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NFL Rumors: San Diego Chargers to hire Mike McCoy to be their head coach?

Mike McCoy San Diego Chargers

Byron Hetzler-USA Today Sports

According to Adam Schefter, “Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy accepted an offer Tuesday to become the San Diego Chargers new coach.”

McCoy was a quarterbacks coach, wide receivers coach and offensive assistant with the Carolina Panthers from 2000-2008.  McCoy was Denver’s offensive coordinator from 2009-2012.

Denver ranked 16th, 12th and sixth under McCoy in yards per play in 2009, 2010 and 2012.  Denver ranked 25th in this category in 2011, but was due in part to below average quarterback play.

San Diego needs to be more explosive on offense because they ranked 30th in yards per play, 31st in yards per rushing attempt and were tied with the Oakland Raiders for last in rushing touchdowns.

Philip Rivers led the NFL with 47 turnovers over the last two seasons.  McCoy was a quarterbacks coach for six years in the NFL, so he could help Rivers cut down on his turnovers.

McCoy could also help Rivers get back to his explosiveness as a passer.  Rivers led the NFL in yards per pass attempt from 2008-2010, but ranked 20th in this category in 2012.

Even with his 47 turnovers, Rivers’ QB rating ranked 11th in the NFL in 2011 and 2012, so he is not that far away from returning to his dominant self.

San Diego’s front office needed to hire an offensive minded coach because the team was horrible on offense during the 2012 season.  I expect McCoy to help rejuvenate and offense that was one of the best for years.

McCoy has never been a head coach in the NFL, so he could be a risky hire, but the Lighting Bolts have to improve on offense if they are going to be successful in the 2013 season.