As a former offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Mike McCoy has an offensive pedigree. However, now that he is a head coach, he is paying close attention to all three sides of the football.
Nonetheless, his offensive coaching roots have not waned in the least..
Through the first week of training camp, McCoy is pleased with the progress the unit has made. On Wednesday, he gave his two cents on a number of the Chargers established offensive weapons, including
“Philip is a big reason why as a staff you are so excited because you have to have a franchise quarterback in this league,” McCoy explained. “That’s the key. Everything starts at the quarterback and when you have someone like him, he’s bought in from day one…. He’s going to have a great year. We’re really excited for what he’s done. He’s the face of the franchise and we’re very happy to have him.”
Rivers is a major reason why the offense is progressing at a rapid pace. His approach to the game as well as his willingness to adapt has endeared him to McCoy.
“(Rivers) knew we were changing completely,” he said. “I think it is good for him also because it kind of reenergizes him. He’s been in the same system for a long time and had a ton of success. But now it comes down to (that) he can’t just walk out there every day and just say he knows everything. He’s got to think about things. Before he walked out here today, myself, Frank Reich, and Ken Whisenhunt were sitting in Ken’s office talking about something and Philip kind of walked by and he had that look on his face like he had a question about can we change this. Ken actually already changed it on the script, so it’s back to being a little kid again. He’s got to come out here every day and check scripts. He’s got to make sure he leaves here, he studies. We had two minute drill for the first time. He had gone back and watched how the defense played two minute the whole entire time in the offseason when we had practice out here. So it’s going to re-energize him.”
Rivers’ rapport with
“Well it is great to have him on our team,” McCoy said. “For the last four years having to play against him and you are on the sideline and you are hearing the coaches yelling, ‘Here he comes, here he comes’ and still he’s wide open. So it’s great to see the way him and Philip work every day. You put a blindfold on those two guys, they’re going to complete the ball. It’s a new system for him also. He’s been in the same system for a long time, but he’s really bought in to the way things are going here and what we’re doing. I think he’s really excited for the plan we have for him moving forward.”
Another offensive player who has bought into McCoy’s system is
“Without a doubt,” McCoy said. “He’s bought into what we’re doing and that’s the most important thing. I think that we’ve sat down and talked about with Ryan what we’re doing. The direction we’re headed. The way we want to run the football here. And the style of the system we’re going to run. You see him out here finishing every play, running through tackles and we’re talking about making one cut, put your foot in the ground and let’s go north and south. And he’s obviously bought in. You see the big runs he’s been making in practice.”
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