There are a number of times on this blog when I’ll mention what pictures are available in the photo editor. There’s been one of LA Rams defensive coordinator Brandon Staley all season long despite the fact that he coached the number one defense and is now the head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers.
There are a ton of Kevin O’Connell in a Rams shirt.
Working for Sean McVay, an offensive coordinator doesn’t have nearly as many responsibilities as a defensive coordinator, but O’Connell has been a name of note on the “rising coaches” lists for at least a couple of years. That’s why Staley might want to ask McVay if O’Connell can make a lateral move to become his offensive coordinator with the Chargers.
It’s a possibility that was raised by NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, though if you read his tweet closely, there’s nothing that indicates that Staley actually intends to do it.
One possibility for #Chargers offensive coordinator: #Rams OC Kevin O’Connell, who’s very close with new coach Brandon Staley. O’Connell would call plays, but it’s a lateral move on paper, so Sean McVay would have to let him out. If not, Shane Steichen’s a strong internal option.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 18, 2021
Pelissero notes that O’Connell is a “possibility” for the Chargers, that the two coaches have become “very close,” and that McVay would need to approve the move. McVay previously approved the move for Matt LaFleur when he went from the Rams to the Tennessee Titans and that move helped LaFleur get the head coaching position with the Green Bay Packers.
If Staley wants O’Connell to come with him to the other conference, would McVay stand in their way? Will O’Connell be the right coach for Justin Herbert?
Update: The Rams did block the Chargers.
Sources: The Rams blocked OC Kevin O'Connell from interviewing for the same job with the Chargers. They really value O'Connell, and the job he did for them this year.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 19, 2021
Lines of communication remain open, so things could change. But that's where the Rams stand now.