Lions, Anthony Lynn are expected to part ways after season finale

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Lions head coach Dan Campbell is expected back for a second season and it looks like one of the top priorities on his to-do list is going to be hiring a new offensive coordinator.

Campbell hired Anthony Lynn to fill that role after he was hired early last year, but the fit did not prove to be a good one. Campbell took over offensive play-calling duties from Lynn during the season and NFL Media reports that the team is expected to relieve Lynn of his duties once their season finale against the Packers is in the books.

Lynn spent the last four seasons as the Chargers head coach and went 33-31 during his run with the AFC West team. They went 1-1 in their lone playoff appearance under Lynn.

Campbell said this week that he is undecided about how to handle play-calling in 2022 and the eventual replacement for Lynn will likely have a lot of bearing on the ultimate decision.

8 responses to “Lions, Anthony Lynn are expected to part ways after season finale

  1. He was T too great with the play calling at the beginning of the year. Conversely, Lions had one of the worst offensive rosters in the entire league, and Jared Goff.

    Hope he gets another shot somewhere else

  2. The weird thing is, if Rodgers actually does leave Green Bay the Lions could surprise a lot of people next year if they get their draft picks right and a get couple key FA’s. Chicago (Bears fan here) and Minnesota are train wrecks and Love is not going to be the answer in Green Bay. A lot of “ifs” though.

    If Rodgers leaves, the weakest division in the NFL is going to be a dumpster fire regardless.

  3. Part ways with the defensive coordinator. No pass rush, no down field coverage or tackling. A complete embarrassment.

  4. Lions D was clearly a competitive unit. They played a lot of good offenses very though.
    With a decent O line they could contend next year

  5. Chemistry is an essential component of building a team, whether it is amongst the players or the coaching staff. By all accounts, Lynn and Campbell have gotten along just fine but it is impossible to believe that the chemistry was as good after Campbell took over the playcalling as it was before. From a statistical standpoint, the offense performed better after the switch. In part, that might be due to getting the offensive line back, the growth of Saint Brown and the addition of Josh Reynolds. But it also coincided with Campbell taking the reins of the offense. Lynne has enjoyed some success in previous stops and will no doubt be employed next year but it will not likely be in Detroit. On the flipside, there are tangible reasons to believe that the Lions better days are ahead of them, with or without Anthony Lynn. A smart draft and some shrewd free agent moves should put them on the road to sustainable contention beginning in 2023.

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