3 Coaches the Chargers Can Hire to Replace Anthony Lynn

The Los Angeles Chargers could look to move on from Anthony Lynn, and here are three coaches they should pursue.
The Los Angeles Chargers could look to move on from Anthony Lynn, and here are three coaches they should pursue. / Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images

A disappointing 2020 season got worse for the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 13, when they suffered a truly brutal 45-0 blowout at the hands of the New England Patriots. The loss brought to light many of the team's weak points, and the spotlight is now on head coach Anthony Lynn. Los Angeles looks headed toward another season without a playoff appearance, which would be the third time that's happened in Lynn's four seasons at the helm.

The Chargers would be smart to look for a new head coach to help lead the development of young stud quarterback Justin Herbert. With that in mind, here are three head coaches the Chargers can hire to replace Lynn.

3. Nick Sirianni, Offensive Coordinator, Indianapolis Colts

Nick Sirianni is a rising young coaching talent. Sirianni spent five seasons with the Chargers, coaching various skill positions, before earning a promotion to OC with the Colts in 2018. Sirianni's Colts teams have placed in the top 10 twice for points (2018 and this season), showcasing his ability to put his players in a position to score. Los Angeles could use a coach like that, especially given that they're averaging the 11th-fewest points per game (23.1) this season. Sirianni's prior experience in Los Angeles makes him an intriguing candidate that already knows what the organization values.

2. Nathaniel Hackett, Offensive Coordinator, Green Bay Packers

Nathaniel Hackett's offense in Green Bay has been elite this season, and it should earn him some consideration for a head-coaching gig. Green Bay ranks first in points and second in total yards as Hackett has been able to maximize the Packers' weapons. His experience coaching a superstar QB in Aaron Rodgers will be incredibly valuable for the Chargers, who are hoping Justin Herbert can be the franchise QB they desperately need. Hackett is a coach Los Angeles can trust to revamp their passing attack.

1. Byron Leftwich, Offensive Coordinator, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Byron Leftwich is a high-profile candidate, and his long tenure as an NFL QB should make him appealing to the Chargers. Leftwich has spent the past two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and enjoyed incredible success through the air. Leftwich helped get the most out of Jameis Winston, with Tampa Bay ranking first in passing yards and third in touchdowns. Leftwich has followed that 2019 season up with ranks of fourth in touchdowns and 10th in yards this year. The 40-year-old coach is an excellent choice to aid in Herbert's long-term development.

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