The Los Angeles Chargers and head coach Anthony Lynn have completed their coaching staff for the 2017 season. Lynn, who was hired shortly after the regular season concluded, is entering his first job as a head coach.
Most recently, he was promoted to be the offensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills before being named interim head coach upon Rex Ryan’s firing with one game remaining.
For the first staff that Lynn constructed, he landed some high-profile hires.
Eight coaches were retained from the previous staff and will be making the move from San Diego to Los Angeles with the team. Offensively, coordinator Ken Whisenhunt, John McNulty (tight ends), Nick Sirianni (wide receivers), Shan Steichen (quarterbacks), and Mark Ridgely (assistant) will return in 2017.
On defense only Ron Milus (defensive backs) and Giff Smith (defensive line) were selected to return. New defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and Lynn added Eric Henderson (assistant), Chris Harris (assistant), and D’Anton Lynn (assistant). The Chargers also announced the hiring of former Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Richard Smith (linebackers) who was fired after the Super Bowl.
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New offensive coaches include Pat Meyer (offensive line), Alfredo Roberts (running backs), James Cregg (assistant), and Dan Shamash (quality control).
Special teams coach George Stewart is a new addition but Marquice Williams (assistant) was retained.
Via a team released statement, Lynn had the following to offer about his new staff. “We have one of the most talented groups of coaches I have ever been around. There is a great mix of coaches with veteran experience and leadership as well as some very strong, young and innovative coaches. I am very excited to work alongside these men.”