Exciting Group of Big-Name Coaches Linked to Chargers' Job Opening

A new report has linked several big-name coaches to the Los Angeles Chargers' job opening as the offseason approaches.
Jan 1, 2024; Pasadena, CA, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh celebrates with the
Jan 1, 2024; Pasadena, CA, USA; Michigan Wolverines head coach Jim Harbaugh celebrates with the / Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

With the Los Angeles Chargers' disappointing campaign officially coming to end in Week 18, the organization will transition to offseason mode in a hurry. One of the biggest priorities is filling the vacancies at both head coach and GM following the firings of Brandon Staley and Tom Telesco.

There's been some exciting buzz surrounding potential HC candidates ever since Staley was shown the door. And now, one insider has added to that hype.

Chargers Rumors: Harbaugh? Belichick? Big Names Appearing in Head Coach Search

CBS Sports' Josina Anderson reported on New Year's Day about Los Angeles' searches. She specifically mentioned Dan Quinn, Eric Bieniemy, Jim Harbaugh and "possibly" Bill Belichick as "early names" being connected to the Chargers' gig. Anderson added the head coach and GM hiring process will happen "simultaneously" this offseason.

That is one heck of a group. Each of those names is accomplished in their own right, touting incredible success (in college or the pros) and rings to boot.

What sticks out most about this list of candidates is their experience, though. These aren't just rising young names whom the league determines is ready to take the next step in their coaching journey. Each guy has spent years either helming their own squads or co-running the show (in Bieniemy's case), making them the antithesis of a Staley-type hire.

This is, undoubtedly, the right approach for the Chargers. They can't afford to keep swimming in mediocrity with a star quarterback in Justin Herbert leading the offense. That means looking at established guys who have made it abundantly clear then can positively impact a team, instead of banking on the Next Big Thing who could flame out in catastrophic fashion.

LA appears to be on the right track to replace Staley and start to get back to contention. Now it's on ownership, however, to ensure the right person is hired.