Insider Reveals Two Early Favorites for Chargers' Head-Coaching Job

The Chargers will be big time players in the head-coaching market after firing Brandon Staley in the regular season.
Dec 3, 2023; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) is
Dec 3, 2023; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert (10) is / David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Chargers are one of the multiple teams searching for a new head coach this offseason. Los Angeles fired Brandon Staley last month after the Chargers were crushed 63-21 by the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 15. 

The Chargers have been connected to a couple of head coaching candidates, such as University of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh and Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn for starters.

However, ESPN’s NFL insider Jeremy Fowler believes that only one of these two candidates is the favorite to coach the team in 2024.

Chargers Rumors: Los Angeles Interested In Jim Harbaugh, Ben Johnson

Fowler reported on Wednesday that the Chargers’ interest in Harbaugh “is real” and that Lions offensive coordinator Ben Johnson will be a player too. 

Earlier this week, Bleacher Report’s Jordan Schultz reported that Los Angeles and two other teams are interested in the University of Michigan head coach. Harbaugh has had proven success in the NFL and college, making him an appealing candidate for a Chargers squad looking to get back into the postseason.

As for Johnson, the 37-year-old offensive coordinator will also be in high demand as he’s done a fantastic job with Jared Goff and the Lions’ offense this season. This season, Detroit was ranked fifth in scoring offense (27.1 ppg), fifth in rushing yards (135.9 ypg), and second in passing yards (258.9).

With the Chargers already having their franchise quarterback with Justin Herbert, Johnson might be their guy as they look to revamp that offense, which could look different next season.

Nonetheless, whatever the Chargers decide to do at head coach, they must find their guy as the AFC is only getting stronger and they will be left behind. It doesn't matter if the head coach is an offensive guy or loves defense, Los Angeles needs help on both sides.