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Five things to know about Bills' interim coach Anthony Lynn

1. He waited a long time for an opportunity.

Lynn has coached in the NFL since 2000 but had never been a coordinator before this season.

After his playing career ended, Lynn got a job as a special teams assistant with Denver before becoming the running backs coach with Jacksonville, Dallas, Cleveland and finally the New York Jets, where he first worked with Rex Ryan.

With the Jets, Lynn eventually earned the title of assistant head coach/running backs, which was also his title with the Bills before taking over as offensive coordinator following Greg Roman's firing in September.

Lynn has interviewed for head coaching positions in the past, with the Jets and Dolphins, and is expected to be one of the hotter coaching candidates this offseason.

“I’m excited for him,” fullback Jerome Felton said after Lynn replaced Roman. “He’s been a coach in the league for a long time. This opportunity’s probably overdue.”

2. He’s a two-time Super Bowl champ.

As a player, Lynn was a reserve running back who won two Super Bowls with the Denver Broncos in the late ‘90s.

Lynn’s career numbers aren’t gaudy. In six NFL seasons with Denver and San Francisco, he carried 28 times for 177 yards. He never scored a touchdown, but also never fumbled.

Lynn played collegiately at Texas Tech.

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3. His running backs pick up yardage.

Everywhere Lynn has coached running backs, his teams have had success on the ground. Consider this: He’s either coached a 1,000-yard rusher or a team that combined to rush for over 2,000 yards in 13 of the last 14 seasons, counting 2016. That includes work with running backs like Fred Taylor, Julius Jones, Jamal Lewis, Shonn Greene and LeSean McCoy.

Additionally, in the last three seasons, Lynn’s teams have finished sixth, third and first in total rushing yards. The Bills rank first again this season.

4. He nearly died once in a serious car crash.

When working with the Cowboys, Lynn and current Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley were victims of a severe hit-and-run accident involving a drunk driver.

Per “Both of Lynn’s lungs collapsed, and his body was in so much shock, he suffered temporary paralysis in his legs. He needed surgery the next morning to reconstruct his face, and three more procedures on his face, shoulder and knee soon after.”

His words to Haley as he lay on the street? “Tell Coach Parcells I’m sorry.”

5. His son is a Bills coach, too.

Lynn’s son, D’Anton, played cornerback at Penn State and now works as a defensive assistant with the Bills. The Jets signed D’Anton as an undrafted free agent out of college and he also spent time with the CFL’s Hamilton Tiger-Cats.

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