Sometimes your life runs a crossing sample. All the strains converge.
That’s what Anthony Lynn goes by way of now. He’s working for his outdated ball boy, and training one among his good buddy’s children.
That ball boy is coach Kyle Shanahan, whose San Francisco 49ers are two wins away from the Super Bowl. And the buddy’s son? That’s working again Christian McCaffrey, whose father, Ed, was a teammate of Lynn’s with each the New York Giants and Denver Broncos.
Every day is like an episode of “This is Your Life” for Lynn, the previous coach of the Chargers now teaching working backs for the 49ers, who play host to Dallas on Sunday in a divisional playoff recreation.
“I look forward to coming here every day because of the familiarity and connection that I have,” mentioned Lynn, 54, who received two Super Bowl rings with the Broncos as a reserve working again and special-teams standout. Those groups have been coached by Mike Shanahan, whose son, Kyle, was in highschool and had vital duties at coaching camp.
“Kyle was like the leader of the ball boys,” Lynn recalled, with amusing, “bossing my son around.”
It was a household affair in Denver and that Mile High taste has carried over to the 49ers, the place former Broncos quarterback Brian Griese now coaches the place for San Francisco, and his assistant is Klay Kubiak, whose dad, Gary, was John Elway’s backup for the Broncos. Hall of Fame security John Lynch, who additionally performed in Denver, is the 49ers’ normal supervisor.
“Those Broncos remind me of these 49ers,” mentioned Lynn, who performed on Denver’s championship groups in 1997 and ’98, lengthy earlier than his beard turned grey. “We had more of a veteran, blue-collar team back then, but the culture here is the same. Back when I got here in May, I told Kyle, ‘Man, you have established quite a culture here.’ Now we’re seeing the results.
“Players feel like they can be vulnerable with coaches and with each other, and that’s not a typical environment in the National Football League with this generation. Kyle has done a heck of a job connecting. To me, it all starts there. They don’t care what you know until they know you care.”
Lynn was fired by the Chargers after the 2020 season and spent final yr as offensive coordinator in Detroit. Coaching for San Francisco is one thing of a homecoming as he was a 49ers participant from 1995 to ‘96.
“This organization will do whatever it takes to win,” he mentioned. “Resources out the [ears]. That was different for me compared to what I was going through in L.A. So it’s just like, man, this is what it’s supposed to be like. I forgot how that felt.”
Working with McCaffrey has been particularly gratifying, he mentioned. Lynn and Ed McCaffrey, a rangy receiver from Stanford, developed a friendship as younger gamers with the Giants and later with the Broncos. When Lynn retired, he advised reporters that McCaffrey was the participant who had the largest impression on his profession.
“I watched Ed and saw how over his career he committed and developed himself into the player that he became,” Lynn mentioned. “Ed was not that good when he first came into the league.
“At the Giants, we’d have one-on-ones with DBs and they would line up to go against Ed because they thought that was their best chance to make the team.”
Eventually each gamers have been lower, and their private roads took them by way of San Francisco, though in several seasons. They reconvened in Denver. By then, McCaffrey was a wholly completely different, and improved, participant.
“I just watched his work ethic, how he took care of himself, what he put in his body, how he trained, how he knew exactly where to be at the right time, right place,” Lynn mentioned. “He became the best route runner in the NFL. I was like, ‘My goodness, Ed, you’re not the same person.’ It just inspired the heck out of me.”
Lynn sees these an identical attributes in Christian McCaffrey, acquired throughout the season in a commerce with the Carolina Panthers.
“Oh my goodness,” Lynn mentioned, “Ed passed that gene right down to his son. Christian is so much like his dad. I’m telling him that all the time: ‘That reminds me of Ed.’ ”
Lynn’s personal son, D’Anton, was an NFL participant who now coaches defensive backs for the Baltimore Ravens, who have been eradicated by Cincinnati within the wild-card spherical. He was in grade college and a Broncos ball boy when Kyle Shanahan was working that present.
D’Anton is a nickname, his actual title is Anthony Jr. He and his spouse had their first baby Monday and named him Anthony Lynn III.
“We’re keeping our fingers crossed and rooting for San Francisco and Philadelphia,” D’Anton mentioned. “Because if the game is in Philly, we’re going to bring the baby up to meet my dad.”
Hall of Fame working again Terrell Davis, who performed with Lynn in Denver, mentioned his outdated teammate has the best disposition for getting essentially the most out of gamers.
“He brings a degree of honesty and authenticity to being a coach,” Davis mentioned. “He knows Christian’s a star. But A-Lynn’s going to challenge him every day. The bucket can never be full.”
As for Lynn as a participant, he didn’t get a variety of possibilities to the touch the ball, however he fought for each inch of floor.
Once, throughout a Broncos apply, Lynn pressured the problem. He was enjoying fullback and was within the backfield with Davis, who was alleged to get a display screen go. But Lynn ran Davis’ route — Davis adjusted and ran to the opposite aspect — then caught the go.
The ribbing was nonstop. Those Broncos got here up with a saying: “Go out there and make a play. Even if it’s not your play.”
Kubiak had T-shirts made to that impact.
Lynn nonetheless laughs about that.
“I played three positions,” he mentioned. “I played halfback, fullback and emergency tight end, and I started on five special teams. I get confused on one play, and they never let me forget it.”
Anthony Lynn is house. Football is enjoyable once more.