The Los Angeles Chargers have massively underachieved this season. Will the organization be moving on from head coach Anthony Lynn at the end of the year?
The Los Angeles Chargers did not live up to lofty expectations this year. After winning 12 games a season ago, the Chargers will finish below-.500 this year before they make their move to SoFi Stadium in Inglewood in 2020. Quarterback Philip Rivers has played better football in his career. Could the Chargers be looking to move off him and head coach Anthony Lynn this offseason?
On this week’s episode of Stacking the Box, FanSided‘s Matt Verderame and Mark Carman, along with former NFL wide receiver Earl Bennett, discuss the likelihood that Lynn is out after three years as the Chargers head coach (45:56).
Bennett believes that Los Angeles will part ways with Lynn this offseason, primarily because the Chargers organization is likely to move off Rivers as well. This gives the franchise a clean slate for a new identity heading into their new stadium that they will share with the NFC’s Los Angeles Rams going forward.
Verderame feels the same way as Bennett, but does think that Lynn is a good coach and an even better man. It’s a tough situation for him to be in, but the Chargers need some spark heading into 2020 when they head to Inglewood. This is an opportunity for the organization to hire a new head coach and draft a franchise quarterback in the top 10 of the 2020 NFL Draft.
You just have to feel that whatever bad mojo has been with the Chargers the last two years in Carson cannot come with them to SoFi Stadium. This franchise needs some live and vibrancy injected into it. Perhaps a Justin Herbert as a franchise quarterback and an offensive guru as head coach may have what it takes to cut through in a city that offers so many distractions?
Lynn will find work right away in 2020, probably as an offensive coordinator or at the very worst, an associate head coach/running backs coach. One would think that he’ll get another opportunity to lead an NFL team one day, but the timing of things in Los Angeles with the Chargers could not be more against him. It stinks, but he and Rivers are likely gone in 2019. It’s the end of an era.
Here are a few other topics discussed on this week’s episode of Stacking the Box:
- Where does Drew Brees rank all time? (1:10)
- Who is the best team in the NFC? (6:50)
- Are the Chiefs and Ravens the class of the AFC? (11:44)
- Matt Ryan interview (33:42)
All this and more!