Anthony Lynn, the Bills' former offensive coordinator and interim coach, is set to become the head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers, according to reports from NFL Network and the San Diego Union-Tribune Thursday night.
Lynn will face his former team next season, as the Bills are set to play the Chargers on the road in 2017.
The #Chargers are finalizing a deal with Anthony Lynn, source said.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 13, 2017
The Chargers announced Thursday morning that they are relocating from San Diego to Los Angeles. They'll eventually join the Rams in the new, $2.6 billion Inglewood stadium, but until then, Lynn's team will play in the 30,000-seat StubHub Center in Carson, Calif., which was built for the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team.
Lynn is known for his work with running backs, leading the Bills to the NFL's best rushing attack each of the last two seasons. He had been a longtime NFL assistant but enjoyed a rapid ascension in 2016, being promoted from running backs coach to offensive coordinator when Greg Roman was fired after an 0-2 start, and then being promoted again to interim coach after Ryan was fired.
The Chargers went 5-11 last season and own the seventh pick in the upcoming draft. They have a good veteran quarterback in Phillip Rivers and a solid young running back in Melvin Gordon, but ranked 29th in the NFL in points allowed per game (26.4).