New Chargers Coach Lynn: “I Would Never Call Myself a Players’ Coach”

In a recent interview with ESPN, new Chargers coach Anthony Lynn was asked about the “players’ coach” title, which was often readily bestowed upon Rex Ryan before his brand of coaching became wildly unpopular, Conor Orr of NFL.com reports. Lynn served as Ryan’s running backs coach, assistant head coach and offensive coordinator from 2009-2016.

“I would never call myself a players’ coach,” Lynn said. “But I think the real players, they crave the discipline. They crave the accountability, and that’s what I’m going to hold you to.

“We’re going to operate that way. And guys that don’t like it, they won’t be around.”

Remember that discipline was a buzzword throughout Ryan’s two-year tenure in Buffalo.

Lynn added: “Players have always played hard for me. I feel like I’ve always got the most out of players. But I’ll be honest with you — I have got the most out of them because of fear. I don’t have a lot of players calling me, asking me how I’m doing. But Rex has the personality where guys call him all of the time.

“I’m probably more balanced now because I’ve been around Rex. My mom used to say you deal in truth and grace. And I probably demonstrate a little more grace with my players right now. And when you do that, they appreciate it so much. I think the relationship becomes more relational than just professional.”

Lynn is hoping this hybrid philosophy works. Or, as Lynn put it, “the big market will turn on your ass if you don’t win.”

Chargers Hire Former Falcons DC Richard Smith as New LB Coach

The Chargers announced that ex-Falcons defensive coordinator Richard Smith has been hired as linebackers coach, Michael Gehlken of UT San Diego reports.

Smith, 61, was fired by the Falcons last week. He was the Falcons’ defensive coordinator for the last two seasons. His NFL coaching career began in 1988 with previous defensive coordinator stints in Miami and Houston.

Chargers Hire Longtime Vikings Receivers Coach George Stewart

The Vikings will need to hire another assistant on offense as receivers coach George Stewart has reportedly accepted a new job with the Chargers after 10 seasons in Minnesota, Andrew Krammer of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.

Stewart will be the Chargers new special teams coordinator under head coach Anthony Lynn, according to Sporting News. Stewart coached Lynn during his first season in San Francisco in 1996. Stewart got his NFL start as a special teams coach, leading units in Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay and San Francisco before coaching 49ers receivers in the early 2000s, including Terrell Owens.

Stewart has coached receivers ever since, joining the Vikings in 2007. During his tenure in Minnesota, three receivers made the Pro Bowl in Percy Harvin, Sidney Rice and Cordarrelle Patterson. Their two leading receivers last season were Adam Thielen, an undrafted free agent, and Stefon Diggs, a fifth-round pick. Stewart was the second-longest tenured Vikings assistant coach behind Kevin Stefanski, who has moved to quarterbacks coach.

Chargers RB Melvin Gordon Somehow Feels Fans in San Diego Will Accept the Team Again

Chargers Pro Bowl running back Melvin Gordon has an interesting perspective on the team’s move from San Diego to Los Angeles, James Walker of ESPN.com reports.

“I don’t think we’re going to lose everyone in San Diego,” Gordon told ESPN Friday. “I really don’t think of it like that. I just think of it as we’re on a break — like a relationship. You know? But she’ll be back and we will be back. We will be back together. That’s how I look at it.” That’s a good thought, just like playing casino games at 12bet.

There has been plenty of outrage and backlash from San Diego fans since Chargers owner Dean Spanos decided to relocate to Los Angeles on January 12th after 56 years of being in San Diego.

The primary reason was due to the Chargers being unable to get public funding to build a new stadium to replace Qualcomm Stadium, a stadium that really does need to be updated, but also at the same time was playable for teams around the league. They even have had Super Bowls at the stadium over the years.

Gordon said there is a helpless feeling among Chargers players when it comes to the fans of San Diego.

“We can’t stop it. We can’t help it or help the situation,” Gordon said. “So speaking on it don’t really make the San Diegans feel any better. But we do feel for them to say the least.

