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Chargers’ Anthony Lynn reveals team’s starting quarterback

Anthony Lynn, Tyrod Taylor, Justin Herbert, Chargers

On Monday, Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn re-iterated his post-game comments after the team’s Week 2 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs: if Tyrod Taylor can play, he’ll be under center in Week 3.

“If Tyrod Taylor’s 100%, he’s our quarterback,” Lynn said on Monday, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

Taylor was scratched from the lineup shortly before kick-off on Sunday after experiencing chest pains, requiring a visit to the hospital. The team announced he “experienced difficulty breathing” and was later discharged. He’s considered week-to-week.

In his absence, 22-year old rookie Justin Herbert was thrust into his first NFL action against the defending Super Bowl champions. The former Oregon Duck threw for 311 yards on 22-for-33 passing, accounted for two touchdowns (one rushing). He also tossed one bad interception.

L.A. had a prime opportunity to defeat Kansas City (2-0) in overtime, but Lynn’s decision to punt on 4th-and-1 gave the ball back to Mahomes, who drove down field to set up a game-winning Harrison Butker field goal.

The Chargers (1-1) were always going to make the switch to Herbert eventually — similar to the Cleveland Browns’ strategy in 2018 to use Taylor as a stop-gap QB until No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield was ready. In Week 3 that season — when a concussion forced Taylor out of a Thursday night game vs. the New York Jets — Mayfield orchestrated a comeback win, and Taylor’s run as Browns starter was over.

After Taylor’s chest injury and Herbert’s ensuing impressive performance this Sunday, it began to look like deja vu for Taylor. However, Lynn clearly has other intentions. In his post-game presser, Lynn tried to immediately squash the notion that the baton is officially passed to Herbert.

“I’m gonna wait and see what type of health Tyrod is in,” Lynn said. “He was our starter for a reason, and if he’s 100 percent, ready to go, he’s our starter. But I know that Justin can pick up the slack if he can’t.”

Los Angeles will host the Carolina Panthers (0-2) in Week 3.