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Mike McCoy: I’ll always take the blame for every player and coach

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 28: Head coach Mike McCoy of the San Diego Chargers looks on during the third quarter of the game against the Minnesota Vikings on August 28, 2016 at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Chargers 23-10. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Getty Images

Chargers coach Mike McCoy went over his team’s inability to hold onto a 21-point lead in Kansas City once again on Monday, a day after he said he needed to look at the film of the game to see what went wrong.

McCoy said he didn’t feel like the team lacked “killer instinct” in the second half, but they weren’t nearly as aggressive on defense as they had been while building a lead during the first 30 minutes of the game. They also stopped using running back Melvin Gordon despite a strong start to the game that featured the first two touchdowns of Gordon’s NFL career.

McCoy also lamented the lack of anyone stepping up to make the one play that could have led to a different result on the scoreboard when all was said and done, but did so without pointing fingers anywhere but at himself.

“I’ll always take the blame for every player and every coach here,” McCoy said. “That’s my job.”

That’s part of McCoy’s job. Another big part is to win football games. He didn’t do it last year and losses like Sunday’s up the pressure to start piling up victories in a hurry because there’s not much like not having an answer to why you can’t hold a three touchdown lead to make teams look for new coaches.

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15 Responses to “Mike McCoy: I’ll always take the blame for every player and coach”
  1. brassknuckles47 says: Sep 13, 2016 8:13 AM

    McCoy will always take the blame because 9 times out of 10 HE IS TO BLAME!

  2. jjackwagon says: Sep 13, 2016 8:21 AM

    Okay then. It’s your fault. You’re fired. Pack your bags.

    Actually what the Chargers lack is depth. Once Allen was injured it became a whole different ballgame.
    The Chargers were 6-6 on 3rd down with Allen in the game. They went 1-9 after he was injured.

  3. chargers308 says: Sep 13, 2016 8:33 AM

    Typical mccoy turtles up even when he has the lead. In the NFL there is no such thing as a lead

  4. priestlightning says: Sep 13, 2016 9:22 AM

    Worst head coach in the NFL and its not even close. Actually Jeff Fisher is a close second. Actually Fisher might be worse.

  5. joetoronto says: Sep 13, 2016 9:40 AM

    Yes. For as long as you have the job, Mike.

  6. orivar says: Sep 13, 2016 9:43 AM

    Unless it’s Weddle.

  7. THX 138 says: Sep 13, 2016 10:02 AM

    Telesco and McCoy need to be fired yesterday. Nice hire Spanos.

  8. TheAfterParty says: Sep 13, 2016 10:10 AM

    Didn’t really understand Melvin Gordon not getting the ball very much in the 2nd half. Dude was rolling and you needed to run off some of the clock and eat up time. If that happened a bit more, then maybe the Chiefs don’t have time to mount a comeback.

  9. xpensivewinos says: Sep 13, 2016 10:13 AM

    McCoy really is brutal.

    There are various stages of a coaching regime. It begins with the false sense of optimism (just because a guy is new) and eventually, the focus shifts to; “I’ll always take the blame” and “the buck stops here” and “we didn’t lack killer instinct” (even though it’s obvious to everyone you’re team has lost any killer instinct). It’s all over, pack your stuff and move on.

    They’ve lost 14 of their last 18 regular season games under this guys watch and Sunday’s game shows it’s not all on the GM. He sucks too, but if you’re up by 21 that late in the game, that’s coaching.

  10. guadalahonky says: Sep 13, 2016 10:16 AM

    It was wise of the Charger front office to choose Mike McCoy over Bruce Arians, wasn’t it?

    Nice work, fellas. You should never be allowed to pick another head coach ever again.

  11. jvw1982 says: Sep 13, 2016 10:33 AM

    Good old Mike McCoy, the leader of the coaches who should of been fired last yr and one of my favorites to get the ax before bi week…..top 5 coaches who should of been fired last yr……Bradley-Jax, Pagano-Colts, Mularkey-Titans, Fisher-Rams and McCoy-Chargers… fans of these teams should be livid that ownership allowed these guys to start the season….

  12. kfoyo808 says: Sep 13, 2016 10:45 AM

    That’s not going to be your job much longer…

  13. guyjuneguyjune says: Sep 13, 2016 11:11 AM

    All the above comments are spot on. McCoy, a nice guy, “turtles up” when the Chargers are ahead. Sad, he has no toughness and plays martyr when things go wrong. The fact is, San Diego’s collapse may have cost them getting a new stadium/convention center. Fans are fed up, won’t go to games as they have many other options in Americas Finest City. Spanos can’t “wait until next year” as it will be too late. He needs to do something significant and dramatic now and that is to fire McCoy and Pagano and bring in Jon Gruden…now. If he can get him. I believe Gruden can win with this team, but sadly, McCoy has lost control of the Chargers. This team, its fans AND THE VOTE IN NOVEMBER need a major lift now….before its too late and Spanos becomes Kroenke’s lacky in the hood. One win next week will not make everything o.k. ….because it isn’t.

  14. dayglo80 says: Sep 13, 2016 11:43 AM

    This was the worst set of coaching I have seen in San Diego since Mike Riley and Kevin Gilbride. up 27-10 with 12:53 to go the next Chargers drive is run up the middle, run up the middle, incomplete pass, shank 54 yard field goal. Not only did they kill a measely 1:25 off the clock but gave KC the ball near midfield as opposed to run it 3 times eat up another 40 seconds and try to pin them deep.

    Next KC drive is a pathetic effort on the Charger defense 2:02 TD drive making it 27-17 with 9:18 to go.

    Next Charger drive is 20 yard pass, run up the middle, run up the middle, incomplete pass, punt. Killed a measly 2:25 giving KC the ball at their own 25 yardline.

    Charger de was lifeless again but didn’t break giving up a field goal making it 27-20 with 3:09 remaining in the game.

    What happens next is just embarrassing and it starts with the kickoff return instead of killing time and returning the kick the chargers take a touchback. A free play to waste time and you kneel up 7 points with 3 minutes to go!!!! Then it is run up the middle, a WR screen for -2 yards and an incomplete pass once again killing the clock. and the kicker to this drive a 17 yard punt setting up KC on the Charger 42 yardline with 1:49 to go.

    That right there is as bad as you can get. Never did the Chargers run outside, nor did they run it on third down taking more time off the clock when it was 3rd and long 3 different times, they tried a 54 yard field goal up 17 with 12 minutes to go rather than pin the opponent deep. They take a knee up 7 with 3 minutes to go rather than run it out and take off more time for free. They shank a punt in their own territory setting up KC’s drive to tie the game.

    All of the above minus the shanked punt is all on the coach.

  15. lightninglucci says: Sep 13, 2016 1:38 PM

    To add to dayglo80’s post, about those runs up the middle:

    SD drafts a fullback so they can improve the running game from last year by using power runs with a lead blocker for Gordon.

    Instead, in the fourth quarter, they use the same weak single-back shotgun runs to Woodhead that didn’t work last year. Those shotgun runs usually work when running is somewhat of a surprise.

    KC knew SD was running the ball, so those plays were pretty easy to stop.

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