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!