As sports fans, we’re passionate and care almost to a fault about the teams we root for. When they do well, we want a slice of that pie. When they don’t meet expectations, we immediately search for that thing so we can say “Hey, this is why we were bad. It wasn’t entirely because the team was not goof. Part of it was this thing right here.” In other words, we look for a scapegoat to point our finger at..
In one of Bleacher Report’s latest articles by writer Kristopher Knox, they listed the “scapegoat” for every NFL team from the last decade.
For the Chargers, that person/thing is former head coach Mike McCoy.
“After some ups, downs and three consecutive seasons without the playoffs, the Los Angeles (then-San Diego) Chargers moved on from Norv Turner as head coach,” said Knox “They replaced him in 2013 with former Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, who pushed the franchise backward.”
After making the playoffs his first season with a 9-7 record, the Chargers lost to the Broncos in the divisional round with an underwhelming performance. That game truly set the stage for a frustration couple of years to follow.
Although they went 9-7 once again in 2014, they missed the playoffs that year and then sputtered to a 9-23 record over the final two years of his tenure in San Diego.
“Los Angeles ranked fifth in total offense in McCoy’s first season, 18th in 2014, ninth in 2015 and 14th in his final year. This is not the sort of offensive consistency the Chargers were looking for when they hired McCoy, who arguably wasted some of Philip Rivers’ final good years. Worse yet, he was largely responsible for the down note that was the Chargers’ final season in San Diego.”
Despite the offense being a top-10 unit in a 4-12 2015 season, the team lost one soul-crushing game after the other that always stemmed from an event that should never have happened. Whether it was consecutive fumbles or a special teams mishap, it all culminated in one of the worst seasons the Chargers franchise has ever witnessed.
How do you all fell about the decision to tab Mike McCoy as the team’s scapegoat? Do you agree? Why or why not?
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