Anthony Lynn

Anthony Ray Lynn (born December 21, 1968) is an American football coach and former running back who is the current head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). Lynn began his professional coaching career with the Denver Broncos in 2000 as a special teams assistant, then the offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills before becoming the Chargers head coach in 2017.[1]

Anthony Lynn
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Lynn in 2017
Los Angeles Chargers
Position:Head coach
Personal information
Born:December 21, 1968 (age 50)
McKinney, Texas
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:230 lb (104 kg)
Career information
High school:Celina (Celina, Texas)
College:Texas Tech
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Rushing yards:177
Player stats at
Head coaching record
Regular season:21–12 (.636)
Postseason:1–1 (.500)
Career:22–13 (.629)
Player stats at PFR

Playing career

The 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) Lynn played at Celina High School, and later for the Texas Tech Red Raiders (1988–1991), where he was an All-Southwest Conference running back in 1990. His senior year was cut short by a knee injury, and concerns about the injury left him undrafted. He was a journeyman reserve running back and special teams player during his NFL career, playing for the Denver Broncos (1993, 1997–1999) and San Francisco 49ers (1995–1996). He retired in 2000 due to repeated neck stinger injuries. Lynn was part of Denver's back-to-back Super Bowl champion teams (1997–1998).[2]

Coaching career

Denver Broncos

Upon retiring in 2000, he joined the Denver coaching staff as an offensive assistant and special teams coach.

Jacksonville Jaguars

Lynn then joined the Jacksonville Jaguars as the running backs coach (2003–2004). He left Jacksonville after being switched to special teams coach following a coaching staff shakeup by head coach Jack Del Rio in 2005.[3]

Dallas Cowboys

After leaving Jacksonville, Lynn quickly joined the Dallas Cowboys staff as the running backs coach.[4]

Cleveland Browns

On January 26, 2007, with the retirement of Bill Parcells as Dallas head coach, Lynn signed on with the Cleveland Browns to fill their running backs coach vacancy.[5]

New York Jets

Lynn was named the assistant head coach/running backs coach for the New York Jets on February 1, 2012 under head coach Rex Ryan, and was subsequently interviewed for the head coach job in January 2015, after Ryan left.

Buffalo Bills

When he did not get the position of head coach of the New York Jets, he followed Rex Ryan to the Buffalo Bills where he took the same position. On September 16, 2016, Lynn was promoted to offensive coordinator / assistant head coach of the Bills when Greg Roman was fired.[6] Then later in September, Lynn was promoted to offensive coordinator.[7] When asked what he wants his offensive identity to be, Lynn responded, "I want to play smart, physical football. I want to be explosive down the field... We're going to play a little bit faster and see if we can put a little pressure on the defense. Just execute."[8] Lynn made his debut as offensive coordinator against the Arizona Cardinals, pulling out a 33-18 win.[9]

Lynn became the interim head coach on December 27, 2016, after Rex Ryan was fired.[10]

Head coach interest

On December 30, 2015, the Miami Dolphins interviewed Lynn for their head coach position.[11] He was the fourth head coaching candidate interviewed that week.[12] Lynn also interviewed for the head coaching job with the New York Jets on January 6, 2015, shortly after head coach Rex Ryan was fired.[13] Lynn knew the organization well and was extremely well-respected.[14]

In January 2016, Lynn was a head coaching candidate for the San Francisco 49ers,[15] but removed his name from consideration before a decision was made.[16] Despite not taking a head coaching position in 2016, media insider Ian Rapoport listed Lynn as one of his candidates in a good position to become a head coach.[17] On January 12, 2017, Lynn was named head coach of the newly christened Los Angeles Chargers and one day later the Chargers officially confirmed his hiring as the new coach.[18]

Los Angeles Chargers

On January 12, 2017, Lynn was hired to become the new head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers, the same day that owner Dean Spanos announced that the Chargers were relocating from San Diego to Los Angeles.[19] Lynn's hire was confirmed by the Chargers one day later on January 13 the team's website.[20] Lynn became the franchise's first African-American head coach in its 56-year history.[21]

