Mike McCoy is now the official coach for the San Diego Chargers, after being hired this week amid rumors that Jay Gruden himself was going to join the team, but it does seem like a perfect fit.
“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 Chargers’ 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.”
McCoy flew back to Denver to discuss the job with his wife, Kellie, and it appeared to be a sweet deal because the entire family flew back to San Diego the following morning to sign a four-year contract.
“Without a doubt, we knew this was the place we wanted to be,” said McCoy.
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 Chargers made the move to hire McCoy three days after the Denver Broncos were eliminated from the playoffs in a double-overtime home loss to the Baltimore Ravens in one of the best postseason NFL games this year.
McCoy, 40, interviewed after the Chargers already had talked to Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley, fired head coaches Lovie Smith and Ken Whisenhunt, and Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden.
One can only imagine how McCoy feels after getting a job over so many other big names in the NFL.
“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.” Telesco knew it was a race against time.
“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.”
Bruce Arians, the Indianapolis offensive coordinator, was already scheduled to interviewed with the Chargers, but Telesco said it was a tough phone call to make when he informed Arians that the position had already been filled.