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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Anthony Lynn believes the Los Angeles Chargers are onto something big after their resilient season ended just short of the playoffs.
The head coach is determined to keep this group together as it attempts to build on that success in 2018.
including coordinators Gus Bradley and Ken Whisenhunt.,Lynn said on Monday that he wants to return next season with the Chargers' complete player nucleus and his coaching staff
but Lynn is fighting to retain him amid probable interest from other teams.,Bradley's contract is up after the former Jacksonville head coach joined the Chargers on a one-year deal last winter
''We'd like to keep this together if we can,'' Lynn said Monday. ''I know some guys, this nucleus together, the contracts are up. We're working on that right now. We're trying to keep this staff together, because I think we got better as a coaching staff as the season went on.
''We hit some bumps there early, but things are a lot smoother right now. I think we understand each other.'', and midway through the season
The Chargers (9-7) missed the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season, outscoring those 12 opponents by a combined 283-179.,
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, but not many teams headed into the offseason playing better football. Los Angeles won six of its last seven games and five straight at StubHub Center
even though the Chargers' only three losses after Oct. 1 were on the road against playoff teams.,An 0-4 start to the relocation season was too much to overcome
but their struggles in September undid their excellence for the rest of the season.,
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,The Chargers likely would have been a daunting matchup for pretty much any AFC playoff opponent
''To come in the building today and see all of the people that were still disappointed,
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, to me,'' Lynn said.,
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, that was encouraging
the standards and expectations are right where they need to be right now.'',''The last thing I want to do is come into a place and everyone is satisfied with being 9-7. I think the people in this building and in this organization
when Mike McCoy's injury-plagued Chargers won just nine combined games under the specter of relocation.,Lynn's first season undeniably was a major step forward from the last two years in San Diego
and the Chargers got off to a slow start in their compact soccer stadium.,The move eventually happened in January 2017
But Philip Rivers led the Bolts back from that rough start to the season with another spectacular season for the only quarterback to start a game for this franchise since 2005.
Rivers passed for 4,515 yards with 28 touchdown passes and 10 interceptions, who set the franchise record with 102 catches., and he has given every indication he'll return next season with a superb group of receivers including Pro Bowl selection Keenan Allen
he wasn't sure.,When Rivers was asked whether relocation contributed to the slow start that kept the Chargers out of the playoffs
''I think it would be seen as an excuse to say it,
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, but I also think it's naive to think it had nothing to do with it, who commuted 90 minutes each way from his family home in San Diego instead of moving his wife and eight children to Orange County where the Chargers are now based.,'' said Rivers
''Did it have something to do with throwing three interceptions against Kansas City? Probably not. It's hard to say that it did, getting settled in. But it's one of those things you can't gauge.'', but I think it's crazy to say that it didn't have any effect on a team early
While the offensive line could use bolstering, the Chargers' core of offensive skill players can return largely intact, including 1,
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,tight end Hunter Henry and receivers Allen,105-yard running back Melvin Gordon,
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, Travis Benjamin and Tyrell Williams.
but the Chargers publicly remain high on the No. 7 overall pick.,
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,Rookie receiver Mike Williams never blossomed after an injured start to his career
who are both signed.,The defense also can retain its key pieces around pass-rushing stars Joey Bosa and Melvin Ingram
and its inconsistent run defense could be bolstered by the acquisition of a defensive lineman.,
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,The Chargers had one of the NFL's best pass defenses under Bradley
he said the Chargers' ''top priority'' is to find a kicker after cycling through four this season. He's already hard at work on building off the Bolts' success.,In perhaps the surest sign yet of Lynn's belief in his current roster
''You're supposed to take some time off,
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,but I started grinding this morning, and I'm going to get out of the building and do something.'','' Lynn said. ''But I'll finish up in a couple days
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