Chargers extend coach Mike McCoy through 2017 season
Chargers GM Tom Telesco announced that coach Mike McCoy's deal has been extended through the 2017 season.
A month ago, Chargers coach Mike McCoy told reporters that he hadn't been offered a contract extension, even though general manager Tom Telesco signed one before the season. That changed on Friday when the Telesco announced that McCoy's deal has been extended through the 2017 season.
The news comes days after CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reported that the front office "strongly considered" making a change but opted to retain McCoy and his staff. Apparently, the higher-ups were "enthused" by how the Chargers finished the season, despite a roster that was decimated by injuries.
Telesco says when things got tough, the people (staff, players) didn't waiver. Excited to look towards next season and move forward.— San Diego Chargers (@Chargers) January 8, 2016
Still, the Chargers finished 4-12, though half those wins came in the final games after the team endured a six-game losing streak. Not surprisingly, some fans voiced their displeasure about the decision to keep McCoy (scroll down), though if you're of the opinion that continuity trumps constant turnover when it comes to building a successful organization, it's hard to question the move.
"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," owner John Spanos said Monday in a statement. "We will waste no time in making the necessary changes."
Spanos wasn't kidding; six assistants have been relieved of their duties, and Telesco said during a Friday press conference that it was McCoy's decision. Looking ahead to 2016, Telesco weighed in on injuries, Antonio Gates and bolstering the offensive and defense lines.
Telesco: "Offensive line (injuries) has been uncommon... That's what we're concerned with. Why so many at that position."— San Diego Chargers (@Chargers) January 8, 2016
Telesco says the organization would love to have Antonio Gates back next season.— San Diego Chargers (@Chargers) January 8, 2016
Telesco says offensive and defensive line will be important priorities in the 2016 draft.— San Diego Chargers (@Chargers) January 8, 2016
Meanwhile, according to La Canfora, the franchise remains "focused on a move to Los Angeles" and will be in meetings in coming weeks relating to a potential relocation.
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