COSTA MESA, Calif. – Anthony Lynn on Wednesday addressed many topics about Los Angeles chargers reporting on a training camp, but the only thing he shouldn’t have discussed was holding rallies attended by one of his star players.
Any possibility of this became a controversy on Tuesday night, when the franchise agreed to extend a five-year contract that would make the Joe Bose adapter the highest paid defensive player in the NFL.
“Joey is tied up for a while, and we’re all excited about it. We have other guys with contracts, but time will tell,” Lynn said. “It’s one less distraction you have to deal with.”
Lynn – who is entering her fourth season as a coach ̵1; is well aware of how distractions from holding can affect everyone.
Last year, running back Melvin Gordon missed camp and did not report until the fourth week of the regular season. He averaged just 3.8 yards per carry, down from 5.1 in 2018, and he didn’t sync for most of the season. Gordon finished signing with Denver during the offseason.
“It didn’t happen to Melvin last year, but I’m glad it did now,” Lynn said. “My job is to create these players and make them feel like Superman. When they want to pay like Superman, I back off.”
The Bosa expansion costs $ 135 million, including a guaranteed $ 102 million. This exceeds the five-year $ 125 million extension that Miles Garrett signed to Cleveland two weeks ago.
Lynn said all 86 players on the roster had applied to camp and that he did not know who should be included in the COVID-19 reserve list. Players may be listed through contact with an infected virus or a positive test.
He also added that no player had approached him about abandoning the upcoming season.
The newcomers announced last Saturday and are already undergoing training, as well as step-by-step instructions with the coaching staff. The whole team will not be on the field until Monday.
Linna’s early reports to the team confirm that this is far from a normal training camp due to existing coronavirus protocols and canceled pre-season games. He also preached self-discipline.
“Every day was chaos. We must welcome the chaos. We will have to think and rethink our players,” he said. “The goals have not changed, but the most disciplined teams will be ahead. We have two opponents – our schedule and COVID-19. Both game plans are equally important.”
Lynn also doesn’t have much time to prepare for a team that has changed critical positions after a disappointing 5-11 last season. Tyrod Taylor is in the driver’s seat to start in the fourth fight against the Bengals, but the first choice Justin Herbert will also get his share of repetitions. Austin Eckeler will take the lead, and the offensive line will have at least three new starters.
Defending Chris Harris of Denver has teamed up with Casey Hayward Jr. to defend Derwin James on his potential to be one of the best runners-up in the league.
“If you’re a late flowering or slow student, this camp will be a problem,” Lynn said. “We have to be creative in how we approach practice because we have to do more, but we have some good veteran coaches.”