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Chargers blow late first half scoring opportunity in spectacular fashion

The Chargers head coach can’t possibly last beyond this season in this job, can he?

Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn questions a call by referees during the second quarter against the Atlanta Falcons at SoFi Stadium. Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn has to be on the hot seat. He should have been on the hot seat before Week 14, but if he was not, the end of the first half had to heat up his seat.

The Chargers trailed the Atlanta Falcons 17-10 with 22 seconds remaining and facing a 3rd and 1. Chargers OC Shane Steichen decided a run was the call. I suppose the hope was they get the first down and can spike the ball to set up one passing opportunity. However, things did not go quite as the Chargers planned.

The easy play-call was take a shot at the end zone with a pass, and if that didn’t work, then you kick the field goal. The best case in the above situation is run for a first down, spike the ball, take an end zone shot, and if you don’t convert, kick the field goal. It’s basically the exact same scenario as the former, just with a run mixed in.

Anthony Lynn remains the Chargers head coach, but even if this was all on the OC, it’s just the latest in what feels like a years-long string of poor time management in crucial situations. I suppose Lynn could fire his OC, but will it really matter by the end of the season? Can Lynn possibly keep his job after this season?