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10 Things to Watch: What's the Anthony Lynn Effect?

Praise for Anthony Lynn poured in from the moment word leaked in January he'd be named the next head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers.

Among others, Melvin Gordon referred to him as "the perfect coach" for the team's needs while General Manager Tom Telesco loved Lynn's attention to detail in player development.

Lynn put an immediate stamp on the Bolts, transforming the organization's culture in his image.  His no-nonsense approach and candid nature quickly endeared him to the players, while he also assembled a staff of some of the top minds in the NFL.

More than anything, Lynn inspired the entire roster during offseason workouts.  Players called his blunt nature a breath of fresh air, and were reinvigorated by his approach on the field and in the meeting room.

Still, all his hard work simply set the foundation for the next step – training camp.

"I thought that was a productive offseason," he said at the end of mini camp. "First of all, I thought these guys did a heck of a job of doing some team building.  Learning the system, competing well on the field against each other (and) taking care of one another.  Just a highly productive offseason…from the communication standpoint, the execution standpoint; technique, fundamentals that the guys are picking up.  That's kind of how we evaluate them now.  But when we get the pads on (and) we play real football, that's a different story.  But right now, you have to get to that point.  These phases are teaching phases and some guys have caught on really fast."

So, what kind of effect will it have as the Chargers kick off training camp with an eye toward a turnaround 2017 campaign? What will his demeanor be during games?  How will he handle evaluations when it comes to whittling the roster down to 53?

There are many questions we simply don't know the answers to, but we'll get our best look at how Lynn will operate as head coach once training camp commences. 


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