Chargers News: Franchise accustomed to mediocrity has fallen blind

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The San Diego Chargers were left with an easy decision midway through the season. 

They sat at 2-8, last place in the AFC West and had lost six straight. This was supposed to be a team fighting for a division title with hopes of a deep playoff run. 

The Spanos family was left with an easy decision: fire Mike McCoy whose system clearly failed, scratch the season and go back drawing the board in 2016. But the easy decision never came to close to fruition, and as the season lingered McCoy was bound to stay. 

Monday it was announced McCoy would not be fired. While it came as a surprise to the outside football world, it was no surprise to those who know the history of this discombobulated franchise. 

The Chargers have never had great success in the NFL, reaching the Super Bowl once, AFC Championship game twice and making the playoffs just nine times in the past 25 seasons.  

Since McCoy’s hiring the Bolts went 9-7, 9-7 and 4-12; making the playoffs just one time. 

However, if you look at the other teams with a top-10 pick in the 2016 NFL Draft the easy decision was made. 

The Tennessee Titans and Cleveland Browns (the only two teams with higher picks) fired their coaches.

The San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants and Miami Dolphins all with multiple Super Bowl wins fired their coaches.

The Baltimore Ravens and the Dallas Cowboys were without their starting quarterback so, both coaches will stay. The Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers both in rebuild mode with young quarterbacks understandably kept their head coaches. 

The only thing that saved McCoy’s job was the Chargers’ history of mediocrity not possibility of future success.

A decision that will only waste another year of a future Hall of Fame quarterback and dig the franchise into an even bigger hole. 



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Maxim Garshman

Maxim Garshman is a Bay Area native who now calls San Diego home. He has an expert voice on all things NHL and NFL, and currently works as the Chargers beat writer for Sports Out West.


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