Anthony Lynn didn’t think Chargers would leave San Diego

AP

When the January deadline for the Chargers to decide whether to move to Los Angeles was approaching, there weren’t too many people under the impression that the team would stay in San Diego.

The group of people who did think that the status quo would prevail includes the man who will be the team’s first coach in Los Angeles. Anthony Lynn’s hiring was announced right around the same time that the team made its call to move official, but the coach says he didn’t take the job with an eye on life in L.A.

“When I took the job, we were still in San Diego. And four days later, we made the decision to move,” Lynn said, via Albert Breer of TheMMQB.com. “I have to be honest with you, I didn’t think we were going to be leaving San Diego. I really didn’t. It wouldn’t have mattered much. I was looking at the organization and I felt like the organization was a fit for me. But I did have to start thinking about things differently, once we decided we were moving.”

Lynn isn’t the only person in the organization thinking about things differently as a result of the move and he acknowledges that the situation could be used an excuse for focus drifting away from the field. He vows that won’t be the case and that “it’ll galvanize the whole organization” as they head into their first year as Los Angeles residents.

15 responses to “Anthony Lynn didn’t think Chargers would leave San Diego

  1. Many of us are disappointed that the Chargers are leaving San Diego but what planet is Anthony Lynn on if he didn’t believe it back when he was appointed? Absolutely deluded.
    One seriously has to question his intellect if this is true.

  2. I will miss going to San Diego to watch the Bills play the Chargers (went in 2001, 2005, and 2011 – all loses by the way). Great city, relatively easy to get around and lots to do. Will not be making the trip to LA this year when the Bills and Chargers meet.

  3. “It wouldn’t have mattered much…”

    That’s about the long and short of it.

  4. LA is a black hole for the NFL. Can’t believe that 2 teams are back in LA. Has not worked in the past and won’t work now. Good luck with that, Czar Roger.

  5. IMO, when we look back at the point where the NFL finally jumped the shark, it will generally be agreed that it was when the Chargers moved to LA.

    The Rams returning to LA made sense. The Chargers are going to be a failure there.

  6. Lynn has proved he’s completely oblivious to 2 glaring reasons why they moved if he really believes this: The city and residents of San Diego were never going to assist in funding a new stadium and…… Dean Spanos is one of the biggest moron owners in all of professional sports.

  7. Moving to LA makes zero sense for the Chargers. Retraction might be a good option for the Chargers, if not I bet they end up in London or another city in Europe in the next five years.

  8. Charger fans didn’t attend the home games. The visiting teams usually had the “home field” advantage. Now they moved to a tiny stadium in a city that can’t even support a SINGLE NFL franchise, yet finds itself with two.

  9. Hello Roger Goodell! RENOVATION NOT RELOCATION! With a $400 million upgrade Qualcomm could have been made an excellent NFL football venue. For Super Bowl games as well. The NFL would have chipped in for at least half. The move to crime ridden LA will unravel. What a mess!

  10. ricko1112 says:
    Jun 1, 2017 2:21 PM

    Charger fans didn’t attend the home games. The visiting teams usually had the “home field” advantage. Now they moved to a tiny stadium in a city that can’t even support a SINGLE NFL franchise, yet finds itself with two.

    I beg to differ on L.A not supporting at least 1 team. The Rams averaged over 83k last year second only to Dallas. With that being said if they continue with the piss poor performances like they have had for over the last decade then those figures will surely drop.

  11. San Diego’s fate was sealed when they foolishly voted against the hotel tax increase to partially fund the stadium. This money would have been provided by tourists and visitors, not residents. After, this measure was rejected, there was nothing left to do except move.

    To me, Spanos should have given San Antonio or STL more consideration. He seemed to take the easy was out by moving 120 miles north to Los Angeles.

  12. ricko1112 says:
    Jun 1, 2017 2:21 PM
    Charger fans didn’t attend the home games. The visiting teams usually had the “home field” advantage. Now they moved to a tiny stadium in a city that can’t even support a SINGLE NFL franchise, yet finds itself with two.

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    ^^^^ Your comment about fans not attending games is only based on last 2-seasons as fans were getting pissed at dean soanos and all the talk of moving.The fans revolted and stopped going just like they did in Houston when the oilers were moving.

    Before all this crap san diego supported the team.the lack of political leadership and the lack of cheap ass dean spanos willing to come out of his pocket on anything turned alot of people off.the ciry leaders and spanos are to blame.there wouldnt be any teams in LA had kroenke not paid to have that stadium built.its hard to get anything publicly built in california for sports teams.

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