Jan 12, 2014; Denver, CO, USA; San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy on his sidelines in the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos during the 2013 AFC divisional playoff football game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos defeated the San Diego Chargers 24-17. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Criticisms of Mike McCoy


Mike McCoy did an excellent job of running the team last season. He was able to guide the team to the playoffs and was able to get a win in the post season as well, but that doesn’t mean that there were not areas in which McCoy could have looked at for improvements.There were still some frustrations with the first year head coach last season.

One of my biggest frustrations with McCoy was his unwillingness to take a chance. McCoy lacked some aggressiveness in his first season. With the ball at the 1 yard line and the chance to win the game, the team decided to kick the field goal and hope that we could pull off a win in overtime. When we were down and out, we would punt the football in enemy territory.We just lacked some aggressiveness in the playcalling.

It also seemed that McCoy took a little longer than we would have liked to make some adjustments. The team took a while to get the ball to Ryan Mathews. Once they decided to get him the football, the team moved the ball down the field with more ease and we were able to punch in the football for touchdowns instead of field goals.

There are a lot of compliments that can go around for McCoy, but these were just a few things that were frustrating during the year. What criticisms did you have of McCoy for his season?

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  • BuhaySD

    I think you hit the nail on the head with his lack of aggressiveness. Also i think they should have used Ladarius Green a lot more than they did. I love Gates but Green is the more explosive player at this point in their careers.

    • Sergio Quintero

      I should add under using Ladarius Green to my list, I expect the chargers to basically scrap the FB and go full time 2 TE’s, so clearly Green’s playing time should go way up.

      • arnie

        The FB played?

  • Sergio Quintero

    I don’t know what is McCoy and what is his coordinators, but under the concept he’s the boss and the buck stops with him, here goes:

    1) Falls in love with the running game: and will keep slamming his poor RB into a stacked line even when its not working. You should be balanced to slightly throw heavy in first halfs, get a lead then go crazy with the running game in second halfs with the lead. And when running the clock out, wont even throw a dump off pass to his RB instead of pounding it up the middle.

    2) Tends to forget there is such a thing as a play action pass: Even when he’s pounding teams with the running game, and safeties are stacking the box, he will criminally under use the play action pass, even when they were struggling in the red zone the play action pass was no nowhere to be seen.

    3) Weird play calling in the red zone, and very telegraphed play calling there: The chargers were a power team in the second half of the season, but once in the red zone here comes the shotgun and 3 WR’s, and every time I would scream what are you doing. You have proven you can run, go to power scheme with multiple TE’s run the ball, or play action of that. Pure and simple it cost them the Redskins’ game.

    4) Unwillingness to go for it on 4th down: Has the momentum in games but wont show the killer instinct games against the Titans and the playoff game vs. the Bengals are examples.

    5) The quality of defensive game plan and aggression would vary greatly from game to game: They put together a masterful game for the Broncos in Denver, and play with little or aggression against the chiefs week 17 with the season in the balance.

    6) Play down to competition, and look overconfident: Both games against the Raiders were not good showings, and against KC week 17 they looked overconfident and tight.

    7) Poor handling of Derek Cox & Vincent Brown: The chargers never seemed to figure out how to use these guys.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Nailed it!!! Absolute money

      • Sergio Quintero

        Ernie how do you see Vincent Brown, is he the no. 2 WR or will he get replaced, might he even be cut after the preseason?

        • tubbs45

          Tight End… teach him to block. too slow to be on the outside, maybe a slot receiver, he just not shifty enough for my taste to be the slot guy. I really think when a linebacker covers him he’ll get space, but not nfl CBs.

          • Sergio Quintero

            That would be a massively undersized TE at 5’11 195 lbs, he sounds like a guy who can’t play to me.

          • tubbs45

            It was just a Tebow joke…

        • Gunnar Martin

          I like him as someone that comes in with three or four receivers on the field at once, so he doesn’t have to match up against the toughest corner of the opposing defense. I think we should remember how well he did when he got the chance before he broke his ankle. It seemed like he and Philip had some pretty solid chemistry. I think we should roll with him as a primary backup this year and see how it goes.

        • boltingindiego

          imo he played better in the slot where he did line up later in the season. which to me is his position but had to play out wide because of injuries and royal occupying the spot. hopefully he turns it around this year if not cut him loose.

        • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

          i think we keep him around, but i can’t see him in the roster as a starter unless it is because of injuries. sadly there is nobody to unseat him just yet. M80 probably is not making a return and eddie royal might get cut because of cost.

          we will be looking for help in the draft. Ajirotutu will likely be back. Allen returns. We likely sign a cheap vet somewhere to compete as well

    • John Alton

      2014 will be the year you all call for his head on a stick.

      • Sergio Quintero

        For a coach to go uncriticized you either win a title, or put a resume like Belichick has for the Pats.

  • rickochey

    I am still not sure on McCoy, Wiz had a lot to do with all of that and now that hes gone this is the year that McCoy can show if he is a HC or another ‘hot OC’…

  • Stefanie Smith

    These comments are exactly what Denver fans said about Mike McCoy. I don’t know if Ernie will remember it, but he interviewed a blogger from the Denver side of it. I believe she said that they were a bit disappointed at his play calling and way too conservative. Remember that, Ernie? He does not have flair, but neither did Whisenhunt. It’ football and sometimes he has to take chances. But he inspires loyalty and a sense of drive in the guys. So that is good. But he has to cut loose a little. Get a little creative so the opposing teams don’t know what we are going to do each time.

    • Sergio Quintero

      Hopefully Reich has a little more flair, and McCoy gives him the latitude he gave Whisenhunt, I don’t want the Chargers to become pass obsessed like the Saints, Falcons. But a little more passing in first halfs, and attempting some longer throws of play action would certainly help.

      • Gunnar Martin

        That would be a dream come true.

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i do remember it for sure… it will annoy me when we lose games for lack of aggression for sure.

  • Cgoodness13

    His team was motivated and played like a family, that’s a HCs main job. My main complain though is his absence on the D side of the ball.

  • Derek

    Every coach has his tendencies which when they lose become their weaknesses. Yeah I want McCoy to be less conservative next season also I want to see more of his and reich’s influence on plays along with more creativity to bring green into the fold. But wouldn’t be mad if he didn’t change much. Remember gases attack attack attack aggressive approach led to many 3&outs. Main thing I want from McCoy is to be unpredictable from 1st to 3rd and for that we need recievers.

  • Gunnar Martin

    Hopefully his conservative play-calling and lack of aggressiveness wears off with experience. That’s what happened with Ron Rivera, right?

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      i would hope so

  • Mark Viguri

    McCoy too conservative? He learned under Fox what were you expecting? McCoy and his coaches had a couple redzone head scratching calls but they definitely turned around the teams attitude, created a short passing game reviving Rivers career and installed a running attack in spite of constantly shuffling the O-Line and losing key players.

  • Julien Bélair

    I can’t ask more out of his first season

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