Nov 16, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy reacts during the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Name: Mike McCoy
Team: San Diego Chargers
Years coached: 2 (San Diego)
Overall record: 18-14 (.563)
Playoff appearances (record): 1 (1-1)
Super Bowl appearances/wins: 0/0
Best Season: 2013 (9-7); Lost in Divisional Round
Chargers’ head coach Mike McCoy is ranked fourth, but it’s not because he has done an awful job. There are a few things going against him. For one, he has the least amount of experience.
It’s hard to judge a guy who has only been a head coach for two years, and took over a team that may not have been coming off great seasons, but had enough talent to win.
McCoy did take the Chargers to the playoffs in his first year two seasons ago, but at 9-7 it’s not like they dominated the AFC. They sneaked in as the sixth and final seed during a down year that saw them win at least two less games than every other playoff team — including Kansas City.
The only reason it happened was a Week 17 overtime victory against Kansas City when the Chiefs started Chase Daniel at quarterback and missed a chip shot field goal at the end of regulation to win the game.
Quarterback Philip Rivers won Comeback Player of the Year, throwing for 4,478 yards and 32 touchdowns. Most teams are going to win with a guy tossing the ball like that.
There is no doubt McCoy has done a serviceable job, including defeating the Cincinnati Bengals in a 2013 Wild Card game, but two nine-win seasons is not going to put him ahead of three coaches who have had multiple successful seasons.
In fact, McCoy took a step back in his second year, finishing with the same record as the season before and no playoff appearance.
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