“I don’t know!?!?!” That was the answer Anthony Lynn gave when asked why he let 15 seconds run off the clock before calling a time out. Yet another strange answer came when asked about the final two plays of the game on the goal line. Why run the ball with no timeouts left and you still need two scores? Why were the offensive lineman dropping back into pass protection while Herbert was trying to run a sneak? The answer….”miscommunication”.
Now this type of thing happens I will give him that. It makes sense that these things would happen with such a giant number of players and coaches combined. However this isn’t the first time we have heard this excuse from Lynn this season or even the second. In all actuality I’m getting tired of him saying it. Whether it’s true or not, doesn’t constant miscommunication fall on the hands of the head coach? Isn’t his job to make sure all players and coaches are on the same page? I mean seeing as how your team has only won 3 games this season AND a number of them were by 1 score AND the fact you may be on the hot seat, one would think they would go out of their way to make sure that everyone was indeed on the same page. Everyone is really starting to question Lynn’s decision making and clock/timeout management. Now I say ‘starting to’ because for the first time it feels unanimous. People who were defending Lynn are now nowhere to be found.
One thing Lynn did say during the press conference after the game (and I’m sure we can all agree on) is that the end of the game sequence was ’embarrassing’. However in my opinion, that wasn’t the only thing during week 12 that he was responsible for that was embarrassing. During the beginning of the 4th quarter Lynn had appeared to want to go for it on 4th & 1. The strange part of this is the fact that they were down by 10 points and already in field goal range. Why risk not getting points when you need two score’s anyways? He then proceeded to waste his first time out of the second half just so he could figure out what planet he was on, only to end up kicking the field goal anyways. Mind you this was an extra timeout they could of used in the last 2 minutes of the game. That’s what you call shooting yourself in the foot. Not to mention the other attempts of going for it on 4th down not only failed but were also very unimaginative.
So far Lynn has been the head coach of the Chargers for a total of 4 seasons. In those 4 seasons the team has had one really good year in which they actually won a playoff game. However his total record as of right now is 29-31 in the regular season and 30-32 If you include the playoffs. The season isn’t over yet so it could get much worse. Although he could still win a few more games but the absolute best case scenario that I can realistically picture is the team going .500 the rest of the way.
Should Anthony Lynn be fired in the offseason? “I don’t know”