Coach Lynn: 'I'm Really Excited' to See Bosa Back on the Field

Chargers HC Anthony Lynn addresses the media Wednesday about preparing for the Broncos and Joey Bosa's progress

Opening Statement:

“Good afternoon. Just studying a Denver Bronco team that's 3-6. It kind of reminds me of where we were last year, 3-6. This team has lost four of the six games to division leaders, and they were close games. So this is a good football team. Outstanding on defense, they have four of the better pass-rushers we've seen all year and one of the better rushing attacks right now in the NFL. So, you know, I think it's a matter of time that this team gets going on a streak, but we're just trying to prevent that from being this week.”

On DE Joey Bosa:

“Joey will do some things individually, and we may get him some team reps today.”

On his emotions of Bosa practicing:

“Oh, yeah. Very excited. He's been around the whole time. He's been working, but it's going to be nice to see him out there with his teammates in team drills, but we'll see if he progresses that way in practice today. We'll see.”

On if Bosa could play this week:

“He hasn't played football in 13 or 14 weeks, whatever it is. So we have to be careful putting him back in. We have to get him back in slowly. If he does well in drills, maybe get some team reps, it is possible he could play some snaps.”

On how RB Melvin Gordon III’s health is affected by catching more passes this season:

“It can definitely help keep a back fresh, but their touches are just like carries to him. Check downs, swing passes, those are just extended runs. We're doing a good job of finding him and [RB] Austin [Ekeler] in those situations. It paid off last week pretty big.”

On how Gordon takes less hits when catching more than compared to running the ball:

“Yeah, you take the run between the tackles, and you're still going to get hits. Last week he didn't get hits because he ran for 50, 60 yards, whatever it was. It takes less off your body, the pounding between the tackles, yes, it does in that way.”

On TE Hunter Henry:

“You know, we'll see how Hunter progresses, you know. He's looking good. I think he's right on schedule, so we'll see, you know. I don't want to count on Hunter Henry coming back at the end of the season. It was an ACL surgery, so we'll see how he progresses.”

On the possibility of LB Kyzir White returning from injured reserve:

“All those guys are an option. They're rehabbing and trying their butts off to get back as fast as they can, whether it's this year or next year in offseason. They're all trying to get back.”

On Broncos OLBs Bradley Chubb and Von Miller:

“Yeah, those two have 17 sacks between the two of them. I think they're the No. 1 tandem in the league right now. They get you behind the sticks. They're forcing three-and-outs a lot. So if they put you in a situation where you have to pass the football to beat them, it could be a long day because their pass rush is excellent.”

On being in the thick of a division race:

“I didn't even know the Chiefs were playing the Rams this week, but we are chasing the Chiefs. I mean, they're ahead of us right now. They're leading our division. We need to stay close.”

On CB Michael Davis:

“Yeah, it was probably sometime in OTAs. You see a long kid with speed like that and you wonder why didn't he get drafted, you know? You start working on those weaknesses. I think Michael did a heck of a job attacking those weaknesses.”

On Davis being more polished:

“Well, his coach is a heck of a coach. Teaching fundamentals and technique. He's way more polished now, but he has a ways to go. Don't get me wrong, Michael’s playing some good football right now. That's what we like about it.”

On the Denver running game:

“They complement each other well. They're all good runners. Averaging 5.2 per rush attempt right now, I think that's No. 1 or 2 in the league. So they have good runners and offensive line is doing a heck of a job with the zone run scheme.”

On playing with the lead:

“That's something that we put an emphasis on. We want to play from ahead. Last year we played from behind a lot. We're trying to start with more urgency this year, playing from ahead. It can benefit your pass rush, I can tell you that. You force teams in obvious situations where you've got to pass the football, our guys get a chance to come off the ball and tee off a little bit.”

On how playing with the lead helps cause turnovers:

“Sure. Creating turnovers and things like that, absolutely. Tipped balls, interceptions. The more you throw it, the more bad things can happen over the course of a game. You have to throw it a lot.”

On the rushing defense:

“We're still improving in that area. I tell you, it’s going to be more challenging now without [LB] Denzel [Perryman]. So everyone's going to have to step up a notch. We talked about that this morning. We have the guys to do it, but I feel like the rush defense has gotten better.”

On how the rush defense has improved:

“Just we've played the Browns, they were the No. 1 rushing attack of the game. We held them under a hundred yards. Someone else, San Francisco, when they came in here, they had the No. 2 rushing attack and he was running the ball very well, and we held them under 100 yards. When our defense had to step up and stop the run, I feel like they have.”

On Broncos QB Case Keenum:

“Well, right now, he's got 10-plus passes over 40 yards. That's second in the league. So I mean, he's able to manage the offense, create explosive plays down the field. I think he's doing a decent job.”

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