The San Diego Chargers finished their 2012 season with a 7-9 record and missed the playoffs for the third season in a row. San Diego’s front office fired Norv Turner after six seasons as the team’s head coach.
According to Tom Krasovic of utsandiego.com, Turner described the team as “extremely well-coached and once the new coaches studied the film, they’d see it to be true.”
I do not believe that San Diego was extremely well-coached last season because well-coached teams do not blow a 24-0 lead and lose 35-24 like San Diego did against the Denver Broncos in week 11.
Extremely well-coached teams do not allow a player to gain 29 yards when it is fourth and 29 like San Diego did when they were up 13-10 against the Baltimore Ravens with 1:59 left in the fourth quarter. San Diego eventually lost that game 16-13 in overtime after their defense allowed Ray Rice to finish this miracle play.
San Diego was not well-coached because teams that are well-coached do not lose 31-7 at home like the Lightning Bolts did against a Carolina Panthers team that entered the game with a 4-9 record.
San Diego’s front office hired former Denver offensive coordinator Mike McCoy to be the new head coach along with Ken Whisenhunt, who will be the new offensive coordinator. Joe D’Alessandris was hired as well to be the team’s new offensive line coach and Frank Reich was brought in to be the new quarterbacks coach.
Denver quarterback Peyton Manning endorsed McCoy by saying “I think he’s ready. I think he’s paid his dues. Mike’s a good leader. He’s had some good coaches that have been mentors to him, different coaches that he’s worked with in his years in the NFL. I think he’s incorporated some of their leadership philosophies with his own philosophy.”
San Diego’s coaching staff will be faced with the task of helping their players avoid collapses like they had in 2012, but only time will tell if they will get the job done.