New San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy pauses during an NFL football news conference, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in San Diego. The former offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos replaces Norv Turner, who was fired along with general manager A.J. Smith after the Chargers finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the third straight season. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

New San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy pauses during an NFL football news conference, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013, in San Diego. The former offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos replaces Norv Turner, who was fired along with general manager A.J. Smith after the Chargers finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the third straight season. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

 

So much for sweeping divisional rival Denver in 2016.  So much for a divisional win on the road.  The Chargers lost 27-19 in what was, at times, a typical gritty divisional game and what was, at other times, a complete slop-fest branded as football.

There were really seven plays that could be pointed to as reasons the Chargers lost.

The first was a missed field goal by Josh Lambo from 45 yards out with 59 seconds left in the first half.  He simply hooked the kick for his first miss inside of 50 yards this year.

The next was a blocked point after attempt by Lambo with 4:09 left in the third quarter.

This is where it gets ugly and where my hatred for Mike McCoy grows.

After a Casey Hayward pick six from the Denver 16 with about eight minutes to play, McCoy makes the right INITIAL decision to go for a two point conversion.  It was the right decision because the Chargers were down by five.  A successful two point conversion makes the deficit three points.  What was wrong about the decision was to throw the ball from two yards out.  Too many things can go wrong.  Some did go wrong.  Antonio Gates was called for offensive pass interference, running an illegal pick play.  Back the ball up 10 yards to the 12 and now a pass play is the only option.  Everyone knows that and another Philip Rivers pass was batted up in the air by a Denver defensive lineman.

Fast forward to 2:54 left to play.  The Chargers are at the Denver two yard line with first and goal to go.  The offense runs not one, not two, not three, but four pass plays — all of which fell incomplete — to turn the ball over on downs.  Most teams would bring in their heavy personnel package — three tight ends, blocking back and tailback and cram the ball down the defense’s throat.  The Chargers running game was somewhat effective this week, so it’s reasonable to expect Melvin Gordon could manage two yards.  Instead, the offense comes away empty-handed.

These five play call decisions and the quote below exemplify why Mike McCoy is unfit to be a Head Coach in the National Football League.

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Really, Mikeyboy?  You don’t say!

I know that Ken Whisenhunt is the Offensive Coordinator and play caller.  Mike McCoy, as Head Coach is Ken’s boss and should have overruled him and didn’t.  He kept his hands in his pockets.  The definition of insanity is trying the same thing over and over, expecting different results.  I humbly submit Mike McCoy is insane by this definition.  To make matters worse, Whisenhunt pulled a Norv and got the plays late to Rivers so there wasn’t enough time on the play clock to change out of the stupid calls.

What say you, BoltBlitz readers?  Am I blinded by my hatred for McCoy?

Mike Pisciotta

2 Responses to Five more reasons to fire Mike McCoy

  • richard reinhofer says:

    So much to unpack. The 4 consecutive pass plays from the 2 with the league leading TD machine twiddling his thumbs threw me into a rage, so I have zero ability to objectively evaluate whether it’s McCoy or whether it’s Whisenhunt trying to get the job.

  • OPBolt says:

    Well, my five reasons would be 7-9, 7-9, 4-12, 3-5 (which projects to 6-10), and a four year litany of repetitive game management screw-ups. I mean how many times can you see the same problems, hear the exact same response from MM about how they need “to get to work to fix it”, just to see it happen over and over again.

    My opinion of MM is that he is a good theoretician and can put together a good game plan. But once he gets on the field and the opponent starts making counter moves at game speed, he can’t catch up if it disrupts the game plan. Sort of like those back up QBs, who are backups, not because they aren’t smart or good athletes/passers, but because they cannot cognitively process fast enough. The second opinion of MM is that he is not the kind of guy who truly understands and embraces the most elemental aspects of the game – physical domination down in the trenches. He isn’t the kind of guy who embraces the mud and blood, who would take his big fatties out for a beer and rib night, who understands that sometimes you need to leave the X’s and O’s management to the coordinator and get down and get your big boys together AND LEAD.

    Essentially, this team and this coach have made no improvement in four years and its steady state is below average. While some may believe that the personnel are better than four years ago, I say prove it. Once Rivers starts to deteriorate like we have seen in Gates, this team will crater.

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