Bolts Notebook: More on Mike McCoy
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Bolts Notebook: More on Mike McCoy

With Mike McCoy hired to join Tom Telesco in rebuilding the Chargers, the franchise is overflowing with newfound energy and charisma. But will this organizational facelift result in more wins? Here is a full rundown of San Diego's coach and the impact he will have on his new team.

Reason for Optimisim

McCoy is an offensive coach with a knack for putting his players in position to succeed, especially at the QB position. He has gotten the most out of Kyle Orton, Tim Tebow and Peyton Manning, so the hope is he will have the same impact on Philip Rivers. If McCoy can help Rivers cut down on his turnovers (second most in the league over the last two seasons) and regain his fourth-quarter swagger, the Chargers will be contenders again in 2013.

McCoy is familiar with a couple of Rivers' weapons, having coached Eddie Royal and Dante Rosario in Denver.

Also, McCoy hopes to keep San Diego's defensive staff mostly intact. That is a good thing, as John Pagano made a lot of progress with that young unit last season. With another year of development, San Diego's defensive front seven has a chance to be among the best in the league.

Reason for Trepidation

There is always fear of the unknown. McCoy has never been a head coach before, so it may have been safer to go with someone like Ken Whisenhunt, an established head coach who has proven he can win when he has a talented signal-caller at his disposal. Another veteran coach who led his team to a Super Bowl, Lovie Smith, was also interviewed and passed over.

And while you have to like the fact that San Diego's gain was Denver's loss, pilfering from the reigning division champion does not always work. The Raiders tried that last offseason by tabbing former Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen to be their head coach; Oakland finished 4-12.

Player Who Should Be Most Excited

While McCoy's hiring has been unofficially dubbed the "Rivers Reclamation Project," a player who may be even more excited is Robert Meachem. The sixth-year pro spent most of last season in Norv Turner's dog house, finishing with career-lows in yards (207) and touchdowns (two). Hopefully, Meachem can show McCoy what he once showed Sean Payton in New Orleans; Meachem had at least 40 catches, 600 yards and five scores every season from 2009-2011.

It won't be easy for Meachem -- he must battle Malcom Floyd, Danario Alexander, Royal and Vincent Brown -- but this fresh start is sorely needed for No. 12.

Player Who Should Be Least Excited

Jeromey Clary has been San Diego's starting right tackle since midway through the 2007 season. It is baffling how he has lasted that long. He has allowed seven or more sacks four times in his career, including a career-worst 9.5 sacks in 2012. He struggles with speed rushers and is a big reason why his immobile quarterback is so uncomfortable in the pocket.

Regardless of what happens at the other tackle position -- where Jared Gaither will cost $6 million if released and only $500,000 more if retained -- it is hard to imagine McCoy overlooking Clary's shortcomings the way Turner routinely did.



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Michael Lombardo is a long-time contributor to the Scout.com network. His analysis has been published by the NFL Network, Fox Sports and MySpace Sports. He has followed the Chargers for more than 16 years and covered the team since 2003. You can see more of his updates by following him on twitter.