Joe Staley has hilarious association with Chargers firing their head coach

It might be easy to mix up first names like Joe and Brandon, apparently.

San Francisco 49ers left tackle Joe Staley
San Francisco 49ers left tackle Joe Staley / Lachlan Cunningham/GettyImages
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Apparently, there are people who wanted Joe Staley fired... as the Chargers head coach.

The small but vocal contingent of San Francisco 49ers fans who want head coach Kyle Shanahan and general manager John Lynch fired (for whatever the reasons) should probably take a look at what's going on down in Southern California as an example of what happens when things continuously don't go right for a franchise.

And when they look at the Los Angeles Chargers' head coaching situation, they probably shouldn't contact Joe Staley.

Correct, Joe Staley. The former Niners left tackle who is one of the Bay Area's most beloved athletes after his storied career donning the red and gold.

Not the Bolts' now-former head coach, Brandon Staley.

Chargers fire Brandon Staley, Tom Telesco (to no one's surprise)

LA's other team, the Chargers, have the talent on both sides of the ball but have largely underachieved during Staley's two-plus years as head coach, and the only trip into the postseason ended in disaster with the Bolts blowing a massive lead to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

On the tails of a 5-9 campaign so far into 2023, and on the heels of a downright ugly 63-21 Thursday Night Football loss to the Las Vegas Raiders, owner Dean Spanos finally pulled the plug on the head coach/GM tandem by dismissing Staley and general manager Tom Telesco.

That might be the end of the story, at least for San Francisco fans. But there's a funny wrinkle to it.

Fans apparently wanted Joe Staley fired as Chargers head coach (not Brandon Staley)

Same last name. We get it. You probably get it.

But a lot of people apparently don't.

Per Joe Staley, the 49ers' former offensive lineman, plenty were calling him out and demanding he be fired for mishandling the Chargers, and the six-time Pro Bowler had a PSA about this on his Twitter/X account not long before Brandon Staley was let go:

"I am not currently coaching the Chargers," Staley said in the tweet. "I am not associated with that mess. Please stop asking for me to be fired."

Now, in the wake of LA firing Brandon Staley, Joe Staley can probably rest a bit easier without having to constantly respond to social media calls for him to b e fired.

Unless fans want to blame Joe Staley for the Bolts' mess of a situation, forgetting that it's Brandon Staley who should be receiving that blame.

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