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Mike McCoy to Return as Chargers HC: Latest Comments and Reaction

San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy speaks at a news conference after an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015. The Raiders won 23-20 in overtime. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
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Timothy RappFeatured ColumnistJanuary 4, 2016

The San Diego Chargers will retain head coach Mike McCoy, president of football operations John Spanos confirmed in a team release Monday:

As the 2015 season has now concluded, we are disappointed with the outcome as our expectations have not been met.

I have the utmost confidence in our leadership. Tom Telesco, Mike McCoy, and I have already begun evaluating every aspect of the team to take the essential steps to put a winning product back on the field. We will waste no time in making the necessary changes.

Throughout a trying season, our players never wavered in their dedication or commitment to the team. I firmly believe the decisions made today and moving forward will get us back on track in 2016.

"I'm ready to go be the coach, wherever it is," McCoy told reporters. "I'm just excited to be the head coach of the Chargers."

McCoy, 43, took over as the head coach of the Chargers in 2013, leading the team to a 9-7 record and a postseason berth. The Chargers pulled off a surprising first-round victory over the Cincinnati Bengals but lost in the next round to the Denver Broncos.

The team again went 9-7 in 2014 but failed to reach the postseason. Things fell apart in 2015, as the Chargers stumbled to a dreadful 4-12 record and were one of the worst teams in football, making it somewhat surprising that San Diego decided to retain McCoy. While the constant speculation over the team's potential relocation to Los Angeles was a distraction, the Chargers dramatically underachieved in 2015.

"No one is happy with the way the season went," McCoy told reporters but added he was "proud of the way guys fought to the bitter end. ... We never flinched. We kept on fighting. ... We're moving on to 2016."

McCoy has been in the NFL since 2000, serving as a quarterbacks coach, wide receivers coach and passing-game coordinator with the Carolina Panthers from 2000 to 2008 and offensive coordinator with the Denver Broncos from 2009 to 2012.

He'll be on the hot seat if the Chargers start slow next year. In bringing McCoy back, the organization is expressing its belief that 2015 was an aberration. If it becomes the norm, McCoy will quickly be without a job.

However, McCoy will have the third overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft with which to land an impact player and change the Chargers' fortunes in what appears to be a make-or-break year for the head coach.

 

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