NFL - Chargers hire Denver's Mike McCoy as head coach

The San Diego Chargers have hired Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy as their new head coach.

NFL  - Chargers hire Denver's Mike McCoy as head coach

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NFL Coach Mike McCoy congratulates quarterback Tim Tebow (Reuters)

McCoy replaces Norv Turner, who was fired in December after six seasons with the team, including a 7-9 record in 2012 that left the team out of the playoffs for a third straight campaign.

A Broncos assistant for four seasons, McCoy was credited with turning Tim Tebow into the Denver starter in 2011 en route to the playoffs, and orchestrating a Peyton Manning-led offense in 2012 that went 13-3 in the regular season.

The Chargers snapped up McCoy before his second scheduled visit with the Arizona Cardinals about their coaching vacancy.

McCoy is the second Denver coordinator to take a head-coaching job within the AFC West in two seasons. Last year, former Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen was hired as coach of the Oakland Raiders.

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