SANTA CLARA, Calif.
— Calhoun, who played quarterback for the New Orleans Saints from 1996-98 and for the San Francisco 49ers from 2003-05, said the San Diego Chargers’ decision to fire head coach Anthony Lynn was one of the toughest decisions he has made.
“It was hard for me to listen to the story and know that Anthony Lynn is out,” Calhoun said Tuesday during an appearance on CBS Sports Radio in Las Vegas.
“He’s an old friend.
It was really hard for the entire team to accept that.”
The Chargers fired Lynn after a 5-11 season and finished in last place in the AFC West.
Calhoun is one of only six players who have won a Super Bowl with the 49ers.
Calbrids Chargers, who won three Super Bowls between 1996-2001, are 11-2 this season and play at Washington on Sunday.
“We have a great team and we had a lot of good years together, but it’s a business,” Calbruns Chargers coach Mike McCoy said Tuesday.
“We have to play our football, we have to do the right things, we can’t put off our kids.
It’s very hard.”
The Chargers hired Lynn in May after he was fired by the New England Patriots in December.
He was an offensive coordinator with the Bills in 2011-12 before joining the Chargers in 2013.
He guided the Chargers to three division titles and the Super Bowl in 2016.
Calhoun has played for the Chargers, Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals and the Cleveland Browns.
He has played in 14 NFL seasons.