The Los Angeles Chargers sure do love their secret extensions. A few short years after they hid an extension given to general manager Tom Telesco, they have done it again. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter (via Twitter), head coach Anthony Lynn has been given a multi-year extension. The report was also confirmed by ESPN’s Eric D. Williams (via Twitter).
It would seem that the Chargers recognized that rewarding a coach coming off an 11-loss season would not necessarily be well received, but there is an obvious logic to it. Lynn’s regular season record of 26-22 (1-1 in the playoffs) is mediocre, but it does not necessitate moving on. With only one year remaining on his current contract, Spanos and Telesco had to make a decision about whether or not to let their coach go into 2020 as a lame duck. They quite reasonably elected not to do that.
This decision suggests that the Chargers believe in Lynn and they are prepared to commit to him as they enter the new Rams stadium this season. Choosing to do this increases the odds that we see the team draft their quarterback of the future in April and the optimistic perspective is that this means the organization is going to take the long view and actually plan for the future rather than making shortsighted win-now moves that would most likely blow up in their faces later.