McCoy finishes with a 27-37 regular-season record and a 1-1 record in the postseason. Those two playoff games came way back in 2013, though, with the Bolts winning just nine games over their past two campaigns.
Said general manager Tom Telesco, who helped lead the search for McCoy in 2013: “I want to thank Mike for his tireless work and commitment to this organization. He instilled a culture of work ethic and togetherness that we can build on for years to come.”
According to sources informed of the situation, McCoy now faces a critical two-game stretch, one that could decide his future. San Diego travels to Oakland to play the Raiders on Sunday, then hosts the Broncos on Thursday. If it goes poorly, hard decisions could be made quickly.
Based on the schedule (and the need to get the team ready on a short week) it’s highly unlikely a change would be made after Sunday. But two poor performances, coupled with the team already blowing fourth-quarter, double-digit leads against the Chiefs and Saints, could mean bad news for McCoy.
“The way they are losing games, I think that’s a reflection on their head coach,” NFL Network analyst Reggie Wayne said on Wednesday’s edition of NFL Total Access. “They need to find a way to finish games … That’s on the head coach. That’s his responsibility of teaching his guys, of preaching to his guys on how to finish, what we need to do to become a finishing team. And they just can’t get that done right now.”
The Chargers have blown leads in the final two minutes of three of their four losses. Luckily for the Chargers and McCoy, another late-game meltdown failed to surface again on national television Thursday night. With the Chargers’ losing streak over, the organization’s braintrust could choose to wait before making any decisions about its head coach.
Although Jones paced an injury-ravaged Green Bay wide receiver corps last season, he has now been released by the Chargers, Giants and Raiders in the past 16 months. Back in March, the Packers informed Jones that they would rather go forward with ascending receivers such as Davante Adams, Ty Montgomery, Jared Abbrederis and Jeff Janis.
Specializing in outmuscling defensive backs at the catch point, Jones can still help a team in a reduced role. His last two stops have exposed his limitations as a No. 1 target, as he struggles to separate from coverage to give his quarterback an open read.
Te’o compiled 17 tackles to open the season, including 10 in Week 1 alone. His absence creates a void in the middle of John Pagano’s defense. Fifth-round rookie Jatavis Brown took over for Te’o on Sunday (Brown later left with a minor injury of his own). The Chargers likely will add an inside linebacker this week.
It’s just the latest loss for a Chargers team that suffered a brutal injury each week to start the 2016 season. Week 1: Keenan Allen tore his ACL. Week 2: Danny Woodhead tore his ACL. Week 3: Te’o. Oh, and before the season even started, San Diego lost tight end Jeff Cumberland and do-everything running back Branden Oliver.
“The biggest difference for us in the run defense is that everybody was doing their job,” said Chargers linebacker Manti Te’o, per the team’s official website. “Everyone trusted each other, and everybody made their play. And they didn’t make it for themselves, they did it because they wanted to make it for their brother. When we stick together as a defense and we play like that, we’re going to do well.”
San Diego was embarrassed by big plays on the ground in the loss to Tennessee, allowing rushing touchdowns of 71 and 41 yards. Outside of Arizona’s Kerwynn Williams ripping off an 18-yarder in the third-quarter, the Bolts didn’t allow anyone to blast for more than eight yards at a time on Friday. At halftime, the Cardinals had just 17 yards on 12 attempts. You get the picture.