The national pundits did their level best to crown the Los Angeles Chargers as AFC West champions before the season began, but speaking to the media after his team’s 38-28 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn made it clear he had no illusions about which team is the current division champion.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better opponent to start out with,” he said. “Our division champs to come in here the first week just to tell us exactly where we’re at. A team like that, you can’t give them anything. You have to take everything, and we didn’t do that. We gave them too much and they outplayed us.”
While Lynn was also willing to give Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill his due after Hill returned a punt 91 yards for a touchdown in his first touch of the season, he still felt the Chargers could have done more to stop him.
“We’re going to watch the tape to find out exactly what happened, but we lost containment. We know he’s one of the fastest guys in the country, and we lost containment. He made us pay. That’s something we’ve emphasized — we’ve worked. We knew Tyreek was going to be back there. He was back there last year. I don’t think he got 10 yards last year back there. We just didn’t execute today.”
Lynn was also asked if the Chargers had enough information about Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes to properly prepare for him.
“We had an idea of what Patrick’s skill set was,” he said. “Patrick showed us today. He can move in the pocket. He can read his own stuff. He can get down, protect himself and has a strong arm.”
Still, Lynn said he believed the Chargers could have contained Mahomes if they had been able to bring more pressure on him.
“There were times we put some pressure on him, but it wasn’t enough. When we did, he moved around and made a play. Any time we gave him a chance to extend plays, he’s [was] at home. He did that all through his college days. We just didn’t get enough pressure on him.”