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Why the Chargers Targeted Anthony Lynn as Head Coach

Los Angeles Chargers Practice at Hoag Performance Center on Thursday, November 15, 2018.
Los Angeles Chargers Practice at Hoag Performance Center on Thursday, November 15, 2018.

Chargers General Manager Tom Telesco was a guest on episode No. 15 of the Backstage: Chargers Podcast presented by Toyota.

Telesco discussed the team's come-from-behind, playoff-clinching victory in Kansas City, tight end Hunter Henry's return to practice and the process of identifying Anthony Lynn as the organization's head coach. Highlights from the conversation are below:

On what the team was looking for in a head coach (5:30 mark):

"We really needed a leader as a head coach. So, that was the number one criteria that we were looking for: He had to be a leader. It didn't matter background wise. (It) didn't matter offense, defense or special teams. It didn't matter if he had previous head coaching experience in the league. It didn't matter if he was a coordinator, if he called plays, college head coach – it didn't matter. We just really needed a leader, number one. Now we had some other criteria, too, and as we did our research, the people we talked to about Anthony – almost invariably the first thing someone would say – they'd start off with leadership and presence."

Cornerback Michael Davis also joined this week's episode of the podcast (16:40 mark). The second-year player – who was the team's highest-graded defender last Thursday in Kansas City according to Pro Football Focus – shared his journey from undrafted free agent to NFL starter.

The Glendale native Davis on being undrafted (24:40 mark):

"The draft ended and my name wasn't called. And then an hour went by, and I was just here walking around Hollywood with my mom just stressed out of my mind. And then, finally got the call from my agent. He's like, 'You know what … I think the Chargers (are) the best bet for you. … (I) chatted with my mom and then I got a phone call from the Chargers … and I looked at my mom, I was like, 'Mom, I think this may be the place. I mean, I get to play in my backyard as well."

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