Anthony Lynn: I believe I’m right guy for the job, but it’s not my decision

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The Chargers have had 20 games decided by one score since the start of the 2019 season, and they are 4-16 in those games. That is the most one-score losses in the NFL in that span.

The team’s clock management and poor decision-making have come into question.

A bright light shone on Lynn and his staff after a 27-17 meltdown against the Bills in which CBS analyst Rich Gannon pulled no punches.

It invites questions about Lynn’s job security.

“It comes with the territory,” Lynn said Monday, via Gilbert Manzano of the Southern Cal News Group. “I control what I can control and I don’t worry about that. Of course, I like my job and I want to be here and I believe that I’m the right guy for the job and can turn this around. But that’s not my decision.”

Lynn is 29-30 since taking the job in 2017, including 8-19 since the start of the 2019 season.

Lynn’s indecisiveness on a two-minute drive at the end of the first half led to 17 seconds running off the clock before he took a timeout with 21 seconds left. He then pulled his offense off the field on a fourth-down play and punted.

He could have let time run out rather than punt. He could have called timeout with three seconds left and thrown a Hail Mary.

Lynn also called a timeout before a chip-shot 27-yard field goal with 10:16 left to prevent a delay of game for what would have been a 32-yard field goal if the Chargers had taken the penalty.

That was not even the worst of it.

After Tyron Johnson caught a 55-yard Hail Mary to the Buffalo 2-yard line with 45 seconds left — the Bills should probably work on defending the Hail Mary a little more — the Chargers snapped the ball with 25 seconds left and Justin Herbert handed it to Austin Ekeler. Ekeler was stopped short as time ran down on a team trailing by 10 points.

Lynn called it “miscommunication” immediately after the game. He didn’t point fingers Monday, but it seemed clear the play call wasn’t his.

“You spike the ball or do a fake spike and throw a fade or whatever,” Lynn said. “There’s so many other things you could do, but that was screwed up and it looked bad.”

Herbert threw two incompletions — with a roughing the passer coming on the first — before he tried a quarterback sneak on the final play as his offensive linemen dropped into pass coverage. At one point in the three-play sequence, Lynn sent the field goal unit onto the field before changing his mind.

“It was embarrassing to end the game like that,” Lynn said.

10 responses to “Anthony Lynn: I believe I’m right guy for the job, but it’s not my decision

  1. He has been bailed out by a solid rookie QB, but still Herbert can’t overcome a bad defense and terrible coaching. If he gets fired, the Chargers will be SB contenders next year.

  2. The Chargers do not have a winners mind or drive. That begins with the owners and then the management then the players.

  3. bottom line… your record is what you are… time to go…. Chargers have a bright future and they can hire the right coach to lead them…look at what the NYG did with Joe Judge…

  4. He should be fired for all of the blown leads … mental toughness for the team is lacking.

  5. I watched you mismanage that clock and play calling in the 4th quarter. You are not fit to be a head coach at any professional level. That run with no timeouts on the goal line at the end of the game was a disgrace to any good coach and there’s no “element of surprise” excuse that would ever validate such a dumb decision. You are 100% not the man for the job. It’s not even a question.

  6. LA Chargers fans if there are any will soon learn as San Diego fans already know that Spanos is too cheap to fire a coach during the season. He would rather keep losing than pay someone for not working. He is worried about money not winning. Thats why they will never be a winning organization until he is gone. He hires are ways based on how much he has to pay, rather than being the best for the job.

  7. sdsportsfan34 says:
    November 30, 2020 at 10:08 pm
    LA Chargers fans if there are any will soon learn as San Diego fans already know that Spanos is too cheap to fire a coach during the season. He would rather keep losing than pay someone for not working.
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    That’s because Dean doesn’t have much money left, he’s only estimated to be worth $3.5Bil and about $2.5Bil of that is what the Chargers are valued at!

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