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NFL Fans Are Crushing Chargers Coach Brandon Staley Tonight

Chargers head coach Brandon Staley

His team beat the Denver Broncos 19-16.

But Los Angeles Chargers coach Brandon Staley might be remembered as the loser of Monday Night Football.

The second-year head coach took some heat from fans on social media in the first half when his defense gave up several big plays to a struggling Broncos passing game. 

That unit since tightened up. But now Staley is facing criticism for how he handled the clock at the end of regulation.

With the game tied 16-16, the Chargers got the ball back with 1:51 remaining in the fourth quarter. Staley then declined to use any of his three timeouts until stopping the clock with one second remaining to throw a Hail Mary on the final play of regulation. That was despite three completions to running back Austin Ekeler on the first three plays of the time, each of which kept the clock running.

Playing for overtime wound up working out, although only because of a Broncos special teams miscue that gave the Chargers the ball in field goal range.

With the Chargers improving to 4-2, Staley certainly is in no jeopardy of losing his job. But his game management Monday night might lead to some uncomfortable questions in the postgame press conference.