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LA Chargers: Why the next head coach should be defensive-oriented

Oct 25, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn (center) watches game action against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 25, 2020; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn (center) watches game action against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
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(Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

The LA Chargers may move on from Anthony Lynn soon.

The LA Chargers are in act two of a disappointing season in which the team finds new and inventive ways to lose games each week. With Philip Rivers gone (who was blamed for last season’s losses), the blame has solely been fixated on the coaching staff, and rightfully so.

The Chargers became the first team in NFL history to blow a 16-point lead in four consecutive games. That simply does not happen with good coaching. Say what you will about injuries and whatever else, the buck stops with the head coach.

This has led many fans to demand Anthony Lynn to be fired, although it is very unlikely to happen anytime soon. The Chargers likely do not have an internal replacement lined up for Lynn at head coach and it is better to at least let him stick around for the rest of the season instead of give Justin Herbert an interim head coach and then a new head coach in eight months.

However, unless the Bolts have some miraculous turnaround, chances are that Lynn will be gone after this season.

Fans have already started throwing out names of coaches that they want to see be the head coach of the LA Chargers next season. One thing is for certain: the team should shy away from the offensive-minded head coach and instead hire a defensive-minded head coach to steer the ship.

Lynn is a former running back and is an offensive guy, Mike McCoy and Norv Turner were both offensive coordinators prior. The last defensive-minded head coach the team had was Marty Schottenheimer, who led the team to the best record in franchise history (albeit, he has prime LaDainian Tomlinson at his disposal).

It is time to stop the trend of hiring offensive head coaches. Here are three reasons why Tom Telesco’s next head-coaching hire, if he gets one, should be a defensive-minded head coach.

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