Organization: Pro Football
Asst. Head Coach/RB
Anthony Lynn enters his fourth year as the running backs coach for the New York Jets and 13th year coaching in the NFL in 2012.
In his first year in New York, Lynn helped the Jets post the league's top ranked rushing attack. The Jets reached the 2009 AFC Championship Game on the strength of a running back combination featuring veteran Thomas Jones and rookie Shonn Greene. Jones finished the season as the NFL's third leading rusher with 1,402 yards while Greene led all running backs in the postseason with 304 yards (5.6 ypc) in three playoff games.
Under Lynn's tutelage, the Jets' running backs followed up 2009 with another strong campaign in 2010. Five-time Pro Bowler LaDainian Tomlinson reemerged as a dominant back leading a Jets rushing attack that finished 4th in the league averaging 148 yards on the ground per game. In 2011, Greene posted a career high with 1,054 rushing yards.
Lynn came to New York after a two-year stint in Cleveland working with the Browns' running backs. Under Lynn's guidance, Jamal Lewis finished 2007 as the league's fifth leading rusher with 1,304 yards and followed up his strong performance the following season by rushing for more than 1,000 yards again in 2008. Lynn's effect on the Browns' running game was immediately felt upon his arrival as the Browns improved from finishing 31st in rushing in 2006 to 10th in 2007.
From 2005-06, Lynn served as the Dallas Cowboys' running backs coach and worked with another productive duo in Julius Jones and Marion Barber III. In 2006, Dallas ranked sixth in the NFC in rushing with 121 yards per game as Jones rushed for 1,084 yards and Barber finished the year with 14 rushing touchdowns. In his first season with the Cowboys, Lynn helped improve the team's ground attack from 20th in the league in 2004 to 13th in 2005.
Lynn's first opportunity as an NFL running backs coach came in 2003 when Jack Del Rio hired him to work with the Jaguars' backs. In his first season in Jacksonville, three running backs averaged more than four yards per carry led by Fred Taylor who finished with a Jaguar team record of 1,572 rushing yards (4.6 ypc). In 2004, Taylor remained productive by racking up 1,224 yards on the ground despite missing three games.
After playing collegiately at Texas Tech, Lynn played seven years in the NFL as a running back for the Denver Broncos (1993-94, 97-99) and San Francisco 49ers (1995-96). Lynn won two Super Bowls with the Broncos in 1997 and 1998. After his playing career ended, Lynn began his coaching career as an offensive assistant and special teams coach for the Broncos in 2000. Denver led the AFC in opponents' average drive start in 2000 and finished third in 2001 and 2002.
Lynn is from McKinney, Texas and has two children: D'Anton and Danielle. D'Anton signed with the Jets in 2012 after playing defensive back collegiately at Penn State.