Brandon Staley: Where we’re headed wasn’t compatible with Jerry Tillery’s goals

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The Chargers waived 2019 first-round pick Jerry Tillery on Thursday, but that reportedly wasn’t their only chance to part ways with him this season.

Lindsey Thiry of ESPN.com reports that the Chargers received trade offers for Tillery before the trade deadline, but they chose to hold onto him as depth on the defensive line for the second half of the season. Tillery played in seven games as a reserve for the Chargers this season.

On Friday, Chargers head coach Brandon Staley was asked why the team shifted its position on Tillery less than two weeks after the trade deadline. Staley’s answer hinted at friction between Tillery and the team about the role that the Chargers had in mind for him.

“Competing visions for the role moving forward and it just became clear that it wasn’t going to be a fit anymore,” Staley said. “Where we’re headed as a team wasn’t going to be compatible with Jerry and where he’s trying to go.”

Tillery’s departure comes after Austin Johnson suffered a season-ending knee injury and leaves the Chargers with five defensive linemen on the 53-man roster, but it’s clear they’re more comfortable being thin up front than they were with moving forward with Tillery.

10 responses to “Brandon Staley: Where we’re headed wasn’t compatible with Jerry Tillery’s goals

  1. The Chargers are a terrible run organization.Any GM worth anything would have traded him and got something for him.

  2. This is org is a mess. Top to bottom. Their cap is going to be a total disaster once they sign Herbert. Two old, overpriced receiver. Two overpriced, injury prone edge rushers. No run defense. Mediocre line. Perennial off-season champions.

  3. greedyjimfromtonhicken says:
    November 12, 2022 at 9:09 am
    The Chargers are a terrible run organization.Any GM worth anything would have traded him and got something for him.
    ______________

    Tom Telesco is widely considered to be one of the best GMs in the league. He has been in NFL front offices since 1991. It is very possible that Telesco knows more about running an NFL team than you do.

  4. If Tom Telesco is so great he would’ve at least made a Super Bowl (appearance) with the Chargers. Overrated fluff like the Front Office of the Chicago Bears…

  5. Every single year we get told that the Chargers are so talented, so deep so primed to take the division and every year they find a way to crumble.

    Nobody’s saying Herbert is or better than Mahomes anymore, are ya? that was a fun month for you guys.

  6. I hope the Chargers pull it together and don’t waste the talent they have at QB in Justin Herbert. Herbert is more talented than Mahomes or Allen. If you build a talented team around him – like KC and Buffalo have done for their young stud QBs – he will bring home multiple Lombardis for the Chargers.

  7. About the only positive things the Chargers have going is Herbert & the LA weather – the rest of the team is a mess from the front office down!

  8. steppinginpilesofrexryan says:
    November 12, 2022 at 1:27 pm
    About the only positive things the Chargers have going is Herbert & the LA weather – the rest of the team is a mess from the front office down!

    Ya, the weather is great,the best, so why on earth did Stan spend 6 billion dollars on an enclosed stadium with plastic grass? That’s just ridiculous.

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