Anthony Lynn was named the Cleveland Browns running backs coach on Jan. 27, 2007. Lynn comes to Cleveland after serving the last two seasons as the running backs coach with the Dallas Cowboys. Lynn brings seven years of coaching experience with Denver, Jacksonville and Dallas, following his seven year NFL career with Denver and San Francisco.
Last season with the Cowboys, Lynn helped Dallas rank sixth in the NFC in rushing with an average of 121.0 yards per game. Lynn guided young running backs Julius Jones, as he ranked tenth in the NFC with 1,084 yards rushing on 267 carries (4.1 avg.) and four touchdowns and also Marion Barber added 654 yards on 135 carries (4.8 avg.) and ranked third in the NFL with 14 rushing touchdowns.
In his first season in Dallas, Lynn oversaw the continued emergence of Julius Jones, who rushed for 993 yards - including a single-game career-high 194 yards at Carolina on Dec. 24, 2005 - in his second professional season despite missing three games with a high ankle sprain. In his place, rookie Marion Barber emerged as a solid ground threat with 538 yards, which ranked fifth in the NFL among rookies and a team-high tying five touchdowns.
Lynn served two seasons (2003-04) as the Jacksonville Jaguars running backs coach. Under his guidance, Fred Taylor recorded two of the top four single-season rushing performances in Jaguars history. After rushing for a team record 1,572 yards in 2003, Taylor accumulated 1,224 yards in 2004. He also caught 84 passes during that two-year span. In 2003, Lynn's three backs each averaged more than four yards-per-carry.
Prior to joining the Jaguars, Lynn spent three seasons (2000-02) with the Denver Broncos as an offensive assistant and assistant special teams coach. The Broncos kickoff coverage units were some of the best in the AFC during Lynn's time with the team - finishing first in the conference in opponents' average drive start in 2000 (26.1), third in 2001 (26.8) and third in 2002 (27.8).
Lynn joined the Denver coaching staff in August of 2000 after his playing career was cut short because of repeated occurrences of neck stingers. Prior to his move to the coaching ranks, he spent three seasons (1997-99) with the Broncos as an H-back/special teams standout and helped Denver claim back-to-back Super Bowl championships following the 1997 and 1998 seasons. He spent the 1995-96 seasons with the San Francisco 49ers. Lynn went to his first NFL training camp in 1992 with the N.Y. Giants, but was released prior to the start of the season. He made the 1993 Broncos roster and saw action in 13 games, mostly on special teams. Lynn suffered a broken leg prior to the 1994 season and spent the year on the Broncos injured reserve list. During his seven-year playing career, Lynn appeared in 83 games and rushed for 177 yards on 28 carries and caught three passes for 35 yards.
Lynn was a standout running back for Texas Tech University, accumulating 1,911 yards and 17 touchdowns on 481 carries during his collegiate career. As a junior, he earned All-Southwest Conference honors after rushing for 884 yards and eight scores on 224 carries. He was then slowed as a senior by a knee injury.
Lynn was born Dec. 21, 1968 in McKinney, Texas, and played prep football at nearby Celina, Texas, High School. Lynn and his wife, Cynda, have two children - D'Anton (10/24/89) and Danielle (12/31/93).