Brandon Staley on his fourth-down decisions last night.
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— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 17, 2021
The plays in question were all fourth down scenarios where the Chargers were in field goal range, but Brandon Staley opted to go for it and the possible touchdown, rather than kick the field goal and take the points. Each of the fourth down tries failed and Los Angeles fell just short of the Chiefs in overtime.
Some look at it as a waste of potential easy points on the board, when even one made field goal may have given the Chargers a victory. Staley, however, looks at every fourth down scenario in the red zone as the potential for a touchdown.
The Chargers head coach isn’t backing down from his decisions, saying that the way the Chargers played on Thursday against the Chiefs is the way he wants to play.
Yes, the decisions didn’t work, but as NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport notes, if Staley had kicked the field goals and the Chiefs had won anyway, people would have criticized Staley for not being more aggressive.
Finally, perhaps the best point of all, the Chargers beat the Chiefs back in Week 3 with Staley going for it on a huge fourth down late in the game. Not only can decisions like these win- and sometimes lose- games for the Chargers, but they are also moments where Staley show complete confidence in his team.
That’s why Brandon Staley isn’t going to change the way he calls a game for the Chargers.