Chargers select McCoy as new head coach

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Updated: January 15, 2013

The San Diego Chargers have selected Mike McCoy as their next head coach.

McCoy spent the past four seasons as the offensive coordinator for the Denver
Broncos, and was also an offensive assistant from 2000 through 2008 with the
Carolina Panthers.

The Broncos’ season came to a close on Saturday with a 38-35 double-overtime
loss to Baltimore in the AFC Divisional Playoffs. McCoy interviewed with the
Chargers on Monday.

McCoy has worked with two very different quarterbacks the past two years with
the Broncos. He helped an offense led by the much-maligned Tim Tebow reach the
playoffs in 2011, then worked with future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton
Manning this past season as Denver won its final 11 regular-season games to
complete a 13-3 campaign with a second straight AFC West title.

The Broncos were fourth overall in total offense this season, averaging 397.9
yards while ranking behind only New England in points scored with 481.

Before joining the Broncos with Josh McDaniels in 2009, McCoy had various
roles on current Denver coach John Fox’s Carolina staff. He was an offensive
assistant in 2000, wide receivers coach the following year and quarterbacks
coach from 2002-08, adding the title of passing game coordinator in 2007.

San Diego needed a replacement for Norv Turner, who was fired a day after
completing a 7-9 season — the team’s first losing record since 2003. Turner
guided the club to a mark of 56-40 in six seasons with three playoff
appearances, but the Chargers were just 24-24 without a postseason berth in
his last three years.

The Chargers also fired general manager A.J. Smith in the purge after the
season and named Tom Telesco as his replacement earlier this month.

Telesco and Chargers brass interviewed a number of coaching candidates,
including former Bears head coach Lovie Smith and former Cardinals head coach
Ken Whisenhunt, as well as NFL assistant Jay Gruden.