Anthony Lynn: Justin Herbert should have a “great foundation” going forward

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The Chargers appear to have struck gold in drafting Justin Herbert last year at No. 6 overall, with the quarterback setting several rookie passing records en route to winning AP Offensive Rookie of the Year.

But as good as Herbert was, his former head coach Anthony Lynn was still fired following the conclusion of the season.

Lynn is now the Lions’ offensive coordinator. But during an appearance on the Compas on the Beat podcast, Lynn explained to Gilbert Manzano and Fernando Ramirez how he didn’t want to set up Herbert to fail by playing him too early as a rookie.

“I loved Justin coming out. He was our guy and [G.M.] Tom Telesco loved him, but we did a lot of work on Justin,” Lynn said. “I did not want to expose him too soon. I’ve seen what that has done to some top picks — especially at the quarterback position. And how sometimes, those young men never recover because they’re living in a day and age where media is just right there. I mean, social media, and things spread, and some of these kids are just not mentally strong enough to overcome a lot of the negative vibes that they get early in their careers. I think that’s pretty obvious when you look at the quarterback position.

“But Justin had to go in and play. We didn’t have any choice. Tyrod [Taylor] got his lungs punctured. Justin found out as the ball was literally in the air — I’m grabbing Justin saying, ‘You’re the starter.’ And the way he handled that situation, I tell you what, he couldn’t have handled it any better.”

Herbert and the Chargers didn’t win that Week Two matchup with the Chiefs, but he threw for 311 yards with a touchdown and interception and also rushed for a TD. Herbert continued to look like he belonged the next week, throwing for 330 yards with a touchdown and interception in a loss to the Panthers.

After finishing with 4,336 yards, 31 TDs, and 10 picks in 15 games as a rookie, Herbert is well on his way to becoming one of the game’s elite quarterbacks.

“There’s a lot of things that went on that you guys will never know about [from] behind the scenes,” Lynn said. “But that’s part of him being a young, rookie quarterback. But overall, the way he handled that situation, I could not have asked for anything better. And I just think that’s going to be a great foundation for him going forward.”

5 responses to “Anthony Lynn: Justin Herbert should have a “great foundation” going forward

  1. Unfortunately the main foundation is Spanos so going forward, no. Spanos will do everything possible to screw up the young QB and the team…such as replacing the coaching staff every couple of years.

  2. Anthony Lynn had no business being a head coach at this point in his career. He screwed up about as bad as a man can.

    That doesn’t mean he can’t be a good HC going forward however…

  3. nfldivas says:

    July 8, 2021 at 11:10 am

    Unfortunately the main foundation is Spanos so going forward, no. Spanos will do everything possible to screw up the young QB and the team…such as replacing the coaching staff every couple of years.
    —————
    Well let’s go to the numbers…Lynn was given 4 years and had a .516 winning percentage, McCoy was given 4 years and won at .422 clip so neither deserved a 5th season. That said 4 years is also more than a lot of coaches are given.

  4. The Chargers, with a rookie QB, were playing as well as any team the last quarter of the season, and Lynn should have been named Coach of the Year. Instead, the Spanos family fired him. That was one of the most incredible happenings last season, and it got swept under the rug. I mean, Patrick Mahomes didn’t even play his rookie year, and he has a HOF coach in Andy Reid. Herbert not only played, but was so well coached he was able to win his last four games. Obviously they had a head of steam going into this season, but the team decided to get rid of their coach. What ever they didn’t like about Lynn personally, definitely wasn’t showing up on the field. Heck Troy Aikman was 0-11 his rookie year, but the Cowboys didn’t fire Jimmy Johnson. They kept the team together and ended up winning 3 super bowls. That’s why Jerry Jones is in the HOF, and the Chargers have never won anything under their current owners. I just hope the new coach is half as good as Lynn.

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