Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn was handed a contract extension by the AFC West franchise this offseason, but apparently the reported “multi-year” part of the deal was incorrect.
Lynn, entering his fourth season in charge of L.A., signed an extension that only keeps him with the Chargers through 2021, per Eric Williams of ESPN. When the Chargers brought in Lynn, a former NFL running back and later offensive coordinator with the Buffalo Bills, he initially signed a four-year agreement. So, with Lynn signing an extension with the club taking him through 2021, reports of a multi-year extension have turned out untrue.
I'm told Anthony Lynn signed a 1-year contract extension that puts him with the Chargers through the 2021 season.
— Eric Williams (@eric_d_williams) February 13, 2020
While the Chargers only won five games during the 2019 regular season, missing the postseason, too, Lynn still sports a 26-22 record as head coach of the franchise. It only gets harder for L.A. in 2020, however, as they have the reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs in their division along with emerging quarterback talent Drew Lock of the Denver Broncos, and the relocated Las Vegas Raiders to fend off.
Lynn made the playoffs in his second season with the Chargers in 2018, when they defeated a rookie Lamar Jackson and the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Wild Card Round, only to lose by two touchdowns to eventual Super Bowl LIII champion New England Patriots in the divisional round.
Despite earning the (one-year) extension, Lynn has plenty of uncertainties to deal with in 2020, namely the quarterback position as the Chargers will part ways with veteran signal-caller Philip Rivers. Additionally, Pro Bowl running back Melvin Gordon is a free agent.