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Fans React To Chargers Firing OC Joe Lombardi

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Los Angeles Chargers helmet on the sidelines prior to the start of the NFL preseason game the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium on August 08, 2019 in Glendale, Arizona.
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On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Chargers fired a couple of members of their coaching staff, but none of those men were named Brandon Staley.

Instead, they dismissed offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi and passing game coordinator Shane Day.

Lombardi, along with Staley, was criticized for being too conservative with his play-calling and having quarterback Justin Herbert attempt too many short and checkdown passes rather than allow him to attack defenses vertically and take advantage of his rocket-powered arm strength.

Chargers fans may be disappointed that Staley is still the head coach, but they are at least somewhat happy with the departure of Lombardi, and they took to Twitter to express that pleasure.

This fan made a great analogy to a Ferrari that is being babied in order to save on fuel.

However, some fans feel the wrong move was made, and that Staley should’ve been fired instead.

It is hard for some teams to fire a head coach and spend the money and resources it takes to hire a vastly superior coach, and therefore they will instead make changes to the incumbent’s staff.

If the Chargers truly believe Staley is the man to lead them to their first-ever Super Bowl championship, they will need to hire a fine offensive mind to be his new offensive coordinator, and Staley will need to listen to him.

In addition, they need to address a defense that was very lackluster despite the addition of Pro Bowl pass rusher Khalil Mack and former Pro Bowl cornerback J.C. Jackson.

With other stars such as safety Derwin James and pass rusher Joey Bosa on the roster, as well as rising linebacker Drue Tranquill, there is no excuse for L.A. to not be above average on defense next season.



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