Reports say Chargers close to hiring Mike McCoy as new coach

Broncos OC Mike McCoy may be at top of list

SAN DIEGO - Multiple news outlets are reporting that the San Diego Chargers are nearing a deal to hire Denver Broncos Offensive Coordinator Mike McCoy as their new head coach.

Jason La Canfora, with CBS Sports, wrote that the deal should be completed Tuesday.

According to La Canfora, McCoy visited the Chargers this week, but was also being pursued by the Arizona Cardinals and also interviewed with the Chicago Bears and Philladelpia Eagles.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that McCoy informed the Broncos Tuesday morning that he is accepting the San Diego Chargers head coaching job.

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 team also noted that McCoy’s coaching career started in 2000 as an offensive assistant with the Carolina Panthers.  He served multiple roles during his tenure, including wide receivers coach, quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator. He left following the 2008 season to become the Broncos offensive coordinator.

During McCoy's 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.

The Chargers hired Tom Telesco as the team's general manager last week. Telesco replaced A.J. Smith, who was let go on Dec. 31 along with coach Norv Turner, following a 7-9 season for the Chargers that was marked by a significant drop in attendance.

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