Player News - Chargers

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New Chargers coach Anthony Lynn said Melvin Gordon's game is "growing like a weed."

"He’s very dynamic," Lynn said. "He took his game to another level, and we’re going to help him take it even further." Lynn wants to run a "balanced" offense, which is not surprising considering his history as a running backs coach. Lynn has been involved in seven 1,000-yard seasons in his 14 years as an RBs coach or offensive coordinator including LeSean McCoy's 1,267-yard effort in 2016. Gordon should see as much work as he can handle moving forward.
Source: ESPN
Jan 19 - 9:36 AM

ESPN Chargers reporter Eric Williams expects San Diego to move on from CB Brandon Flowers this offseason.

Flowers turns 31 next month and missed the final six games of the season with a concussion. He's had a history of brain injuries and could be contemplating his playing future. The Chargers can save $7 million against the cap by releasing Flowers and have Casey Hayward and Jason Verrett as starters.
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 17 - 9:13 PM

The Chargers will retain Ken Whisenhunt as offensive coordinator.

This was the expectation even before Anthony Lynn, himself an offensive mind, was hired. Whisenhunt coordinated Philip Rivers in 2013, earning himself a second chance as a head coach with the Titans. He failed spectacularly, and was back with the Bolts in 2016. Whisenhunt's 2016 unit was effective, but plagued by the typical inconsistency and chaos that's been a mainstay for the Chargers. Lynn's presence should be a huge plus for Melvin Gordon.
Jan 17 - 2:52 PM

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports impending free agent Danny Woodhead (torn ACL) is "six weeks" ahead of schedule in his recovery.

Reporter Michael Gehlken posted a video of Woodhead running with great velocity and even doing some cutting. Woodhead is four months removed from going down. He should still have at least 2-3 months of intensive rehab remaining, but it appears he could be close to 100 percent for training camp. One week shy of his 32nd birthday, Woodhead is one of the league's best pass-catching backs, but missed the majority of two of the past three seasons with injury.
Jan 17 - 2:17 PM

ESPN's Eric Williams said restricted free agent Branden Oliver "has a good shot" to be back with the Chargers next season.

Coming off an Achilles' tear, Oliver likely will not take more than the lowest tender to retain, and that would be a smart investment for the Chargers with Danny Woodhead set to hit free agency. If Woodhead leaves and the Chargers do not add anyone of note in the draft, Oliver could play an important role behind starter Melvin Gordon in 2017.
Source: ESPN
Jan 17 - 9:59 AM

Philip Rivers told a San Diego radio station that he is now willing to embrace the Chargers' move to Los Angeles.

The father of countless children who go to school in San Diego, there were rumors two offseasons ago that Rivers might request a trade if the Chargers moved. The sides agreed on a five-year, $99 million contract and things have been hunky dory ever since. "I'm not gonna be there for 13 years but I'm gonna give 'em all I've got in the short time I have left," said 35-year-old Rivers. Rivers will be getting back Keenan Allen (ACL) to go with promising youngsters Tyrell Williams and Hunter Henry with Ken Whisenhunt's offensive staff returning.
Jan 13 - 1:49 PM

NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports the Chargers still want to retain OC Ken Whisenhunt after hiring Anthony Lynn as head coach on Thursday.

This has been the rumor for over a week. It's a bit of an awkward situation for Lynn, himself an offensive mind. The Chargers had been focusing on defensive coaches before changing their focus to Lynn. Whisenhunt has an excellent relationship with Philip Rivers. He and his underlings will likely be retained.
Jan 12 - 8:52 PM

Chargers hired Anthony Lynn as head coach.

