3. Another bad season for the LA Chargers raises concerns about Lynn as a head coach
The most simple of the three reasons, if the LA Chargers have another disappointing season with six or fewer wins then the front office and the fans absolutely have the right to question Lynn’s capability as a head coach.
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I get that he had a 12-4 season and sometimes teams or fans will hold onto that one really good season as an indication of how good a head coach really is. That is why this season is so important as it essentially is a make or break season for Lynn.
Another disappointing season and it is clear that maybe he is not the right fit. This would not be a coach struggling with a bad team, this would be a really talented team underperforming two years in a row, and the one common denominator with Philip Rivers out is Anthony Lynn.
However, a bounce-back year proves that last season was simply a case of bad luck and whatever outside forces (turnovers) drove the Chargers to lose 11 games.
Norv Turner had a 13-3 season and was let go after three disappointing years where the Chargers simply floated around .500. Two years in the bottom third of the league is not something that gives you job security in the NFL.
This might seem a bit pre-emptive, as it would only be two bad years, but again, front offices are impatient. Let’s say the Chargers go 5-11 again this season. That would give Lynn a 31-33 record in four years. That is only four more wins than Mike McCoy had in his four years.
I get it, the LA Chargers were riddened with injuries and had bad luck with turnovers. However, at some point, the blame goes on the head coach. Another disappointing year would unfortunately lead to the blame being placed on Anthony Lynn.