The Chargers are in need of change, but if history has anything to say about it, there might not be big switches this offseason.
In 2015, the Chargers went 4-12 under Mike McCoy, a massive disappointment considering two above-average 9-7 seasons in 2013 and 2014.
It was a year where Keenan Allen, Melvin Gordon, Brandon Flowers, Branden Oliver, Corey Liuget, and many others headed to injured reserve. Players such as King Dunlap, Orlando Franklin, and D.J. Fluker were forced to miss time as well.
Though the 2015 roster wasn’t particularly talented overall, it was easy to forgive the coaching staff for the awful year because of how disastrous the injuries were.
So what did the team do? They kept McCoy and company, and proceeded to go 5-11 in 2016. And then they fired him.
Anthony Lynn is currently on pace to have about as many wins as McCoy did through his first three years. Although Lynn has coached a team with a better overall regular season record than any Chargers team McCoy was a part of, both have as many wins in the playoffs: One.
So here’s the problem for most fans calling for drastic changes following this season: Are the Chargers really going to make any changes in 2020?
Following the 2015 season, the team let Frank Reich go, so there is a chance Ken Whisenhunt is still dismissed after this year.
But that won’t fix the other half dozen issues hindering the team right now, many of which stem from coaching, schemes, personnel decisions, and what now looks like a disastrous 2019 draft class thus far.
So even if the team heads to 4-12 or 5-11, history says the Chargers won’t make dramatic changes after one year given the amount of injuries sustained. Just last year, the Chargers were 12-4 and won a tough road game in the postseason. Though fans are calling for change, it’s very possible nothing happens this offseason.