"That was not a damn pick play" Anthony Lynn sounds off in Monday press conference

The second question of Anthony Lynn's press conference Monday was: "After watching the film, was there anything that jumped out to you that you maybe didn't notice on Sunday?"

Lynn responded forcefully, calling out the officiating. "The only thing that really jumped out to me that I wasn't quite sure of on Sunday was that was not a damn pick play, I can tell you that."

Lynn of course was referring to the very controversial call by the refs in Sunday's game against the Patriots where a Chargers touchdown was wiped out and called back due to an offensive pass interference penalty. He would go on to say "I thought our guys did a nice job getting out of the way and causing those two to collide, but you know, referee made the call of what he thought he saw, but it's just a bad call."

It was nice to see Lynn stick up for his guys and openly question the officiating. Head coach press conferences tend to be extremely dull and mundane, so it's always noteworthy when a coach says something this interesting, and this probably earns him a lot of respect from players in the locker room.

Other highlights from Lynn's Monday presser:

1. The other big news was Lynn announcing that linebacker Denzel Perryman will return after the bye week. "Denzel should be ready to go for the Jacksonville game." Lynn was confirming what had been expected and as I laid out here, it's a huge boost for the Chargers' linebacking corp and shaky run defense.

2. Lynn said he would give the players the whole week off during the bye. "Our backs have been against the wall so many times, they've fought back. I just feel like getting away from football, being with their families is something they need to do this week while us coaches try to figure some things out."

3. Lynn detailed his strategy for limiting the injuries that have crippled the Chargers in recent seasons. He said the team has implemented recovery days, added flexibility coaches and injury prevention coaches, all as part of an "effort to get better at preventing soft-tissue injuries."

4. When talking about ways the offense can improve he said he'd like to see the team take more shots down the field, especially off play action. "We're looking at all of that" he said.

5. On Dan Feeney making his first career start in place of an injured Matt Slauson, he seemed impressed, saying "I thought Dan played well... couple things he could clean up but overall thought he played well."

6. When asked which non-star players stepped up the first half of the season, Lynn singled out Adrian Phillips, Tyrell Williams, and Kenny Wiggins for praise.

7. Lynn blamed opposing defenses scheming for Hunter Henry to explain Henry's inconsistent usage. "Defenses know he's a really good tight end" he said, explaining why some weeks Henry will be very involved in the passing game and others he'll have to make contributions elsewhere, saying "he's a very good blocker."

8. Lynn said he'd be sticking with Travis Benjamin at punt returner despite his mind-boggling safety on a punt return in the Patriots game. It wasn't exactly a ringing endorsement however as Lynn said "there are only so many guys on the team that can do that position" as his reason for sticking with Benjamin.


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