Phillip Rivers at Cincinnati. Photo courtesy of the Chargers
Chargers QB Phillip Rivers at Cincinnati. Photo courtesy of the Chargers

On the same day the team announced it is moving from San Diego to Los Angeles, the Chargers appeared Thursday to be on the verge of hiring a new head coach.

It was also the same day the Rams announced the hiring of their new head coach.

The Rams played this past season for the team’s first year back in Los Angeles since 1994, and they’ll be joined in Los Angeles for the coming 2017 season by the Chargers.

ESPN and NFL Network reported late Thursday the Chargers are was close to finalizing a deal with Anthony Lynn, the Buffalo Bills’ interim head coach and offensive coordinator.

There was no immediate word from the team. Chargers officials interviewed Lynn Jan. 10 about the coaching position, which became vacant when Mike McCoy was fired Jan. 1.

The Chargers finished the season 5-11, a slight improvement from their 4- 12 mark the previous year. In his four years leading the team, McCoy had a 28- 38 record.

Lynn, 48, has been in the league for 17 years, beginning as an offensive assistant with the Denver Broncos. He was a running backs coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns, New York Jets and the Bills. He was promoted to offensive coordinator in Buffalo at the start of the 2016 season. Thanks largely to the work of running back LeSean McCoy, the Bills led the NFL in rushing with 2,630 yards, yards per game at 164.4 and yards per carry at 5.3.

Lynn became the Bills’ interim head coach on Dec. 27 when the Bills fired Rex Ryan with one game remaining in the season.

— City News Service


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