Brandon Staley has a very clear message for those who believe that the Los Angeles Chargers and the Las Vegas Raiders will reach a tie if that scenario is reached in the final week of the regular season.
“It is a very heavy stage. We all respect this sport, the NFL logo and the integrity of this sport so much, as to be complicit in something like that, “said Staley, coach of the Chargers, when appearing on the Rich Eisen Show.
“What makes the NFL so special is the competence and the level of integrity and respect. We will certainly try to keep up on Sunday, ”he added.
According to the Playoffs scenarios for Week 18, if the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Indianapolis Colts and the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Baltimore Ravens, the Chargers and Raiders could advance to the postseason with a tie in Sunday’s game. in the evening.
Although remote, the possibility of this scenario occurring is latent for the last game of the regular season, which, for some years, has been scheduled as an aperitif or advancement of the Playoffs between teams forced to win to advance to the Postseason. .
However, Staley denied that both the Chargers and Raiders could even consider reaching a tie to ensure their advancement to the next phase.
“This game means a lot to many people and we want to play at our best level and be proud of the result in one way or another,” stressed the first-year coach in the NFL. “I know we will do what we can to win this game and play the way we are capable of doing it and I hope the fans and everyone who loves the NFL will be proud of the game on Sunday.”
The Chargers were in position to win or tie and enter the Postseason after suffering two losses in a row and defeating the Denver Broncos in Week 17.
In turn, the Raiders, who have won three consecutive games, secure their place in the Playoffs with the victory over the Chargers or with a draw and loss of the Colts or with the loss of Indianapolis and loss or draw of the Steelers.
Although in qualifying scenarios a tie is a possibility for the Chargers and Raiders, Staley indicated that neither team will jeopardize the integrity of the NFL.