Chargers’ 9-7 record feels disappointing, but Anthony Lynn sees a brighter future
By Jack Wang
COSTA MESA — Anthony Lynn went to sleep disappointed. He woke up disappointed. So it makes sense that when he got to the Chargers practice facility Monday morning and saw everyone else disappointed, he started to feel … better?
“You come into the next day of work and the whole organization is a little down,” the head coach said. “That’s kind of encouraging because that just tells me that everyone’s standards and expectations are much higher. We do this for one reason, and that’s to get in the tournament and try to win the prize. …
“The last thing I want to do is come into a place and everyone is satisfied with being 9-7.”
The Chargers clearly aren’t. They ended the 2017 season in bittersweet fashion — trouncing the Raiders on Sunday afternoon, but missing the playoffs minutes later thanks to the Titans’ victory over the Jaguars. Many observers regarded Los Angeles as the third- or fourth-best team in a weak AFC, behind New England, Pittsburgh and Kansas City.
But they will watch the postseason from home, while the Bills — a team the Chargers blew out in Week 11 — break their 17-year playoff drought.
Less than two weeks away from the one-year anniversary of his hiring, Lynn reiterated his belief in his team’s potential. He wants to keep as much of his staff together as possible, including offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and special teams coordinator George Stewart.
Bradley, who helmed a top-three scoring defense this season, could draw interest for a head-coaching vacancy. Whisenhunt, meanwhile, oversaw what turned out to be the league’s top passing offense — but one that underachieved thanks to its red-zone struggles.
Lynn, a former running backs coach who served briefly as Buffalo’s offensive coordinator, admitted on Monday that he and Whisenhunt needed time to […]