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At the Conclusion of Mini Camp, Mike McCoy Has Team's Respect

Posted Jun 13, 2013

New Head Coach Mike McCoy has earned the respect of the entire team as the offseason program concludes for the San Diego Chargers.

Corey Liuget needed only one word to sum up new head coach Mike McCoy – “Winner”.

Ronnie Brown says he’s “all business.”

Marcus Gilchrist is a fan too, calling him “direct and open.”

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How about the way McCoy structures his practices?

“Fast paced,” Le'Ron McClain said, still dripping with sweat from the day’s session.

“Efficient,” said Malcom Floyd.

“Crisp and up-tempo,” said Philip Rivers.

You never know how a team will respond when a change in leadership takes place, but as the San Diego Chargers wrapped up their offseason with the final practice before reconvening next month for the start of training camp, it’s clear the team has quickly embraced what McCoy is preaching. As a result, the head coach says the Bolts made tremendous strides throughout the offseason and are on their way toward a successful season. That’s exactly what he told them as they broke the huddle for the last time before training camp.

“We’re off to a good start,” McCoy said. “We’ve got a lot of work ahead of us.  I thanked them for the effort, and not only the players but the coaches and the rest of the organization, of what we’ve done from day one moving forward and the changes we’ve made. Everyone’s bought into it… That’s the most important thing.  It’s all about the players, and letting those guys play and fly around the football, make big plays and that’s what it’s all about.  They’re buying in, they’re doing a great job and I’m looking forward to training camp.”

McCoy has preached communication, and he made sure his players knew what was expected out of them not only throughout the offseason, but when they arrive on July 24th for the start of training camp.

“We’re continuing to build on what we’re doing on a day-to-day basis on the installation,” he said. “We’re letting guys hear the system one more time before they go on vacation.  That was the one big message of ‘Hey, if there’s anything we need to clean up in the last couple days, let’s clean it up one more time. Let’s let the players hear what we want and expect out of them one more time before they go on vacation.’  So they’ve done a nice job.”

Everyone came away impressed with the structure of McCoy’s practices.  As the players noted, it’s all about speed and pace with their new coach.  McCoy believes practicing up-tempo is the best way to prepare the team for the season.

“I think something we’re always going to stress is to get faster,” he said. “You always want to pick it up a little bit because the faster we play, the more game-like it’s going to be.  So now we’re getting into full pads come training camp so now we’re going to pick it up a little more.    The thing right now is everyone’s still learning.  There are new things that the coordinators are putting in on a game to game basis, so there’s a lot of thinking going on. We’ve got to get out there and go play.  Just cut it loose.  You know what to do.  Just go out there, do your job, make plays, just do the little things right and big things will happen. So it’s all part of the plan that we’re putting together here, and good things are going to happen. But without a doubt, the faster you go the better it is.”

Not only is McCoy focused on establishing the team’s system and way of practicing, he is also determined to integrate the fans.  He’s a big believer in the impact the city of San Diego can have on this team, and he already has plans in place for ways to get them more directly involved with the team.

“We’re going to do something different this year in training camp where there is going to be more days open to the general public,” said McCoy.  “Starting the first couple days of camp, they’ll be open to the public.  We’re going to announce a schedule coming out in the next couple weeks of the possibility of having some vans or shuttles running the fans from the stadium to here to get more people involved around here and really get them behind the players.  The players have worked extremely hard, and we want to show the fans what we’re doing here, the players and the new acquisitions we’ve made. It’s really about the whole entire city of San Diego getting together and going out and winning a lot of football games and making a great game day experience every Sunday we’re out there in the stadium.”

When Mike McCoy speaks, it’s obvious he has a plan in place for every aspect of his team.  That is just one of many reasons why the Chargers have embraced their new head coach and why they are poised to have a strong 2013 campaign.

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