Chargers' Brandon Staley asserts 'full confidence' in self, defense - ESPN
GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Los Angeles Chargers locker room was mostly silent. Quarterback Justin Herbert and safety Derwin James talked quietly at James' locker, while many other players sat staring forward, seemingly in a mix of disbelief and frustration.
Their 23-20 defeat to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday was the Chargers' fifth one-score loss this season and their seventh straight loss by three points or fewer dating back to last season.
It was another game in which the opposing offense had one of its best games against the Chargers.
Last week against Los Angeles, the Detroit Lions' rushing offense gained 200 yards, including 177 yards and three scores in the first half. It was the most the Lions had gained in a half in at least 30 years.
On Sunday, it was Jordan Love and the Packers' passing offense.
Love threw for 322 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. It was the most passing yards of Love's career and the first time the Packers had thrown for over 300 yards since 2021, when Aaron Rodgers was their starter.
«We just fed up,» Chargers safety Alohi Gilman told ESPN. «Something's got to change.»
In an incensed response to a reporter asking if he would consider significant changes on defense, Chargers coach Brandon Staley said he wouldn't — as he also did days after the Lions loss.
«I have full confidence,» Staley said Sunday. «Like I've told you from the beginning, I have full confidence in our way of playing. Full confidence in myself as the playcaller, in the way that we teach and the way that we scheme. Full confidence in that. We got to bring this group together and do it consistently.… And that's where it's at.
»So you can stop asking that question, OK? I'm going to be calling the defenses… so we're clear.