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Mike McCoy: Former San Diego Chargers coach "plans to coach" in 2017

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Former San Diego Chargers Head Coach Mike McCoy watches his team play against the San Francisco 49ers in the first quarter at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California on September 3, 2015. The 49ers defeated the Chargers 14-12 in their final pre season game. Photo by Terry Schmitt/UPI
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San Diego Chargers Head Coach Mike McCoy holds his review flag as he watches the scoreboard replay in the second quarter against the Oakland Raiders at Coliseum in Oakland, California on December 24, 2015. McCoy threw the flag but lost the review. The Raiders defeated the Chargers 23-20 in overtime. Photo by Terry Schmitt/UPI
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San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy (L) congratulates Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh (R) after Baltimore's 29-26 win at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, November 1, 2015. Photo by David Tulis/UPI
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It was a tale of two halves for Mike McCoy during his four-year tenure with the San Diego Chargers. In the first two years of his stint, he led the Chargers to 9-7 seasons, including a playoff victory in 2013.
In the final two seasons, he compiled a 9-23 mark. This season the Chargers finished in last place in the AFC West. McCoy was fired Sunday.
But he might not be done coaching. He even suggested gracing the sidelines as early as next season.
"I'll be coaching somewhere next year," McCoy told the San Diego Union-Tribune. "I don't know where yet. I'll make that decision. Whenever the right decision needs to be made, that's when I'll decide. There's no timetable. I definitely want to be a head coach again. We'll see what opportunity presents itself moving forward."
"I'm such a better coach now than I was when I first got here. You learn a lot through adversity. What we faced the past two years, it's been tough. You can either get up and complain, or you can get up and move forward...I was taught a long time ago: Don't complain. Don't explain. Find solutions."
After his firing, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers expressed optimism in McCoy's ability to catch on elsewhere.
"Shoot, I thought Mike gave us a chance each and every week over the last four years," Rivers told reporters. "He was consistent, and guys played hard for him. And we just didn't win enough games, especially in the last couple years.
"That's the reality of this league we're in. Shoot, Mike's still a young coach that's got a lot of years left in this league and will continue to be a heck of a coach."
McCoy, 44, began his NFL coaching career in 2000 with the Carolina Panthers as a quarterbacks coach. He joined the Denver Broncos in 2009 as an offensive coordinator, before being hired by the Chargers in 2013.
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