Chargers Hire Broncos Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy as Head Coach
San Diego, CA
The San Diego Chargers have reached an agreement with Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy to be their next head coach, replacing Norv Turner.
According to sources, McCoy has already informed the Broncos of his decision to accept the Chargers' head coaching job.
McCoy was credited for turning Tim Tebow into a playoff starter last season and orchestrated a Peyton Manning-led offense that went 13-3 before falling to the Baltimore Ravens in Saturday's divisional playoff.
The 40-year-old McCoy was also pursued by the Arizona Cardinals but he picked the Chargers because of the presence of veteran quarterback Philip Rivers.
The Chargers fired Turner together with general manager A.J. Smith after they finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the third straight season.
After playing quarterback for Long Beach State and Utah, McCoy went undrafted in the 1995 NFL Draft. He later signed with the Denver Broncos as a rookie free agent, but was cut during the preseason.
In November that year, the Green Bay Packers signed him to their practice squad following injuries to Brett Favre and his backup Ty Detmer.
After that, McCoy ventured into coaching and from 2000-2008, he served on the Carolina Panthers coaching staff.
After the 2008 season, McCoy was hired to be the new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach of the Denver Broncos.
In 2009, then-Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton enjoyed a career year under McCoy, posting career highs in virtually every passing category.
The following year, the Broncos passing attack ranked seventh in the NFL, and Orton ranked fourth in the league in passing yards per game.
In 2011, McCoy revamped the Broncos offense to accommodate Tim Tebow's skill-set, and the Broncos led the NFL in rushing.
Aside from the Cardinals, the Chicago Bears, Buffalo Bills and the Philadelphia Eagles also expressed interest in hiring McCoy as head coach.
Chargers Hire Broncos Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy as Head Coach
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