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Mike McCoy: "We're off to a Good Start"
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Every NFL team is allotted 10 Organized Team Activities – or OTA’s- during the offseason.
This week, the San Diego Chargers will hold their final four sessions. So far, Head Coach Mike McCoy likes what he’s seen from his team.
“You learn something new about the football team and organization every day,” he said. “The great thing is the players are working extremely hard. They’ve bought into change. That’s the key. That was the number one thing. We’re going to do some things different. That’s all part of it. When a new staff comes in you change some things. They’ve done a great job not only on the field but in the classroom and working the strength and conditioning part of it. Just buying into everything we’re doing. Sometimes that’s the hardest part; getting them to buy in. We’ve got a long way to go though. We’re nowhere near where we want to be right now. But I think you watch practice today, that’s the way we want it to be. Now, there’s a lot of things we’ve got to clean up without a doubt. But we’re off to a good start here and we’ll take it one day at a time, find the best 53 and go from there.”
During his post-practice press conference, McCoy addressed a number of players and topics. That included Vincent Brown, the third-year wide receiver out of San Diego State who missed all of last year with a broken ankle. According to McCoy, the team has big plans for the 24-year old.
“He's been great," he said. "We kind of laid out a plan for him early on, and he's one of those kids who want to go full speed and go 100 miles per hour every play. So we were kind of holding back a little bit when we first got on the field, and it's just a process we're going through to make sure we're doing the right thing with him. But he's on board 100 percent with us and he's done a great job."
Meanwhile, today marked Max Starks first practice with the Chargers, and McCoy talked about the new left tackle as well.
“He’s doing a nice job,” he said. “He got a crash course last week with the playbook, coming in, being around, so he’s been studying a lot trying to figure it all out. (It’s a) good thing he was with (Offensive Coordinator Ken) Whisenhunt in the past. He’s done a nice job today.”
Between Starks and Dwight Freeney, the Chargers two most recent additions are a pair of players with a tremendous amount of Super Bowl experience over the past decade. The head coach believes that will rub off and pay major dividends for his team.
Overall, change continues to be a major focal point for the Chargers under McCoy, and the head coach reemphasized that today.
“Any time you have a new staff that comes in, that’s what happens,” he said. “It’s not only (on the practice field) but it’s inside the building too. We’re doing some things different. (General Manager) Tom (Telesco) has a lot of ideas. I’ve got some ideas. Ken Whisenhunt has been a great resource for me to bounce some things off of. We’re doing it different. Right or wrong, that’s just the way it is. They’ve won a lot of football games here in the past, but everyone’s bought into it. The entire organization, it all starts with Dean (Spanos) at the top. He’s done a great job of communicating with us and it’s a good start so far.”
While this week marks the end of OTA’s, the Chargers will be back at the facility next week when they host a three-day minicamp. Stay tuned to Chargers.com for complete coverage.