SAN DIEGO — Mike McCoy is the new coach of the San Diego Chargers.
The 40-year-old 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.
McCoy’s hiring comes three days after the top-seeded Broncos were eliminated from the playoffs in a home loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
McCoy tutored quarterbacks Kyle Orton and Tim Tebow in 2011, and Peyton Manning in 2012.
McCoy, who interviewed with the Miami Dolphins last year after retooling Denver’s offense to fit Tebow’s skill set, burnished his head coaching credentials this season while blending the power formations the Broncos used in leading the league in rushing last year with Tebow and some of the spread formations that Manning ran in Indianapolis.
“I think he’s going to be a great head coach. Very detail-oriented, knows the game, relates with players very well,” Broncos wide receiver Brandon Stokley said.
Bradley has second interview with Eagles
Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley arrived in Philadelphia for his second interview with the Eagles, suggesting the nearly three-week search to replace Andy Reid could be nearing an end.
Bradley first met with the Eagles in Atlanta on Saturday. He’s the first of the 11 known candidates interviewed by Philadelphia to get a second meeting. He’s also expected to interview with Jacksonville this week.
New-look Browns rename stadium
An electric utility has bought the naming rights to Cleveland Browns Stadium, which will be known as FirstEnergy Stadium. FirstEnergy President and CEO Tony Alexander says the deal will help it attract customers in its home base of northeast Ohio.
On other stadium issues, Haslam says all options are open in terms of installing a dome or artificial turf. He ruled out changing the traditional orange helmets.
Packers QB to skip Pro Bowl
Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers says injuries to “multiple lower extremities” will keep him out of the Pro Bowl later this month.
Rodgers was to be the NFC’s starting quarterback. But the reigning NFL MVP said on his weekly radio show on Milwaukee’s ESPN 540 AM that he didn’t pass his year-end physical. He wouldn’t get into specifics, though he did say injury to his right ankle that landed him on the injury report several times in the second half of the season “has definitely been a problem.”
Also, Lions long snapper Don Muhlbach has been added to the NFC Pro Bowl team.
For the AFC, Broncos tackle Ryan Clady has withdrawn from the Pro Bowl because of an injury, presumably the balky shoulder. Clady will be replaced by Bengals tackle Andrew Whitworth.
Cam Newton taking classes at Auburn
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is enrolled at Auburn for spring semester.
Newton led the Tigers to the 2010 national championship in his lone season.