The San Diego Chargers didn’t take long in their head coaching search to replace Norv Turner by deciding to hire Mike McCoy formerly of the division rival Denver Broncos. McCoy was one of the most sought after head coaching candidates around the league after leading the Broncos to an impressive 13-3 record with four-time NFL MVP Peyton Manning under center this season.
Although the Broncos were knocked out of the NFL playoffs much earlier than anticipated with the Baltimore Ravens taking down the AFC’s number one seed in Denver last weekend, McCoy’s stock was still as high as ever in terms of teams showing interest his services as a head coach next season and beyond.
With the coaching in San Diego being one of the most criticized problems for an extremely talented Chargers team over the past few years, McCoy will have a lot of pressure to produce results right out of the gate next season as he’ll be directly under the microscope along with longtime starting quarterback Philip Rivers.
As the one player on the Chargers that will be directly impacted more than most by McCoy’s hiring, Rivers talked about how he approves of McCoy taking over for Turner according to Marty Caswell of The Darren Smith Show via Twitter:
Philip Rivers on Mike Mccoy “Of the potential candidates, I can honestly say this is the guy I was hoping for. I feel great about it.”
— Marty Caswell (@MartyCaswell) January 15, 2013
A few years ago, Rivers was considered to be an elite quarterback in the NFL and the leader of a perennial Super Bowl title contender in the AFC.
The consensus has been that the Chargers would be a Super Bowl bound with Rivers under center and all the talent around him in San Diego. Unfortunately, the Chargers haven’t been able to live up to the high expectations and have only gotten worse over the last two seasons with Turner unable to right the ship in San Diego.
It remains to be seen whether or not McCoy will have better success with this team, but he’ll definitely have the offensive weapons to get it done with a potentially formidable defense holding leads.