Lynn was considered a shoo-in to replace Rex Ryan in Buffalo, but was surprisingly passed over for Panthers DC Sean McDermott. Lynn drew varying degrees of interest from all six teams in need of a new head coach despite having only half a season of coordinating experience. 48, Lynn has been an NFL running backs coach since 2003. The Chargers have impressive building blocks on both sides of the ball, but are a daunting task in that they're moving and seem to be rotten at the top of the organization. Nevertheless, it's a job that could lead to instant success for the career position coach. Lynn did an extremely impressive job with a Bills offense that was LeSean McCoy, Tyrod Taylor and then mostly spare parts this season. His fortunes could ultimately depend on how much an aging Philip Rivers has left in the tank.
Jan 12 - 7:55 PM

Chargers owner Dean Spanos announced the team will move to Los Angeles for the 2017 season.

No one really seems to want this move to happen, but that seemingly important fact was not enough to stop it. "San Diego has been our home for 56 years...and my family and I have nothing but gratitude and appreciation for the support and passion our fans have shared with us over the years," Spanos said in a statement. "But today, we turn the page and begin an exciting new era as the Los Angeles Chargers." The organization will spend their first two years in the StubHub Center, a 30,000-seat stadium they will share with the LA Galaxy of the MLS, before joining the Rams at their new stadium in Inglewood.
Jan 12 - 11:10 AM

ESPN's Josina Anderson reports Anthony Lynn is "currently scheduled" for second interviews with both the Rams and Chargers.

The "currently scheduled" is important as the Rams seem close to hiring Redskins OC Sean McVay, but the Chargers job remains wide open. Lynn's chances of landing a top job took a hit when the Bills decided to go with Sean McDermott, but he still has opportunities. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Lynn is willing to keep on OC Ken Whisenhunt if he lands the Chargers job, which is exactly what the organization wants their next coach to do.
Jan 12 - 9:30 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Chargers will announce "by as early as Thursday" that they are moving to Los Angeles.

The Chargers spent the last 55 years in San Diego. A source did insist to Schefter that "nothing is final," as owner Dean Spanos has yet to send a relocation letter to the NFL or tell the City of San Diego that a move is imminent. Still, the Chargers look poised to join the Rams in L.A. after trying to get a stadium approved in San Diego for the last 16 years, and ultimately failing. Per Schefter, Spanos "believes he needs to start fighting for the Los Angeles market as soon as possible."
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 11 - 10:01 PM

ESPN's Jim Trotter reports the league believes San Diego is "salvageable" as an NFL market, and that a "Hail Mary" is developing to keep the Chargers in the city at least two more years.

Trotter reports that this is not the case for the Raiders in Oakland, and that the league is working to "clear a path" for a Silver and Black move. The Raiders seem hellbent on leaving town, while the Chargers have been much more lukewarm on the prospect.
Jan 10 - 6:48 PM

According to WGR 550's Sal Capaccio, interim coach Anthony Lynn and Panthers DC Sean McDermott have emerged as "frontrunners" to fill the Bills' head-coaching vacancy.

Seahawks DC Kris Richard, Cardinals OC Harold Goodwin and Eagles OC Frank Reich have also been linked to the Bills' job, but clearly Lynn and McDermott have been the standouts through the first week of interviews. Lynn has long been considered the favorite to replace Rex Ryan but now he's facing competition from McDermott. Lynn has interviewed with a number of other teams including the Chargers and Rams.
Jan 9 - 9:13 PM

The Chargers' head-coaching interview with Bills OC Anthony Lynn will take place on Monday.

Lynn is considered the tentative favorite for Buffalo's head-coaching job, but he can build leverage in contract negotiations by flirting with other vacancies. Interviewing Lynn also satisfies the Rooney Rule for the Chargers.
Jan 8 - 10:38 PM

Sports Illustrated's Michael Silver reports the Jaguars are not interested in Bills interim coach Anthony Lynn for their head-coaching vacancy.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported last week that Lynn was set to interview for the Jaguars' opening but apparently they've decided to go in another direction. Tom Coughlin, Cardinals OC Harold Goodwin, Jags interim coach Doug Marrone, Patriots OC Josh McDaniels, Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan and Buccaneers DC Mike Smith are a few of the many candidates the Jaguars are considering to replace Gus Bradley.
Jan 8 - 12:09 PM


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