Detroit Lions announce hiring of Anthony Lynn as offensive coordinator


Detroit Lions trainer Dan Campbell made it clear that he wanted to add experienced voices to his staff. On Wednesday he officially landed one with the offensive coordinator and hired former Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn.

An agreement was reportedly reached between the two sides last weekend.

Lynn, 52, spent the last four years with the Chargers, leading the team to a 33-31 record with a playoff appearance in 2018. He was fired after the 7-9 in 2020.

During her time with the Chargers, Lynn saw the transition from established quarterback Philip Rivers to rookie Justin Herbert, who had a historically productive rookie season in 2020. This experience could prove valuable in Detroit, as the Lions will part ways with Matthew Stafford and the draft is likely to attract a young successor.

In a statement, Charger’s owner Dean Spanos praised Lynn’s character and said there may not be a more respectable person in the NFL, but the decision boiled down to results on the field.

“As we all know, this is a results-driven business and, to put it simply, the last two years’ results have not lived up to expectations,” Spanos said in a statement. “In the future we will redouble our efforts to build both.” In recent years we have worked innovatively in many facets of our organization and we have to transfer this to our entire company. “

The chargers filled the vacancy and hired Ram’s defensive coordinator Brandon Staley.

Prior to running the chargers, Lynn spent two years in Buffalo.

Lynn was originally hired as the running backs coach and assistant head coach for Rex Ryan and was promoted to offensive coordinator when the Bills fired Greg Roman two games in the 2016 season. The team would win their next four games and score 30 or more points in three of those wins, but that team success proved short-lived as the bills would end the year 7-9.

The hallmark of Lynn’s offense this season was the ground game. The bills took first place in the NFL with 2,630 rushing yards for the season, averaging an impressive 5.3 yards per attempt.

Pro bowler LeSean McCoy led the attack with 1,267 yards and was joined by Mike Gillislee (577 yards) and quarterback Tyrod Taylor (580 yards), who eventually reconnected with Lynn in Los Angeles.

Lynn continued to train productive running backs with the Chargers, clinching a career-best year for Melvin Gordon in 2017 before making undersized, uncovered rookie Austin Ekeler one of the better options for the league’s double threat in 2019, over 1,500 meters away.

Prior to Los Angeles and Buffalo, Lynn trained with five other NFL teams, starting in 2000 as an assistant to a specialty team with the Denver Broncos. A long career as a player followed.

Lynn, who had retired from Texas Tech as a running back, made mostly contributions to special teams who appeared in six seasons in 83 games for the Broncos and 49ers.

Lynn joins Campbell’s still developing staff who have extensive experience with NFL games. Defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn played for 15 years, while running backs and assistant head coach Duce Staley had a 10-year career. Offensive coach Hank Fraley, who is reportedly being retained by Campbell, has also played in the league for a decade.

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