The San Diego Chargers are ” nearing a deal ” to make Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy their next head coach, reports Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com. McCoy, 40, has been with the Broncos since the 2009 season, coaching quarterbacks and serving as the team’s offensive coordinator. McCoy has received interest as a head coach primarily for the outstanding job he’s done the last two seasons, adding the read-option to the Broncos offense in the middle of the 2011 season in order to suit quarterback Tim Tebow’s unique skill-set. The Broncos led the NFL in rushing in 2011, winning the AFC West and advancing the divisional round of the playoffs. McCoy made more adjustments to the offense when the team signed Peyton Manning last offseason. Denver ranked fourth in total offense, including fifth in passing, and had the NFL’s No. 2 scoring offense. Prior to working with the Broncos, McCoy spent nine seasons as a position coach with the Carolina Panthers, spending his last two seasons (2007-08) as the team’s passing game coordinator. The Panthers ranked fifth in “passing yards per play” in the 2008 season. McCoy has also been interviewed by the Arizona Cardinals, Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles and was scheduled to meet again with the Cardinals on Tuesday. McCoy’s interview with the Chargers took place on Monday. “The Chargers have great tradition and great people,” McCoy told the team’s official website . “The great thing is it’s a family run business. I’m big into family. There’s an open door policy for everyone to feel welcome and open to come enjoy the environment that we’re all in this together.” Other candidates in San Diego include Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, former Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt, former Bears head coach Lovie Smith, Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley and Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. Below is an updated look at where current head coach and general manager vacancies stand on Jan. 15, over two weeks removed from when most of the positions were opened up on “Black Monday”: Arizona Cardinals : The Cardinals interviewed Ray Horton, their current defensive coordinator, the day after they fired Ken Whisenhunt. After promoting Steve Keim from vice president of player personnel to general manager, the search for a new head coach was ramped up, with Keim and president Michael Bidwill interviewing Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden, Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley and Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy, who could be the preferred choice , reports Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Chicago Bears : Few teams have cast as wide a net as GM Phil Emery has to find the next head coach of the Bears. Emery has interviewed a handful of special teams coordinator, including current Bears coordinator Dave Toub. Other special teams coordinators interviewed by the Bears include Joe DeCamillis (Dallas Cowboys), Keith Armstrong (Atlanta Falcons) and Mike Priefer of the Minnesota Vikings.
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Report: Mike McCoy ‘nearing deal’ to become head coach of the San Diego Chargers (Shutdown Corner)