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Jan 15, 2013 8:42 PM by Andrew Masuda

Chargers hire Broncos' OC McCoy as head coach

Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy accepted an offer Tuesday to become the San Diego Chargers' new coach. He was introduced during a press conference at 2pm at Chargers Stadium.

The 40 year old becomes the second Broncos coordinator to take a head coaching job within the AFC West in two seasons. Last year, former Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen was named coach of the Raiders.

Norv Turner was fired along with General Manager A.J. Smith on Dec. 31 after the Chargers finished 7-9. They missed the playoffs the last three years.

Before his Chargers interview, McCoy already had interviewed with Arizona, Philadelphia and Chicago. The Jaguars also were expected to talk with him.

McCoy drew praise for helping the Broncos reach the playoffs last season with a read-option offense run by Tim Tebow. McCoy has been the Broncos' offensive coordinator since 2009. Denver swept the Chargers in 2012, including an epic 35-24 victory at San Diego on Oct. 15, when Peyton Manning led the Broncos 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.

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