“You feel for them, but it’s out of our control. As players, we can’t do anything about it. You got to deal with the cards you’ve been dealt with.”

Gordon is insane to have that feeling that folks are going to embrace the Chargers after leaving the city. Even in Los Angeles with the Rams this season, it was not exactly easy for the Rams to get a huge fan base, as the team wasn’t all that good, and by the end of the year people seemed to be staying away.

The Chargers running back is going to see quite quickly how the fans in Los Angeles react to teams that are not very good. Just ask the Rams players from 2016.

If the Chargers come out and win, people are going to come, and those in San Diego will still feel shunned as they had their team ripped away from them. There’s really no other way to look at it.

Gordon needs to accept that, and move on with the team as it is now in Los Angeles.

Chargers Set to Hire Anthony Lynn as New Head Coach

Anthony Lynn

The Chargers are planning to hire former Bills interim head coach Anthony Lynn as their next head coach, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports via Eric Williams of ESPN.com.

A deal is “unofficial, but in the works,” a source tells ESPN’s Josina Anderson.

Lynn would be the Chargers’ 16th head coach in franchise history and the team’s first African-American head coach. He had a second interview scheduled with the Chargers on Thursday.

Lynn, 48, was one of six candidates initially interviewed by the Chargers. The others included Sean McDermott, hired as the Bills head coach, New England Patriots defensive coordinator Matt Patricia, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Mike Smith, Kansas City Chiefs special teams coordinator Dave Toub and Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin.

Chargers at Browns NFL Week 16 Inactives

Here are today’s inactives for the Browns and Chargers at First Energy Stadium with kickoff set for 1pm Eastern.

Chargers: RB Melvin Gordon, T King Dunlap, C Max Tuerk, TE Asante Cleveland, CB Craig Mager, WR Jeremy Butler, DT Kaleb Eulls

Browns: QB Kevin Hogan, DE Tyrone Holmes, C Gabe Ikard, QB Josh McCown, DT Stephen Paea, DT Gabe Wright

Chargers Out of the Playoffs, and Maybe Out of San Diego After Tough Loss to Oakland

Oakland Raiders v San Diego Chargers

2016 is yet another wasted season for the San Diego Chargers, as Sunday the team fell to the Oakland Raiders 19-16, ending any hopes of a trip to the postseason.

What was even worse was watching the Raiders celebrate, as their win over the Chargers will send them to the postseason for the first time since the 2002 season, a year in which they lost to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl.

Playing before what looked like a home crowd at 70,000-seat Qualcomm Stadium, the Chargers had every chance to pull out a win, but as they have done all too often this season, they just couldn’t make the plays down the stretch, and fell when it meant the most.

The Chargers not only have a lot of work on the field to do, they don’t even know where they will be playing football after this season.

Team chairman Dean Spanos seems almost certain to move the team to the Los Angeles area after failing to get a big public subsidy to help him replace aging Qualcomm Stadium.

Spanos, son of owner Alex Spanos, appears to be leaning toward moving to Los Angeles and eventually joining the Rams in a stadium in Inglewood scheduled to open in 2019. Spanos angered the fan base last year with a failed attempt to move to Carson and share a stadium with the archrival Raiders.

After that failed, the Chargers-backed Measure C was overwhelmingly rejected by San Diego voters on Nov. 8. That would have raised $1.15 billion in increased hotel occupancy taxes for a $1.8 billion downtown stadium and convention center annex.

Now at 5-9, the Chargers will miss the postseason for the third time in coach Mike McCoy’s four seasons and for the sixth time in six seasons overall.

