NFL NOTES Charg­ers close to hir­ing Lynn

He started sea­son as Bills’ run­ning backs coach, then rapidly climbed in ranks

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - SPORTS -

SAN DIEGO— Thurs­day be­gan with the Charg­ers choos­ing a new city.

It ended with them clos­ing in on a head coach.

The new­est Los An­ge­les fran­chise is in ne­go­ti­a­tions with An­thony Lynn, the Buf­falo Bills’ in­terim head coach and of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor, a source said Thurs­day night. It would com­plete a dra­matic rise for Lynn, 48, who be­gan 2016 as Buf­falo’s run­ning backs coach, be­came its of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor in Septem­ber and then in­terim coach in late De­cem­ber. Be­fore that, he put in his time. Lynn en­tered the NFL as an un­drafted rookie run­ning back, one with stout size at 6-foot-3 out of Texas Tech. He bounced around from the Bron­cos in 1993, 49ers from 1995 to 1996 and then the Bron­cos for the next three years. In 1997 and 1998, he won a Su­per Bowl, the first of which was played in San Diego.

He worked as a run­ning backs coach for the Jaguars, Cow­boys, Browns, Jets and Bills for 12-plus sea­sons prior to last sea­son’s op­por­tu­nity to re­place Greg Ro­man, who was fired two games into the year. Lynn then re­placed a fired Rex Ryan for the fi­nal game of the sea­son.

The Charg­ers dis­missed Mike McCoy on Jan. 1 af­ter a four-year ten­ure. They re­lo­cated from San Diego on Thurs­day af­ter a 56-year run. po­lice of­fi­cer.

District At­tor­ney Stephen Zap­pala Jr. says the video ev­i­dence sup­ports only sum­mary ci­ta­tions for disorderly con­duct and public drunk­en­ness. Charges of ag­gra­vated as­sault in­volv­ing the of­fi­cer and a sim­ple as­sault charge for Porter’s ac­tions with the bouncer are among the other charges be­ing dropped.

Porter was ar­rested and jailed hours af­ter the Steel­ers’ open­inground play­off win against the Mi­ami Dol­phins on Sun­day.

Porter’s at­tor­ney says the DA’s de­ci­sion shows that Porter isn’t the “ex­ceed­ingly drunk, vi­o­lent” and “dis­re­spect­ful” per­son he was made out to be. De­ters in­jury while also be­ing mon­i­tored in the NFL’s con­cus­sion pro­to­col af­ter be­ing in­jured two weeks ago in Detroit.

Rollins was lim­ited Thurs­day. He has played in 13 games this sea­son, mak­ing 10 starts. Dol­phins: Burke

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