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"The days of the one-dimensional pocket-passing QB are over,” says Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn

The head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers may have thrown some accidental shade at the biggest star on his team, Philip Rivers.

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Depending on the depth of your knowledge about Anthony Lynn’s history before becoming the head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers, or the depth with which you have watched the team’s offensive identity change over the last month or so, the following quote may or may not surprise you...

"The days of the one-dimensional pocket-passing quarterback in the NFL are over," Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said. "I know coaches and experts say and want to think otherwise, but the fact is, if you don’t have a quarterback who can give you some kind of effective movement, you’ve got a dead offense."

Just to be clear, Anthony Lynn knows who Philip Rivers is. He knows that Rivers is a one-dimensional pocket-passing quarterback. He knows that he doesn’t have a quarterback on the field who can give him some kind of effective movement with his legs.

In an article written four days ago, Anthony Lynn is calling his own offense a dead offense.

Let’s not make too big of a deal over this. Anthony Lynn isn’t about to bench Philip Rivers for Cardale Jones, nor is he looking to trade Rivers. However, he’s not going to be looking to extend Rivers’ contract any time soon.

In an ideal environment, Lynn appears to be looking for what he’s already had.

  • When went with Rex Ryan from the New York Jets to the Buffalo Bills in 2015, he was part of the braintrust that sought out Tyrod Taylor and gave him an opportunity to start.
  • Here’s a list of QBs that played a major role at the QB position while Lynn was with the Jets: Geno Smith, Michael Vick, Tim Tebow.

It’s pretty obvious that what Lynn is looking for, offensively, is a multi-dimensional rushing attack that throws the ball mostly as a last resort. That flies in the face of how the Chargers’ fans and coaches have thought of Philip Rivers since 2008 or so, but it’s fine.

Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Kudos to Anthony Lynn to be willing to voice his, and to be able to find a way to build his offense with the pieces currently on the roster.