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Chargers news: Mike McCoy looks to personnel, not schemes, for sustainable success
- Updated: April 4, 2013
The NFL is a league that comes down to talent, not gimmicks, and new San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy understands that fact as well as anyone.
The former Denver Broncos offensive coordinator reiterated as much when he told the U-T San Diego on Monday, “There’s all kinds of different blocking schemes up front. I think sometimes that’s overrated.”
McCoy led the Broncos’ second-ranked offense in 2012 that featured a resurgent Peyton Manning and plenty of talent on that side of the ball to make his life easier. Demaryius Thomas and Eric Decker clicked right away with the former NFL MVP, and the running game that featured Knowshon Moreno, Willis McGahee and Ronnie Hillman attempted the ninth-most rushing attempts in 2012 to give the offense balance.
What that dynamic came down to in the Mile High City was talent, and that’s where the Chargers have to focus their rebuilding effort. The good news for Bolts fans is that it appears that McCoy and new general manager Tom Telesco understand that and seem prepared to do things the right way.
Unfortunately, that could take time.
The Chargers have to start up front with their offensive line, and signing King Dunlap and Rich Ohrnberger as free agents might not be enough to fix their issues in that area, especially given the losses of Louis Vasquez and Jared Gaither.
Given the new dynamics of the team and the fact that there’s so much in need of fixing, expect the Chargers to feature an eclectic mix of zone and power blocking, much like they did under the ousted Norv Turner. They’ll need to go with what works rather than attach themselves to an identity before they identify which players will suit them best, and that’s smart.
Whatever happens, there will be no quick fixes or band-aid approaches with the new regime that features 14 new coaches and a general manager in addition to McCoy.
That’s a philosophy that any Chargers fan can get behind, even if it takes some time.
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