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Old 02-26-2017, 09:17 AM
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Anthony Lynn on Chargers' injury issues: Availability is biggest talent
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SAN DIEGO -- Last season, the Chargers finished with a league-high 21 players on injured reserve. Toward the end of the regular season, general manager Tom Telesco said the team would take a comprehensive look at how the organization handles injuries, both in terms of securing players with healthy backgrounds and taking better care of players once they are at Charger Park.

That plan was set in motion starting in January with the hiring of head coach Anthony Lynn and includes bringing in a new strength coach in John Lott.

I talked to Lynn about the team's rash of injuries last season, and one of the things he stressed is giving players enough time to recover during the year so that they can make it through the grind of an NFL season.

But Lynn also said he will search for players who understand how to take care of their bodies and deal with nagging injuries.

One of the things Lynn said attracted him to Lott was his injury history during a 17-year NFL career as a strength coach that included stints with the Arizona Cardinals (2007-13), Cleveland Browns (2005-06) and New York Jets (1997-2004).

"I think there's a culture that you can create to help that," Lynn said about the Chargers' injury history. "I think recovery is super important for players, and taking advantage of the technology that we have today -- that's the preventative part. We have to create a certain mindset on this team that it's hard to make the club if you're in the tub, period."

Lynn went on to say that the Chargers will evaluate player history when signing free agents or selecting players in the draft.

"If there's a guy with durability issues, you might want to take a look at why he wasn't on the field," Lynn said. "Maybe where he was at, they didn't have the right resources to keep him on the field.

"But if you're a player that's constantly hurt, you're not going to be a very attractive player to me. You're availability is your biggest talent. It's hard to game plan when guys are constantly in and out of the lineup. You get no continuity on offense, defense or special teams."

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Good to hear.
Player talent, skills ain't squat if they aren't in the lineup on gamedays. We were #1 at IRs.
That must change.
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Refreshing to hear a HC articulate an approach to an important issue
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Is this franchise finally waking up!?
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Was Kent Johnston fired? And when?
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Thinking about Lynn's attitude about injuries, I wonder how that will effect some of the injured players he has left over from IR? It may also have an effect on the draft beyond who he wants in the draft - it may mean he'll be asking TT to draft a replacement for some players that we expect him to keep.

I like his thoughts on the subject. Now it'll be fun to watch how it unfolds.
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Was Kent Johnston fired? And when?
Not sure about the when but John Lott is Lynn's confirmed S&C coach. Interesting that Lott played OL in the NFL and has some past experience with Whiz & Lynn. Now we have two coaches with OL and S&C background in Lott and Meyer. It might just help.
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i liked what i just read. you may be great on the field but you aint squat if you aint on it. makes you wonder about the likes of keenan allen and jason verrett.
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Lynn's attitude towards injuries aligns with Bill Parcells - on whose staff Lynn served in Dallas.

Whether it was the Giants, Patriots ("Terry Glenn? She's all right."), the Jets or the Cowboys, Parcells ALWAYS made the differentiation between playing hurt and playing injured. This is from an article during Parcells' (and Lynn's) time in Dallas:

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The message was meant for the young players on whom Parcells will be counting not only in 2005 but hopefully beyond: if you're serious about making this team, if you're serious about a career in the NFL, you better understand that you have to be mentally tough. Mental toughness includes playing hurt. If you're seriously injured, that's one thing. But if you're nicked up a little, you better learn to deal with it.

http://www.dallascowboys.com/news/20...ering-messages
Lynn's statements are right out of the Parcells playbook.
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