Mike McCoy Leaves Broncos to Become Head Coach of Chargers

Patrick ClarkeCorrespondent IJanuary 15, 2013

Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy is ready to take his NFL coaching resume to the next level. He's leaving the Mile-High City for the vacant San Diego Chargers head coaching position, according to ESPN NFL insider Adam Schefter (via Twitter)

It's official: Chargers called press conference to announce hiring of Mike McCoy.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 15, 2013

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune also reports that McCoy is San Diego's man via Twitter:

Yes, Mike McCoy is the Chargers' new head coach. Other candidates have been told SD chose former Broncos offensive coordinator.

— UTKevinAcee (@UTKevinAcee) January 15, 2013

CBS' Jason La Canfora went on to report that the deal is done:

Mike McCoy has agreed to terms with the Chargers. Done deal.

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 15, 2013

McCoy, 40, has been the offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos since 2009.

Led by McCoy, the Broncos offense ranked fourth in yards per game (397.9) and second in points per game (30.1) this past season. With future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning leading the way, McCoy's offense ranked fifth in passing but just 16th in rushing this past season.

McCoy will have his work cut out for him in San Diego. The Chargers offense ranked 31st in yards per game (297.3) and 20th in points per game (21.9) last season.

San Diego finished 7-9 in 2012, six games back of Denver in the AFC West.

Unfortunately for the No. 1-seeded Broncos, they only managed to score three offensive touchdowns in their AFC divisional-round loss to the Baltimore Ravens, falling 38-35 at home in double-overtime despite two special teams scores.

Prior to taking the coaching job with Denver, McCoy spent nine seasons in Carolina, holding various positions for the Panthers from 2000 to 2008. He was Carolina's offensive assistant in 2003, the year it went to Super Bowl XXXVIII.

McCoy played quarterback in college for Utah in the early 1990s, but he went undrafted in 1995. He played briefly in the NFL, Europe and in the Canadian Football League in the late 1990s.


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