Los Angeles Chargers head coach Brandon Staley isn’t holding anything in secret when discussing the team’s offensive philosophy heading into the 2021 season, and part of that philosophy includes a more aggressive approach to 4th down situations.
“There has to be a fearlessness to play in this game, and what I wanted to establish was that,” Staley said, according to The Athletic. “The history of this team when I got here, it was like someone’s going to get hurt, they’re going to blow a lead, something catastrophic is going to happen. There’s this ‘Chargering’ thing. There’s all of these external factors that I know in my life, they’re just all excuses. They’re just all excuses.”
And about those fourth down situations.. well, it’s a part of that plan.
“And so, how do you change that? Well, you have to do things different, you have to have a different approach. … Our mindset’s going to be on us, it’s not going to be on the opponent. It’s going to be on us. So creating that fearless mindset of, we are going to be aggressive, we’re going to put the ball in our hands, we’re going to trust our guys to make plays. If we lose, we’re going to do it on our terms, not someone else’s terms”