Chargers find new head coach in Mike McCoy

Published On January 15, 2013 | By Jill Saftel

The San Diego Chargers have found their next head coach. According to The Associated Press, Mike McCoy, offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos, is moving on up.

McCoy was introduced by the team Tuesday afternoon, replacing Norv Turner. Turner was fired after San Diego’s 7-9 finish, missing the playoffs for the third straight season. General manager A.J. Smith was also fired by the organization. Smith was replaced by Tom Telesco, who led the coaching search after being hired last week.

The Chargers didn’t waste much time in getting McCoy, his season only ending three days ago after the top-seeded Broncos were eliminated at home by the Baltimore Ravens who will move on to play the New England Patriots on Sunday.

McCoy worked with Broncos quarterbacks Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow in 2011, and Peyton Manning in 2012 in consecutive AFC West titles for the team.

He and the Broncos dominated the Chargers in 2012, including a 35-24 victory at San Diego in October in which Manning led Denver back from a 24-0 deficit at halftime.

McCoy, 40, was a  quarterback himself at Long Beach State and Utah before moving on to the NFL Europe and the CFL. He has only worked with one other team besides Denver, and that’s in Carolina where he began his professional coaching career in 1999.

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Jill studies journalism at Northeastern University, covers Hockey East for College Hockey News and is the sports editor for The Huntington News. You can follow her on Twitter at @jillsaftel, just don't ask her to choose between hockey and baseball, it's impossible.