McCoy: Chargers a no hazing zone

November, 4, 2013
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SAN DIEGO -- Asked about his thoughts on the alleged hazing incidents in Miami that led to a player leaving the team and another one being suspended indefinitely, San Diego Chargers coach Mike McCoy said he has no concerns about a similar incident taking place on his team.

"We do not allow hazing here," the first-year coach said. "One thing when we got here into training camp, there's certain rituals that go on in the league in certain places, but one message we stressed here is that there's no hazing of rookies."

McCoy said he created the no-hazing policy early in his tenure because he wanted to foster a competitive environment that focused on getting the best players on the field. McCoy said he's also worked to create a family-type atmosphere.

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Howard Smith/USA TODAY Sports"We do not allow hazing here," San Diego coach Mike McCoy said.
"What we said to everyone at the first team meeting was, this is their job," McCoy said. "It's tough enough in this league for a young player to make it in the NFL. So to have to worry about coming in one morning about what they're going to do -- we weren't allowing anyone to shave heads or anything like that.

"I let the players know that from Day 1. This is their job. We're a team. There are certain things that the rookies do for the veterans, but we set the standard from Day 1."

McCoy stands by play-calling at goal line: A day after his team's inability to get into the end zone three times from a yard out for the winning score, McCoy stands by the play-calling decisions by offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt on the final drive, which included two passes.

"I'm not questioning what we did," McCoy said. "We called the plays we did. It didn't work, so that's why we're here saying this today."

On first down, Philip Rivers audibled to a running play, and Danny Woodhead failed to get into the end zone. On second down, with Ryan Mathews and fullback Le'Ron McClain in the game, it appeared the Chargers were going to run it.

However, Rivers threw incomplete to Antonio Gates on a fade route. McCoy said that Rivers had a run/pass audible. On third down, Rivers rolled right but failed to complete a pass to Keenan Allen.

McCoy said he did not consider going for it on fourth down.

"You kick the ball, you tie the game up," he said. "I had the same confidence that if we get the ball back, that our offense could do what they did -- that we would get the ball back, and go down and score."

NFL tells Chargers officials got it wrong: McCoy said the Chargers spoke with Dean Blandino, the NFL's head of officiating, about two calls the team had issues with against Washington on Sunday.

The first was an offensive pass interference call on Keenan Allen where he never touched defensive back David Amerson in the second quarter. The Chargers were penalized 10 yards on the play, but went on to score a touchdown on the drive.

In the fourth quarter, San Diego linebacker Andrew Gachkar was called for a personal foul when he had helmet-to-helmet contact while tackling Pierre Garcon after a 17-yard reception at the Chargers' 26-yard line.

The play was marked off half the distance to the goal line at San Diego's 13-yard line. McCoy said that league acknowledged the officiating crew got both of the calls wrong.

Thoughts on John Fox: McCoy said he has had communication via texts with Denver coach John Fox, who took an indefinite leave of absence after having heart surgery in North Carolina over the weekend.

McCoy served as Fox's offensive coordinator for two seasons while in Denver, and before that worked on his coaching staff in Carolina. Denver defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio will serve as the team's interim head coach while Fox is out. The Broncos travel to San Diego to take on the Chargers on Sunday.

"Everyone here in the organization, my family included, our thoughts are with John Fox and the tough situation he's going through," McCoy said. "But I think with the leadership of their football team, having a coaching staff and John Elway and the rest of the organization, with the great leadership in place that they're going to respond to it."

Eric D. Williams

ESPN San Diego Chargers reporter

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