Anthony Lynn says it’s “not my call” whether he deserved to be fired

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Anthony Lynn spent four seasons as the Chargers’ head coach, guiding the team to a 33-31 record over that time.

Los Angeles finished 9-7 and 12-4 in Lynn’s first two years. After a 5-11 record in 2019, the club started 3-9 in 2020 before rallying to win four in a row to end the season.

Plus, Lynn helped guide quarterback Justin Herbert through a first season in which he broke several rookie passing records in just 15 games. Herbert was just named AP offensive rookie of the year last weekend.

Still, Lynn was fired.

Now the Lions offensive coordinator, Lynn was asked in his introductory press conference this week whether he deserved to be fired.

“That’s not my call,” Lynn said, via Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press. “That’s the ownership call. That’s why Dean Spanos owns that football team and that was his call, and all I know is I’m a Detroit Lion now and I’m happy to be here and I’m looking forward to this challenge.”

As Birkett wrote, it’s a diplomatic answer from Lynn. But if and when Lynn guides Detroit to success on offense, Lynn should be able to make a case for another shot at a head coaching job.

16 responses to “Anthony Lynn says it’s “not my call” whether he deserved to be fired

  1. The problem was they should have been better. Much, much better than their 7-9 record showed. He is a much better coordinator than HC. If he can’t get all the little things an NFL head coach needs to get right, he shouldn’t be an NFL head coach.

  2. Honestly, he’s lucky he got the 2020 season. He’s a good coach – but his teams had really underachieved

  3. I thought he and the staff did a great job developing talent on both sides of the ball. However, he couldn’t manage a game and lost all the close ones. Getting fired in LA will be the inflection point in his career.

  4. Patrick Mahomes sat out his rookie year. Lynn went with a rookie and had his team playing very good the second half of the season. His QB was Rookie of the Year. He should have been Coach of the Year, instead he got fired. Just look in the Chargers trophy case, and you’ll see it’s empty. This is a franchise that doesn’t have a history of making good decisions.

  5. We know a lot less about what went on inside the team than they do, but to my eyes they were way too hasty with this.

    And for one reason: they’re messing with a chemistry that produced one of the best rookie seasons a QB has ever seen.

    Herbert is the franchise now. He appears to be solid gold. And you had a team of coaches in place that facilitated that success.

    There’s nothing more important for the Chargers now than protecting Herbert’s development. And what have they done? Changed everything around him and forced him to start over with learning a new system.

    That seems pretty reckless to me. If I were them, I would have kept Lynn and kept Herbert’s development on track. Once he’s established, if they’re not realizing their team success, change things at that point.

  6. LOLOLOL! Coach of the Year for Anthony Lynn? You don’t make the mistakes Lynn made and totally mismanage games and get utterly destroyed by a Brady-less Patriots team and deserve to be Coach of the Year…

  7. Can you just be quiet now. You blew it in LA, get past it already. You’re not a good head coach

  8. Big mistake by the Chargers. I watched them a lot last year and Rivers was a turn over machine with a lot of bad passes. The fact that Lynn nurtured the ROY at qb is big and should have given him another year.

  9. The Chargers are a dysfunctional mess…starts with ownership. They fired successful coaches like Don Coryell, Bobby Ross (who got them to their only Super Bowl) and Marty Schottenheimer (fired after 14-2), and replace them with folks like Dan Henning, Kevin Gilbride, and Norv Turner. The ONLY way a Charger gets to wear a Super Bowl Ring is if they get traded to another team…Long tradition of it Lance Alworth, Ron Mix, Fred Dean, Louie Kelcher, Rodney Harrison…even Junior Seau had to move on to the Patriots to get another shot at the Super Bowl.

  10. smokeybear says:
    February 11, 2021 at 6:56 pm

    I thought he and the staff did a great job developing talent on both sides of the ball. However, he couldn’t manage a game and lost all the close ones. Getting fired in LA will be the inflection point in his career.


    Perhaps you are correct, however, what is the trajectory afterwards?
    Looking at the teams and talent he has had with the Chargers he has badly underachieved during his time there.

  11. When will people learn this is the “WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR ME LATELY” league?
    When your W-L record declines you aren’t going to last long in this league!

  12. You can analyze this thing to death – but to me – the tipping point was blowing leads of at least 16 points against good teams – in four straight games – which I believe is a league record. Add to that – the misery of their four game WINNING streak – which paradoxically saw clock and play-calling management problems surface repeatedly before halftime or at the end of games.

    The Chargers were good enough to push the first-stringers for Mahomes’ Chiefs, Brady’s Buccaneers and Brees’ Saints – to the wall or into OT before losing. But the last straw was not getting on a plane and letting the under-achieving Patriots come in and blow them out, 45-0, the worst margin loss in franchise history. Lynn’s a good man, but the buck stops with him. All of the above combined with failures by special teams – would have made the difference between a 7-9 finish vs. what could have been an 11-5 record and a trip to the playoffs as a wild card team.

  13. If you work for that franchise and can manage more than 5 or 6 wins, you’ve accomplished something. It’s one of the worst-run franchises in the league. Ownership has hamstrung every coach, QB, and team they’ve had for decades. Firing Lynn was stupid, just like moving to LA, being unable to work out a stadium deal of their own, keeping Rivers long after he was washed up, and other failed decisions too numerous to mention. Of course he didn’t deserve to be fired; it was simply time for the Chargers to take another step in the wrong direction.

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