Another week goes by and more coaching seats heat up, making opportunities available for San Diego Chargers’ offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. Whisenhunt’s imminent departure brings questions to who’s going to lead a top-10 offense.
The last strong Chargers coordinators were Wade Phillips, Cam Cameron and Ron Rivera. Whisenhunt made a sound decision to return to coordinating last year, earning him a lot more looks at head coaching this year.
Whisenhunt is going to a team that would get Jameis Winston because the Houston Texans are jockeying to be the No. 1 bidders for next year’s draft.
For Whisenhunt’s and the Chargers’ sake, it was great to have Tom Telesco let Whisenhunt stay past his interview for two reasons — Mike McCoy and Philip Rivers.
Switching over to a Denver Broncos-like offense focused on analyzing defenses and getting rid of the ball was going to be a task. McCoy needed time to install this new offense, and it helps that Whisenhunt knew the system. Whisenhunt knew that aiding Rivers’ career would earn back credibility around the league.
When Whisenhunt goes, the next offensive coordinator is already in San Diego.
It’s Mike McCoy.
By Mike McCoy, I’m saying Frank Reich, current Chargers quarterback coach, is the next offensive coordinator for San Diego. Sure, it might be really McCoy calling the plays while Reich talks on the headset during games, but Reich is the logical benefactor to assume the offensive coordinator duties. Reich knows what to do, having coached Peyton Manning in Indianapolis as the quarterback coach there, and helping Rivers succeed this season.
The current San Diego quarterback coach here is going to call plays in the future. Forget Reich’s lack of play calling as his weakness, because McCoy can groom him and have him by his side for a long time like a great offensive team with Drew Brees, Pete Carmichael and Sean Payton.