It was reported this week that the Bills running back coach Anthony Lynn’s name has been mentioned as a possible head coaching candidate. Anthony Lynn has moved up through the ranks after a brief playing career. He played running back for the Denver Broncos and the San Francisco 49ers. In fact, he was an H-back for the Denver Broncos on their back to back Super Bowl teams.
He has coached under some high profile coaches. He coached under Jack Del Rio in Jacksonville, Bills Parcells in Dallas, Romeo Crennel in Cleveland and of course Rex Ryan. That’s a pretty diverse group and he has learned a lot from each and every coach.
What is even more impressive is the running backs that he has tutored. While in Jacksonville, Fred Taylor in Jacksonville gained 2,796 yards on the ground over a two year span. Julius Jones was the lead back in Dallas in 2006 when Lynn was there and Jones ran for 1,084 yards, that was they only season Jones eclipsed 1,000 yards. For the two years in Cleveland, Lynn coached up Jamal Lewis and helped Lewis gain 1,304 in 2007 and 1,002 in 2008. Lewis got into the end zone 9 times in 2007 and averaged 4.4 yds/carry (NFL.com), and that was when his career was on its way down. Lynn went on to coach the Jets RBs in 2009 under Rex Ryan and he had Thomas Jones as the feature back. Jones had his best season as a pro as he gained 1,402 yds. From 2011 to 2012 Shonne Green entered the Jets backfield and he ran for 2,117 yds in that span.
Lynn learning the current system from Greg Roman with the Bills, has definitely helped boost his resume. Roman’s system is well respected around the league, mainly his complex run game. That knowledge may just catapult Lynn into a head coaching gig.
Lynn seems like he has the demeanor to be a head coach one day. Is he ready now? That I don’t know, but from listening to this clip I can see why he is on the rise as a head coaching candidate.
The following is a clip from a 2010 interview with Nabaté Isles. Lynn discusses Rex Ryan, head coaching and why he relates so well to players.