It's been a difficult 2020 NFL season for the Los Angeles Chargers, and Sunday's abysmal loss to the New England Patriots represents rock bottom.
The Chargers were dominated in every facet of the game in a 45-0 defeat to the Patriots. It was the biggest blowout loss in Chargers history, and the result also officially eliminated Los Angeles from playoff contention.
Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn gave an honest assessment of the team's performance during his postgame press conference.
"It's not indicative of the men in that locker room. I watched closely and not one guy on that field quit," Lynn said. "This team will regroup, we will battle and we will bounce back, and make sure -- I know I will personally make sure that will never happen again because that was unacceptable and embarrassing."
The Chargers were particularly poor on special teams. The Patriots scored twice in the second quarter on special teams plays -- a 70-yard punt return by Gunner Olszewski and a 44-yard return by Devin McCourty on a blocked field goal -- that put L.A. in a 28-0 halftime hole.
"It was unacceptable, special teams was. The whole operation," Lynn said. "I made a change on special teams, I got a lot of guys doing different things. Today got confusing on the field. It was unacceptable."
Lynn clarified he was frustrated with the coaching in regards to special teams. "It was unacceptable," he said. "Coaches are responsible for that."
One question for the Chargers as another lackluster regular season winds down is whether Lynn should be the team's coach moving forward.
Lynn is in his fourth season as head coach, and the second campaign has been the high point of his tenure so far. Los Angeles went to the playoffs in 2018 with a 12-4 record, but that run came to a disappointing end with a 41-28 loss to the Patriots in an AFC Divisional Round matchup at Gillette Stadium. Since that loss, the Chargers have taken several steps back. They struggled with a 5-11 record last season, and they are on pace to finish with even fewer wins in 2020.
Sunday's loss was the Chargers' fifth in their last six games, and the team's only victory over that span came against the winless New York Jets. Despite how poorly the team has played of late, Lynn doesn't see himself departing in the near future.
"I expect to be the coach of this team tomorrow," Lynn said.