NFL notebook: Mike McCoy to coach Chargers

Mike McCoy held a helmet during a news conference after being named the new head coach of the San Diego Chargers.
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Mike McCoy held a helmet during a news conference after being named the new head coach of the San Diego Chargers.

Mike McCoy is the new head coach of the San Diego Chargers.

The 40-year-old 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.

McCoy’s hiring comes three days after the top-seeded Broncos were eliminated from the playoffs in a home loss to the Baltimore Ravens.


The coaching search was led by Tom Telesco, who was hired as the Chargers GM last week. Telesco also is 40.

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The Broncos have won consecutive AFC West titles. McCoy tutored quarterbacks Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow in 2011, and Peyton Manning in 2012.

McCoy, who interviewed with the Miami Dolphins last year after retooling Denver’s offense to fit Tebow’s skill set, burnished his head coaching credentials this season while blending the power formations the Broncos used in leading the league in rushing last year with Tebow and some of the spread formations that Manning ran in Indianapolis.

Bradley interviews again

Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley arrived in Philadelphia Tuesday for his second interview with the Eagles, suggesting the nearly three-week search to replace Andy Reid could be nearing an end.

Bradley first met with the Eagles in Atlanta on Saturday, a day before Seattle lost to the Falcons in an NFC divisional playoff game. He’s the first of the 11 known candidates interviewed by Philadelphia to get a second meeting. He’s also expected to interview with Jacksonville this week, though the Eagles could make him an offer that changes those plans.


The 46-year-old Bradley has emerged as a favorite among fans based mainly on an old video clip in which he rips into the Seahawks’ defense during a game, screaming ‘‘Do your job!’’

Cardinals look at Bevell

The Cardinals’ list of potential coaches lost a name when the Chargers hired McCoy.

After losing out to San Diego for McCoy, the Cardinals are going to take a look at Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, reportedly setting up an interview with the man who provided the game plan that led to the Seahawks’ 58-0 victory over Arizona.

The other known candidates to replace the fired Ken Whisenhunt are Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton, Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley, and Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.

Gone, not forgotten

The Broncos promoted Cory Undlin to secondary coach, replacing Ron Milus, who had coached defensive backs under John Fox for the last four seasons.


Milus isn’t being made the scapegoat for the Broncos’ stunning surrender of that 70-yard touchdown pass with 31 seconds left that led to their 38-35 loss to the Ravens in double overtime Saturday, a person with the team told the Associated Press. Milus’s contract wasn’t renewed.

Meanwhile, Packers defensive coordinator Dom Capers is not going to lose his job over one ugly game.

Three days after the Packers were gouged by the 49ers for 579 yards, coach Mike McCarthy said he will evaluate everyone on his staff but is ‘‘very confident’’ Capers will return as defensive coordinator next year.

Hip surgery for Marshall?

Bears receiver Brandon Marshall needs arthroscopic surgery on his hip, ESPN reported. It is not known if Marshall will play for the NFC in the Pro Bowl this month He was the game’s MVP last year . . . . . . Buccaneers receiver Vincent Jackson has been added to the NFC Pro Bowl team, replacing Detroit’s Calvin Johnson. Lions long snapper Don Muhlbach also was added to the NFC team. For the AFC, Bengals left tackle Andrew Whitworth will replace Denver’s Ryan Clady, who is injured . . . In his only public comments since the Jets’ season ended, Tebow told Fox Business Network he doesn’t know what his future holds. ‘‘And, in that,’’ he added, ‘‘there is a lot of peace and a lot of comfort.’’ Tebow, who has two years left on his contract, is expected to be released or traded . . . The Cleveland Browns Stadium’s name will change to FirstEnergy Stadium.