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Former Texas Tech Running Back Named Bills Interim Head Coach

A former Red Raider star is getting a chance to be a head coach in the NFL.

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Earlier this week, the Buffalo Bills organization decided to go in a different direction with the firing of Rex and Rob Ryan after their week 16 overtime loss to the Miami Dolphins. In the process of deciding who will lead the team for the final week of the season, Buffalo chose a Red Raider named Anthony Lynn!

Red Raider fans might remember this guy. Lynn played running back at Texas Tech from 1988 to 1991. During his career at Tech, he was named an All-Southwest Conference running back in 1990. However, his senior year was cut short by a knee injury and no team drafted him in 1992.

The Denver Broncos signed him as an undrafted free agent in 1993. He then played for the San Francisco 49ers during the 1995 and 1996 seasons. The Broncos again signed him in 1997 and he won two Super Bowls rings during their 1997 and 1998 championship runs. Lynn retired after the 1999 season.

After retiring, Lynn joined the Broncos coaching staff as a special teams assistant. After two years there, he served as running backs coach for the Jacksonville Jaguars, Dallas Cowboys, Cleveland Browns, New York Jets, and most recently the Buffalo Bills.

When the Bills decided to fire offensive coordinator Greg Roman in September of this year, Lynn was promoted to offensive coordinator/assistant head coach. This move led to him being named interim head coach after Rex Ryan was fired. The Bills organization has also indicated that Lynn is one of the primary candidates for their head coaching vacancy heading into 2017.

Anthony Lynn's head coaching debut will occur at noon this Sunday when the Buffalo Bills take on the New York Jets. Good luck this Sunday Anthony! Wreck 'Em!