The two AFC teams that won’t be in the playoffs will both be looking for new head coaches this offseason, as the San Diego Chargers have fired Mike McCoy after two disappointing seasons in which the team has gone a combined 9-23, while Gary Kubiak will be stepping down for the Denver Broncos amid health concerns.

“Mike McCoy is a man of high character, and we thank him for his dedication to the Chargers,” team president John Spanos said. “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.”

McCoy had just finished his fourth season, one that ended with a 37-27 home loss to the AFC West rival Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. He was 28-38 overall, including 1-1 in the team’s only postseason trip during his tenure, in 2013. The Chargers, though, have regressed under McCoy since then, finishing 4-12 in 2015 and then 5-11 this year, including a loss last week to the previously winless Cleveland Browns.

San Diego considered firing McCoy at the end of last season but instead gave him a one-year extension through 2017 and fired seven of his assistants, including offensive coordinator Frank Reich. Specifically, under McCoy the Chargers struggled in their division, going 1-13 against West foes since November 2014. The Chargers were competitive in most games. But they struggled to pull out contests in the fourth quarter, finishing with a 7-17 record in games decided by eight points or fewer dating to the 2015 season. The Chargers lost six games this season when they had led in the fourth quarter. San Diego also has had to deal with the loss of several impact players due to injury this season, with a league-high 24 placed on injured reserve.

McCoy has shown he’s an innovator and can get his team ready for game day. Players respect him and are willing to put in the work to succeed on the field. And he’s credited with helping to turn around the fortunes of franchise quarterback Philip Rivers early in the coach’s tenure. Rivers, though, has regressed of late, entering Sunday with 14 turnovers in his past six games.

Ken Whisenhunt, whom the Chargers brought back to serve as the their offensive coordinator this season, could be a candidate as a replacement for McCoy. Whisenhunt has a 48-71 record as a head coach, including an appearance in Super Bowl XLIII with the Arizona Cardinals. He was fired as the Tennessee Titans head coach after one and half seasons, finishing with a 3-20 record.

Kubiak announced after Sunday’s regular-season finale, which the Broncos won 24-6 over Oakland, that he would be leaving for health reasons. “As I told our team last night, this is an extremely difficult decision to step down as head coach,” Kubiak said in a statement released Monday morning. “I love to work and I love football, but ultimately the demands of the job are no longer a good fit for me. ” gave everything I had to this team the last two seasons, but this year, in particular, has been tough on me. As hard as it is to leave this position, I know that it’s the best thing for myself, my family and the Denver Broncos.”

Kubiak had told a small, tight-knit group of team officials of his decision earlier in the week, but he did not tell the players or the coaching staff until after Sunday’s game. “When Gary informed me of his decision to step down as head coach, I was obviously saddened and disappointed,” said Broncos executive vice president of football operations John Elway. “But I understand and respect Gary for doing what’s right for him as well as his family.

“From the time he was hired as head coach, Gary worked to get the most out of the players to push this team over the top. He gave everything he had, and we won a lot of games along the way. The way Gary led the team and managed a challenging situation during our Super Bowl run was one of the best coaching jobs I’ve ever seen.”

After Sunday’s game, many players lined up to hug Kubiak as he went around the locker room. “It’s definitely sad to see him go — we won the Super Bowl with him,” cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said Sunday. “It’s just sad to see him go.”

Kubiak has spent 22 years with the Broncos, including his nine years as a player, 11 years as the offensive coordinator on Mike Shanahan’s staff and the past two seasons as head coach. Kubiak went 21-11 in those two seasons with a win in Super Bowl 50 in February 2016. Kubiak has been on the team’s coaching staff for all three of the franchise’s Super Bowl wins. He held back his plans all through the week, and players and coaches arriving before Sunday’s game against the Raiders said Kubiak had not let on in the team meeting Saturday night.

“Although we fell short of our goals this year, I’m proud of our teams these past two seasons,” Kubiak said Monday. “Helping to bring [team owner] Mr. [Pat] Bowlen, his family and this organization its third Super Bowl is something that will always be very special to me.”

The Broncos were 7-3 at their bye week this season but lost a Week 12 game to the Kansas City Chiefs as they went 2-4 down the stretch to miss the playoffs for the first time since 2010.

Kubiak had spent a night in the hospital after the Broncos’ Oct. 9 loss to the Atlanta Falcons and left the stadium that night in an ambulance. He was diagnosed with a “complex migraine condition” and was away from the team for a week after his hospital stay and did not coach the team in its Oct. 13 game in San Diego. Kubiak has said multiple times since then that he was trying to improve his sleep habits and has consistently deflected health questions in the weeks that followed. He also suffered what was called a “mini-stroke” in 2014 when he was coach of the Houston Texans. Even as recently as Friday, Kubiak was asked about his plans for next season and acted as if he felt good enough to coach in 2017, but he stopped short of definitively saying he would do it.

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