By HCR Staff | Aug. 24, 2018
Between now and the start of the 2018 season, Head Coach Ranking will provide a scouting report on all 32 NFL head coaches. Today, we’ll take a look at Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn.
Anthony Lynn enters the 2018 NFL season on an upward trajectory, and his Los Angeles Chargers team is a contender for the AFC title. The Chargers may not have a home field advantage, but they do have a talented roster, and a head coach who now has one year of experience.
Early in the season last year, Lynn’s inexperience showed, and game mismanagement potentially cost the Chargers a couple of games. Lynn had trouble managing the clock and his timeouts. Plus, the organization’s decision to go with a rookie kicker put Lynn in some tough decision-making situations.
Lynn was, however, very successful in getting his team to play hard the entire season. Lynn was benefited by his choice to hire two experienced coordinators in Ken Whisenhunt and Gus Bradley. Both performed very well all year. And while both are former head coaches, neither seemed to get out in front of Lynn.
One of Lynn’s strengths is his temperament. He doesn’t get too high or too low emotionally, and his even temperament and attitude served him well as the Chargers adapted to losing a variety of key players to injuries. Lynn is an under-the-radar type of guy, and the Chargers also are under-the-radar in the Los Angeles market. Strangely, this might serve the organization well as there are no real expectations of the Chargers in the market.
Lynn has put together a well-balanced team offensively and defensively. With Lynn’s playing experience as a fullback, we expected the Chargers to run the ball well, and they did. Bradley, who helped create a successful defense for Pete Carroll in Seattle and also created the foundation for the successful Jacksonville Jaguars defense, is a very positive and upbeat coach; his high energy nature is being imprinted upon the Chargers defense.
With two very experienced coordinators, we don’t see Lynn participating much in the actual game planning during the practice week. Instead, we see Lynn’s value in using his even temperament to coach the coaches. Not every head coach is good at this, but we believe this will be an area in which Lynn will excel.
If Anthony Lynn’s overall game management improves, a couple of close losses from last year may become victories this year. If that happens, the Los Angeles Chargers will find themselves in the playoffs.
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Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks
Sean McVay, Los Angeles Rams
Kyle Shanahan, San Francisco 49ers
Steve Wilks, Arizona Cardinals
Mike McCarthy, Green Bay Packers
Mike Zimmer, Minnesota Vikings
Matt Patricia, Detroit Lions
Matt Nagy, Chicago Bears
Dirk Koetter, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints
Dan Quinn, Atlanta Falcons
Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers
Jay Gruden, Washington Redskins
Pat Shurmr, New York Giants
Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys
Doug Pederson, Philadelphia Eagles
Jon Gruden, Oakland Raiders
Vance Joseph, Denver Broncos