A True Leader in Mike McCoy

May 10, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy talks with members of the media during a press conference following Chargers rookie minicamp at Chargers park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

We have casted away from the Norv Turner island and set ashore the Mike McCoy era. There’s a different feel in the interviews with McCoy in how he addresses his players and his expectations for the team.

Mike McCoy expects to see Philip Rivers with a 70% pass completion rating for the upcoming season. He sees Manti Te’o as a three-down linebacker. Jeromey Clary and Marcus Gilchrist are taking over their new roles at right guard and strong safety, respectively. Donald Butler has become a voice of leadership on defense and D.J. Fluker wants to become the next great leader on the offensive line.

The players are excited and embracing roles and opportunities. What is Mike McCoy doing differently that’s beginning to spark the Chargers?

During Norv Turner’s coaching regime in San Diego I heard the same things over and over, “he’s a heck of a player” or “we missed a few cues, but we’ll get better.” Nothing got better, it only got worse and the players started giving up.

Turner used to continue to praise his players and coaches regardless of the mistakes they made. Ryan Matthews’ recent rant about the players becoming complacent, going through the same routine, doing the same things over and over again, is this the type of player that deserved praise?

What McCoy has done is come in and taken away the kindergarten approach of patting everyone on the back regardless of how well or how poorly they did and instead set goals and standards to follow.

Last season, Peyton Manning’s QB rating of 105.8 is Manning’s second best of his 15 years as a starter. Manning’s completion of 68.6% is also his second best, missing his top by 0.2%, not bad for an old man!

Manning is an astounding player but it equally takes an astounding coach to push even the great ones for more. Now with Melvin Ingram out for the season regardless of whether it’s Larry English, McCoy’s mentality is “now is the time for someone to step up”.

English’s 8.5 sacks in four seasons don’t come close to being an efficient pass rusher. Is the potential there? Yes, English registered 31.5 sacks in college at Northern Illinois. What was McCoy saying when he said that? He was setting his expectations for the team (whether it’s English or not) to cover their wounded teammate and man up!

Now we have Dwight Freeney, an aging pass rusher who struggled in the 34 defense. McCoy was not shy is determining Freeney was suited as a passing downs type of player.

I wonder what Turner would have said if he were still head coach? “Larry is a heck of a player, we’ll keep practicing and get better,” I suppose. How does everyone else feel about our head coach’s approach thus far?

Topics: Mike McCoy, San Diego Chargers

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  • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

    Look at the photo and tell me he doesn’t look tired or burned out or put out. I think he is promoting these good moves but gets none of the credit. Plus, I think he is sick of the daily, solo T’eo press conferences.

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      Maybe Keenan Allen just walked into the room sporting a brand new Kansas City Chiefs snuggie?

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        hahahahahah!!!! dang hilarious

        • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

          Ernie: Pete’s comment–At least I have to nominate it for comment of the week.

          • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

            there are a ton of hilarious comments this week!!!

          • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

            Yes, I am visualizing Keenan in his KC Snuggie…omg, hilarious.

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            When I imagine it, I picture him strolling in and saying “Hey guys.. check it out” while holding up double peace signs.

          • tubbs45

            I could see him tied up to a flag pole by the snuggie! They could get a cheetos cannon to fire flaming hots at him!

          • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

            HA!!!! A cheetos Cannon! That’s Clary’s wet dream right there!

      • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

        Pete, you are killing me. omg.!

      • tubbs45

        Thats his ACEE ask another T’eo question again and I’ll sick Fluker on you look.

        • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

          Hahahaha… Shouldn’t Acee be busy writing a new “things are going to be different this year” article about how Ryan Mathews is carrying around an unhatched condor egg, to help with his fumbleitus?

          • tubbs45

            Hell yeah. Vintage Acee! New article: Ryan Mathews tattoos velco on his hands in an attempt decrease fumbles!

      • Nick in PB

        hahahahahahha!!!!! Peter… you got it tonight!

  • PakMaN

    This post makes me want to cry, I was so fed up with Norv’s shit. His standards and expectations were so low! If Weddle or god forbid one of the CB’s got a pick, at the post game (LOSS) he would credit that player for playing at a high level. How the fuck is that high level you turd, they were ranked the WORST CB duo in the league!


    PS: From this point forward could we please refrain from bringing up Norv turner? For the sake of whatever hairs are left on my head!

    • tubbs45

      Never forget your past! Maybe we could just change his name to:
      gross-ass wrinkled neck wimpy putz

      • http://www.facebook.com/twerkin.away Nick Judge


        • FitzWilly

          Vagina’s are useful :)

  • MC Boltman

    I think he´s an excellent speaker and he seizes the room. Thats very good for the locker room up there. And I think he really got the feeling how to put his players´ strength into the right position.

