Chargers News: L.A. Announces Coaching Staff

Anthony Lynn announces Los Angeles Chargers staff with new and old faces
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

L.A. Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn got a celebration to announce his hiring, but his new staff only got a press release to announce their hirings, per the Los Angeles Times.

Still, the new Chargers head coach said that the experience on his staff will allow him to concentrate on being the leader of the team. Meanwhile, he can let his staff do their jobs.

“It can be too much when you’re heavily involved on one side of the ball and you’re trying to be the head coach the organization,” Lynn said via ESPN.

Lynn’s staff includes some old faces from Mike McCoy‘s staff last year.

Offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt returns to lead the offense. Tight ends coach John McNulty, receivers coach Nick Sirianni, quarterbacks coach Shane Steichen and offensive assistant Mark Ridgley also return from the 2016 offensive staff.

Added, Lynn hired coaching veteran George Stewart to run the special teams. Marquice Williams will assist the special teams for his second year with the team.

On defense, new defensive coordinator Gus Bradley retained defensive line coach Giff Smith and assistant defensive backs coach Chris Harris. Harris and Smith stay despite Bradley already saying he will shift the team’s scheme from a 3-4 defense to a base 4-3 defense.

Lynn’s staff of twenty coaches and assistants also features some new hires. The L.A. Chargers confirmed the hiring of former Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Richard Smith as their new linebackers coach.

Otherwise, D’Anton Lynn joins his father staff as a defensive assistant. Eric Henderson will serve as the assistant defensive line coach.

Offensive line coach Pat Meyer joins the Chargers from Buffalo. Running back coach Alfredo Roberts will also work with Lynn again.

Moreover, offensive quality control coach Dan Shamash joins the team after being in Jacksonville last year.

James Cregg will be the assistant line coach. Cregg was previously the offensive line coach at USC.

Further, Lynn said that he is excited to have the coaching staff in place. He called it one of the most talented coaching groups he has ever been around, via a statement from the team.

Lynn said there is a great mix of coaches with veteran experience as well as young and innovative coaches. The former Bills interim head coach said he is eager to start working with his new staff in L.A.

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