Yes, we can all finally breathe a sigh of relief. The Mike McCoy era in San Diego has mercifully come to an end after four trying seasons.
Within an hour of the Chargers’ 11th defeat of the 2016 campaign (and McCoy’s 37th in four years with the Bolts), the organization released a statement that they would be relieving the embattled head coach of his duties and immediately commencing a search for the franchise’s next sideline guru.
The decision will force the Chargers into a front office frenzy led by general manager Tom Telesco and the Spanos ownership group (regrettably) in a race to sign the next hot coaching name in the sport, alongside the likes of organizations such as Jacksonville, Los Angeles, Denver, and San Francisco.
Pick the right guy, and the winter of 2017 becomes one to look back on with a smile as the team lifts the Vince Lombardi trophy aloft following the franchise’s first February win. Misstep, however, and the team returns to square one a few seasons from now desperately looking for the same answers that have plagued the team since the Schottenheimer days.
Given the shortcomings of vanilla hires in the past (I’m looking at you, Norv Turner and Mike McCoy) and the current state of the roster, the blueprint for what the Chargers should be looking for in a coach appears clear. On one hand, the team’s next hire should be someone focused on either the running game (to take advantage of the budding star that is Melvin Gordon) or the defensive side of the ball (to build on the likes of Bosa, Verrett, etc).
However, the Chargers’ next head coach should also be someone who comes with a bit of an edge and has both the discipline and intensity to handle a franchise that has grown far too lackluster and lethargic in recent years.
Before the NFL coaching carousel can start spinning then, here’s an early look at ten possible candidates to fill the Chargers’ now-vacant head coaching job as the team looks to move on from a depressing last-place finish to 2016.
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Noah is a current undergraduate at the University of San Diego. In addition to his classes as a Business Economics student, Noah serves as the scouting director for the nationally-ranked USD baseball team and as an NFL correspondent with The Mighty 1090. You can follow him on Twitter @thebackseatlamp