Friday, February 3, 2023

Denver’s Vic Fangio helped Chargers’ Brandon Staley rise to the NFL

They will meet for the first time on Sunday as head coaches, Brandon Staley and Vic Fangio meeting when the Chargers visit Denver.

Whatever happens in this pivotal AFC West fight, it won’t be the pair’s most epic encounter, Fangio is the one who kicked off Staley in the NFL in 2017 when he hired Staley in Chicago.

“He didn’t say anything to me during the interview,” Staley Wednesday recalled. “It was a really tough deal because I don’t get any feedback on what’s going on in this interview. That is, silence. Nothing.

“He’s one of those guys, no expression, nothing. I have no idea how I’m doing. I try my best. I feel like I’m killing it. But I got nothing from this guy. We take a break and they ask me and I tell them, “I have no idea what’s going on with this guy.” And they are like, “This is good.” “

Fangio was the Bears defense coordinator at the time and chose Staley to coach the team’s outside midfielders. Two years later, Fangio was hired by the Broncos and Staley went with him.

After one season, Staley got a job as the Rams’ Defense Coordinator. Less than a year later, the Chargers hired him as their head coach.

“He’s definitely the reason I was able to become the coordinator with the Rams,” Staley said, “because of the respect that Sean [McVay] and all offensive coaches in this league are for him. Without him, I would not be where I am today. “

When he was first hired by Fangio, Staley was relatively unknown at the NFL level. He was then Division III Defense Coordinator John Carroll, Fangio explained that other Chicago staff had crossed paths with Staley.

On the contrary, Staley was well acquainted with Fangio, his history and his scheme. As a young coach in college, Staley studied the Fangio Defense and used many of the same concepts.

Chargers Head Coach Brandon Staley Watches The Game From The Sidelines.

Chargers head coach Brandon Staley says he owes his NFL career to Vic Fangio, who is now the head coach in Denver. The Broncos are the Chargers’ next foe.

(Robert Gaultier / Los Angeles Times) #

He trained his John Carroll players in this pattern, using examples of what Fangio did as the NFL Defense Coordinator. Staley brought some of these tutorials with him and showed them to Fangio during the interview.
“I felt like it was a real way … to say, ‘Hey, this is what I was doing,” Staley said. “The peculiarity of Vick is that he appreciates the people who do their job, who really learn.”

Fangio, 63, is spending his third season in Denver. Before becoming head coach, he spent 32 years in the NFL-19 as a defense coordinator and 13 years as a midfielder coach.

Staley, who is almost 25 years younger than Fangio, said that Fangio’s developmental ability has allowed him to achieve success for so long. Among others, Fangio has worked with Brian Billick, John Fox and the Harbaugh brothers, John and Jim.

“He has an incredible work ethic, incredible dedication,” Staley said. “I think he’s really global in the game, he can change with the game. Wherever he was, they had incredible protection. “

The Broncos are ninth in overall defense and third in points in 2021. Their passing defense also ranks in the top 10 of this match against quarterback Justin Herbert, who is fourth in the NFL with an average of 292.7 yards per game.

Using a defense that Fangio called “very similar” to that of Denver, the Chargers have been effective against the pass (fifth in the league), while their run defense (still # 32) has recently demonstrated noticeable improvement.

While both teams use familiar patterns and the history of the relationship between the two coaches, Staley said Sunday’s events are far from predictable.

“What makes him such a great coach is that he can change from week to week,” Staley said. “When you think Vic arranged something, he ambushes you with something else.”

Whatever happens, this game will be an important moment for two men, of whom there are many over the past five years.

“You could say he was a guy who was good at both sides of football,” Fangio said, “and he had a good feel for the game, and he had a good way of communicating with the players to coach them well.”

For Staley, a lot of what he became in the NFL goes back to that first interview with Fangio.

“He made me work,” Staley said. “He made me earn. That’s why he’s special. “

Etc.

Staley said starting defensive tackle Jerry Tillery and backup Christian Covington “should be” removed from the COVID-19 reserve list this week. Both missed Sunday’s Chargers game against Pittsburgh. … Another newcomer, Linval Joseph, will not be playing against Denver after being listed on the COVID list on Monday. Since he is not vaccinated, Joseph must be quarantined for 10 days. He also tackles the shoulder problem. … Defenders Asante Samuel Jr (concussion), Alohi Gilman (quads), Trey Marshall (ankle / hip) and Mark Webb Jr (knee) missed workout on Wednesday. In this group, Samuel is the only member. On Sunday, he was injured and entered the NFL’s concussion record for the second time in three weeks.

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