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John Fox on Mike McCoy: ‘I thought he was a bright, young coach’

With the San Diego Chargers performing as one of the worst teams in the NFL at 2-6, head coach Mike McCoy is under plenty pressure to correct what’s wrong with his team. As he falls out of favor with fans in the Bay Area, the Bears head coach offered his words of support for a former staffer.

Despite falling to the Ravens late in Sunday’s contest 29-26, Chicago coach John Fox reiterated his confidence in McCoy. “I think he’s done a tremendous job in San Diego,” Fox said during a press conference this week.

Fox and McCoy worked together for 10 seasons in Carolina and Denver before McCoy was brought on by San Diego in 2013.

Fox said he noticed the gift McCoy had for coaching and knew that he would eventually land a job leading a franchise.

From ESPN:

“It’s like when you hire any staff people,” Fox said. “I think you evaluate what kind of coach they are. I thought he was a bright, young coach. It turned out to be true.”

“I think like with Mike or any other assistant coach that I’ve had, there’s a lot of qualified coaches out there, you know, assistant coaches,” Fox said. “It’s just a matter of getting an opportunity. I think he had interviewed the year before (2012) with the Dolphins and they ended up going in a different direction. So he was in that conversation.”

McCoy is 20-20 with the Chargers after going 9-7 in each of his first two seasons. He doesn’t fare well against his former mentor either, as McCoy’s Chargers have gone 1-4 against Fox-led teams. A win on Monday Night Football is critical for both of these 2-win squads.