Anthony Lynn joined the Lions in 2021, after most recently serving as the head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers for four seasons (2017-20).
During his head coaching tenure in Los Angeles, Lynn posted a 33-31 (.516) record while going 1-1 in the postseason following the 2018 season. In his last season with the Chargers, Lynn was instrumental in the first-year success of Chargers rookie QB Justin Herbert and his development. Under Lynn's leadership, Herbert set NFL rookie records for most touchdown passes and most total touchdowns and was selected as the 2020 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year and the PFWA Rookie of the Year. After Chargers QB Tyrod Taylor was injured early in the season, Lynn's decision to move forward with Herbert as the starter for the next 15 games was instrumental in Herbert's accomplished rookie campaign. Herbert took over as the Chargers starting QB in Week 2 vs. Kansas City and threw for the fourth-most passing yards (311) in a debut since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger. Herbert's 4,336 passing yards in 2020 marked the second-most for an NFL rookie quarterback.