The Los Angeles Chargers have filled their head coaching position by hiring Anthony Lynn, according to multiple reports.
Lynn was a quick riser in the coaching ranks this season, as he began the season as running backs coach for the Buffalo Bills. Then after week two the Bills made a coordinator change and fired offensive coordinator Greg Roman and promoted Lynn, and he did good things with their offense - so much so that the Bills eventually promoted Lynn to interim head coach for week 17 after Rex Ryan was fired. Now, Lynn will be the head coach of the Chargers. His Bills offense this year was 16th in yards per game and 10th in points per game, but they had the league’s top-ranked rushing offense.
That is Lynn’s expertise, as he spent six seasons in the NFL as a running back and then has a long history of coaching the position. From 2003-2016, Lynn has been a running backs coach somewhere in the NFL, with stops with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2003-2004), Dallas Cowboys (2005-2006), Cleveland Browns (2007-2008), New York Jets (2009-2014), and Buffalo Bills (2015-2016).
According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Lynn wants to keep Ken Whisenhunt around as offensive coordinator and wants to bring in Gus Bradley as defensive coordinator. That’s not a bad start to his coaching staff, and with Philip Rivers already in place as a franchise quarterback, the Chargers might be getting off to a good start in turning around the franchise as they turn the page with the move to Los Angeles.
There’s just one head coaching position currently open, and that’s with the San Francisco 49ers (who also have a general manager opening). The other five spots have been filled, but interestingly guys like Kyle Shanahan and Josh McDaniels are still without a job (since their teams are still playing). So it’s possible the 49ers will wait for one of them.