Chargers hire McCoy as head coach

Posted Jan. 15, 2013 @ 5:18 p.m.
Posted By PFW staff

Updated 5:18 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Jan. 15

Mike McCoy is staying in the AFC West and will become the new head coach of the Chargers.

McCoy has spent the past four seasons as the Broncos’ offensive coordinator. One of the most sought-after assistants, McCoy had interviewed with the Cardinals, Eagles and Bears, and reportedly had a second interview set up with Arizona. He also interviewed for the Dolphins’ job last offseason.

“We set out to find the right man to lead the San Diego Chargers on the field and that man is Mike McCoy,” said team president Dean Spanos. “The interview process was an excellent experience.  We were very thorough during the process and made sure we did our due diligence.  We interviewed five extremely-qualified, highly-sought-after coaches.  It was a tough decision, but in the end, all signs pointed to Mike.  After spending time with Mike, I could see why so many teams wanted to talk to him."

The hiring of McCoy is the first big decision made by new Chargers GM Tom Telesco, who joined the club last week. McCoy replaces Norv Turner, who was fired following the 2012 season.

“A week ago, I talked about what we’re looking for in a head coach,” Telesco said. “We’re looking for a leader of men, a teacher who can communicate with players from all different ages and backgrounds, and a coach who can motivate his players to play their best at the most critical times. Mike McCoy can accomplish those goals. He’s going to build a team culture and do it with passion on and off the field. It was very clear he was the one we wanted to lead the San Diego Chargers in a new era.”

McCoy, 40, received credit for changing the Broncos’ offense midseason in 2011 when Tim Tebow took over at quarterback. This year, with Peyton Manning at the helm, the Broncos were fourth in the NFL in total offense.