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Former Buffalo Bills coach Anthony Lynn out as Los Angeles Chargers head coach

Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

The Los Angeles Chargers have fired head coach Anthony Lynn. Before he was in L.A., he served one game as the Buffalo Bills’ interim head coach and was Rex Ryan’s right-hand man for two seasons.

Lynn went 33-31 as the head coach for the last four seasons in Los Angeles, with his best year coming in 2018. That season, the Chargers went 12-4 and won a playoff game before losing to the eventual Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots in the divisional round. They couldn’t build on that success and despite a four-game winning streak to end the season and the development of rookie QB Justin Herbert, the team moved on.

Lynn coached the Bills during their final game in 2016 with Rex Ryan out the door, losing to the New York Jets 30-10. He was a candidate to replace Ryan, was well-respected in the locker room, and coached the Bills to a pretty successful offense. While he lost the job to Sean McDermott, he landed in Los Angeles.

The Chargers are the sixth team in need of a new head coach so far this offseason.

It makes sense that Bills’ offensive coordinator Brian Daboll would be at the top of L.A.’s list. He went to the same WNY high school as Chargers’ GM Tom Telesco and has experience molding a young playcaller into an elite NFL QB.