SAN DIEGO - Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy has agreed in principle to become head coach of the division rival San Diego Chargers, two people with knowledge of the situation said Tuesday.
The people spoke with The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because McCoy's hiring hasn't been announced.
The 40-year-old McCoy replaces Norv Turner, who was fired along with general manager A.J. Smith after the Chargers finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the third straight season.
McCoy's hiring comes three days after the top-seeded Broncos were eliminated from the playoffs in a home loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
10News Sports Director Ben Higgins said based on what he has heard, the decision doesn't surprise him.
Higgins said he has heard that McCoy has a very "even" temperament and that some analysts think he's a very good hire for the Chargers.
The Chargers posted on their website that McCoy interested the team because under his guidance the Broncos had one of the elite offenses in the NFL this year. The Broncos ranked second in the league in total points with 481, fourth in total yards per game with 397.9 and were fifth in passing with 283.4 yards per game.
The coaching search was led by Tom Telesco, who was hired as Chargers GM last week. Telesco also is 40.
The Broncos have won consecutive AFC West titles. McCoy tutored quarterbacks Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow in 2011, and Peyton Manning in 2012.
Denver swept the Chargers in 2012, including an epic 35-24 victory at San Diego on Oct. 15 when Manning calmly led them back from a 24-0 halftime deficit.
With the Chargers, McCoy will work with Philip Rivers, who struggled this season, in large part because of a shaky offensive line. Rivers was sacked 49 times and committed 22 turnovers, giving him 47 turnovers in two seasons.
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.
During his visit with the Chargers this week, he said the team has a great tradition and great people.
“The great thing is it’s a family run business. I’m big into family," said McCoy. "There’s an open door policy for everyone to feel welcome and open to come enjoy the environment that we’re all in this together.”
According to the Chargers website, McCoy is also a fan of Qualcomm Stadium and the home field advantage the fans give the Chargers.
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