Essentially a career running backs coach, adding Lynn shocked most Los Angeles fans. He didn’t have the experience of other popular candidates. However, his hands-on, player-friendly approach won him the job.
The Chargers will become a more accountable team under Lynn through the force of his leadership. This will be difficult to quantify in most cases, but fans will notice Philip Rivers throwing fewer interceptions (Rivers leads the NFL in INTs over the past three seasons).
Sando’s thoughts on the hire are sound. Compared to Mike McCoy, Lynn brings more toughness to the job. The Chargers will definitely be a sharper team in practice. It’s too early to say if that will translate to the regular season games, but things look hopeful.
On the turnover front with Philip Rivers, there are plenty of reasons why the veteran should have a much better year. First and foremost, the offensive line should be much improved. Adding Forrest Lamp, Dan Feeney, and Russell Okung should allow Rivers to move up in the pocket and find an open receiver.
The second reason is Lynn’s rushing attack. Sando is aware that Lynn led the best rushing attack in football last year with the Bills. Los Angeles may not have the running back talent that Buffalo had, but Melvin Gordon appears ready to take the reigns.
For the most part, most of NFL pundits agree that Lynn was a solid hire for the Chargers. The staff he put together is a strong one that is full of former head coaches who can help Lynn learn the ropes.
With a new-look Chargers offense and Gus Bradley leading an up-and-coming defense, Lynn could lead the Chargers to the postseason in the near future. Of course, Lynn is going to need to figure out a way to keep the players on the field for 16 games.
Right after the hire, I broke down why I liked the move. Lynn’s offensive mind and attitude make him the right hire for the Bolts. He may have been under the radar, but that may be exactly what the Chargers need.