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What the Chargers’ 2017 season has taught me

CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 03: Trevor Williams #24, Rayshawn Jenkins #25, Adrian Phillips #31, Casey Hayward #26, Jahleel Addae #37, Jatavis Brown #57, and Michael Davis #43 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrate recovering a fumble during the fourth quarter of a game against the Cleveland Browns at StubHub Center on December 3, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
CARSON, CA - DECEMBER 03: Trevor Williams #24, Rayshawn Jenkins #25, Adrian Phillips #31, Casey Hayward #26, Jahleel Addae #37, Jatavis Brown #57, and Michael Davis #43 of the Los Angeles Chargers celebrate recovering a fumble during the fourth quarter of a game against the Cleveland Browns at StubHub Center on December 3, 2017 in Carson, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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Anthony Lynn was the perfect hire

When you start your head coaching career taking over for a 9-23 team, relocating to a new city, and open your first presser by calling this team the “San Diego…err Los Angeles Chargers,” most anyone would fumble through the entire season like we are accustomed to seeing with Mike McCoy. The Chargers then opened their inaugural season in Los Angeles with an astounding 0-4 start, including two heart-breakers against weaker opponents on last-minute field-goal misses. The fans were hostile, anti-Spanos banners were flying over the stadium, and the Chargers were the joke of the division. McCoy would have waved his visor and retreated.

Not Anthony Lynn.

Instead, this team closed the season 9-3 in twelve games, just missing the playoffs with a final 9-7 record. I implore you to listen to the man speak for a moment:

We love you, Coach ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/pmRGZzb5T1

— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) January 1, 2018

Mutual love. Words of inspiration. Culture change.

What a difference a head coach can make. The players love him, and say just as much in the video. Let’s check out what kind of team is heading into 2018:

Offense:

  • 4th in total offense
  • 1st in passing yards per game.
  • Philip Rivers interceptions down from 21 to 10, with a 96.0 QBR
  • Keenan Allen, Pro-Bowler, 102 catches for 1,393 yards
  • Melvin Gordon, 1,581 total yards and 12 touchdowns

Defense:

  • 3rd in points per game (17.0)
  • 3rd in pass yards per game
  • Five players in the top 13 at their position (Bosa, Ingram, King, Hayward, Williams)

Special teams

  • Get it fixed

Anthony Lynn, it seems, has also brought stability to players’ health, as the number of missed games by Chargers’ players has decreased dramatically. He’s brought toughness, togetherness and respect back to this team. And some biceps…

#VictoryMonday pic.twitter.com/XyCvCIOFc6

— KP (@KP_Show) October 23, 2017

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