Anthony Lynn may return to the Buffalo Bills under Sean McDermott

Should Anthony Lynn fail to land a head coaching gig, he may end up returning to the Buffalo Bills as Sean McDermott's offensive coordinator.

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Jul 31, 2015; Pittsford, NY, USA; Buffalo Bills running backs coach Anthony Lynn instructs Karlos Williams (40) during training camp at St. John Fisher College. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

With the head coach silly season in full swing at the moment, news and rumors are coming in fast and furious. At this stage, it really is hard to know which will land and which will fall in the coming hours, days, and weeks. One piece of news that could become relevant for the Buffalo Bills is the interest in Mike McCoy as an offensive coordinator.

Impressing ownership with his interview the other day, the news has already begun to funnel behind Sean McDermott Buffalo Bills next head coach. In fact, his hiring could happen very soon according to some with sources inside the organization. If that happens, it has been expected that former Chargers head coach Mike McCoy would become his offensive coordinator.


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Thanks to this being the silly season for coaches though, a new rumor has now reared it’s head. Already the favorite to land the Denver Broncos head coaching gig, Miami defensive coordinator Vance Joseph has now reportedly reached out to McCoy for his open offensive coordinator position. Given the weapons at Denver’s disposal on offense, it would be shocking to see McCoy still end up in Buffalo.

However, should McCoy take the job with the Broncos, it would once again open up McDermott’s offensive coordinator position. One person that could fill that position is the current offensive coordinator in Anthony Lynn. Despite having his name tossed around for head coaching jobs, there is little evidence that he is a major player for any of those positions.

Should Lynn not get any of the open jobs remaining, he already stated that his main goal was to remain with the Bills. Having the support of the players and already knowing the offensive personnel, McDermott could be tempted into keeping Lynn. Such a move would give him an early advantage as he tries to evaluate the team and find his footing.

While the possibility remains that Anthony Lynn could get a head coaching job, his odds just became a whole lot longer in my opinion. Given his success in coaching this offense last season, why not give him another chance? Depending on McDermott’s offensive knowledge, Lynn could be a lifeline for McDermott during this first season.

If he proves himself and McDermott sees a better option, Lynn will get a head coaching job and the team will move on. It’s a win-win. If Lynn struggles, well, we gave it a shot. That said, I would expect Lynn to get this offense playing at a high level, something this team needs in order to have a shot at the playoffs in 2017.

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  • Tyler Hayes

    The weapons at disposal on Denver’s offense?

    As if Shady McCoy, Sammy Watkins and Charles Clay are garbage? Not to mention an offensive line who’s an average RT away from being great, and Mike Gillislee who was very good? If they keep Robert Woods, that’s just another weapon.

    I don’t see what’s so special about Denver’s offense…especially at QB? If Tyrod hits the market, he would go to Denver and be the starter.

    Buffalo will probably keep him, and given that’s the most important position on a football team, that would also give Buffalo the advantage here. (And I’m not a Tyrod fan, at least not at a $16M cap hit for 5 years.)

    But I question whether you even know who’s on Buffalo’s offense, because they’re better than Denver’s.