Coaching tree

NFL head coaches under whom Lynn has served:

Personal life

Lynn has a son, D'Anton, and a daughter, Danielle, with his ex-wife, Cynda. He married journalist Stacey Bell in 2011. Stacey and Anthony Lynn married on March 5, 2011 in Dallas, Texas.[23] His son, D'Anton, played college football for the Penn State Nittany Lions, and was signed as an undrafted rookie by the New York Jets following the 2012 NFL Draft. Lynn was supportive of his son's decision to follow in his footsteps, and taught him about the hard work that goes into being a professional football player both on and off the field.[24]

During Cowboys training camp on August 20, 2005, Lynn was a victim of a hit-and-run automobile accident.[25] Lynn and Todd Haley, both offensive assistants for Bill Parcells, were out for pizza after training camp in Ventura, California.[26] As Lynn and Haley were crossing the street, Lynn was hit by drunk driver Sergio Sandoval. Lynn suffered two collapsed lungs, facial and shoulder damage, and temporary paralysis in his lower body. He had four surgeries on his face, knee and shoulder due to the incident. Lynn returned to coaching less than two weeks later. Lynn's story was featured in a Verizon advertisement during Super Bowl LIII in 2019, where he was introduced to the first responders who treated him.[27]

On Thursday, April 13, 2017 at the funeral service for his former coach Spike Dykes of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, Lynn gave a heartfelt and inspiring eulogy about the work ethic and person-to-person attitude he learned from his college football mentor.[28] On Saturday, May 12, 2018, he graduated from the University of Nevada - Las Vegas with a Bachelors of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies.[29]

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
BUF* 2016 0 1 0 .000 3rd in AFC East
BUF total 0 1 0 .000 0 0 .000
LAC 2017 9 7 0 .563 2nd in AFC West
LAC 2018 12 4 0 .750 2nd in AFC West 1 1 .500 Lost to New England Patriots in AFC Divisional Game
LAC total 21 11 0 .656 1 1 .500
Total 21 12 0 .636 1 1 .500

* – Interim head coach


  • From 2009 to 2013, with Lynn as running backs coach, the Jets running game produced an NFL-leading 137.0 yards per game.[22]
  • In 2013, Lynn helped Chris Ivory establish a team-leading 833 yards on 182 carries.[22]
  • Top ranked running game for the Buffalo Bills in the 2015–2016 season.[30]
  • Took the Chargers into the playoffs for the first time in 5 years.
  • Was in a Super Bowl commercial during Super Bowl LIII.


  1. ^ "Bills OC Anthony Lynn Ready For Challenge".
  2. ^ "Anthony Lynn Passes First Test As Offensive Coordinator".
  3. ^ FOX Sports on MSN - NFL Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 11, 2006. Retrieved January 10, 2007.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ - News Archived February 2, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Bills hire Anthony Lynn as running backs coach". Profootball Talk. January 21, 2015. Retrieved January 30, 2015.
  7. ^ "Lynn Helps Bills Get House In Order".
  8. ^ "Anthony Lynn Press Conference Transcript".
  9. ^ "LA Times "AFC notes: Broncos have been the best in September over the last three years "".
  10. ^ "Bills Announce Coaching Changes". Buffalo Bills. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
  11. ^ "Dolphins Interview Bills Assistant Anthony Lynn for Head Coaching Job".
  12. ^ "Dolphins Interview Anthony Lynn".
  13. ^ "Anthony Lynn To Get In-House Interview For Jets Head Coach Job".
  14. ^ "Jets Seven Potential Head Coaches".
  15. ^ "49ers Set To Interview Anthony Lynn".
  16. ^ "Lynn Removes Name From 49ers Consideration".
  17. ^ "Possible Head Coaches With Most To Gain And Lose".
  18. ^ "Chargers to Hire Anthony Lynn as Head Coach".
  19. ^ "Anthony Lynn Stops By NFL Network".
  20. ^ "Chargers hire Anthony Lynn as their new head coach".
  21. ^ "Chargers officially tap Lynn as new head coach".
  22. ^ a b c d e f g "Anthony Lynn Coaches Inc. Bio".
  23. ^ "Where Are They Now: Texas Tech Alum Anthony Lynn".
  24. ^ "Son Following Anthony Lynn Footsteps To The NFL".
  25. ^ "Cowboys assistant returrns after near-fatal accident". September 4, 2005.
  26. ^ "Coach Lynn Has Put Accident Behind Him".
  27. ^ "Chargers head coach in Verizon Super Bowl ad: It's a 'miracle' I'm alive". February 3, 2019. Retrieved March 14, 2019.
  28. ^ M.M., choir member at the funeral service, First United Methodist Church, Lubbock, TX April 13, 2017
  29. ^ "Anthony Lynn to receive degree at UNLV's commencement ceremony".
  30. ^ "Anthony Lynn Up Among Bills Coaches".

