SAN DIEGO – While San Diego football fans wait to see if the Chargers apply for relocation with the National Football League Monday, they learned that Mike McCoy will be retained as head coach.
In a statement released via the Chargers’ official website and social media, President of Football Operations John Spanos said the team’s general manager, Tom Telesco, would also stay.
The team posted a letter explaining their decision:
As the 2015 season has now concluded, we are disappointed with the outcome as our expectations have not been met.
I have the utmost confidence in our leadership. Tom Telesco, Mike McCoy, and I have already begun evaluating every aspect of the team to take the essential steps to put a winning product back on the field. We will waste no time in making the necessary changes.
Throughout a trying season, our players never wavered in their dedication or commitment to the team. I firmly believe the decisions made today and moving forward will get us back on track in 2016.
Thank you for your unwavering support and passion.
– John Spanos
The Chargers also announced Monday that six coaches will not return for the 2016 season. They include offensive coordinator Frank Reich, offensive line coach Joe D’Alessandris, tight ends coach Pete Metzelaars, wide receivers coach Fred Graves, defensive line coach Don Johnson and assistant offensive line coach Andrew Dees.
Reich, D’Alessandris, Graves and Dees joined the team in 2013. Johnson came to San Diego in 2009 and Metzelaars joined the Chargers in 2014.
The announcements came one day after the Chargers completed the 2015 season with a win-loss record of 4-12, finishing in last place in the AFC West by three games.
The Chargers are one of three teams expected to file applications Monday with the league office to move to the potentially lucrative Los Angeles market, along with the Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams.
San Diego, Oakland and St. Louis leaders last week sent league executives plans for new stadiums meant to entice their teams to stay in their current locations.
NFL owners are scheduled to meet in Houston next week, and could begin making decisions on which team, or teams, are allowed to relocate.