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Chargers Hire Mike McCoy; Ken Whisenhunt May Replace Him as Broncos Offensive Coordinator

The man who has successfully worked with Kyle Orton, Tim Tebow and Peyton Manning will now try his hand at pumping some life into Philip Rivers’ flailing career. Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy is expected to be named the new head coach of the San Diego Chargers on Tuesday.

After Black Monday, two categories of suitors emerged as possible candidates for all of the available head coaching vacancies: big name college guys and respected coordinators. For the most part, aside from Doug Marrone, the Chip Kellys and Bill O’Briens of the world elected to stay with their respective institutions. (After getting sizable raises and/or bonuses.) That in turn made the latter group all the more coveted.

McCoy was at the top of the offensive coordinator class this year, and it was a virtual lock that he would get a head coaching opportunity somewhere. As it turns out, he won’t even have to travel outside of the AFC West for his next job.

Chargers are nearing a deal to make Mike McCoy their head coach. Looks like it will be finalized today. More ahead @cbssports

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 15, 2013

Chargers went in heavy on Broncos OC Mike McCoy after Denver's loss to Ravens. McCoy was one of the hottest candidates in the NFL...

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 15, 2013

Mike McCoy informed the Broncos this morning that he is accepting the San Diego Chargers head coaching job.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 15, 2013

Prior to his time with Denver, McCoy spent nearly a decade with the Carolina Panthers. If he can’t light a fire under Rivers, nobody will be able to.

One other interesting note:

With McCoy coming off market look for Ken Whisenhunt as top candidate for Denver OC if he doesn't get Eagles job. Has relationship w/Manning

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) January 15, 2013

It doesn’t appear as though the Eagles are all that enamored with Whisenhunt, but there is shockingly little interest in that job. Whether or not he ultimately lands in McCoy’s old position may depend on how successful the Eagles are in their efforts to court someone they actually want. 

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