The Ravens’ game against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field on Sunday will be a family reunion for first-year defensive backs coach D’Anton Lynn. As he works on the sideline with the Ravens, his father, Anthony Lynn, will be across the field, serving as the Lions’ offensive coordinator.
“I’m sure it’s very meaningful,” Ravens coach John Harbaugh said. “D’Anton has been in the league for a few years now. Of course, Anthony is one of the most respected coaches in the National Football League. I think that’s really cool. Now they’re going against each other, matching wits, you know, offense and defense.”
Sunday will not be the first time D’Anton will coach against his father. In 2019, D’Anton was an assistant secondary coach for the Houston Texans when he faced Anthony, then the head coach of the Los Angeles Chargers. The Texans won, 27-20.
Anthony was fired by the Chargers at the end of the 2020 season before joining first-year Lions coach Dan Campbell’s staff.
D’Anton, a former cornerback at Penn State who got his start in the NFL as a seasonal intern with the New York Jets in 2014, has worked alongside his father in the past. In 2017, D’Anton served as a defensive assistant in Los Angeles. The father-son duo also coached together with the Jets and the Buffalo Bills.
Anthony said Thursday that he hasn’t thought much about the father-son matchup, but jokingly called his son “public enemy No. 1.”
Jackson shakes off injuries
Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson returned to practice Friday after being placed on the injury list with a stomach illness on Thursday. That might not be a good sign for the Lions, as Jackson is 3-0 in games after appearing on the injury list.
Last season, Jackson threw for 180 yards and two touchdowns in a 27-3 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 5 after being listed as questionable with a knee injury.
In 2019, Jackson helped the Ravens beat the Bengals, 49-13, in Week 10 after missing time during that week with an illness. Five weeks later, Jackson threw five touchdown passes in a 42-21 win over the New York Jets after appearing on the injury list with a quad injury.