Mike McCoy is named coach of Chargers

Posted: January 16, 2013

Mike McCoy's interview with San Diego went so well that both sides felt he was a perfect fit to become the Chargers' new coach.

"There was no doubt in my mind when I got back on that plane to go back home" Monday night, said McCoy, the former Denver Broncos offensive coordinator who was introduced Tuesday as the Chargers' coach. "They wanted to keep me here last night. But I said, 'I've got to talk to my wife about this. . . . If I made the decision without talking to my wife, I might get in a little trouble.' "

So McCoy flew back to Denver to talk it over with his wife, Kellie. McCoy, his wife, and their two children were on the same plane Tuesday morning, flying back to San Diego so he could take the job.

McCoy signed a four-year contract to replace 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.

The 40-year-old McCoy is the same age as Tom Telesco, who was hired as general manager last week.

Reid adds to staff

New Chiefs coach Andy Reid hired former Bears assistant Dave Toub to direct special teams and announced that he's retaining linebackers coach Gary Gibbs and defensive backs coach Emmitt Thomas from the previous staff.

Toub spent the last nine seasons with the Bears. Before that, he worked with special teams and the defensive line for Reid in Philadelphia.

April in Carolina?

A person familiar with the situation said the Carolina Panthers interviewed Bobby April for their special-teams coordinator position. April spent the last three seasons as the Eagles' special-teams coordinator.


McCoy's a Charger

Mike McCoy, the Denver offensive coordinator whom the Eagles interviewed, accepted the head coaching job with the Chargers. D5.

This article contain information from Inquirer wire services.

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