AFC Notes: Chargers, Chiefs, Titans



Chargers HC Anthony Lynn believes their defense can generate more turnovers if they can provide a better pass rush. 

“Just getting people to the ball, playing fast and physical. Yes, you can affect the quarterback more. Yes, you can,” said Lynn, via Daniel Popper of The Athletic

As for the Chargers allowing offenses to convert 45.13 percent of third-down conversions, Lynn says that their inability to “affect the quarterback” is an area they must improve. 

“We didn’t affect the quarterback enough, in my opinion. We have to do a better job of that,” Lynn said.


Chiefs orthopedist Dr. J Paul Schroeppel tells Ian Rapoport that they knew QB Patrick Mahomes would return quickly from his dislocated kneecap.

“We knew pretty early that he had a good chance to come back from this in a timely matter,” said Schroeppel. “His imaging and everything suggested that, as well. It’s one of those things generally you can rehab and do OK with for a lot of people.

Schroeppel admitted that there was some trepidation from those involved about Mahomes returning to game action a few weeks later.

“Anytime somebody is returning to play, the re-injury rate is never zero,” Schroeppel said. “So, we want to do our best to optimize him, make sure that it’s as close to zero as can be. It’s always something that you have to weigh the risk and reward of. But he’s so exceptional, he went through rehab so well, we felt it was an appropriate decision to make.”


Regarding the Titans’ opening at defensive coordinator, HC Mike Vrabel said they will be sure to hire a candidate who fits what they have already been doing defensively. 

“Whoever calls the defense, we are going to do pretty much what we have done,” said Vrabel, via Jim Wyatt of the team’s official site.

Titans S Kevin Byard said he is hopeful that Titans GM Jon Robinson will “retain a lot of our guys” who are on expiring contracts. 

Hopefully this offseason, Jon Robinson and Vrabel will be able to finish the coaching staff, and (we’ll) be able to retain a lot of our guys, of course, and bring in a couple of more pieces so we can make a run at this thing,” Byard said.

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