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McCoy Set on Changing Chargers Culture
Head Coach Mike McCoy answered a multitude of questions during his press conference today at the scouting combine. But there was one common theme running through each and every one of his answers – he plans on changing the culture of the Chargers by making them a winning team not only in the near future but for the long term.
“Number one, Tom Telesco and I are going to do everything we possibly can to build a winner over the long haul,” he said. “Not just tomorrow, but for years to come. We’re going to change the culture a little bit around there. That’s what happens when you get a new staff come in the building. So we’re going to make some changes over time. But we’re going to do everything we can to help this team win the next 10 years.”
So what exactly does the culture of a Mike McCoy coached football team look like?
“A football team that’s going to win a lot of games,” he said matter-of-factly. “We’re going to do whatever we can to do it the way we want to do it. As an organization, Dean Spanos, Tom and I have sat down and talked a lot about what we want to do. The changes we’re going to make around the facility. How we’re going to do things different, whether its travel on the road, whether it’s things we’re going to do at the hotel differently. There’s going to be some changes. But we’re going to try to build a winner like we said for a long time here. There are personality changes that are going to happen. Obviously new leadership in the building and the ways we’re going to do things, and do everything we can to win football games.”
One player who will play a pivotal role in winning those football games is Philip Rivers, who has quickly impressed McCoy.
“I think he has a burning desire to win,” he said. “That’s what all the great ones do. He wants to do everything possible to change this thing and get it rolling again. I’m really looking forward to when we get the offseason program started, getting him in the building on a day to day basis to really teach him what we’re going to do moving forward and how we’re going to help him.”
Still, McCoy has a number of things he plans to go over with Rivers to get him back on track to being one of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL.
“I think the big thing everyone wants to talk about is the turnovers,” he said. “That’s the number one thing we got to cut back on. But then again you have to go look at the whole entire package of plays. Why were certain interceptions thrown? Why did he make certain decisions? Can the protection be better? Can the routes be run better? It’s going to be 11 guys we finally evaluate. It’s not just the quarterback, though a lot of it falls back on his shoulders. But that’s something we’ve already talked about is that is the number one thing we’ve got to do. We’ve got to cut back on the turnovers. He’s a very talented player and he’s got a lot of talent around him.”
One of those talented players McCoy spoke of was running back Ryan Mathews.
“(Mathews’) had some bad luck the past couple years with his injuries,” he said. “But he’s a very talented back. In talking to (running backs coach) Ollie Wilson, (we) spent a lot of time the past couple weeks (talking about) what we want to do with him. He’s a good, talented guy. There’s a number of touches and we’ve got to do a better job up front as an entire football team helping him out, getting him involved in the passing game because he’s a talented player who can do a lot of different things.”
Another player McCoy is excited about is Vincent Brown, who is entering his third year in the league after missing his entire sophomore campaign due to a broken ankle.
“Unfortunately he got injured last year as everybody knows,” he said. (Vincent’s) a great route runner. Very disciplined at what he does. All he did was make plays for them his rookie year coming in. He had a great college career at San Diego State. We look for him to do great things for us in the future.”
There’s that word again – the future. Clearly, McCoy sees big things ahead for the Chargers in the coming years and has a set way that he plans to do it.
“The first team meeting we’ll have April 1st, we’re going to tell how we’re going to do things,” he said. “Really it’s just going to be the way we’re going to do it. It’s not taking anything away from the previous coaching staffs that have been there, but there are some things that Tom and I have a very strong opinion about what we want to change and we’re going to let our players know about that coming forward.”