Team Struggles Without Quarterback Justin Herbert
The Los Angeles Chargers faced a devastating defeat on Thursday night, trailing 42-0 by halftime and ultimately allowing more than 57 points. This historic low for the team came as they played without their star quarterback Justin Herbert, who was sidelined due to season-ending hand surgery.
Speaking to reporters after the game, head coach Staley admitted, “We just didn’t have a good game tonight. We didn’t have it from the beginning to the end. Just one of those games where nothing went right for us. And we’ve got a good group of guys, but it was just one of those games where all three phases – the worst thing happened to us tonight.”
A Rare Occurrence in the League
While the Chargers’ defeat was undoubtedly disappointing, some reporters pointed out that it wasn’t a “normal occurrence” in the league. The 42-point deficit at halftime has only been seen twice before. Once in 2014 when the New England Patriots triumphed over the Chicago Bears and again in 1983 when the Green Bay Packers dominated the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Uncertainty Surrounds Staley’s Future
Unsurprisingly, speculation about head coach Staley’s future with the team arose. When asked if he believed he would remain as head coach, Staley responded, “I don’t know that.” However, when pressed further, he confidently stated, “Yes, I think I should be.”
Staley acknowledged the disappointments of the game but emphasized that such setbacks happen to every coach in the league. He stated, “Games like this happen to every coach that’s ever coached in this league. Sometimes there are games where it doesn’t go right, none of it. And you’ve gotta put it behind you and move on to the next thing.”
Chargers’ Recent Struggles
The Chargers’ loss on Thursday marks their fifth defeat in the last six games. The team has been outscored 171-102 in this challenging stretch. Head coach Staley took full responsibility for the breakdown, admitting that he “didn’t do anything well enough” to prepare the team for the game.
It remains to be seen what the future holds for Staley and the Chargers. But for now, the team must regroup and prepare for their upcoming match against the Buffalo Bills.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.