If you’re interested in this article, first please read my take on the offensive identities (Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3) of all the teams in 2016. That will explain some of the stats in this article, which I will not explain here. As I did last year, I will write a detailed piece on each team.
The Chargers fired head coach Mike McCoy and brought in Anthony Lynn, while keeping OC Ken Whisenhunt. This presents a bit of a dilemma in assigning the identity of this team.
Lynn was an NFL assistant going back to 2000, starting as a special teams coach for three years under Mike Shanahan in Denver. From 2003 until two weeks in 2016, he was a running backs coach with Jacksonville, Dallas, Cleveland, the Jets, and Buffalo (adding assistant head coach to his title with the Bills). The last seven years of that time he worked for Rex Ryan. Early last year, the Bills defense was so bad Ryan fired then-OC Greg Roman (yeah, it was the defense making the offense look bad but Rex wasn't taking the blame) and handed the reins to Lynn. That was Lynn's first job as an OC at any level so my assumption was Rex told Lynn "Tony, make the offense look like it did in NY." Which he pretty much did: I missed in that article on what Lynn would mean for McCoy in fantasy, and to a lesser extent Taylor, but the shape of the offense was a lot like the old Jets ground-and-pound.
But is that what Lynn wants the Chargers offense to look like? Or does he want to keep doing what they've been doing? Keeping on Whisenhunt to me is an indicator of the latter. So I'm assigning the identity of this offense to Whisenhunt, but keep in mind Lynn has been a running backs coach and has been involved with some very run-heavy offenses, so there is a chance LAC will go that way this year.
Whisenhunt is a long-time NFL OC and former head coach, holding one of those two jobs since 2004. He first was OC for the Steelers from 2004-2006, then became HC in Arizona for six years. After his firing there, he spent a year as the Chargers OC before another HC gig, this time with Tennessee. After two years there, he was again fired and returned to SD as OC last season, moving with the franchise to LA this year.
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