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I Was Wrong About Anthony Lynn

Yes, no snap has been played yet, but Anthony Lynn has already won me over.

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When Anthony Lynn was first hired, I was not a fan. I assumed the Chargers were trying to find a guy no one knew anything about, and hope that Tom Telesco’s second attempt at picking a coach would be successful.

Boy, was I wrong.

Anthony Lynn had one game as a head coach and less than a season as an offensive coordinator after being a running backs coach for most of his career. I thought about how some people can sure talk the talk without ever having walked the walk.

But slowly, Coach Lynn has won me over. He has obviously taken a hard-ass approach with the players, demanding their respect, instead of assuming they will respect him for calling them “men.” Anthony Lynn is a motivator, a no-nonsense kind of guy, and he will be the guy to bring the Chargers to the promised land.

It was very clear early on that Lynn would have a lot of pull in the personnel department, grabbing a big wideout and two of the draft’s best linemen in the first three rounds. Add to that, bringing in Cardale Jones from the Bills, and you have a guy who obviously does his homework on players, and knows what kind of team he wants to build.

He is liked among players, but not for being a “nice guy.” He is looked up to because he is tough, knows the game, and knows exactly how to prepare to get the best out of himself and his players. I can guarantee Anthony Lynn will never be speechless at the podium like a certain recent head coach of the San Diego Chargers.

New city, new team, new coach. The Chargers have a very good, very young, and very underrated team. They can make a mark early in Los Angeles and I would not at all be surprised if they win the West and make a run in the playoffs this season. That’s how big of an impact Coach Lynn will have.

“I think the real players, they crave the discipline. They crave the accountability, and that’s what I’m going to hold them to. We’re going to operate that way. And guys that don’t like that, they won’t be around.” - Anthony Lynn