Chargers vs Panthers NFL Week 13 Capsule

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS (5-7) AT CAROLINA PANTHERS (4-8)

REGULAR SEASON SERIES

  CHARGERS PANTHERS
SERIES LEADER   4-1
STREAKS   Past 2
COACHES VS. OPP. Mike McCoy: 0-0 Ron Rivera: 1-0
LAST WEEK L 28-21 vs. Tampa Bay L 40-7 at Seattle
LAST GAME 12/16/12: Panthers 31 at Chargers 7. Carolina RB DeAngelo Williams has 144 scrimmage yards & TD catch. Panthers DE Charles Johnson has 2 sacks & FF.
LAST GAME AT SITE 10/24/04: Chargers 17, Panthers 6. San Diego RBs Jesse Chatman & LaDainian Tomlinson each rush for TD. Chargers’ defense limits Panthers to 263 total yards.
REFEREE Ronald Torbert
BROADCAST FOX (1:00 PM ET): Sam Rosen, Brady Quinn, Jennifer Hale (Field reporter). SIRIUS: 138 (SD), 93 (Car). XM: 384 (SD), 228 (Car).

STATS

PASSING Philip Rivers: 266-425-3353-25-14-93.0 Cam Newton: 203-371-2614-14-8-80.6
RUSHING Melvin Gordon: 251-992-4.0-10 Jonathan Stewart: 138-511-3.7-7
RECEIVING Tyrell Williams: 53-837-15.8-6 Greg Olsen (TE): 61-820-13.4-3
OFFENSE 367.8 346.0
TAKE/GIVE -1 -6
DEFENSE 360.1 369.6
SACKS Melvin Ingram: 6 Mario Addison: 6.5
INTs Casey Hayward: 7 (1L) Thomas Davis: 3
PUNTING Drew Kaser (R): 45.2 Michael Palardy: 45.2
KICKING Josh Lambo: 98 (35/38 PAT; 21/25 FG) Graham Gano: 79 (25/28 PAT; 18/22 FG)

NOTES

CHARGERS: QB PHILIP RIVERS has 4 TDs vs. 0 INTs for 111.9 rating in past 2 meetings. Ties for 4th in NFL with 25 pass TDs…RB MELVIN GORDON had 138 scrimmage yards (84 rush, 54 rec.) & rush TD last week. Ranks 4th in NFL with 12 TDs (10 rush, 2 rec.)…WR TYRELL WILLIAMS aims for 5th in row with rec. TD. WR DONTRELLE INMAN has 168 rec. yards (84 per game) & 2 TDs in past 2. TE ANTONIO GATES has 109 career TD catches, 2nd most by TE in NFL history. Aims for 3rd meeting in row with rec. TD. TE HUNTER HENRY ties for 3rd among rookies with 5 TD catches…CB CASEY HAYWARD has 4 INTs in past 5. Leads NFL with 7 INTs & 17 PD. LB MELVIN INGRAM leads team with 6 sacks. Rookie DE JOEY BOSA has 5.5 sacks, 9 TFL & FF in past 8. Ties for 3rd among rookies with 5.5 sacks. Rookie LB JATAVIS BROWN is 1 of 6 in NFL with 50+ tackles (51), 3+ sacks (3) & 2+ FFs (2)…PANTHERS: QB CAM NEWTON has 19 pass TDs vs. 6 INTs for 99.8 rating with 5 rush TDs in past 9 at home. Aims for 5th in row vs. AFC with rush TD. Passed for 231 yards & 2 TDs for 99.4 rating in last meeting…RB JONATHAN STEWART has 7 rush TDs in past 7. FB MIKE TOLBERT had 2 rush TDs in last meeting…WR TED GINN JR. aims for 4th in row with TD catch. Has 9 receptions for 195 yards & 2 TDs in past 2. WR KELVIN BENJAMIN has 5 TDs in 7 career games vs. AFC. Since 2013, TE GREG OLSEN leads NFL TEs in receptions (295) & rec. yards (3,748)…DE KONY EALY has sack in 3 of past 4. DE CHARLES JOHNSON aims for 3rd in row with sack. Had 2 sacks & FF in last meeting. LB THOMAS DAVIS has 2 INTs in past 3 vs. AFC. Since 2013, is only NFL LB with 400+ tackles (407), 14+ sacks (14.5) & 8+ INTs (9). CB DARYL WORLEY leads rookie CBs with 66 tackles. S MICHAEL GRIFFIN had team-high 14 tackles last week.