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Chargers Fire Anthony Lynn After Four Seasons

The Chargers will have a new voice for 2021, as the team announced Monday that they have fired head coach Anthony Lynn.

Owner Dean Spanos put out a statement regarding the firing of Lynn.

“This morning I informed Anthony Lynn that we have made the decision to part ways with him as our head coach. I’m not sure there is another person in this league more respected as a human being than Anthony, and I want to sincerely express my deepest gratitude for his leadership during a time of great change for our organization,” Spanos said.

Lynn went 32-32 in four seasons with the Chargers.

The Bolts will have plenty of competition when it comes to looking for a new head coach, as already on “Black Monday” the Jaguars, Lions, Jets, Texans, and Falcons all have coach openings on the first day post the 2020 regular season.

Report: Chargers to Fire Head Coach Anthony Lynn

A season that has not gone as expected for the Chargers is set to cost head coach Anthony Lynn his job according to reports Sunday.

Jay Glazer from Fox Sports reports that Lynn will be one of the coaches canned on “black Monday,” the day in which a handful of NFL coaches each year get fired the day after the season ends.

Lynn did have times of success with the Chargers, leading them to a 12-4 mark in his second second as coach.

He was able to get the team to the AFC Divisional Playoffs before losing to the New England Patriots.

After that season the team has struggled, as they have just 11 victories, and this season have slumped to a 6-9 record.

Austin Ekeler Expected to Play Thursday, WR’s Allen and Williams Game-Time Decisions

The Chargers look like they will have at least one key player when they play in Las Vegas against the Raiders Thursday, as Tom Pelissero from NFL Network reports that running back Austin Ekeler (quadriceps) is expected to play.

Pelissero says that wide outs Keenan Allen (hamstring) and Mike Williams (back) are true game-time decisions, per sources. Both receivers were sore Sunday and the short week doesn’t help.

The Bolts are 3.5 point underdogs in Las Vegas for the Thursday showdown.

Report: Anthony Lynn’s Job with the Chargers Safe – For Now

Sunday was one of the most painful losses in recent memory for the Chargers, as they were blasted at home by the New England Patriots 45-0.

The Bolts were never in the game, and were clearly outplayed and outcoached, much to the chagrin of the fan base as well as the front office.

With all that, there’s plenty of questions about the future for head coach Anthony Lynn, and if he will return for the 2021 season.

CBS Sports reports that, for now, Lynn’s job is safe, but it sounds more and more unless there’s a turnaround and the team is a LOT more competitive, that Lynn could be shown the door.

The Los Angeles Chargers have lost two straight games and currently reside at the bottom of the AFC West with a 3-9 record, but don’t expect head coach Anthony Lynn to be handed his walking papers anytime soon. According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, no Chargers head coaching change is imminent. The organization reportedly has a “tremendous amount of respect” for Lynn and always has. The franchise would prefer to evaluate everything at the end of the year rather than make a quick decision about Lynn’s future.

The Chargers current head coach has had success, as when he came into the organization in 2017 he was able to get the organization to a winning mark of 9-7, and the following year the Bolts went 12-4, and even win a game on the road against the Baltimore Ravens.

Last year the club went backwards, going 5-11 and this season they are 3-9, going just 2-4 on the road and 1-5 at home in Los Angeles.

It’ll be the second straight losing season for Los Angeles, and some think it will be the last season for Lynn when it comes to him coaching the Chargers.

LB Uchenna Nwosu Injures Shoulder, to Miss Possibly Three Weeks

Chargers linebacker Uchenna Nwosu could miss a few weeks after suffering a shoulder injury in Sunday’s 34-28 home win over the New York Jets.

In a report from Aaron Wilson from the Houston Chronicle the Bolts linebacker sprained the AC joint.

The linebacker should miss about three weeks of action for the 3-7 Chargers.

Nwosu’s shoulder injury took place during a sack by teammate linebacker Denzel Perryman. This season Nwosu has 23 tackles, eight quarterback hits, 3.5 sacks and three tackles for loss.

Chargers Installed As 7.5 Point Underdogs @ Saints On MNF

The Los Angeles Chargers will occupy a prime time slot for the first time in 2020 as they head to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome to take on the 2-2 New Orleans Saints on Monday night.

