San Diego Chargers fire coach Mike McCoy

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SAN DIEGO — The San Diego Chargers fired coach Mike McCoy after the team finished with a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in the regular-season finale on Sunday.

“The San Diego Chargers announced that Head Coach Mike McCoy will not return in 2017. Mike McCoy is a man of high character, and we thank him for his dedication to the Chargers,” Chargers president of football operations John Spanos said in a statement.

“The decision to dismiss Mike was made in the best interests of our franchise.  Our team’s disappointing performance has not matched this team’s potential and has fallen short of the demanding standards that we seek to impose throughout our organization.  Our comprehensive search for a new head coach begins immediately.”

“I want to thank Mike for his tireless work and commitment to this organization,” General Manager Tom Telesco said.  “He instilled a culture of work ethic and togetherness that we can build on for years to come.”

McCoy served as coach from 2013 to 2016, going 28-38 and 1-1 in the postseason. He came to the Chargers after serving as offensive coordinator for the Broncos.