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It’s time for McCoy, Telesco, and Spanos to go

It’s time for the team to move on from their current leadership, from the bottom all the way to the top.

NFL: San Diego Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

Ken Whisenhunt did not show the same mastery of play calling in yesterday’s game. Now, I don’t know if it was because he’s rusty and hasn’t been a play caller for a few seasons, but things looked remarkably close to the way Frank Reich was running things with the Chargers. The only difference? It was working in the first half.

The team was confident coming out of the gates, and it showed on the field. Rivers was sharp, but with something around 75-80% of his targets were going to Keenan Allen before the injury, the Chargers were definitely going to feel it when Keenan Allen was not on the field. Then, the unthinkable happened, and Keenan Allen went down with an ACL injury. Considering there were only 3 other WRs dressed and on the roster, the Chargers needed to play down the stretch with Travis Benjamin, Tyrell Williams, and Dontrelle Inman. Inman ended up playing the most snaps out of all the Chargers receivers. You’d think the Chargers would go into more 2-TE sets, and start running the ball to preserve their 24-3 lead, but according to Mike McCoy’s logic, since Melvin Gordon was stuffed on ONE 3rd and 1 play, Danny Woodhead deserved to be getting the majority of the caries. I guess he completely forgot about how Melvin Gordon slammed it in twice near the goal line earlier in the game.

I have no doubt about it... the Chargers lost this game, the Chiefs did not win it. A mixture of awful calls in the 2nd half, most notably still passing the ball with 8 minutes left, up 2 TDs, and using Woodhead as the primary back. Now, Woodhead is a great back, but he’s no grinder. He’s not going to wear down defenses late in the game. To top it all off, the players lost their mojo. They were too busy feeling sorry for Keenan Allen and themselves that they let the team who bottomed out at a .3% win probability, come back and beat them. The Chargers were embarrassed this week.

NFL: Denver Broncos at San Diego Chargers Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

I’ve always been an avid supporter of Mike McCoy, but I think it’s time we start calling for his separation from the team. He’s a great coordinator, but like Norv Turner, he can’t get it done as a head coach. While we’re at it, I think John Pagano should have run out of chances by now. I appreciate what Tom Telesco has done with the team, despite the lack of depth. The turnover has been huge over the last few years, but the Chargers are still very much a talented team, and their youth is not hindering them. Mike McCoy has not proved to be a hard nosed coach, and he’s had ample time to show what he has. Nick Canepa put it perfectly in this article.

NFL: San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

To top it all off, I think it is time that the Spanos family sells this team. They expect the good people of San Diego to pass a two-thirds vote to build a new stadium, when over the last couple years have turned a blind eye towards San Diego and San Diegans in their bid for a new stadium in Los Angeles. The Spanos family does not want to be here, so they should leave and sell the team to someone who actually wants to make things work. Mark Fabiani is not the guy you want when you want to mend relations with your city. On top of the stadium fiasco, the Chargers were unable to get their 1st round pick on the field in a timely matter. That was not Tom Telesco’s fault, it was the Spanos family telling him how to negotiate. Telling Tom Telesco to approach signing Joey Bosa, the guy that the whole organization coveted for close to two years, as if he were a middle 1st round draft pick, not the first non-quarterback taken off the board. The Chargers viewed Joey Bosa as the #1 guy in the whole draft, and would have drafted him the season before had he been eligible, yet they thought they could treat him like he was a middle of the road 1st rounder. It’s time for the Spanos family to sell the team, at least while Philip Rivers has time to win a ring.