As the Denver Broncos begin another head coaching search, could the reported package duo of Anthony Lynn and Gus Bradley be an option?
The Denver Broncos need a new head coach after Gary Kubiak’s decision to step down, and Buffalo Bills interim head coach Anthony Lynn is one of the many options to replace him.
Lynn broke into the NFL as a player in 1993 with the Denver Broncos, and also got his first coaching gig with the Broncos in 2000. At that time, he was a special teams assistant, and he’s been a running backs coach since 2003 with the Jacksonville Jaguars, Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, and Buffalo Bills.
The 48-year old would fit my personal preference of a younger coach who is also breaking into his first head coaching gig in the NFL. Philosophically, I don’t know much about Lynn other than the fact that he obviously wants to implement a strong running game.
He’s been the running back coach for some pretty darn good backs in his time in the NFL, and there have already been connections made to Denver:
What’s even more intriguing about Lynn is that he is rumored to be a package deal with former Jacksonville Jaguars head coach Gus Bradley, who would come along to be Lynn’s defensive coordinator. I am not opposed to that idea, but it strikes me as a negative for two reasons.
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1. It would mean that Wade Phillips is not coming back, for sure.
2. I feel like Gus Bradley is going to jump at the next HC opportunity that comes along…
One reason why I feel like the Broncos weren’t able to put themselves over the top from 2012-2014 was the fact that so many of the assistant coaches had agendas. It’s not that they shouldn’t be vying for opportunities to be a head coach if they can get a job, but it became a distraction. So many assistants left for other jobs, and were essentially using the Broncos to get there.
In the end, it cost the Broncos the most…
I could see Bradley being that type of coach, who is simply using his next opportunity as a bridge to another.
But, there’s no doubt that Lynn is a highly regarded candidate. He is a former Denver Bronco, and will be tough to pry away from the Bills. The Broncos may have an edge with a much more stable front office right now, and a better overall roster.