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                === Chargers select McCoy as new head coach ===
 
 San  Diego, CA  (Sports  Network) -  The San  Diego  Chargers introduced  Mike
 McCoy as their next head coach on Tuesday.
 
 McCoy  spent the past four seasons as the offensive coordinator for the Denver
 Broncos,  and was  also an offensive assistant from 2000 through 2008 with the
 Carolina Panthers.
 
 "Mike  has  all of  the qualities we  were looking  for in a  head coach and a
 leader.  He has a very structured vision about how to build and run a football
 team,"  said  Chargers team president  Dean Spanos. "He  has a track record of
 building  offenses  and maximizing the  abilities of his players. Bottom line,
 he's  a  leader. And he's  charismatic. I know our  fans will enjoy getting to
 know Mike and watching what he does with the Chargers."
 
 The  Broncos' season  came to a close on Saturday with a 38-35 double-overtime
 loss  to Baltimore  in the AFC Divisional Playoffs. McCoy interviewed with the
 Chargers on Monday.
 
 McCoy  has worked with two very different quarterbacks the past two years with
 the Broncos. He helped an offense led by the much-maligned Tim Tebow reach the
 playoffs  in  2011, then  worked with  future Hall  of Fame quarterback Peyton
 Manning  this  past season as Denver  won its final 11 regular-season games to
 complete a 13-3 campaign with a second straight AFC West title.
 
 The  Broncos were fourth overall in total offense this season, averaging 397.9
 yards while ranking behind only New England in points scored with 481.
 
 "It's  an honor  and privilege  to have  an opportunity  to work  for a  great
 organization  like the  San Diego Chargers," said McCoy. "It's exciting for me
 to  come  to an organization  like the Chargers and  the beautiful city of San
 Diego at the start of a new era and the beginning of a new culture.  Change is
 good in this business and, to me, this is the opportunity of a lifetime."
 
 Before  joining  the Broncos  with Josh  McDaniels in  2009, McCoy had various
 roles  on current  Denver coach John Fox's Carolina staff. He was an offensive
 assistant  in  2000, wide receivers  coach the following year and quarterbacks
 coach from 2002-08, adding the title of passing game coordinator in 2007.
 
 San  Diego  needed a  replacement for Norv  Turner, who was  fired a day after
 completing  a 7-9  season -- the team's first losing record since 2003. Turner
 guided  the  club to  a  mark  of 56-40  in  six  seasons with  three  playoff
 appearances,  but  the Chargers were just  24-24 without a postseason berth in
 his last three years.
 
 The  Chargers  also fired  general manager  A.J. Smith in  the purge after the
 season and named Tom Telesco as his replacement earlier this month.
 
 Telesco  and  Chargers brass  interviewed  a  number of  coaching  candidates,
 including  former Bears head coach Lovie Smith and former Cardinals head coach
 Ken Whisenhunt, as well as NFL assistant Jay Gruden.
 
 
 
 
 01/15 17:28:27 ET