After four seasons with the Chargers, it appears that Anthony Lynn’s tenure as head coach has come to an end. The team released a statement from owner, Dean Spanos, on Monday morning thanking him for his time with the team.
Statement from Dean Spanos pic.twitter.com/aR8z0OqnEG
— Los Angeles Chargers (@Chargers) January 4, 2021
After posting back to back losing seasons in the team’s return to Los Angeles, it became apparent that Lynn was no longer the right man for the job. While he had Phillip Rivers for his first three years with the organization, he was not able to find the same success with rookie quarterback Justin Herbert, even though he had a fantastic first season.
While the Chargers improved as the year went on, their record does not reflect their performance this season. While the Chargers went 7-9 on the year, six of their losses were one-possession games, seven if you include the 8-point loss to Miami. In the end, most of their losses came due to bad decision making, ill-timed timeouts, and a lack of clock recognition by Lynn.
The Chargers are looking to find a spark to excite their fanbase and to sell tickets in a brand new market where they have to compete with the Rams for ratings, and Anthony Lynn did not get the job done.
A Chance for a Fresh Start
Now that Los Angeles officially has a head coach opening, they instantly become one of the most attractive landing spots in an offseason that could see as many as 7 or 8 teams looking for a fresh start.
Considering the pieces already in place and the fact that Justin Herbert already looks like an annual MVP candidate, expect all of the top coaching candidates to give Dean Spanos an interview as the team looks to give the Chiefs a run for their money in the coming years.
Names like Chief’s offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy, 49’ners defensive coordinator Robert Saleh, and Titan’s offensive coordinator Arthur Smith are expected to be some of the most sought after coaching candidates around the league. With the Chargers expected to go after an offensive mind to continue Justin Herbert’s progression, Eric Bieniemy becomes a name to keep an eye on. Stealing him away from their division rivals would go a long way in making the Chiefs a contender once again.
The Chargers have a lot to figure out heading into one of the most critical offseasons in recent years. Their first priority will be to fill the coaching vacancy, but their focus will also be on the draft and their 13th overall pick.
Things are about to get very interesting in La La Land, so buckle up Bolts fans. The best is yet to come.