The San Diego Chargers have their guy.
A source briefed on the deal told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport that the San Diego Chargers were in negotiations on Tuesday to make Mike McCoy their next head coach and the successor to Norv Turner.
NFL.com's Albert Breer later reported that McCoy has told the Denver Broncos he accepted the job. A Broncos team source told Breer that Denver's former offensive coordinator informed the team of his plans Tuesday morning.
The Chargers were in the market for an offensive-minded leader and McCoy fits the bill. San Diego knows him well, having faced Denver eight times during McCoy's four-year tenure with the Broncos. McCoy was lauded for turning Tim Tebow into a playoff starter last season and orchestrated a Peyton Manning-led offense in 2012 that went 13-3 before falling to the Baltimore Ravens in Saturday's stunning divisional playoff.
The Arizona Cardinals also pursued McCoy, but the presence of veteran quarterback Philip Rivers in San Diego was likely an attractive piece of bait in the decision-making process. Rivers isn't the quarterback of yesterday, but he's arguably the second-best starter in the AFC West.
San Diego in the process has pulled an innovative mind away from a bitter rival, making this a doubly attractive move for an organization that floated without direction under Turner in 2012. The Chargers for years have been tagged as a talent-rich team that just needed a push to get them over the hump. Much of that talent is gone. There are positional weaknesses on both sides of the ball, and McCoy won't inherit a sleeping giant here. If he can turn Rivers around, however, the Chargers might do some damage.
San Diego owner Dean Spanos has used the early stages of the offseason to re-organize his franchise. A.J. Smith no longer walks the hallways as general manager, replaced last week by Tom Telesco. Now the Chargers turn to McCoy to reshape a team desperately in need of new life in the AFC West.
Mike McCoy hired as Chargers next head coach
NFL.com | Jan 15