On Sunday afternoon, Los Angeles Chargers head coach Brandon Staley made a horrible call that nearly cost his team the game – but he’s not backing down from his decision.
Leading by four points with under two minutes remaining in the game, Brandon Staley decided to fourth-and-1 from his own 24-yard-line. He didn’t get it, giving the Vikings a chance to win the game.
But even though it didn’t work, Staley had no regrets about the decision.
“It was fourth down and less than a yard,” Staley said in his postgame press conference according to Pro Football Talk. “They had no timeouts. And I believe in our offense. I believe in our offensive line, our tight ends, our quarterback. I felt like we had a good play for what they would be in, and it didn’t go down. We were protecting four points, not three. Again, if it was a three-point play it would have been a different decision. I felt like our defense could play the way it did down the stretch. Again, I’ve got full confidence in our group. It’s your job as a head coach to make sure your team knows you have belief in them. We came here to win. It was a tough road game against a team that made the playoffs, so we were trying to go win the game. I make no apologies for that.”
Ultimately, the Chargers were still able to win as the defense stepped up and stopped the Vikings from scoring a go-ahead touchdown. But that didn’t stop anyone from questioning his decision.