Chargers fire six assistant coaches

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The Chargers fired offensive coordinator Frank Reich Monday, and Monday night brought news that his firing was part of a larger housecleaning by head coach Mike McCoy.

The Chargers issued a press release announcing the dismissal of five other assistant coaches. McCoy was told Monday his job was safe, but it’s likely these changes were part of that deal.

Also gone are offensive line coach Joe D’Alessandris, tight ends coach Pete Metzelaars, wide receivers coach Fred Graves, defensive line coach Don Johnson and assistant offensive line coach Andrew Dees.

Reich, D’Alessandris, Graves and Dees joined the Chargers in 2013, McCoy’s first year as head coach. Johnson came to San Diego in 2009 and Metzelaars joined the Chargers in 2014.

23 responses to “Chargers fire six assistant coaches

  1. So many of these coaches are weasels. They’ll throw anyone under the bus to save themselves. These are guys that were hired by the head coach and failed, at least in part, because the head coach failed. Doesn’t make sense to get rid of so many assistance but keep the main man, head coach. Then who is going to work for and respect a guy who has no integrity? Nobody with other options.

  2. Funny that the GM wanted virtually a whole new coaching staff, but kept the head coach. Makes me wonder if the Chargers are a franchise where the GM is a micromanager and the coach is a figurehead.

  3. If McCoy hired them and is now being forced to fire, well should that not be a relection on him and his ability to identify coaching talent?

    Regardless, the annual NFL routine of fire all Coaches is just getting stupid.

  4. Assistant coaches have a job to do also. When they don’t do their job, it reflects on the HC. I said much earlier this season that the assistant coaches don’t have their position players prepared to play. Just like any business, you make the boss look bad by not doing your job well, you’re gone. Nolan and Pagano did their jobs well and should stay.

  5. mt10425 says:

    Assistant coaches have a job to do also. When they don’t do their job, it reflects on the HC. I said much earlier this season that the assistant coaches don’t have their position players prepared to play. Just like any business, you make the boss look bad by not doing your job well, you’re gone. Nolan and Pagano did their jobs well and should stay.

    Agreed. And I would buy that if it were one or two coaches. But when you have to fire so many of your staff to keep your job, there are much bigger issues.

    It’s McCoys job to put everyone under him in a position to succeed. He should provide the guidance to make his assistants successful. When such a large number are considered failures, McCoy should be considered the ultimate failure. He is obviously not the leader you want at that position.

  6. Tjacks, it was his first time hiring asst coaches. Hopefully, he’s learned a lesson here. Since he’s staying, he gets a second chance to do it better this time. Last chance though. There are some very good coaches available.

  7. wow bet this is the last time a coach leaves a job to go work for McCoy……he will be fired before the end of next yr, he would have been better off fighting for his asst jobs and getting fired, take his money and find a better place to work, instead he is being set up as the scapegoat next yr when the team sucks and he only has a 1yr left on his contract….

  8. I love the Chargers. Been my favorite team for 35yrs now. With that said, I think this was the right move, although I would’ve included Pagano as well. I questioned McCoy all year long but not as much as I questioned Reich, Pagano and the rest of the coaching staff. If McCoy can’t put something together next, can him. This year was lost due to injuries. SD had to lead the league or come close to leading with IR players. It was silly.

  9. I mean the entire offense was hurt this year.

    When they were healthy, they actually produced some great numbers.

    Not sure what firing the offensive staff will fix…..it sure won’t fixed having to start 12 different OLineman, Won’t fix Injuries to Allen, Floyd, and Stevie Johnson. Won’t fix Gates 4 game suspension either. Won’t fix another big 10 bust RB in Melvin Gordon.

  10. How can you fire at least half of these coaches when they were affected by too many injuries?

    The offensive line coach Joe D’Alessandris is actually good based on his first two years. The tight ends coach Pete Metzelaars and wide receivers coach Fred Graves look competent with emergences with guys like Ladarius Green and Dontrelle Inman (then again, Philip Rivers is good at playing skill position musical chairs).

    I never knew that Miami Vice was along the defensive line with Don Johnson being around.

  11. Every team deals with injuries. The two most important players on the field are the QB and backup QB. Look at what happened in Dallas. That being said, only one other team had more OL hurt this year and rotating roster, the Patriots. They make the playoffs consistently and if memory serves won the superbowl last year. It comes down to coaching the talent you have and getting the most out of them. If Rivers had a Romo like injury and was out for an extended period of time, would McCoy have a job now?

  12. This was an incredibly stupid move by the team. They have squandered an elite QB’s entire career because they don’t know how to run a successful pro football franchise. Sad. Sad for the people of San Diego who love their team (just because it isn’t a huge city doesn’t make the real fans any less real). And sad for guys like Philip Rivers and Eric Weddle, who will never win a championship.

  13. How about firing the strength and conditioning coaches? These guys came over from the Browns organization and I’m not sure why they ever hired them. I think it’s fair to say that some of the injuries the Chargers players had this year could be attributed to poor conditioning/strength.

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