There was speculation Mike McCoy would be fired after a miserable 4-12 season, but on Monday, it was announced that the Chargers head coach will maintain his position through the final year of his four-year contract.
"I'm very excited about the opportunity to be back this year," McCoy said. "I'm really excited with who's here and the players we have moving forward. I think everybody understands, from throughout the year, what we need to improve. I'm energized, excited and ready to go, and I'm very thankful for the opportunity to be back."
McCoy went 9-7 his first two years with the organization, before going 4-12 (and finishing last in the AFC West) in 2015. In his first year as an NFL head coach, McCoy led his team to the playoffs and notched a win against the Bengals in the first round. The 2015 campaign left the Chargers shut out of the AFC West -- winless in the division -- and struggling to fight off a number of injuries to key players, including WR Keenan Allen, CB Jason Verrett and nearly every member of the team's offensive line.
Players, including Philip Rivers and Antonio Gates, supported the decision to retain McCoy.
"I would love for him to be back," Rivers said after Sunday's game against the Broncos. "In the tough times -- again I’ve said this with other coaches -- it says a lot to me about the head coach when players play the way they played in these types of situations, in these character games. If we came out here and just slopped around, then I think that would send a different message."
The Chargers let go of six coaches Monday: Offensive coordinator Frank Reich, 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.