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1989 All-American Bowl

The 1989 All-American Bowl was a college football postseason bowl game between the Duke Blue Devils and Texas Tech Red Raiders.

2016 Buffalo Bills season

The 2016 Buffalo Bills season was the franchise's 57th overall season as a football team, 47th in the National Football League, fourth under leadership of general manager Doug Whaley and second under head coach Rex Ryan. The Bills hoped to improve on their 8–8 record from 2015, the team's first since 2002, but a 34–31 overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 16 eliminated the Bills from playoff contention for a 17th season in a row, extending the longest active drought among all four North American major professional sports leagues. It would be Ryan's final season as head coach of the Bills, as he and his twin brother, Rob, were fired with one game remaining in the regular season.

2017 Los Angeles Chargers season

The 2017 Los Angeles Chargers season was the franchise's 48th season in the National Football League (NFL), the 58th overall, the 2nd in the Greater Los Angeles Area and the first under head coach Anthony Lynn. It was the Chargers' first season in Los Angeles since their inaugural 1960 season, when they were in the AFL, as the team exercised its option to move back to the city and join the Los Angeles Rams on January 12, 2017. The 2017 season was the first of three seasons played at StubHub Center prior to the new stadium in Inglewood being completed in 2020.

The Chargers, despite an 0–4 start, improved their 5–11 record from last season after a week 13 win over the Cleveland Browns. Their season finale win over the Raiders helped the Chargers finish with a winning record for the first time since 2014. However, they missed the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season — the Chargers finished in a four-way tie with the Tennessee Titans, Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens for the two Wild Card playoff spots, but the Titans and Bills claimed the Wild Cards based on tiebreakers.

2018 Los Angeles Chargers season

The 2018 season was the Los Angeles Chargers' 49th as a member of the National Football League, their 59th overall, their 3rd in the Greater Los Angeles Area and their second under head coach Anthony Lynn.

Despite a slow 1–2 start, the Chargers improved on their 9–7 record from last year with a Week 14 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, finishing the season tied with Kansas City for first in the AFC West. They also recorded a 10-win season for the first time since 2009 when they were in San Diego, also their first as a Los Angeles based team since 1960. With a Week 15 win over the Kansas City Chiefs, the Chargers clinched their first playoff berth since 2013 when they were based in San Diego. They finished the regular season with a 12–4 record and entered the playoffs as the AFC's #5 seed after the Chiefs beat the Raiders, which clinched the AFC West along with home-field advantage for the Chiefs. Despite the winning season, the Chargers finished dead last in attendance as they struggled to develop a fan base in a crowded Los Angeles sports market.

They defeated the Baltimore Ravens 23–17 in the Wild Card Round of the playoffs, but were then defeated by the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots 28–41 in the Divisional Round.

2019 Los Angeles Chargers season

The 2019 Los Angeles Chargers season will be the franchise's upcoming 50th season in the National Football League (NFL), the 60th overall, the 4th in the Greater Los Angeles Area and the third under head coach Anthony Lynn. The Chargers will try to improve on their 12–4 record. It will also mark the Chargers' third and final season playing their home games at Dignity Health Sports Park, as the team will move into Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park in Inglewood beginning with the 2020 season.

