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Mike McCoy is sending his team the wrong message and it’s a very negative message. It’s a message that says “I don’t trust you in critical times.” Telling your team, through gutless, no-risk decisions, that you don’t trust them is not how to develop a winning culture.

Yeah, the Chargers won in Atlanta on Sunday. Aided late by plays by Denzel Perryman in particular, and John Pagano’s defensive unit in general, the Chargers actually came from behind to win in overtime. That win wasn’t without idiotic decisions (or non-decisions) by the cowardly head coach.

Let’s go back to the end of the first half, shall we? Melvin Gordon scores the second of three touchdowns with 3:29 remaining to pull within 10 points, 27-17. Instead of playing aggressively, McNorv is content to let the half run out, leaving all three timeouts on the board. I guess he thought he could save them and have six at his disposal in the second half?

Three and a half minutes is virtually an eternity in the NFL. Why McCoy chose to let the clock run out, knowing Atlanta was to receive the opening kickoff in the second half is beyond me. I’d have burned the timeouts until Atlanta either punted or got a first down. What do you have to lose? Play aggressively, try to get the ball back and see if Philip Rivers and the offense can’t move down for at least another Josh Lambo field goal?

Maybe Mikeyboy deliberately wanted to trail at the intermission, not trusting himself, his staff or his players to have an opportunity to lead given their penchant for pissing away second half leads. Or maybe he’s just a chickenbleep coach.

Someone said to me “What about the ‘gutsy’ call on fourth down to go for it?”  What about it?  It was do or die.  Two minutes left on the clock, down three points, fourth down and two to go.  There was no other decision to make.  Convert or lose.

Fast forward to overtime. The offense was rolling, having outscored Atlanta 13-3 in the second half. Defense makes a huge fourth down stop, giving the offense the ball in plus territory in overtime. McCoy decides to play conservative and play for a walk-off field goal instead of going for the jugular and playing for six.

Atlanta’s defense was reeling. Rivers picked them apart. McCoy had the opportunity for an exclamation point win. He had the opportunity to let his offense really drive a dagger into the chests of Atlanta but chose to play it safe. His message was clear: he didn’t trust Philip and the offense enough to make this win a signature win.

These are just two poor decisions made by McCoy on Sunday.  There were other questionable decisions, but these were the most glaring.  Mike McCoy coaches scared and it will cost his team in the long run.

It’s been brought to my attention that I incorrectly read the box score.  Gordon scored with 1:04 left in the half, not 3:29.  My contention that McCoy should have used his timeouts does not change

 

Mike Pisciotta

@hawk_pie

5 Responses to Chargers beat Falcons despite Mike McCoy

  • JEFF says:

    Interesting observations, Mike. Our expectations for this team under McCoy have been reduced to the point that whenever we win, the place goes crazy! Every win has become a monumental accomplishment. We’ll see the overall reaction after Denver, which any reasonable fan would consider a possible upcoming loss. I hope not. Once again we are going to have to play above and beyond expectations……despite McCoy.

  • Anonymous says:

    Good article. Couldn’t have said it better myself. You mentioned several word in reference to McCoy that describe him perfect. Those words are gutless, cowardly, non-aggressive, and chickenshit. If I were the owner, he would be long gone after the season. If not it tells a lot about the ownership too. McCoy is NOT a head coach. Keeping him only means more of the same. I pray he is fired before Rivers is to old to keep this team going as well as he has.

  • Anonymous says:

    That speaks volumes for the ownership. You give an extension to a coach with a 4-12 record and fire the one with a 14-2 record. Nothing surprises me with them. It seems they are simply NOT about winning.

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