Anthony Lynn completes Los Angeles Chargers staff

Posted by: Chris Vannini on Tuesday February 14, 2017


Anthony Lynn has completed his Los Angeles Chargers staff.

Lynn spent the past two years with the Bills. This past season, he moved from running backs coach to offensive coordinator to interim head coach. He was thought to be the front-runner for the full-time job, but the Bills went elsewhere, and Lynn landed the Chargers head coaching job.

Lynn takes over a team literally on the move, going from San Diego to Los Angeles to play in a soccer stadium. The Chargers went 5-11 this year, but nine losses came by one possession. They have missed the playoffs for three straight years.

Here is the 2017 Chargers staff:


The front office wanted the new head coach to keep the offensive staff in place. The Chargers were No. 9 in scoring last year, and Philip Rivers is still the foundation of the team.

On offense, Lynn retained offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, quarterbacks coach Shane Steichen, wide receivers coach Nick Sirianni, tight ends coach John McNulty and offensive assistant Mark Ridgley.

On defense, Lynn retained defensive line coach Giff Smith, defensive backs coach Ron Milus and assistant defensive backs coach Chris Harris. When Lynn was a head coaching candidate, it was reported he would bring former Jaguars head coach and close friend Gus Bradley as his defensive coordinator. That played out in Los Angeles. Bradley spent four years as Jags head coach and was previously the defensive coordinator for the Seahawks.

Richard Smith joins the Chargers as linebackers coach a week after coaching in the Super Bowl as the Falcons defensive coordinator. Smith spent two years in Atlanta. One coach joined from the college ranks in assistant defensive line coach Eric Henderson, who only began coaching in 2012 and has quickly moved up the ranks.

Lynn brought two assistants from Buffalo, in offensive line coach Pat Meyer and defensive assistant D’Anton Lynn (Anthony Lynn’s son).

Four of six new NFL head coaches have completed their staffs. Keep track of new NFL staffs here.

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