Mike McCoy is joining the San Diego Chargers after the offensively challenged team reached out to the assistant coach who has a knack for getting the most out of his quarterbacks.
McCoy was the Denver Broncos offensive coordinator, leading the team to the playoffs in consecutive seasons. In 2011, he led lightly regarded quarterback Tim Tebow to a division title and a playoff victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
This year, McCoy helped Peyton Manning recover from a neck injury that wiped out his 2011 season with a bounceback season. The Broncos finished with a 13-3 record and the top seed in the AFC before being upset by the Baltimore Ravens in double overtime.
The Chargers announced McCoy’s hire at a news conference on Monday in San Diego. The team snatched him up before other squads with coaching vacancies could — Mike McCoy was scheduled to meet with Arizona on Tuesday for a second interview. He had also met with the Philadelphia Eagles and Chicago Bears, with the Jacksonville Jaguars scheduled to meet with him as well.
With the hire of Mike McCoy, the Chargers hope he can work some of his quarterback magic with Philip Rivers, ESPN noted. Rivers struggled this year behind an offensive line that gave up 49 sacks, leading him to commit 22 turnovers.
Now that Mike McCoy is gone, the Broncos are also on the lookout for a replacement. NBC Sports noted that the team is looking at quarterback coach Adam Gase as well as Colts quarterbacks coach (and former offensive coordinator) Clyde Christensen.