Active NFL head coach career Super Bowl history

There are 32 head coaches in the National Football League (NFL) for the 32 respective teams. Nineteen of the current head coaches have won at least one Super Bowl as either a head coach, assistant coach, or as a player throughout their career in the NFL, while all but 3 have participated in at least one. Bill Belichick has the most Super Bowl wins throughout his career among active head coaches with 8 (6 as a head coach and 2 as a defensive coordinator), as well the most losses with 4 (3 as a head coach). Doug Marrone, Matt Nagy and Kliff Kingsbury are the only coaches who have never won or lost a Super Bowl having never made it to one. Six of the coaches have won at least one Super Bowl as a head coach with their current teams, John Harbaugh, Bill Belichick, Sean Payton, Pete Carroll, Doug Pederson and Mike Tomlin. Additionally, Jon Gruden won Super Bowl XXXVII while the head coach for the 2002 Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Celina High School (Texas)

Celina High School is a public high school located in Celina, Texas, United States. It is part of the Celina Independent School District located in northwestern Collin County and classified as a 4A school by the UIL. In 2015, the school was rated "Met Standard" by the Texas Education Agency.

D'Anton Lynn

D'Anton Lynn (born Anthony Ray Lynn II, October 24, 1989) is a former American football cornerback who is currently a defensive assistant for the Houston Texans of the National Football League. Lynn was signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2012. He played college football at Penn State.

David Lynn (golfer)

David Anthony Lynn (born 20 October 1973) is an English professional golfer who played mainly on the European Tour, but took up full-time membership on the PGA Tour for the 2013 season.

He won the 1994 Greek Amateur Championship, where he finished eight shots ahead of David Howell. He turned professional in 1995. Lynn won three times in his professional career. His best European Tour Order of Merit finish was 18th in 2012, and he reached number 34 on the Official World Golf Ranking in 2013.

He notably finished second in the 2012 PGA Championship, eight strokes behind winner Rory McIlroy on five under par after consecutive rounds of 68 over the weekend. This was only his second appearance in a major championship and the result ensured a return to next year's PGA Championship, as well as a first ever visit to the Masters Tournament. He also moved up to a career high ranking of 40th.On the back of his runner-up finish at the 2012 PGA Championship and having earned enough money as a non-member, Lynn joined the PGA Tour full-time for the 2013 season. Lynn came close to earning his first PGA Tour victory in May 2013 at the Wells Fargo Championship. He finished regulation play at eight-under-par, tied with American rookie Derek Ernst. However, Lynn lost on the first sudden-death playoff hole to an Ernst par, after hitting his second shot into a greenside bunker and was unable to get up-and-down for par.In October 2013, Lynn won the Portugal Masters, shooting a final-round of 63 to win his first European Tour title in nine years. He retired after the 2014 season, suffering from tendonitis in his right elbow.

Desmond King (American football)

Desmond King II (born December 14, 1994) is an American football cornerback for the Los Angeles Chargers of the National Football League (NFL). He earned All-Pro honors in 2018 as both a defensive back and a punt returner. He previously played college football for the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Doug Whaley

Douglass G. Whaley (born December 16, 1972) is an American football executive and former collegiate player. He is the current Senior Vice President of Football Operations for the XFL and from 2013 to 2017 was the general manager of the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League.

History of the Los Angeles Chargers

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Kyle Emanuel

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Kyzir White

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List of Buffalo Bills head coaches

The Buffalo Bills are a professional American football team based in the Buffalo, New York metropolitan area. They are members of the Eastern Division of the American Football Conference (AFC) in the National Football League (NFL). The Bills franchise was formed in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League (AFL), before joining the NFL as part of the AFL-NFL merger of 1970.There have been 19 head coaches for the Bills franchise. Buster Ramsey became the first head coach of the Buffalo Bills in 1960, serving for two seasons before being fired by Bills owner Ralph Wilson after the 1961 season. In terms of tenure, Marv Levy has coached more games (182) and seasons (12) than any other coach in franchise history. He coached the Bills to four straight AFC Championships from 1990–1993, but failed to lead the team to a victory in the Super Bowl. One of Levy's predecessors, Lou Saban, who coached the team on two separate occasions, led the team to the victories in the AFL championship in 1964 and 1965. Three Bills coaches—Saban, Levy and Chuck Knox—have been named coach of the year by at least one major news organization. Levy and Jim Ringo are the only Bills coaches to have been inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

