Con: This does not allow the team to elevate Pep Hamilton to test the waters
Look, I know a lot of Charger fans are going to argue that there are many more cons than this. That the organization does not care about winning and the fact that they are keeping Lynn is a testament to that.
Like I mentioned at the beginning of the article, what difference will it really make in firing Lynn right now? Yes, it will send a message, but the Chargers have a coaching staff that is bad all-around. They are out of the playoff hunt. It really does not make any difference besides us being able to celebrate it.
The one con that I am concerned with that it does not open the door to elevate Pep Hamilton into a bigger role, which is something that could be done if they fired Lynn.
Hamilton has been the one bright spot of the Chargers’ coaching staff simply by being the quarterbacks coach for Justin Herbert. Because of that, many fans are high on Hamilton and want him to be the one coach that returns on next year’s staff.
I want to see if Hamilton could actually handle a bigger role or if he is just benefitting by association from Herbert being so good. It is not like Hamilton had a long coaching lineage before this season.
Firing Lynn would open that interim head coach door and hey, if the Chargers are as high on Hamilton as fans are then perhaps they would let him steer the ship for the final four games. The other possibility is Shane Steichen becoming the interim head coach with Hamilton getting a more involved role in the offense.
Regardless of the direction, firing Lynn would give us a small sample size to work with to truly evaluate Hamilton and decide whether or not he should return (and potentially get promoted) to the staff next season in a potential overhaul.
Besides that, I do not see any massive cons of keeping Lynn other than our own frustrations. At this point, it is better to lose games.