In case you haven’t heard, the Chargers are moving north. Head Coach Anthony Lynn knows this well. Despite the expected adjustments during a relocation, he’s certain of one thing. This move will not be used as an excuse.
On June 15, the San Diego Chargers walked off of the practice field at Chargers Park for the last time. The team’s formal offseason program wrapped up, and the official transition to becoming the Los Angeles Chargers had become a reality.
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However, the team began its journey to forge a new identity when Lynn was introduced as its new head coach in January. Almost immediately, the Chargers were put on notice. Lynn made it clear that he’d demand accountability from each of his players. He was quite pleased with the effort his team had shown throughout OTAs and other offseason workouts.
He was not as impressed following the first practice of the team’s three-day mini camp. The Chargers collectively looked sluggish. Lynn was surprised by this, after what he had dubbed to be an outstanding offseason. What he did see neither lived up to the standard he expects, nor what they showed over the past few months.
Lynn made it clear that he’s going to let them know exactly what he thinks…good, bad or indifferent. It doesn’t matter if it’s a mini-camp practice in June, a training camp rep in August or a regular season game; Lynn expects his team to play up to standards at all times.
When asked about his team’s performance, Lynn responded accordingly:
“It didn’t look very good today. I wasn’t very pleased with the standard today. We just looked sluggish. Committed some fouls. (Those are) things that get you beat. Things we haven’t done all offseason… We don’t make excuses. We had a long weekend, but that’s no reason. Come back fresher. Don’t come back sluggish.”
Lynn’s response was indicative of his work ethic. He is bluntly honest and makes no apologies for being such. But rather than deterring his team’s morale, Lynn is having the opposite effect. In fact, quarterback Philip Rivers expected nothing less from the no-nonsense coach.
“One thing we’ve found out early on from Coach Lynn is that he’s matter of fact (and) to the point,” he said. “We have to bounce back this afternoon, have a good walkthrough and have a better day tomorrow.”
The Bolts responded and ended the offseason program on a high note. Thanks to Lynn’s heavy hand and honest leadership, they won’t be likely to have many more (if any) sluggish days. The defending Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots are consistent winners because each player buys into phrases such as “Do Your Job” and “No Days Off.”. As the former offensive coordinator and interim head coach of the Buffalo Bills, he is very familiar with those phrases. But, he has never been a stranger to them. Hard work and discipline has been a part of Lynn’s entire professional career.
As they head into 2017 training camp, the Chargers usher in a new era. They have a new hometown, and a new head coach. However, they have an old fashioned goal, and that goal is to win! The Chargers know what that will entail. And, Anthony Lynn is not afraid to tell them where they stand.
– Mike D’Abate is the Managing Editor for cover32/Chargers and covers the Los Angeles Chargers. Like and follow on Follow @MG973024