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ALLEN PARK, Mich. “After one season, Anthony Lynn is out as the offensive coordinator for the Detroit Lions,” coach Dan Campbell confirmed Monday.
The NFL Network reported ahead of Detroit’s regular season finale victory over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday that Lynn was expected to be released, but after the game, Campbell would not go into detail until he spoke to Lynn the next day.
“I felt this was just best for both of us,” Campbell said Monday about Lynn. “Look, he came here, took a leap of faith with us under the impression that he would call the plays, and then it would not go that way again. It is not fair to him either. So I wish him the best. “He’s been a real pro. He’s loosening up and he gave us everything he had, so I appreciate him for that. He’s a pro.”
Lynn joined the Lions in 2021 after serving as head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers for four seasons. Campbell said, however, that Lynn’s role on the Detroit staff “just did not fit,” and that the Lions never found their groove or rhythm with him in that position.
“It’s hard really, really hard to figure out,” Campbell said. “Sometimes it just does not go the way you want and it really is the best answer I can give you.”
Campbell took over playcalling from Lynn, who came from bye in Week 10 of Pittsburgh to have direct communication with quarterback Jared Goff. Lynn never regained this responsibility, which he at the time said he understood.
“I’ve been in Dan’s shoes, and if I was 0-8 and I need to kick-start my team, then as an offensive guy I would probably have done the same to be honest with you, and it has I.” Lynn said Nov. 18. “I would be a hypocrite if I did not agree with what he was doing.”
The Lions are not in a hurry to fill Lynn’s position as Campbell decides whether he will continue to call plays in the future. Tight ends coach Ben Johnson could be a top candidate to replace Lynn, especially after taking on a bigger role during the playcalling shift, and he has earned Campbell’s respect with his creativity.
Even with the move, Goff thanked Lynn for everything during his first season in Detroit during his exit interview.
“We really appreciate it because he could, if he wanted to, have a bad attitude, and he did not, and it was really cool to see from him,” Goff said of Lynn. “But in the future, much of what we did towards the end of the year was something we would like to see. Hopefully the pass game continues to improve, and hopefully I can be a part of it, and hopefully the running game can stay on track. and do it, but hopefully a lot of what we’ve done in the last few games. “