LA fell to 1-3 on Sunday as it blew a 24-7 lead over the Tampa Bay Buccanneers. The momentum shifted when the Chargers opted not to run out the clock and take a 17-point lead into half-time, and instead, the Bucs reduced the deficit to 10 through Mike Evans and went on to win 38-31.

Equally as disappointing as the Chargers’ collapse was the injury to running back Austin Ekeler, who is expected to miss 4-6 weeks with a hamstring problem and a hyperextended knee.

Ekeler joins a long list of names on the injury list in LA, but despite the issues that are mounting for Anthony Lynn, fans can be encouraged by the performances of rookie Justin Herbert.

The 22-year-old had two 50+ yard touchdown passes on Sunday and is making the most of his opportunity. Coach Lynn, however, is yet to declare the former Oregon star as his number one quarterback.

Given the Chargers’ absentees and their inability to close out games, it is easy to see why betting sites have favored the Saints by 7.5 points. That said, LA has been able to keep all of its games close thus far, even against the Kansas City Chiefs, who needed overtime to get the job done at the new SoFi Stadium.

Last week, the line for the Chargers vs Buccaneers game opened at 4.5 and had moved to 7.5 by kickoff, meaning that LA covered by losing 38-31. Against the spread, the Chargers are 2-1-1 this season, with the only push coming in the opening week victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Saints, meanwhile, are 2-2 both against the spread and in real terms, in what has been a fairly underwhelming start to their campaign.

When the Detroit Lions took a 14-0 lead over New Orleans on Sunday, the Saints’ season threatened to spiral out of control, but Sean Payton’s men rallied to put up 35 unanswered points and demonstrated how devastating they can be on offense.

That offensive prowess is a big reason why the over/under total points line has been set at 52 for Monday Night Football. It is the first time it has been set above 50 for any Chargers game this year, and considering that every Saints game has seen 57 or more points this term and LA was in a 69-point shootout on Sunday, you can see why taking the over might be an attractive proposition for bettors.

The total Chargers points line is set at 22, while the Saints are at 29.5. Of course, with Tyrod Taylor close to a return, these lines could change depending on who Lynn decides to go with.

For those looking to back LA on the money line, the odds are set at +280. New Orleans is a strong favorite at -370, which is the shortest price it has been to win any game this season.

Justin Herbert to Start at QB This Week for the Chargers Against Panthers

Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn officially announced Wednesday that rookie Justin Herbert will the team’s starting quarterback for their Week 3 game against the Carolina Panthers according to the team’s official website.

Herbert got an unexpected start last Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs after the team’s doctor accidentally punctured veteran QB Tyrod Taylor’s lung during a pain injection.

Herbert acquitted himself well, throwing for over 300 yards and almost leading the Chargers to an upset victory over the 2019 Super Bowl Champions.

Taylor’s status is considered week-to-week and he will not be placed on injured reserve. Lynn has repeatedly stated that Taylor is his starting QB when healthy and gives the team its best chance to win each week but the coaching staff is going to face major pressure from both management and the public if Herbert puts up another stat performance.

He faces a much weaker secondary in the Panthers and has major streaming potential in most fantasy football leagues.

Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor Won’t Be 100 Percent for Sunday’s Game

Chargers coach Anthony Lynn has consistently said that when Tyrod Taylor is 100 percent healthy, he’ll remain the team’s QB.

It might be an easier pitch to make knowing it’s unlikely Taylor will be ready to play this week, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.

NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday on Good Morning Football that Taylor seems unlikely to play this week following complications from a painkiller that was administered to address a rib injury.

“For him to be 100 percent this Sunday is theoretically possible but does not seem likely, based on what I know about the situation,” Rapoport noted.

Taylor was taken to the hospital and discharged Sunday. The veteran QB was on Friday’s injury report with a rib injury but wasn’t given a status as he fully intended to play with a flak jacket. The faulty injection, however, sidelined him for Week 2.

It could keep him out at least Week 3 as well, as the Chargers are likely to be cautious with the 31-year-old QB.