Chargers Coach Knows Hows To Get The Most Out Of Players
By Andrew Burer
Mike McCoy is a quarterback builder. Just take a look at his resume.
The Chargers new head coach has schooled an assortment of quarterbacks during his tenure in the NFL. Jake Delhomme, Kyle Orton, Tim Tebow, and Peyton Manning all had career years when they worked with McCoy.
In 2007, the Carolina Panthers went a franchise-best 12-4 in the regular season. The most impressive part, the Panthers started four different quarterbacks that season (none for more than three games in a row).
His time in Denver was perhaps even more remarkable. He changed the Broncos offense three different times over the course of three seasons with Kyle Orton, Tim Tebow and Peyton Manning at quarterback.
And let’s be real: Orton, Tebow, and Manning are about as different from each other as it gets.
When asked how coaching three different quarterbacks in Denver helped him grow as a coach McCoy said, “It is our job as football coaches to take advantage of the talent we have. Regardless of who the quarterback is, you have to understand what they do best...Come the first week next season, we will have a great system in place.”
A lot of what transpired over the last three seasons in San Diego was because too many good players walked, and not enough players of equal caliber replaced those that left (see Vincent Jackson and Robert Meachem). Coaching, specifically time management among a myriad of questionable decisions, and quarterbacking were also a big reason for the Chargers demise.
But like horse racing, sometimes it’s the jockey, not the horse that’s the problem. And given McCoy’s track record with quarterbacks, one can’t help but think he’s the right coach to get the most out of his players.
“You have to imagine that over his career, his ideas and his schemes and I’m sure his playbook, have evolved over the years, but he’s dealt with a lot of different guys that do a lot of different things well,” said Philip Rivers. “He seems to be, and speaking to Tom Telesco as well, two guys that are going to bring a great deal of energy to the building and to the team and I think that will be very fitting.”
It should be, especially for a team that’s drowned in underachievement the past three seasons.