By HCR Staff | Jan. 27, 2020
Every NFL head coach is just inches away from the proverbial hot seat designation, that just comes with the job.
Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn was highly successful just two seasons ago, when his squad made it into a divisional playoff game at New England. The 2019 season, however, brought a plethora of one-score losses and an avalanche of turnovers and a mid-season offensive coordinator change.
Penthouse to outhouse–quickly.
Now, Lynn is nearing a hot seat. Frankly, we think he’s a solid and improving head coach, although his game management skills need to keep sharpening (but we could say that about virtually all of the head coaches, minus a small handful).
There are emerging circumstances, however, that are beyond Lynn’s control that make Lynn’s seat warmer.
First, there’s the roster. It’s talented, but it also has a lot of unrestricted and restricted free agents, led by quarterback Philip Rivers. Then there’s Melvin Gordon. And talented and ascending tight end Hunter Henry. Add in key third down back Austin Ekeler, and one can see that Lynn is on some shaky ground personnel-wise.
Second, the Chargers are largely irrelevant in their home market, Los Angeles. Locals rank the pro teams in an order similar to this: Lakers, Dodgers, USC football, Rams…then the rest, including the LA Galaxy and LAFC, Kings, Clippers, UCLA basketball, Angels…then the Chargers.
In short, they have no home field and no home crowd.
And the only way to gain relevancy is to have stars, and is Lynn enough of a star for the locals to pay attention? Probably not at the moment.
Lynn’s not in an enviable position, and he also has an ownership that doesn’t have an outside revenue source. The Spanos family doesn’t have the resources of a Jerry Jones or Stan Kroenke.
The only way for Lynn to gain lasting traction is to win, and to win big. Right now, we don’t see a clear path. There are a lot of unanswered questions, and Lynn also doesn’t have personnel authority.
These are hot seat circumstances, and Lynn’s in it.