Reason against: The development of Justin Herbert
This is the final reason for or against and this is the reason that I think will ultimately keep Anthony Lynn in LA for at least another season. It is the guy that he just drafted and is the future of the franchise: Justin Herbert.
Herbert has been fantastic far before anyone expected him to be and Lynn deserves credit for that. Yes, so does Pep Hamilton, but the head coach absolutely does deserve credit, even if he did luck out a bit with Herbert thriving after being thrust into the spotlight.
Changing head coaches often early in a quarterback’s career is not great. It stunted Baker Mayfield as a quarterback and it has stunted Sam Darnold as well. The Chargers know that and that is the reason why I am fairly confident that Lynn will be the head coach to start the 2021 season.
The only way that he gets booted this year is if the Chargers finish with five or fewer wins. Based on who else the Chargers have on their schedule and how well Herbert has been playing, I doubt that is the case.
The Bolts should beat the Jaguars, Jets, Dolphins, Broncos (probably twice), Falcons and should be able to split with the Raiders. That right there is seven wins and an 8-8 record.
The coordinators will take the blame before Lynn. Bradley and Stewart will undoubtedly be the first two to go. Lynn holds onto his job for next season, albeit with little to no leeway.
And that is probably the right decision. I know, it has been frustrating, but we have to let the entire season play out before calling for Lynn to be fired. Who knows, maybe the team goes on an incredible run when they get healthy and somehow sneak into the playoffs?
The next 11 games are hugely important for Anthony Lynn’s future. As long as he does not completely blow it then his job will be saved for another year, thanks to Justin Herbert.