The LA Chargers blew the third-largest lead in playoff history in the Wild Card Round, allowing the Jacksonville Jaguars to advance and kick Joe Lombardi out of Los Angeles in the process. Just hours before the Chargers' horrible defeat, former Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn helped coach the San Francisco 49ers to a blowout win over the Seattle Seahawks.
After being fired by the Chargers, Lynn was hired as the offensive coordinator of the Detroit Lions, where he lasted just one season. Kyle Shanahan then brought him in as the run game coordinator and assistant head coach prior to the 2022 season.
Fittingly enough, Lynn recently compared his current situation with the 49ers to his previous situation as the head coach of the LA Chargers. And while some fans may look at it as Lynn simply being bitter, his comments about the organization shine a light on an ugly truth that Chargers fans kind of already know.
Is there an ounce of bad blood there? Maybe. But Lynn's comments have more truth to them than the organization probably wants to admit. All we have to do is look at the track record of the organization to realize that Lynn is not speaking out of pure hostility.
Anthony Lynn's comments prove why the LA Chargers haven't had a lot of success.
Despite always having big-name talents and being the preseason favorites to make a dark-horse Super Bowl run, the Chargers are constantly falling short. It does not matter who the head coach is, the quarterback, or anything in between. Ever since that magical mid-2000s run with LaDainian Tomlinson, this organization hasn't been successful.
The Chargers have made the playoffs only three times during Tom Telesco's tenure as general manager. All three of those appearances were as a wild-card team. The last time the Chargers actually hosted a playoff game was in 2009.
Telesco is certainly part of the bigger problem but having limited success like this stems from the top. It is not a coincidence that the Chargers always seem to have the worst luck, whether it be on the field or via injuries. There is a common denominator that has to do with the franchise itself.
A perfect cross-sport comparison is the Los Angeles Angels. Like the Chargers, the Angels have the money to spend on big-name players and have fielded the best baseball player of this generation in Mike Trout. They now have the two best players on the planet in Trout and Shohei Ohtani.
Yet the Angels have made the playoffs just once since 2010 and have not won a playoff game since 2009. Like the Chargers, they often deal with injuries, lack of development, and overall disappointment. Like the Chargers, those issues stem from the top.
There is a reason why the Angels fanbase is celebrating the fact that Arte Moreno is selling the team. Once you get an owner that actually puts resources into not only winning but building a culture, success will follow.
There are so many examples of how proactive ownership can make a difference. Look at the difference in the Los Angeles Dodgers between the Frank McCourt days and now. The team has the third-longest postseason streak in MLB history under current ownership.
Look at the Golden State Warriors, who went from a team that never had any success to the most successful team of the last decade — all since Joe Lacob bought the team. It all starts at the top. Chargers fans have been saying this for years.
Anthony Lynn's comments are not meant to be a drive-by shot at the Chargers. It is an honest, open response about the difference between a well-run organization like the 49ers and the Chargers.
We don't even need Lynn to say it out loud, just look at the difference between the 49ers' success and the Chargers' success. That does all the talking.