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Anthony Lynn Making an Impression at Pro Bowl


The NFL's biggest stars are down in Orlando right now preparing for Sunday's Pro Bowl.

However, the players aren't the only ones stealing the show.

The entire Chargers coaching staff was tabbed to lead the AFC this week, and the Bolts' 12-4 campaign has been front and center.

In fact, Head Coach Anthony Lynn has heard over and over again from the NFL's biggest names just how impressive the Chargers were in 2018.

While appreciative of the praise, Lynn admitted it is bittersweet as he'd rather be prepping the Bolts for the Super Bowl instead of the AFC in the Pro Bowl.

"Everyone is complimentary," he said. "Everyone here is complimentary of (what we accomplished), and it's a very positive and encouraging atmosphere as it should be. But it's kind of bittersweet for us because we'd rather be playing (in the Super Bowl). But if not, this is not a bad option."

While the Pro Bowl can often be a lighthearted event as evidenced by the week of practice, Lynn expects the players' competitive nature to take over once kickoff arrives.

In fact, that was one of his messages to his AFC squad.

"I told them it's just impossible for the competitive juices to not kick in at some point," Lynn shared. "Those little things, that's what got you here, so I look forward to some point in this game for somebody to set the tone. For someone to decide that we're going to try to win. Hopefully that's us. There's not a whole lot of skill development going on here or teaching, but it's really just having a good time and just enjoying the guys that you're with, but I'm sure it will get competitive (during the game)."

Meanwhile, no team had more players selected to the Pro Bowl than the Bolts.

Come Sunday, six will suit up for the AFC in Keenan Allen, Melvin Gordon, Melvin Ingram, Derwin James, Adrian Phillips and Mike Pouncey.

It truly is an honor to be named among the NFL's best, and Lynn noted how every single one of them deserved the recognition.

"They belong here," he said. "They were voted here by their peers, and it's good to see those guys here. It's an honor to be here with these athletes. This is the best of our best, so it's just been an honor and a pleasure."

Meanwhile, those six players and the coaches aren't the only Chargers down in Orlando.

The entire Bolts support staff is down there to lead the AFC, including doctors, trainers, equipment staff and the video department, and Lynn is grateful to have them around to experience it alongside one another.

"It's awesome that we can bring football ops down here to experience this," he said. "The NFL is doing a really nice job opening up the parks, making things accessible for our staff and players to go out there and enjoy all Orlando has to offer. It's a nice treat."

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