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Oct 28, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy calls in a play in the fourth quarter against the New Orleans Saints at Sports Authority Field. Mandatory Credit: Byron Hetzler-USA TODAY Sports

The Mike McCoy – Dennis Allen Extrapolation


Sorry Denver, looks like you lost another highly sought out Coordinator in a matter of two years to a division rival. At least you lost Mike McCoy to a real football team in the San Diego Chargers!! In early 2012, Dennis Allen, the Oakland Raiders head coach, was hired on by general manager Reggie McKenzie, finishing his first season with a dismal 4-12 season. Allen is well known for his aggressive play calling: in his final and only season at Denver, his defense sacked Rivers 6 times and caused 2 turnovers. In 2010, after waking up a dead last place, Denver defense Dennis Allen got plenty of looks at head coaching possibilities.

Sound familiar? We’ve heard all the tales of the new leader of the bolts, Mike McCoy. Coach McCoy was the genius behind the ‘Tebow’ offensive experience and developed an average Kyle Orton into one of the hottest passers with an 8 game streak without an interception and in 2010, Orton was 4th in passing yards. In 2011, the Broncos possessed the number one ranked rushing attack and, granted Peyton Manning was the quarterback, 2012 brought more fortune in the 2nd most points in the league and 4th in total yards. Someway, somehow Mike McCoy found a way to utilize the skills of each individual player. After 8 seasons with the Chargers could this possibly be Malcom Floyd’s first 1,000 yard season? 9th tries the charm! Maybe Ryan Matthews will have more touchdowns than broken collarbones. The credentials of leadership are unquestionable, but will McCoy bring from Denver to San Diego the same type of mojo or lack thereof, which Dennis Allen brought to Oakland? They both look great on paper and were highly touted but the question now remains, ‘will he be just as good of a head coach as he was a coordinator?’ I’m going to stick with my new coach and believe he’s going to deliver our team to the promised land. For now, only time will tell!

For the sake of every Chargers fan out there, here’s to hoping we don’t lose three times as many games to wins like Mr. Allen. Yet, let’s give credit where credit is due, Dennis was able to bring a 29th ranked Raider defense to 28th, now that’s progress! Oakland style progress!

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  • arnie

    I have to admit Jonah, Big Mike has some similar up side to Allen, but Allen took the raider job. And that is where the comparisons stop. The raider organizations is a dysfunctional one and not because of Al Davis, rather he held on for to long. And they are still trying move on from doing things “Al’s”way. The Chargers are not perfect but, the Spanos family has done a better job of trying to put a winning organization, on the field. The Chargers had TWO major problems, an they fired them. The raiders problems are from top, to bottom. To think that Allen can over come that, is wishful thinking.
    My point is, timing. Allen’s timing ,to become a HC, is bad, IMHO. Big Mike has walked into a team the can win 10-11 games right now, simply because he’s the HC. All that aside, that’s just speculation. We still won’t know until the team hits the field and Big Mikes first season is in the books.

    Peace

    • http://www.signonsandiego.com/ Ambitoos

      I hope your not expecting miracles because it’s going to take awhile to fix the mess that AJ Smith and Norv made.

      • Nick in PB

        It may take a while to fix the mess AJ made, but the mess that Norv made has already been corrected! Go Bolts!

      • arnie

        You hit it right on the head. Time. T&M’s biggest need, is time. They need to work with what they have, to give them enough time. To get the winning team they want on the field.
        Now if you’re referring to miracles, as in expecting this team to win a Super Bowl, yeah that would one. But I’m expecting them to be better, just by the addition of Telesco an McCoy. And i think that’s reasonable.

        • http://www.signonsandiego.com/ Ambitoos

          That makes sense to me. Go Chargers.

        • http://www.signonsandiego.com/ Ambitoos

          That makes sense to me. Go Chargers.

    • Nick in PB

      You said it Arnie… all true. You can’t blame Allen for taking the job and then staring at almost no draft picks to boot. I have a feeling that McCoy and Telesco, not only having more to work with but also a reasonable draft situation could spell a decent season. If anything, bring some confidence back to our team. Play with confidence and know that you can win a close game. Especially late. That’s an area the Charger regressed mightily under Norv and Co. That’s just Norv in a nutshell. Take the team we have now, add a few more pieces and give them a real direction, then have them believe in that direction and you’ll have something. Allen seems like a decent coach, but he just doesn’t have a lot to work with and with the Raiders, I hope he never does!!!

  • http://boltbeat.com/ ChargerGirl Cindi

    Nicely done! :-)