There have been six "interim" head coaches in Bills history. First, in 1968, head coach Joe Collier was fired two games into the season and replaced by Bills personnel director Harvey Johnson. Johnson did not serve as head coach the following season. Then, five games into the 1976 season, Saban unexpectedly resigned as head coach. He was replaced by Ringo, the team's offensive line coach. Ringo returned to coach the team again in the 1977 season. In October 1985, Kay Stephenson was fired and replaced by assistant head coach Hank Bullough. Just over a year later, Bullough was himself fired and replaced by Marv Levy, who had previously served as coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. Levy would then serve as Bills head coach for the next 12 seasons. In 2016, Anthony Lynn replaced Rex Ryan for the final game of the season.

Following Levy's retirement, the Bills experienced limited success under a series of successive head coaches. Wade Phillips, the Bills defensive coordinator for the last three years under Levy, took over head coaching duties for the 1998 season. Phillips served as head coach for three seasons, making the playoffs in his first two (He was the last coach to lead the Bills to the playoffs until Sean McDermott became coach in 2017). After Phillips' departure following the 2000 season, Gregg Williams was named head coach. Williams served as coach for three seasons. At the end of the 2003 season, Williams' contract was not renewed. Mike Mularkey was named as the new head coach for the 2004 season, leading the Bills to their first winning season since 1999. The Bills experienced less success under Mularkey during 2005, and Mularkey resigned as head coach at the completion of the 2005 season. The Bills then named Dick Jauron as their head coach for the 2006 season. Jauron was the first coach since Phillips' dismissal with prior head coaching experience, having previously served as head coach of the Chicago Bears and interim head coach of the Detroit Lions. Jauron coached the Bills to three consecutive 7–9 seasons before being fired on November 17, 2009, nine games into the 2009 season. On January 19, 2010, the Bills named Chan Gailey as their next head coach; Gailey was fired on December 31, 2012. In January 2013, Doug Marrone was appointed. He exercised his option to leave in January 2015 following the change of ownership to Kim and Terrence Pegula and was replaced by Rex Ryan. Rex Ryan was fired from the team on December 27, 2016. Anthony Lynn served as interim head coach until January 11, when the team hired Sean McDermott to serve in the role on a permanent basis.

List of Buffalo Bills seasons

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For complete team history, see History of the Buffalo Bills.

List of Los Angeles Chargers head coaches

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List of current National Football League head coaches

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Los Angeles Chargers

The Los Angeles Chargers are a professional American football team based in the Greater Los Angeles Area. The Chargers compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league's American Football Conference (AFC) West division. The team was founded on August 14, 1959, and began play on September 10, 1960, as a charter member of the American Football League (AFL), and spent its first season in Los Angeles, before moving to San Diego in 1961 to become the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers joined the NFL as result of the AFL–NFL merger in 1970, and played their home games at SDCCU Stadium. The return of the Chargers to Los Angeles was announced for the 2017 season, just one year after the Rams had moved back to the city from St. Louis. The Chargers will play their home games at Dignity Health Sports Park until the 2020 opening of the Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park, which they will share with the Rams.

The Chargers won one AFL title in 1963 and reached the AFL playoffs five times and the AFL Championship four times before joining the NFL (1970) as part of the AFL–NFL merger. In the 43 years since then, the Chargers have made 13 trips to the playoffs and four appearances in the AFC Championship game. In 1994, the Chargers won their lone AFC championship and faced the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XXIX, losing 49–26. The Chargers have eight players and one coach enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio: wide receiver Lance Alworth (1962–1970), defensive end Fred Dean (1975–1981), quarterback Dan Fouts (1973–1987), head coach–general manager Sid Gillman (1960–1969, 1971), wide receiver Charlie Joiner (1976–1986), offensive lineman Ron Mix (1960–1969), tight end Kellen Winslow (1979–1987), linebacker Junior Seau (1990–2002), and running back LaDainian Tomlinson (2001–2009).

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