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NFL World Reacts To Brandon Staley's Honest Admission

Brandon Staley on the sidelines.

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 19: Head coach Brandon Staley of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts to a call during a 20-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys at SoFi Stadium on September 19, 2021 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

With a win or tie against the Raiders tonight, the Los Angeles Chargers will reach the playoffs in their first season under Brandon Staley.

Interestingly, a tie would also benefit the Raiders. Should that happen, both teams will qualify for the postseason as wild card entrants.

Because of this quirk in the standings, there's been widespread discussion on NFL Twitter around the possibility of Staley and Las Vegas interim head coach Rich Bisaccia playing for the tie. If they are planning on taking that approach, Staley isn't admitting it publicly.

The first-year coach told NFL Network's Ian Rapoport that the Chargers will "compete as a team to the best of our ability." This news has elicited the full gamut of reactions.

Of the tweets cited above, Mike Sando's makes the most sense. It seems implausible that Staley and Bisaccia would "kneel it out" for four quarters and an overtime to ensure they both get in.

But if the game gets into overtime naturally and both coaches know that they don't need a win to make the playoffs...that's where things could get interesting and a "play for the tie" scenario could become viable.