NFL notebook: Broncos coordinator to become Chargers coach
The Chargers hired Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy as coach to try to turn around a team coming off its first losing season since 2003.
McCoy, 40, succeeds Norv Turner, who was fired Dec. 31 after the Chargers went 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the third straight year.
The Broncos' offense ranked second in the NFL in scoring this season with quarterback Peyton Manning. McCoy interviewed for the Dolphins' coaching vacancy a year ago after helping Denver reach the playoffs with a read-option offense led by quarterback Tim Tebow.
“Mike has shown he has one of the most innovative minds in football,” Chargers President Dean Spanos said in a statement.
McCoy interviewed after the Chargers had talked to Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, fired head coaches Lovie Smith and Ken Whisenhunt, and Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.
McCoy played quarterback at Long Beach State and Utah before moving on to the NFL Europe and the CFL. He began his pro coaching career with Carolina in 1999 before moving to the Broncos in 2009.
• With McCoy off the board, the Cardinals are taking a look at Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell. The other known candidates to replace Whisenhunt are Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton, Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley and Gruden.
• Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson are out of the Pro Bowl later this month. Rodgers has injuries to “multiple lower extremities,” while Johnson, who set a single-season record with 1,964 receiving yards, has battled nagging injuries all season. The Giants announced Eli Manning will be Rodgers' replacement. Vincent Jackson of the Buccaneers will replace Johnson.
• Broncos tackle Ryan Clady withdrew from the Pro Bowl because of an injury and will be replaced by Bengals tackle Andrew Whitworth.
• Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley arrived in Philadelphia for his second interview with the Eagles, suggesting the nearly three-week search to replace Andy Reid could be nearing an end.
• The Bills have hired 10 assistant coaches, a majority with little or no NFL experience, in continuing to fill out new coach Doug Marrone's staff.
— Wire reports
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