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Rex Ryan breaks down after ESPN segment on Chargers coach Anthony Lynn | Sporting News

Earlier this year, Chargers coach Anthony Lynn took an eight-day trip to rural Tanzania in East Africa to help open a school for 300 children of the Masai Tribe, in kindergarten through third grade.

ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown produced a powerful segment on Lynn’s trip — and Rex Ryan got emotional talking about how proud he is of his friend and former assistant coach.

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“That’s who he is,” the former Jets and Bills coach said with tears in his eyes. “He’s a difference-maker. … I was with him for eight years. I’m so proud of him.”

Ryan hired Lynn as running backs coach of the Jets in 2012. Lynn was promoted to assistant head coach in 2013. When Ryan left the Jets for the Bills in 2015, Lynn followed him to Buffalo. Lynn was promoted to interim head coach after Ryan was fired in 2016.

Lynn was hired as head coach of the Chargers in 2017. He led the Chargers to a 9-7 record in his first season, just missing the playoffs. The team improved to 12-4 in 2018, losing to the eventual Super Bowl champion Patriots in the divisional round of the playoffs.

The Chargers are 4-7 this season, but looking to rebound on the road Sunday against the Broncos.

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