    Tom Telesco and McCoy – Architects of a New Bolts Era…a championship winning era. Not this year, but I´m very confident for the next few years…Oh Yeah! #boltup

    • tubbs45

      Total agreement!

      • PakMaN

        I feel the rest of the league or those who are familiar with SD know there has been a shift. I definitely see a SB in the near future.

  • tubbs45

    The head coach should be a leader of men, maintain a positive public persona, and make smart decisions in coordination with the GM. I always got the impression that Norv just hit the talking points, accepted what AJ gave him, and was just complacent. This is a mirror opposite of the old regiems approach to the biz. TT seems to be working well and communicating with the coaches, players and media. It is just such a good ~vibe~ I guess you’d call it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/lostkiara Stefanie Smith

      Tubbs, you stated it perfectly. Norv was complacent, I believe. At least that was the perception. Wringing his hands and doing nothing to change the things he was capable of changing.

      • Nick in PB

        Word Stefanie!!!!

  • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

    I will say this… I don’t think there will be any 4th & 29 embarrasments, or 25-0 halftime leads being blown this year. I look forward to finally being able to relax when we have a three touchdown lead, instead of waiting for the bottom to drop out in that recurring, and sickening deja vu fashion.

    • tubbs45

      I also dont think there will be an VJ type hold out bull shit. Players will know what is possible and TT will work to do what is best for the team and not his EGO. 4 & 29 could happen, but sure a Fuck not a 25 point lead blown…

      • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

        Dood!!!! If 4th & 29 ever happens again, you will see me on the 5 o’clock news. Just sayin’.

        • tubbs45

          LOL, I will be on the 5 oclock news too, that was just a series of bullshit ‘no calls’ like the weddle block in the back… still pisses me off. though I did just fix the hole in my wall where I launched the remote!

    • Nick in PB

      Peter, you said it man! I don’t think this coaching staff will stand for poor play, period. Heck, the players would hardly ever admit it, because they don’t see it when they are in the middle of it. Give them credit for believing in the coaching staff even if the fans could see otherwise. I think most of them are starting to see the difference and that’s going to make things better. You with me people!!!!!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.mederos.923 David Mederos

    This approach by the new Chargers staff is no doubt exiting as a fan. Coaches look burned out but still on fire. Standards are high and results are expected. Its up to the coaches to get the players ready and prepared. They are doing that like the championship teams of old. Grateful to have such an outstanding staff at the helm of my beloved team. CHARGER BOLTS 4 LIFE!

  • http://www.facebook.com/skorbs.montaclee Skorbs Montaclee

    I love the way this guy commands a press conference. He is SUPER confident, speaks very stearnly, but not in a negative way, is very matter of fact, and seems like a freaking NFL coach. Whereas good, ole Norv, he always seemed so passive about EVERYTHING, you could just feel the fact that he was not a motivator, hence the reason he has boched every coaching assignment he has ever had. My only concern at this point is whether or not McCoy’s coaching strategy will work. After all, Norv is considered one of the best OC’s in the NFL but didn’t fare so well as a coach. Lets hope in The Land of the Bolts, history does not repeat itself. I have a feeling this time will be different, but I have had almost 40 years of experience stating that with my beloved Chargers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/greg.pierro.5 Greg Pierro

    Possible Frisco esque turnaround. The real McCoy gets the best out of his players. He took Tebow to the playoffs!

    • http://www.BoltBeat.com/ Peter Thompson

      That would be very nice! How lame would Norv & AJ feel if we went to the playoffs after TT’s first draft, right after we cleaned house, and finally showed those two the door? I would LOVE that!

  • Cgoodness13

    It’s hard not to get caught up in this, but I’m waiting till Monday night vs the texans till I start judging his coaching

  • FitzWilly

    Norv Turner island = Gilligan”s Island

    He even looks like Gilligan

  • FitzWilly

    Norv Turner Island = Gilligan’s Island
    He even looks like Gilligan

  • Alter Ego

    McCoy strikes me as a man of intensity. His direct manner and confident speaking style does support his Alpha swag. It is contageous. I’m a believer – I expect to win under his leadership. I like having swag! ” Don’t bleed on my field” – thats all I want to say to visiting teams.

  • joerockt

    “and the players started giving up.”

    Ouch. Hope Gates doesn’t meet you in a dark alley.

  • Mike DeWitt

    I’t always Darkest before the Dawn. Welcome back to the Light Chargers. It’s Brightest star? Mike McCoy

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