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LA Chargers: 3 biggest factors in hiring Anthony Lynn’s replacement

INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 27: Head coach Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on prior to a game against the Denver Broncos at SoFi Stadium on December 27, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
INGLEWOOD, CALIFORNIA - DECEMBER 27: Head coach Anthony Lynn of the Los Angeles Chargers looks on prior to a game against the Denver Broncos at SoFi Stadium on December 27, 2020 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

2. Someone who is better with clock management and in-game decisions

While Anthony Lynn was a great player’s coach and motivator he lacked in the two areas that make a successful head coach: utilizing the talent he has (in the case with Herbert) and in making in-game decisions and managing the clock.

That is why it was so frustrating to watch the Chargers this season. There were so many questionable decisions and it really seemed like a weekly affair that we would pick out how the Chargers mishandled a certain situation and it also tied back to Lynn.

Remember when the Chargers ran the ball in the red zone with no timeouts and just over 20 seconds remaining against the Buffalo Bills and ran out of time and did not score? Remember when they literally did the exact same thing only two weeks later against the Atlanta Falcons?

What about when the Chargers called timeout, leaving time on the clock at the end of the first half, only to punt the ball away to the Buffalo Bills?

It was horrendous to watch and Lynn’s decisions were not great either. Oftentimes, Lynn coached not to lose instead of coaching to win. Very rarely would the team go for it on fourth down and when they did, the play calls were usually terrible.

I knew there was a hole in this aspect for Lynn heading into the season but I was not too worried, that is until he decided to punt the ball away in overtime to the defending Super Bowl champions instead of going for it on fourth and one.

The Chiefs drove down the field and kicked the game-winning field goal, almost with ease. The perfect metaphor for the Anthony Lynn era.

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