Seahawks, Anthony Lynn Discussing OC Role

Not long after the Chargers fired Anthony Lynn, the veteran coach is expected to have options to return as an offensive coordinator for the 2021 season. The four-year Bolts HC is under consideration for multiple OC jobs, according to’s Dianna Russini (on Twitter).

Thus far, Lynn has been most closely connected to the Seahawks. He has spoken with Pete Carroll about the job,’s Tom Pelissero and Ian Rapoport report (via Twitter). It does not sound like Lynn has committed to coaching next season, but he will be an option in Seattle. Lynn, 52, has coached in every season since his playing career ended in 2000.

The Seahawks fired three-year OC Brian Schottenheimer earlier this week; Lynn is the first name to be connected to the NFC West champions. While other names may emerge, Russell Wilson wants a say in the team’s next play-calling hire.

I think it’s vital, it’s critical, super significant, obviously, that I’m a part of that process,” Wilson said, via’s Brady Henderson. “Coach and I have definitely been talking about that, [GM John Schneider] too as well. We’ve had some … great dialogue about the thought process of who we want, the leader … the innovator, all that kind of different stuff that you want. I think that’s the super-critical thing, obviously at this point in my career because you spend every day with that person.”

Prior to becoming the Chargers HC in the team’s first season back in Los Angeles, Lynn served as offensive coordinator in Buffalo. However, Lynn took over early in the 2016 season after the Bills fired Greg Roman. Prior to that season, Lynn primarily served as a running backs coach. Lynn coached running backs for five teams from 2003-16 before rising to the coordinator level. He was not the primary play-caller in Los Angeles, but the offense-oriented head coach oversaw four straight top-11 offenses in L.A. OC Shane Steichen called the Bolts’ plays this season.

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7 comments on “Seahawks, Anthony Lynn Discussing OC Role

  1. Simmons>Russ

    Lynn would make sense leaving the Chargers and going to the Seahawks and serving under a respected coach in Pete Carroll and being a OC on a team with Russell Wilson, Chris Carson, DK Metcalf and so on. Your going to have some really good players on the field running your plays on a good team. The only request is that they need to upgrade the offensive line.
    Lynn could bring Pouncey with him cause he will hit FA, as will Forrest Lamp.
    Plus being the Seahawks with Russ and Metcalf and etc your might have good appeal to vets trying to get minutes and ring chase.

  2. wagner13

    Russell Wilson also wants a say in who coordinates the team so that the scheme fit matches? No way! I thought Watson was just a massive diva /s

  3. hoosierhysteria

    Brian S is awful. Good riddance. Lynn not the sharpest knife in the drawer. RW will control offense…as he should.

  4. Ak185

    Lynn is actually a good fit for Seattle. His offenses in Buffalo were designed around a strong run game with less than stellar offensive line performance, and his quick turnaround of that offense that had struggled under the old staff was remarkable. Lynn’s performance in L.A. really wasn’t that bad, in all honesty, but the run game there was usually pretty good considering the fact that he was missing his primary back much of the time. The Seahawks will be most interested in emulating that.

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