After just one season, Anthony Lynn is now back in Detroit.
Sources indicate that the Lions’ offensive coordinator and the Lions’ offensive coordinator will part ways after Sunday’s game against Green Bay Packers.
Dan Campbell hired Lynn as his first year coach in January 2021, after having been a head coach for four years.
Lynn is a former NFL runningback of eight seasons and an assistant coach of 17 campaigns. He was hired as the Los Angeles Chargers head coach in 2017. After four seasons in L.A. he guided the Bolts to a record 33-31 and one postseason appearance. Lynn was fired following a second consecutive season of sub-.500 in 2020.
Lynn was one of a number of former players who were hired by Campbell to coach the Detroit Lions. Campbell is a former NFL tight-end and was the first-time head coaching. Duce Staley, Aaron Glenn (defensive coach), Antwaan El (wide receivers), as well as Mark Brunell (quarterbacks), Mark Brunell and Duce Stealey (assistant HC), were among his colleagues.
The Lions offense, led by Lynn, quarterback Jared Goff, running back D’Andre Swift and tight end T.J. Hockenson, struggled to propel Detroit to many victories and broke 20 points just once in its first 11 games. The Lions enter Week 18 ranked 28th in total offense and 22nd in scoring offense. Detroit’s red-zone and third-down offenses are also among the league’s worst.
After Detroit’s 0-8-1 debut, things got so bad for Lynn and the Lions, the OC was removed from play-calling duties in October. Campbell assumed the offensive reins. This was a move Lynn did not consider a “demotion”.
Lynn stated, “I have been in Dan’s shoes and if I were 0-8 and needed to spark my team, then I probably would’ve done that as an offensive guy,” Lynn added. Lynn said, “I would be a hypocrite to not agree with his actions.”
Lynn now has the chance to spark a team as an offensive coordinator or running backs coach, or even as a head coach.