With quite a bit of smoke emanating from the LA Rams’ HQ, most of it about Washington OC Sean McVay and how he “blew the doors off” his interview, it’s easy to discount the other head coaching candidates. One example? Former Bills interim head coach Anthony Lynn, and current Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan, who has yet to interview.
ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported this morning that Anthony Lynn is still very much in the running for the head coaching position, with a second interview scheduled with the Rams this week:
I'm told Anthony Lynn is "currently scheduled" for 2nd interviews with the #Chargers & #Rams this week, per sources.— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) January 12, 2017
Just because the interview is scheduled with the Rams does not mean that it will happen, especially if the Rams choose to pull the trigger on McVay (or another candidate). It’s worth nothing that if Lynn does not accept a head coaching position, he may have a fallback option with the Buffalo Bills under new HC Sean McDermott:
Should Lynn not get any of the open jobs remaining, he already stated that his main goal was to remain with the Bills. Having the support of the players and already knowing the offensive personnel, McDermott could be tempted into keeping Lynn. Such a move would give him an early advantage as he tries to evaluate the team and find his footing.
Also, WGR 550 had NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport on this morning to discuss Lynn, and he provided more context for the return of Lynn to Buffalo:
Rapoport - I think it will be hard for Anthony Lynn to get a coaching job this year. Sounds like he will be an OC this year. #Bills— WGR 550 (@WGR550) January 12, 2017
With McVay the clear frontrunner, the Rams still need to exercise due diligence and ensure that there is no other candidate that would provide a better direction for this franchise. Lynn is beloved by his players and helped to revamp the Bills’ running game, with LeSean McCoy rushing for over 1000 yards and hitting 13 TD’s. Also, QB Tyrod Taylor has continued to blossom as a legitimate starting QB.