San Diego Chargers extend coach Mike McCoy's contract through 2017

January 9, 2016

After the San Diego Chargers surprised many by choosing not to fire head coach Mike McCoy, the team then announced that it would extend his contract through the 2017 season.

Regardless of whether McCoy ultimately is the right man for the job, in the short term, the extension was a wise move because it avoids him becoming a lame duck in the locker room.

McCoy joined the Chargers in 2013 and has led the Bolts to 23 wins, including playoffs. In his first season, McCoy’s team went 9-7 and won four straight games and five of its last six to close out the regular season. McCoy then led the Chargers to a Wild Card Playoff win in Cincinnati for the franchise’s first playoff victory since 2008.

The Chargers’ playoff appearance in 2013 marked the organization’s first since 2009, and McCoy joined Sid Gillman (1960), Don Coryell (1979 – Coryell’s first full season), Bobby Ross (1992) and Norv Turner (2007) as the only coaches in team history to lead the team to the playoffs in their first season.

Nevertheless, under McCoy's leadership the Chargers have a sub-.500 record, and last year produced just four wins.  Top draft pick Melvin Gordon failed to develop as expected at the running back position, leaving the offense far too dependent on quarterback Philip Rivers.

By Staff of and news services

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