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3. Anthony Lynn overcorrects and is insanely aggressive in this game… and it works!
Anthony Lynn has to be one of the most passive coaches in the NFL. I have said this about Lynn even dating back to last season: instead of coaching to win games, he coaches to not lose them.
It has been on full display multiple times this season. He decided to punt to Patrick Mahomes and the defending Super Bowl Champions on fourth and one in overtime, he decided to run a draw play to wind down the first half that led to a costly fumble against Tampa Bay and just this past week he displayed terrible clock management only to punt on fourth and short at midfield right before half while down 11.
Let’s go back to Lynn’s best win as a head coach: Week 15 against the Kansas City Chiefs. What happened in that game? The Chargers came back and Lynn coached to win by going for two down by one and what do you know — they did.
Lynn got absolutely massacred in the media after the circus act that was the game management against Buffalo and he even openly admitted to reporters (which you should never do) that he told his players that the playoff run is over.
If Lynn is telling reporters that he told his players that the playoff run is over then he probably knows that his time coaching the team will be over after this season. For that reason, I think we see Lynn throw caution to the wind and go away from his usual self and be almost too aggressive.
And guess what? It will work. Being aggressive when you have the right personnel is a great thing and the Chargers have one of the best young quarterbacks in the league who is an absolute playmaker and has weapons around him.
Ironically enough, Anthony Lynn coaching with nothing to lose will be his best coaching job of the season.