Mike McCoy Retained as Chargers' Head Coach

Alec NathanFeatured Columnist

San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy gestures next to running back Danny Woodhead (39) during the second half of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
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The San Diego Chargers followed up back-to-back 9-7 seasons with the franchise's first losing campaign since 2012, which created some uncertainty around the future of head coach Mike McCoy.

However, Chargers president of football operations John Spanos announced in a letter to fans on Monday that McCoy will return as head coach for the 2016-17 season:

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. 
Thank you for your unwavering support and passion. 

Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported earlier that the Chargers "will formalize their decision to retain [McCoy]," adding an announcement is "likely today."

Eric Williams of ESPN previously reported McCoy would formally address reporters on Monday, "a sign he's staying with Chargers." 

On Jan. 1, Fox Sports' Alex Marvez said it sounded like McCoy was "coaching his final game" for the Chargers on Sunday after he spoke "with multiple folks around [the] NFL."

McCoy signed a four-year contract to coach the Chargers prior to the 2013 season, per Spotrac, meaning he would have one season remaining on his deal should the front office choose to retain his services.

The Chargers' 2015 season has been a mess defined by inefficiency on both sides of the ball. Entering Sunday's regular-season finale, San Diego ranked 28th in scoring, 18th in points allowed and 28th in takeaway-giveaway ratio, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com.

Injuries to playmakers such as Keenan Allen (lacerated kidney) and Stevie Johnson (groin) have also plagued San Diego. Tight end Antonio Gates missed the first four games of the season, serving a performance-enhancing-drug-related suspension. Gates also suffered knee and hip injuries over the course of the season.

The Chargers haven't crossed the double-digit-win threshold since going 13-3 in 2009, and back-to-back seasons out of the playoffs shouldn't thrill management. However, McCoy proved he's capable of coaching up balanced squads during his first two seasons in California.

Perhaps an offseason filled with reformation in the personnel department can vault McCoy and the Chargers back into the playoff picture.