CARSON (CBSLA.com) — Four days after hiring Anthony Lynn as the head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers, the team made it official Tuesday.
Lynn, 48, will take over for Mike McCoy, who was fired Jan. 1 less than two hours after the Chargers concluded a 5-11 season with a 37-27 loss to Kansas City.
Speaking at the team’s temporary new home at the StubHub Center, Lynn got off to somewhat of a rocky start when he inadvertently began to refer to the team by the former city.
“I am so proud to be the head coach of the San Dieg-, uh, L.A. Chargers”, said Lynn.
He went on to call the job a “dream come true.”
“This is really a dream come true,” Lynn said. “I want all of our fans to know that we’re going to start by putting together a great staff and we’re going to put together a team with the heart and will of a champion.”
Lynn – who was a running back on the Denver Broncos teams that won Super Bowl XXXII and Super Bowl XXXIII under Mike Shanahan – joins a team that has had back-to-back losing seasons and last made a postseason run in 2013.
The 48-year-old NFL veteran began the 2016 season as the Buffalo Bills assistant head coach and eventually became the interim coach on Dec. 27 when Rex Ryan was fired with one game remaining in the season.
John Spanos, Chargers president of football operations, called Lynn “a natural-born leader.”
(©2017 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)