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Let me get right to the point: Mike McCoy should be on the hot seat this year.

The 2016 campaign begins his fourth year as the Chargers’ head coach and the team has steadily gone backwards under his watch. I really thought he was the antithesis of his predecessor, but that couldn’t have been farther from the truth.

In 2013 (his rookie year as a head coach), we saw the Chargers (barely) make the postseason with a 9-7 record. They beat Cincinnati in the Wild Card round before falling to the Broncos in the Divisional Round. Frankly, the team exceeded my expectations.

Conversely, the Bolts failed to make the playoffs in 2014 and 2015. The 2014 season saw the Chargers mimic their 9-7 record. In 2015, the wheels fell off the bus and the Bolts finished with a pathetic 4-12 record.

A lot of people have given McCoy multiple passes. The destruction of the offensive lines because of injury. Every team sustains injuries. Nick Hardwick’s injury in ’14 was devastating, but good teams overcome those injuries. Add to that the fragility of Ryan Mathews and injuries to Jason Verrett, Jeromey Clary, and a host of other offensive linemen, Philip Rivers was running for his very life. The running game was largely ignored by the predictable and unimaginative play calling of Frank Reich. Even Norv Turner had a better imagination than Reich.

It shouldn’t have been a surprise to anyone that Reich was let go after the 2015 campaign where the Chargers finished 4-12. The blame doesn’t rest there.

McCoy is a terrible clock manager. Several times during his three-year tenure, he has left points on the board by failing to properly manage the clock at the end of the first half. Normally, when confronted with his failure to use timeouts (you can’t bank ’em), his response was a cliché of some babble about doing what was in the team’s best interests.

Not scoring is in a team’s best interests?

And not overruling Reich on his play calling?  Draw on third-and-18, anyone?

Yeah, yeah. Philip Rivers could have called out of said stupid play selection. That’s assuming you have a personnel package you can change out of a play with.

 

 

After the 2014 season, which many consider to be a renaissance for Philip Rivers, Offensive Coordinator Ken Whisenhunt was hired away from the Chargers to be the Head Coach of the Tennessee Titans.  Guess what, kids?  The Whiz is back as the Chargers OC, so I look for improvement in many facets of the Bolts’ game.  I also take this as a sign from heaven.  McCoys days are numbered.  Why else would they bring Whiz back after being dealt the short straw in Nashville?

If the Chargers falter, if McCoy continues his, dare I say, Belichickian arrogance and cliché-ridden, no-answer answers with the media, they have his replacement waiting in the wings. Mike McCoy should be feeling the heat this year. The last thing the Chargers need is a crappy team while they’re trying to rally support for a downtown stadium.

Thanks for reading and I welcome your comments!

Mike Pisciotta

4 Responses to Is Mike McCoy on the hot seat in 2016?

  • OPBolt says:

    Mike – concur about McCoy. So far he has not shown that he has the leadership or the imagination to move from above average to an upper tier head coach.

    However, I disagree about Whisenhunt. Oh, not about dragging the offense back into the upper ranks, but about being the head coach in waiting. As a head coach he has shown the same proclivities as McCoy. After two failures as HC, I can’t see [Spanos x3] bringing him in. Oh, damn, isn’t that what they did with Norv? Damn, damn, …

    • I think the reasons for bringing him back were twofold. No question the offense in general, and Rivers in particular flourished with the Whiz as OC and suffered greatly under Reich. McNorv needs to be looking over his shoulder. Whether Whiz is in waiting or not, this should be taken as a sign from Telesco and Spanos that he’d better get it together!

      As for Norv, well, he’s Norv.

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