Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn was roundly praised for the coaching staff he was able to put together in Los Angeles. The luring of former Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley to be defensive coordinator and the retaining of offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt gives Lynn a deep pocket of knowledge to draw from as a first-time head coach.
But does it also give the organization a deep pocket of replacement candidates to choose from should they not be happy with their original choice?
"That doesn't bother me," Lynn said, via The San Diego Union-Tribune. "I know those guys. Those guys have my back."
Interestingly enough, it has become a pseudo-pitfall for head coaches in recent years. Intra-staff takeovers in Jacksonville and Tennessee over the last two seasons have led to permanent gigs for Doug Marrone and Mike Mularkey. Lynn, who was promoted to offensive coordinator after a staff firing earlier this season, was also elevated to head coach upon Rex Ryan's dismissal in December and heavily considered for the Buffalo Bills opening.
Owners making these decisions are starting to understand the value of consistency and instead of expensive, broad searches elsewhere to find a replacement head coach are turning to tenured coordinators or former head coaches on their own staff.
"I've had people ask me why I'd want to bring two head coaches to the staff, guys who have been there and done it who may want to be in your shoes," Lynn said.
Of course, this is not the main reason Lynn should be concerned. In a piece I did last month about the turbulent first few months of a first-time head coach, one of the aspects of the job that stuck out was the need to assert yourself against competing voices. A coaching room is full of diverse experiences and Lynn will be competing to ensure his opinions stand above those of men who have held the job before.