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San Diego Chargers hire Mike McCoy as coach | NFL

Mike McCoy, previously offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos, was hired as coach of the San Diego Chargers, replacing fired Norv Turner.

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

McCoy had one thing to do, though, before accepting the Chargers' offer, so it was a good thing Chargers President Dean Spanos' private plane was at his disposal.

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

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

"Without a doubt we knew this was the place we wanted to be," said McCoy, who signed a four-year contract.

McCoy replaces 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.

"Once he came in and once we saw how good he was, we just felt we had to have him now," Telesco said of McCoy. "We had to get it done or we'd lose him. He was polished, prepared, had great questions, which I think is big, too, that he had a lot of questions for us. It's a partnership between the GM and the head coach, through and through. We spend more time with each other during the season than we do with our own family, so it's got to be a tight relationship.

"When he came in, after a little bit of time you could tell he was the right guy for us. We went after him hard."

San Diego was scheduled to interview Indianapolis offensive coordinator Bruce Arians on Wednesday. Telesco, previously the Colts' vice president of football operations, called Arians on Tuesday and told him the Chargers had hired McCoy.

"It was a tough phone call," Telesco said.


• The Broncos promoted Cory Undlin, 41, from a quality-control defensive assistant to secondary coach, replacing Ron Milus, whose contract wasn't renewed.

Milus, 49, is a former cornerback and assistant coach for the Washington Huskies.

• Denver Mayor Michael Hancock insisted he was not trying to pull out of a bet after he pulled a muscle in his leg Monday. He lost a bet with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake that requires him to perform linebacker Ray Lewis' signature pregame dance when host Denver lost to the Ravens 38-35 in overtime in Saturday's playoff game.

Hancock reportedly will fulfill his promise after he heals.

• Cleveland Browns Stadium's name will change to FirstEnergy Stadium. An electric utility, Akron, Ohio-based FirstEnergy bought the naming rights. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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