It didn’t take long for the San Diego Chargers to begin making headlines following a 37-27 loss to Kansas City. News surrounding the team, relocation, and head coach has been swirling as the franchise approaches a January 15 deadline mandated by the NFL. Team owner Dean Spanos said he would address these questions when the season was over and his first order of business was leadership. Mike McCoy was fired shortly after the final whistle blew on Sunday.
The Chargers 5-11 record wasn’t enough to keep the head coach in his fourth season with the team. Going 28-38 over the span of his time in San Diego the Chargers made one postseason trip in 2013 under McCoy.
Since then San Diego has struggled especially in the last two seasons and within the division. McCoy’s teams were 9-23 over the past two years and 1-11 in divisional play.
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Decimated by injuries since the beginning of the year there was some speculation that McCoy would be retained and given another opportunity. However, with the teams’ future in question the move could be to make a fresh start in a new location. Rumors abound that the team will be moving north to Los Angeles for the foreseeable future but no official decision has been made.
“I want to thank Mike for his tireless work and commitment to this organization,” general manager Tom Telesco said in a statement. “He instilled a culture of work ethic and togetherness that we can build on for years to come.”
Offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt could potentially be a candidate to fill the opening offering previous head coaching experience and a Super Bowl appearance. Fellow defensive coordinator John Pagano is a likely possibility as well. Multiple other candidates are sure to arise in the near future including Harold Goodwin of Arizona and Mike Patricia from New England.